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.
Your Gadfly Granny