What is Washboard Express?

Washboard Express is a way for me to express my own opinions, to be a provocative gadfly, by writing a "letter a day" to the President. I may miss a day here and there, because sometimes my family with be my first priority, but my goal is to write a total of 365 letters, representing one full year. To say I have opinions about most things would be to understate the obvious. Those of you that know me, know this is true, those who don't know me, will learn that it's true. The Washboard is a reference to going back to basics and "keeping it clean," so if you would like me to post your comments or opinions on this blog, I only ask that you be respectful. So go ahead, express yourself, and I look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 8... Dear Mr. President

Day 8
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.

Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers
The Gadfly Granny

1 comment:

  1. Right on, Marcia! Exactly what Frank and I have been saying.