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An open letter to the Obama re-election campaign

Updated on August 16, 2012
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Mighty Mom is a keen observer of life. She shares her personal experiences and opinions in helpful and often amusing ways.

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Dear Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and the rest of you who bombard my email daily:

Please stop. Please stop sending me the same dire message over and over.

Please stop reminding me that you are campaigning against a multi-millionaire backed by several billionaires. Please stop updating me on how badly your campaign is being "outspent" by the Romney campaign.

Please stop asking me for $25.

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You should be proud of being outspent!

It's not that I don't want you to win in November. I do. I really do.

It's just that your constant pleas for paltry sums of money do not inspire me to believe you will win, or that you believe you will win. I mean, if you're so desperate that you have to email me every day for $25, you really must be in trouble. Even if you got 1 million of your supporters to kick in $25 each, that would still only be $25 million. Chump change.

Do I believe there is a large fundraising gap between the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign? Absolutely.

But that should be GOOD news, not bad!

Think about it.

Isn't that the whole point?

Isn't this election about the fact that Mr. Romney, himself a multi-millionaire former vulture capitalist, pals around (only) with other mega-money people? Shouldn't we expect him to bring in a boatload of cash with the snap of his fingers?

I'd be a bit worried if the Obama campaign were out-fundraising Romney & Co.

Whereas you, Mr. Obama, represent us rank and file Americans. You know who I mean. We're the Americans whose mortgages are underwater that you've helped with programs like HARP. The ones whose jobs have been shipped overseas to countries where there is no minimum wage. Americans who have worked hard for years -- decades even -- who now find themselves unemployed with their unemployment benefits running out with little hope of being rehired. Americans who cannot afford to send our kids to college without burdening them with student loans they'll be working off for the rest of their lives (assuming they can find jobs).

You are the president for people like me. Not the millionaires; the millions of formerly middle class Americans who are hobbling along working two, maybe three jobs to keep food on the table. Since all of these jobs are part-time, they do not offer benefits. So we have no health insurance. You understand, I know, that people like me are playing Russian roulette just waiting for Little Suzie to burst an appendix or Mom to be diagnosed with diabetes. Then we can add bankruptcy to the list of "yets" we never, as hard-working American Dreamers, imagined we would be facing in our lifetime.

You understand exactly what we're facing. And you've actually done something about it. Yet (and please pardon my frankness here), you and your policies are getting pounded like nails. Instead of the country being jazzed about the Affordable Care Act, it's being packaged and sold as "Obamacare" by the opposition -- and they've turned public sentiment against it.

I could go on and on about the many accomplishments of your administration. Accomplishments you should be proud of and that Americans should also be proud of.

Instead of proactively owning those messages, you're allowing "them" to taint your record with lies and distortions. This is not new to campaign season. It's not just ads paid by Super PACS doing this damage.


The adult in the room

I know you don't like to wrestle in the mud. I know you prefer to take the high road. We all watched how you handled Congress during that ridiculous debt ceiling debacle. You were the adult in the room.

No doubt the constant pounding of Mitch McConnell and his cronies in Congress, not to mention Limbaugh and the other windbags on Faux News, have left you tired and frustrated. I get that.

Of course you're sick and tired of their attacks. Everyone is! But now is not the time to let them see you sweat. Now's the time to muster up some energy and enthusiasm. I mean, it kills me to see Mitt Romney all manic like a bobblehead. Someone wound him up and told him to go be perky. And so he is.

We don't expect perky from you, Mr. President. But we do expect more confidence than you've been showing. It's possible to be sincere and swagger (just a little) at the same time. Don't you remember?

Please do not come to me with hat in hand admitting The Manchurian Candidate has you on the run. I can't believe that. I won't believe that.

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I must admit I am confused. Here you are the incumbent. You're way more likable than Romney. You're presiding over a Congress with a 12% approval rating -- and everyone in America knows they've been busting your balls since day one. Surely you could use that to your advantage?

I know W left you a giant mess to clean up. I know the recession would have been even more devastating had you not intervened. But "It could have been worse" is not exactly catchy. I know you cannot single-handedly create jobs in this country. But by God, you can point out the hypocrisy of the class of 2010 who rode in on the promise of jobs, jobs, jobs, then created a mass (false) distraction with deficits and debt ceilings and defense of marriage. Now those same people are using their jobs, jobs, jobs mantra against you.

