Obama Should Hang Tough and Let the Republicans Expose Themselves

The Republicans are threatening to block essential legislation unless the super wealthy get another tax break.

IMHO Obama should stick to his guns on this one and let the Republicans hang themselves:

1) We need the proposed treaty with Russia not only to keep the peace in the Middle East, but to get our troops into and out of Afghanistan:

http://rt.com/usa/news/us-to-supply-troops-in-afghanistan-via-russia/

2) We need to continue support of those out of work or we will be facing this spring TWO MILLION more hungry and evicted from their homes:

http://www.39online.com/news/local/kiah-unemployment-benefit-fight-story,0,2216111.story

3) We need the extra taxes from the superrich to reduce the budget deficit — Gates, Buffet and others have so recommended:

http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/billionaires-buffett-gates-tax-us/story?id=12259003

4) We need to use public monies to mend our infrastructure before more bridges fall, people are poisoned by their water supplies, dams give way with heavy flooding, etc., etc. Such would both save lives and create jobs:

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/08/infrastructure_numbers.html

This list is not exhaustive. The Republican conservative program is brutal on all fronts. We have per a Harvard medical study 45,000 dying each year because they could not afford to see a doctor:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/09/new-study-finds-45000-deaths-annually-linked-to-lack-of-health-coverage/

Our education system is falling apart.

Obama has nothing to gain by playing ball with these types. They need to be exposed for what they are so that somewhere near at least 50% of our eligible voters do so. Without voters voting we are no longer a democracy.

He must choose whether we are to be a democracy or plutocracy ruled by CEOs in their own interest.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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