Dear Mr. President,
Yesterday I came down pretty hard on you regarding the lack of “Shared Sacrifice” by the rich, Wall Street, Banks, and large corporations making obscene profits while paying little or no taxes.
Today I want to talk about one of the things you did to stimulate the economy that has worked. The first one that comes to mind is the auto industry bailout. So may people (well let’s be honest… the GOP) lamented that “Government” didn’t know anything about the auto industry, and while that’s true… Government did know that letting the auto industry fail would have meant disaster to several states in the Midwest, devastating their economies even further, and causing untold hardship on thousands of working families.
I know General Motors has paid back the bailout funds with interest, and managed to turn a profit of over $3 Billion dollars by producing “fuel efficient” cars.
So my question today is… why don’t we hear more about the successes like GM? Why do we only hear from the GOP about the failures? The GOP says that big government is not to be trusted, that big government inhibits the success of the private sector. I say… tell that to the auto workers that still have their jobs because you had the guts to bail their industry out.
My suggestion, Mr. President, is that you need to do a better job of “getting the word out” about what has worked, because if all the people hear, is the noise from the GOP, then that’s what the people will believe. Don’t let their rhetoric go unchallenged.
This is just one small example of what “The Government” has done for average working Americans… you need to tell the rest of the story, and you can start with Medicare… a “fabulous” program… not perfect, but dog-gone good.
The Gadfly Granny