Okay. So I get that it's not that easy to frame or reframe issues in the mind of the public. However, we're on the same team here. We're talking about framing issues to your own supporters.

And even there, you're doing yourself a disservice.

Let me say this again: I am truly dismayed by the constant barrage of money requests. More than that, I'm disheartened by the abject tone of your requests.

It's only August and already I am exhausted. I've got fundraising fatigue.

Enough with the dismal drumbeat of defeat. "They're outspending us." "We've got to close the funding gap." 'Romney's holding another $40,000 a plate fundraiser." "Do you know where Paul Ryan is? Why he's over in Las Vegas cozying up to some casino owner who's vowed to give 20 gazillion dollars to make Obama a one-term president."

And at the end of every email, the same half-hearted pitch to send you $25 by midnight tonight.

Unh hunh. And if we all clap our hands Tinkerbell will be revived.

Fear is the strongest motivator

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You're smarter than this

Where are the rah-rah messages to rally your base? What happened to the Barack Obama of 2008? You remember him, the one who sailed right past the heiress apparent to the Democratic nomination? The one who tromped John McCain and his Tea Party pitbull with lipstick in the general election?
Are you telling me that you beat Hillary Clinton and John McCain solely becuase you raised more money than they did?

I doubt that very much.

As I recall, you beat them both by going over and around the mainstream media. You engaged in a brilliant social media campaign using Facebook and Twitter. You inspired people to get out there and work for you with your message of Hope and Change. You rallied support at the grassroots level.

You knew then that paid advertising can only do so much.

In 2008 you had incredible charisma and star power. You had a positive vision of making America great again.You were hailed as a brilliant political tactician. And I gotta hand it to you, you pulled it off.

In 2012 you still have charisma. Plus you have political capital. You still have a positive vision for America and it's even closer now than it was four years ago.

You know -- because you did it -- what it really takes to win over this country.

I don't care how much money Romney throws at this challenge. He doesn't know how to win over this country. You do.



Take away the money and who's left?

I'm asking you point blank

You keep asking me, "Are you in?"

I could ask you the same question.

Show me Barack is Back. Show me something remotely clever (how about "Obama CARES" as a start) or inspiring. You are in a strength position. Lead from there.

Show me that brilliant political tactition who swooped into town in 2008. Show me you remember how to organize boots on the ground to create a groundswell of excitement.

Show me you're really IN it to WIN it.

Because if you really are, you'll stop pestering me for $25.

I want to support you. I do. So ask me for my time. Ask me to spread the love. Ask me to contribute in a way that makes a real difference. Just like you've tried so hard to do.

You probably can't outspend the opposition. But you can outsmart them.

Please, President Obama. Get out there and show these people the presidency of the United States is not for sale.

Yours truly,

MIghty Mom

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    • tsadjatko profile image

      TSAD 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      And did you know Joe the plumber died...guess who killed him!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEhvF8b8Mrg&fea...

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      TSAD 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      ''thrilled with the DJ rising 206 points. My goodness, at 13,500, it won't be long till we break the high of 14,000 set in 2007.'

      Why is the stock market so high when the whole world seems to be sitting on the edge of a fiscal cliff?

      Let's take a look at what will happen if Obama is elected?

      If Obama is reelected, unemployment will remain very high, maybe go even higher as business will not hire without some idea of the long term tax rates, estate tax, and just the fear of confiscation in one form or another like the "it's not a tax?" Obamacare. So with high unemployment there is very little labor power to increase wages. Inflation remains very low. Companies will continue to pile up cash making them less risky from a credit standpoint. Interest rates stay very low, yield spreads continue to contract. Companies continue to refinance debt at low rates adding to earnings which bolsters stock prices. A virtuous cycle. Companies can be stingy on dividends and executives can once again make big money on their options because they plow the corporate earnings back into buying back stock.

      The wealthy become wealthier and the middle and lower class suffer with high unemployment, high gas prices, they get more tax breaks but since half of them don’t pay any taxes its not a big deal and they stay in line because their guy tells the sheeple how hard he has worked for them.

