My latest letter to President Obama/Alan Simpson must go edition
I’m back, sort of, though still buried in start of term nonsense,
But just to dip my toe back in the water — here’s what I just shot off at Whitehouse.gov on the subject of why those who hate you get so much love. It amazes me still that the White House just doesn’t seem to get it.
Alan Simpson’s truth telling on his view of Social Security is exactly what we need right now: the organizing incident that should allow us to let the voters know what a GOP return to power really means.
And yet, instead of fighting that good fight (and getting lots of folks like me revved up again– see below) as of now, President Obama seems content to accept the usual non-apology. Stupid policy and stupid politics, all before breakfast.
Yes, I’m that grouchy.
Anyway — here’s what I wrote. Feel free to express yourselves to 44 at this address.
Alan Simpson’s remarks about Social Security were offensive — no, strike that — brutally demeaning to all those in retirement scraping by, and to all those who work hard to understand the serious problems we face as a nation.But that’s not the real problem, nor the reason I ask you to force Simpson off the committee. Rather, it is his commitment, revealed again, but pursued over decades, to destroy the entire Social Security system, rather than to reform it as needed.Look — I get emails daily from President Obama, from OfA, from all kinds of folks, asking me to renew the extraordinary effort I put out to create the kind of country I believe we need in 2008. I spent more than I had, and I took weeks off my job to pound on doors in New Hampshire for candidate Obama and the rest of the Democratic ticket.Now you want me to sign up again — and yet you give a position of enormous influence and some real power to a man who stands against everything I stand for.You gotta make a choice. You want me — and by extension the Democrats who view government as a crucial tool in building a better society — to pony up time and cash this year? Then choose sides now.Simpson has to go, both for substantive reasons and because the one thing we all need now the most is a reason to get out into the fight again before November. Trust me: it’s good for all kinds of reasons to take a stand against those who stand against you.Make it happen.Yours,Tom Levenson
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