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, September 16, 2011

Day 93...Dear Mr. President... A few things I hope to hear you say.

Day 93

Dear Mr. President,

This is the first of several letters that I will send letting you know some of the things I hope to hear you say in future speeches or in your travels around the country.

My fellow Americans… you have suffered enough at the hands of the Republican Party. Their idea of imposing a draconian-based austerity program on working and middle class people will not bring prosperity to the American people.

I have to take some responsibility for some of your suffering too… my failure to recognize that the freshmen in Congress and the Republican Party, have no interest in furthering the common good of the American people, has aided and abetted that suffering… a suffering I can no longer ignore.

My first order to relieve your suffering will be to direct all banks and mortgage holders to reduce all mortgages to reflect the actual current value of all homes, and to reduce their monthly payments to reflect that new market value, regardless of whether people are in default or not. I will not tolerate the discrimination of homeowners that are currently fulfilling their contracts, nor will I allow one more home to fall into foreclosure because of this travesty of fraud and greed.  There will be no reduction in mortgages held or owned by corporations or businesses. This is for working families and will take effect beginning on October 1, 2011… so banks and mortgage holders… you better get your house in order.

To the corporations that pay more to their CEO’s than they pay in taxes… your free ride is over… it’s time to put your CEO’s on the same austerity program you’ve imposed on your workers by cutting their pay, cutting their benefits, and eliminating their ability to organize or engage in collective bargaining.

To the five members of the Supreme Court who determined that corporations are people and voted to support Citizens United… Strike it down and strike it down now… your obviously partisan politics has no role on our Supreme Court and we cannot continue to allow corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to individual campaigns… including my own. Along those same lines, it is my intention to recommend that Congress pass a law limiting the amount of money that can be spent on campaigns, and that the amount shall be the same for each and every candidate regardless of their ability to either raise or contribute more money to their own campaign. Money has corrupted our political integrity, and the only way to restore that integrity is to ‘starve the beast’.

I’ll be listening Mr. President, and I hope to hear some straight talk in the coming months… straight talk backed by swift action, the American people are waiting too.

Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers
Your Gadfly Granny


  1. Marcia, I love your optimism, your perseverance, and your honesty. Please keep these going. They're wonderful!

  2. Marcia,
    I had written two letters to President Obama in the days leading up to his speech and I wish he could have read them. They went:
    Good-Day President Obama,
    I have suggested this two times to your contact sites and will repeat it as I see it as an escentual part of our recovery and for the price, a good bargain.

    You want to stimulate the economy. Allow people with Ideas to at least register them for free so that they can start really looking for investors with confidence and you will be surprised what will come out of that.

    We need innovations for the 21st century and I have 3 at this moment but will not put them to paper because of wealthy robbers in a "free market". Otherwise I don't see much hope for our recovery.

    If I had the money I would be traveling the countryside converting biomass to biochar for farmers, but the BANKS don't believe in me so there goes my prospects for helping us get out of this...
    And then :
    Dear Mr. President,
    I know the times are tough.
    In tough times it is important not to miss thee needle in the haystack, but this is the third same needle I have thrown you and I hope it floats up to you in time for your address to the nation on Thursday.
    1/ There are a lot of people that have been out of work for over the legal time restrictions that impede them from coming out with new Ideas due to their previous employment.

    2/ Companies are sitting on a lot more money(than the Government has and) than they know what to do with.

    3/ YOU could really STIMULATE this down economy the way America became inventive, by offering FREE Patent Registration for whatever you feel is more important (I say everything...)

    This would protect the cash strapped inventors from being robbed by Companies and those Companies would be clamoring to help get those good ideas to market and people would be ready for more efficient "Gadgets" and hence we would become more efficient. And for $800-$900 a Patent, what a deal...
    A devotee to good times.
    Jean=Luc Giraud

    As it turned out President Obama did take some action on Patents, probably from lawyer's advise, saying that he would speed up the patenting process but all I see is that this is going to freeze the production process with mounting lawsuit,so I have joined a company that tries to help inventors find prior instances of Patents