      Now who do you think is the one who really favors the rich?

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Jean Bakula

      ''if Obama wins, it will be 4 more years of people opposing him no matter what he says'' Obama's leadership is the problem.For example

      Obama threatens Congress that if they pass a certain bill that he don't like , Obama tells Congress ( before it is voted on and passed ) that he will veto the bill. The President don't MAKE LAW , CONGRESS MAKES LAW. Obama tells the people '' if Congress don't pass a certain bill, he will go around Congress '' and sign an executive order to supersede Congress.

      The Constitution to Obama appears to be only a piece of paper. Our government is not a dictatorship as Obama believes. The US Constitution has checks and balances , that when used properly gives the people the power, not one politician. Obama lies and needs to find another place to be arrogant .We are a nation '' of the rule of law ''. Obama's actions many times HAVE BEEN IN direct violation of the law

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Decaying international issues? Most countries like Obama, and enjoy dealing with him. There isn't much we can do about the Middle East, they hold the same grudges for 5,000 years, and I know their young people must want to move forward instead of fighting about Bible boundaries which don't exist. Jerusalem should belong to the world, like the Vatican or Washington DC, and Israel doesn't play fair anyway, Obama calls them out on it. We give them all their weapons, and why should we keep backing them when they keep building settlements on Palestinean land every time they vow they won't. They lie all the time. They have their country, let them defend themselves, like other countries do. I am not anti semetic, but charity begins at home. We need to focus on making our own country whole again, no matter who wins. If this divisive attitude continues if Obama wins, it will be 4 more years of people opposing him no matter what he says, out of hate. It's despicable. I, too, get upset seeing Romney ads on my writing, but it's only 2 more weeks.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      You are entitled to you opinion, certainly.

      I can see it's not your own, however.

      Same old right wing talking points.

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      Ken Burgess 5 years ago from Florida

      Obama has run a spiteful, divisive campaign because he has become that way in spirit. If re-elected, his taxes on businesses will worsen an already deplorable unemployment situation. Its his unwillingness to deal with harsh realities, be it compromise in Washington or how harshly you must deal with Terrorists in the Middle East... his support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt for example is nothing short of a stamp of approval to Al-Qaeda itself.

      Romney is the only option we have to worsening situations on nearly every front... be they economical, debt and deficit spending, Washington gridlock, or decaying international issues.

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      susansisk 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

      I too, as a supporter, get emails daily. I have donated through them several times now, and don't like getting them daily. I guess they realize that someone like me isn't going to put in $100, but will donate $20 several times.

      As I write this, tonight is the second debate. I am praying that Mitt Romney will be caught in some of his lies tonight.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I so appreciate your setting both my thinking and the record straight here, Jon!

      Two Fox News, a Facebook and a YouTube reference.

      Your commitment to fair and balanced reporting is impressive.

      Have a great day and keep the rebuttals coming! MM

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Mighty Mom

      ''thrilled with the DJ rising 206 points. My goodness, at 13,500, it won't be long till we break the high of 14,000 set in 2007.''

      The federal reserve announced that they will be purchasing $40 billion of bonds from the government for as many months it takes to keep interest rates low, meaning they will be printing more dollars. The printing of more dollars is not a good thing for the poor and the middle class, apparently you’re happy that the rich will become richer.

      To day the value of the dollar is 20% less, printing more dollars deflates the value of the dollar more. What happens after the dollar shrinks, the cost of food, gasoline and other necessities will cost more. get ready for the next move ‘’ inflation’’.

      The debates are in the control of liberal newscasters , it may look like a one sided biased debate. Time will tell if the debates will be FAIR AND BALANCED.

      ‘’How many lies did the fact checkers identify in his speech?’’ Fact-checkers find exaggerations in Obama, Biden conventions speeches

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/08/bend-it...

      Paul Ryan Responds to Fact-Checkers Who Took Him to Task on RNC Speech

      http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/08/30/paul-ryan-res...

      The President's Speech Distorts the Truth to Distract From His Failed Record

      http://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-ryan/the-presid...

      Paul Ryan Rejecting the President's Path of Debt, Doubt, and Decline

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedd...

      Don’t tell anyone, you are one of my favorite hubbers because of your honesty and unbiased posts…..

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello Jon,

      Always a pleasure to see your additions to my hub.

      As it happens, today is a really good day to bring up the topic of the economy. I don't know about you, but I'm thrilled with the DJ rising 206 points. My goodness, at 13,500, it won't be long till we break the high of 14,000 set in 2007.

      I'm sure you are also delighted with the news the Federal Reserve has lowered interest rates through 2015.

      I do agree, this whole impasse thing in Congress is a drag.

      I personally don't have the stomach to play chicken. I can't imagine if that were my job, and I was there to represent the people who elected me, that I could knowingly and wilfully put their best interests and their country' s future at risk just to make a political point.

      I just don't know how your people do that. Or frankly, how they live with themselves.

      As for the debates, they are always a good time. It will be nice for Joe Biden not to have to tie one hand behind his back this time. Young Paul is quite the silver tongued devil, isn't he? And I do use that word deliberately. How many lies did the fact checkers identify in his speech? 8?

      Alas, your candidate Mr. Romney seems to be having some oratory challenges of late. I know he has been busy prepping for the debates with Rob Portman. It sure would be nice if Mr. Portman provides him with some substantive answers, as he appears not to have any of his own.

      Oh yes. It will be a such fun. I can hardly wait. Probably a lot like the RNC vs. the DNC. No comparison. We all know who's really the empty chair, now don't we?

      Great chatting with you, Jon. Thanks so much for stopping by! MM

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      jantamaya

      ''The economy it will turn around. This is sure. The question only is, how fast it will happen''

      A Good Reason to Vote For Change in November !

      The Senator Coburn report '' WASTE IN GOVERNMENT'' http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/rightnow...

      U.S. families lost 39% of net worth in three years (2007-2010)

      http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/323577/3/US-famil...

      Recession Possible if Impasse Persists, Budget Office Says

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/business/congres...

      economy could relapse into a recession

      The beging of the end! Mark your calendar, Oct. 03,2012 will be the first Presidential debate.

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      We can hope. If he wins, it will be close. And the same people may shut up a bit, but will still not like him. I think the extremes the R's have gone to will get more D's elected in the States.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      It's addictive. I get crazed around election time. Four years ago I wrote a lot about Palin.

      Hoping for some sanity to return after the election. One way or the other, this insane character assassination will have to stop. Won't it? LOL.

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Stay strong. Most sites don't allow topics which cause bickering on them. Having said that, I like the HP community more than any of the others. I'm unsure if it's because it was my *first* lol, or what. Because the people on those forums are nasty. But I wasted my whole week either arguing or reading them. Normally I would have written 3 articles this week. Yikes.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      The $25 requests continue. Did you get the one offering a chance to meet Beyonce and JayZ in NY?

      I'm with you. I will make phone calls to swing states.

      Concerns me that the news is reporting today big leads for Obama in swing states. I wish they would report the opposite, so the Rs don't feel panicked.

      I wonder, really, why the rest of the country even bothers to vote, if it all comes down to Ohio, Florida and Virginia?

      I wish I trusted the process more. But we've seen how the system can be rigged between Diebold voting machines and hanging chads and closing polls early with long lines still waiting in Dem precincts. It's sick.

      But thanks for reading and commenting on my letter.

      Haven't heard from Team Obama about it:-).

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I love this letter. The issue I see with Dems is that they need to get some er "stones" as the kids say. I am sick of the money requests too. I support Obama. I want that excitement I felt on Inaugeration Day, when I had tears in my eyes and felt like it was the 60's again, like "we" made a difference. Obama is a strong willed guy. He has to make us love him again. He's charmed, disciplined, and took the high road. It's hard to take the high road when scumbags are tearing you apart and spreading lies. But he's intelligent, and he needs to kick the lying R asses, tell them straight out to stop wasting our country's time and engaging idiots who wouldn't know the Truth if it fell on their heads. I know he can do it, but he better get going. I am also mobilizing friends for phone calls, or door to door chats if necessary. I can't bear the thought of Romney as our Pres and lying Paul Ryan as VP.

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 5 years ago from UK

      The economy it will turn around. This is sure. The question only is, how fast it will happen. I never could understand the huge expectation of change IN SECONDS. Because the so called "change' took much longer, many began to show their disappointment with the president. But they weren't able to see how unrealistic they were... This makes me sad.

      I really hope that it isn't money in 2012, and of course Obama won 2008 not ONLY because of money. He was great and he still is (see his last speech).

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I appreciate your insights jantamaya! I don't believe money was why Obama won in 2008. People wanted a fresh direction after 8 years of Bush. Obama used social media well, captured young voters and had a strong ground operation. We will see this year if it really is money. If it is, Romney will win. He has access to more $ than Obama. But I still believe one-to-one, phone calls, get out the vote is where it's at. I can't give $25 every time he emails me. But I am happy to make phone calls!

      Keep the faith that the good work he started will continue and the economy will turn around, too!

      Thanks for visiting. MM

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 5 years ago from UK

      Dear Mighty Mom, I love you for this powerful hub. I really do! I hope, Barak Obama did read it. I really hope it. I also love some of your impressive expressions, for example “Tea Party pitbull with lipstick”, concerning Mss.S.P., and “Obama CARES”! Wow! Love it! At the end, I’m afraid that Obama won 2008, because he was able to collect more money than McCain. This is sad, but it looks like the money governs, not the people… I hope, I’m wrong and Obama stays as president.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Now there's a good plan. If I make them cough up a lung, and you make them cough up a lung, then that's minus two lungs. They are out of air and have to stop talking bullsh#t!

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      lol!!! I second that....Hillary Clinton 2016!! yay!!

      (I know we probably made some people on here cough up a lung...heehee)

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Great to meet you, stayingalivemoma! We are much alike in our views. I support Obama in ways that hopefully are worth something, but are not monetary. I simply don't have $25 to drop every time they have a deadline.

      I'm dismayed at how partisan things have become. But like you, I keep the faith in my fellow Americans. There are many, many people here in America who care about each other's well-being and want to see us prosperous and free again. Let's do this! OBAMA 2012, Hillary Clinton 2016. MM

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I love the back and forth between you and Jon, aside from that. I support President Obama...I get the emails, the requests for cash, etc. But, I still support him. I forward the emails to friends and family, I am a part of:

      I will vote for Obama in 2012 (Facebook)

      Women for Obama (Facebook)

      and of course I 'like; his page on Facebook.

      I love to see stimulating conversion here on Hubpages about this year's election. It's nice to see that we can still be adults and agree to disagree.

      One thing I know for sure is that I don't want some man, who knows nothing about being a woman, telling me what I can/can't, should/shouldn't do with my body. I think Mitt is all wrong for women, all wrong for the middle class and all wrong for America.

      OBAMA 2012!

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Good for you, Debby! I have resisted giving the $25. Gave it to an environmental group instead. Direct impact. In terms of presidential campaign, it seems like such a ridiculous amount against mega millions from corporations. Agree with you on Hillary. Never quite got over Obama "stealing" the nomination from her in 2008:-). Still HOPEFUL to see her in the WH. Hear good things about Jill Stein. A symbolic vote. Like the many who believe in Ron Paul (including young idealists like my son and his friends!). To better days.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Good for you, Debby! I have resisted giving the $25. Gave it to an environmental group instead. Direct impact. In terms of presidential campaign, it seems like such a ridiculous amount against mega millions from corporations. Agree with you on Hillary. Never quite got over Obama "stealing" the nomination from her in 2008:-). Still HOPEFUL to see her in the WH. Hear good things about Jill Stein. A symbolic vote. Like the many who believe in Ron Paul (including young idealists like my son and his friends!). To better days.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Mighty Mom ~ You're an idealist of sorts to continue supporting Obama. I'm not happy with all I see, hear and read these days. I'm voting for Jill Stein, and I would be happy to financially give that $25 to Hillary Clinton if she were running for president. However, I feel this entire form of election, with contenders raising so much money that should be put to good philanthropic use building this country, instead of making parties and marketing strategies as a total waste. The entire policy of waste goes against the grain of learning how to save, invest, and build a solid energy independent, environmentally sustainable world. All the other countries of the world seem to be working harder at this mission. I'm voting Green Party this year for a change. Maybe I'm the idealist. Blessings, Debby

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      ''An open letter to the Obama re-election campaign''

      Obama chief strategist David Axelrod

      Live and uncut, scare tactics?

      http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/2012...

      Live and uncut as Fox News promises.'' fair and balanced'' '' we report you decide''

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Mighty Mom

      ''But let's not get Medicare and Medicaid and private insurance confused here.''With the exception of Medicaid ( all government ) and Medicare ( government pays a portion of cost). Private supplement insurance is necessary to pay provider services since Medicare only pays a portion of the healthcare service. Obamacare in order to save money cuts payments to providers, supposedly a wonderful thing. In essence co-pays increase and private insurance will need to pay more to providers. Everything passes down to the low man on the pole.

      June3.2011 Ryan and Van Hollen Debate Medicare Proposals 6/3/11 '' THE TRUTH ''

      http://foxnewsinsider.com/2011/06/03/ryan-and-van-...

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Exactly! Missing the unemployed group, including people who are not and never will be employed by employers of 50+ employees, IS missing a huge amount to be in the pool.

      But let's not get Medicare and Medicaid and private insurance confused here.

      Medicare has nothing to do with employer-provided health insurance.

      Anyway, appreciate your continued participation here, Jon Ewall.

      Maybe I should write a hub specifically about Obamacare!

      Best, MM

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Mighty Mom

      ''result of government taxing suppliers'' JUST A PART OF THE PROBLEM. Other actions by the government adds to the rates going higher . If people are working, employers provide insurance for their workers. Missing the unemployed group is a huge amount not being in the pool.

      Ryan and Van Hollen Debate Medicare Proposals 6/3/11 '' THE TRUTH ''

      http://foxnewsinsider.com/2011/06/03/ryan-and-van-...

      http://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-ryan/the-presid...

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi John,

      Thanks for presenting a balanced view of these issues!

      So if we have 49 million more people being covered with insurance, that should logically bring the premiums down for all. Of course, most of those 49 million will not be getting insured through the private carriers. They will be eligible for Medicaid. However, Obamacare does funnel quite a few more insureds into their state insurance pools, which I understand are contracted with private insurers. Not to mention when insurance companies insure people with preexisting conditions and kids up to 26. More insured spread the risk.

      But surely you are not seriously saying that the outrageously high premiums being charged now are the result of government taxing suppliers. If so, that is the most creative explanation I've heard yet.

      Thanks again for participating here. MM

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Mighty Mom

      It is apparent that some people don't understand how more people in the pool keeps preminum costs down. If the government taxes suppliers, those cost will be passed down to the people who purchase insurance.

      Check this hub out.

      3/3/10 healthcare

      Obama Health Reform Insurance

      https://hubpages.com/politics/ObamaHealthReformIns...

      Obama presented his Health Reform Insurance plan

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Well, yes and no. It was supposed to be about Jobs, Jobs, Jobs starting in 2010. However, the focus very quickly shifted to Deficit, Deficit, Deficit. The result of that "little" stalemate is we are about to go through Taxmageddon.

      Your comment about the 14 million plus people out of work "depressing the insurance pools" made me LOL. I think being out of work DEPRESSES the unemployed more than it does the insurance pools. But then, I have never actually sat in the position of an insurance underwriter making the determination whether to cover or reject an applicant. Nor have I had the opportunity to do something about COBRA payments which are well beyond what unemployed people can pay because they are at their old employer's rate. Duh.

      I'll grant you that too many people are out of work. But I won't take any pity on the insurance companies that they are losing customers because of it and that is the reason they are raising premiums.

      And BTW, why is having a job tied to health insurance anyway? Seems like a drag on our employers' competitiveness against countries where healthcare is provided to all citizens.

      I agree America needs jobs. From what I've read Obama's stimulus did work but should have been more and bigger.

      Tossing more bones to companies that are are already SITTING ON a stockpile of cash is not going to incent them to create jobs. The GOP needs to come up with a NEW PLAN because trickle down doesn't fool anyone anymore!

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Mighty Mom

      ''Obama cannot run solely on bashing Romney, because his real problem is a hijacked Congress.''

      Let's not forget that Congress is the Senate and the House. The Senate is holding up 30 jobs bills passed by the House. Note that Obama and the Democrats have had 2/3s control of the government since Jan. 2007 up to the present. In 2009 and 2010, Obama had a super majority Democrat Congress. Without jobs , the economy and the US treasury are unable to provide the revenue the country needs to get out of the dumps.

      There are some 14 million plus out of work, they depress the insurance pools, hence premiums will continue to rise. The election is all about jobs jobs and jobs. Sounds like an old story, we have heard before.

      2/24/09

      President Barack Obama – [ F ] Address to Joint Session of Congress

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks

      Barak Obama Campaign Promises

      https://hubpages.com/politics/barakobamacampaignpr...

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting hub. Seems to have brought a lot of the Republicans out . . . personally, I'd say we're in a depression, not a recession. I guess it all depends on how hard a person has been hit.

      Really think it's all a bad play to screw us over by both parties and make it seem like nothing can be done about it so we'll let them keep screwing us over. We're so busy yelling at each other and hating each other that we don't have time to notice that the politicians (both parties) and big business are cleaning up at our expense.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi WritingPrompts. I wonder if it would do any good to let "them" know why we're not contributing. Do you think they are aware how little (read: no) discretionary income we have these days.

      I want to be excited but mostly I'm manically afraid of what could really happen in November.

      Meanwhile, glad to meet YOU! Welcome to HP! MM

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      Karen 5 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

      Me too. My vote is up for grabs, but this time around the money needs to stay in my wallet until it's time to pay the rent and buy groceries. Sorry, but that's the deal right now. All the fundraising letters make me less inclined to bother to vote at all. I'd like to be excited about my candidate, but it's hard when they come across like just one more bill collector. I want to believe that "boots on the ground" election day will mean more than "dollars in the pockets" every month between now and then.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      BB,

      In theory, I totally agree. In practice, however, it could really backfire on Obama. First, when reelected he will have to work with them still. Second, the public could rise up and gut Congress (not that I'm defending them) and we could end up with an even bigger Tea Party contingent on our hands.

      Backwards!

      Jon -- These are GREAT. I so appreciate your research. Will link to your hub and many of these additions.

      THANK YOU!

      MM

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Mighty Mom

      Since you enjoyed the links, how about a few more to keep your hub above the rest.

      The campaign Attacks on GST steel

      http://www.mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2012/06...

      KNOW the candidates BARACK OBAMA

      http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_31606...

      Joyce Foundation's Board of Directors was Barack Obama,

      Know your candidate for the presidency

      http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.a...

      An American citizen named Willard Mitt Romney

      https://giancarlolorenzo.hubpages.com/question/191...

      The President's Speech http://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-ryan/the-presid...

      June3.2011 Ryan and Van Hollen Debate Medicare Proposals 6/3/11 '' THE TRUTH ''

      http://foxnewsinsider.com/2011/06/03/ryan-and-van-...

      The vote in Nov. will be the most important one that will direct the country in the future.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      You always make me smile, Dusty! I hope your Congresspeople listen.

      Congrats on becoming a grandpa again soon.

      That's what really matters in life. The rest of this crap is just distraction and b.s.

      MM

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      I can't guess what he intends to do about it, but I heard the GOP Boner blow smoke up my a$$ and he's done jack, I don't care for Pelosi but I have to admit she's got more in her sack than most if not all the men on the hill.

      Obama could run and slam dunk this election if he stood up and verbally attacked with full sincerity to knock any possibility of the "UN-Peace Treaty" off the table once and for all, showing America that if he wants "TRUST" give us, the Law Abiding Citizens some of his trust and not allow a NON American organization the UN, NATO or the Arabs any power over the USA, he should simply say we do not negotiate our policy to be dictated by any one other than the people of the USA.

      I caught Putin's address from the BBC basically telling the UN and NATO that Russia will stand with out them as extra baggage.

      Obama has the ability to speak strong and eloquent like JFK and win the hearts and minds of the American people with a forward moving plan to bring the United States as a forerunner to the moon and more, so much more that they (those behind the curtain) stopped him, I remember the day and Bobby his younger brother intended on finishing his brothers task, they stopped him as well, I remember that too, and to be honest both of those assassinations marked my heart worse than 9/11/2001, maybe because I didn't know it had happened until 4 weeks later when I went to town. I didn't have TV, listened little to radio and didn't get the internet until early 2008.

      I want a leader that I can depend on and only need to check to see if we are still free once a month or so. I earned my paradise and retirement and I don't live lavishly, haven't seen a picture show since 1994 and don't eat at restaurants unless I'm in town and get hungry before I'm done restocking to return home for another few months of peace and quiet.

      He is the boss of the employees under him, straighten out a few things like Fast and Furious, and get those responsible to answer for their lack of oversight, Holder on down. Reign in Clinton from Her agenda of the UN-Peace Treaty and pushing to get our Constitution and it's 2nd Amendment crushed by an end run around congress.

      Americans who choose to vote are the Board of Directors that host Obama as CEO and put congress members on the payroll, so Wake Up America and get the Emails flying to get things done before Election Day to give Voters a Reason to turn out and vote, I have a reason and I email 2 congress members each week from states I don't live in as well as the one I do, Arizona. We have to, Obama has to, STOP fighting each other and find neutral ground to work from and then and only then can we as a country Indivisible move forward.

      I believe that would be cool and I would Love to see that before I die so my new grandson and the one getting ready to enter this world will have half a chance at a decent life and I can pass on in Peace.

      May the Blessings Be,

      dust

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I don't think it's just Congress. I think it's those who own Congress. But agreed. Obama has done so much better since he took the gloves off with Congress.

      Unless he calls their tactics out for what they are, the public ends up confused about where exactly Obama does stand and what he is willing to do and what he CAN do.

      It didn't work for Romney to run on a platform of "Anybody but Obama" so he called in Ryan, who at least stands strong for something (as distasteful as it is).

      Obama cannot run solely on bashing Romney, because his real problem is a hijacked Congress.

      Ok, Obama, so what do you intend to DO ABOUT IT?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Loved the letter! My stance from day one of this Congressional battle is that the President needs to actually battle. Go public and knock them on their asses over the airwaves....quit backing down and quit trying to placate the fat cats....the public would rise in support if the President would be willing to get down and get dirty. I'm tired of Congress dictating the terms of recovery.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      P.S. to Jon Ewall. Thanks for the terrific links. 'Xactly!

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      RFLMAO here. Google saw fit to place a Mitt Romney campaign ad on my hub. And we wonder why Obama's begging for spare change! LOL.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks, fellow hubbers, for reading and sharing your own thoughts. I'm not surprised this hit a chord with some of you. I knew I could not be the only one wondering what exactly I'm supporting in 2012. Because, Lynda you are spot on. I would amplify your tagline to read "I compromise. They don't. You lose."

      In the back of my mind there is this nagging thought. Which is, "Ok, the GOP showed they will NOT play ball. They shot him down in his first term. They vowed to make him a one-term president. What if they lose? What if he does get back in? Surely they will not suddenly start playing nice. Cooperating and saying, "Oh well, we'll stop holding America hostage now because it's the right thing to do."

      Ya think?

      Some really excellent points here. I appreciate them.

      Whatever it takes to get us energized and enthused and MAD and AFRAID (negative emotions are oh so powerful), let's do it. Let's join those MoveOn or People for the American Way out there on the streets handing out PINK SLIPS to show what a Romney/Ryan presidency would really mean for jobs.

      Action, not piddly sums of money, will win this election.

      Thanks again, MM

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      lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Like you, I'm tired of ALL the campaign funding requests, from everybody. And I can't even vote! Truth is, Mr. Obama can do a pretty song and dance for the cameras, but nothing changes the fact that he has found himself pretty much stymied by opposition and was ineffectual at dealing with it. If I had to come up with a tagline for his term, it would be "I compromise." He has yet to come through for most of his promises for his first campaign, and I for one, don't believe the Affordable Care Act is much to celebrate. It falls so far short of what is needed -- another compromise. True, he has had to battle stalwart opposition at every corner, but he seems so ineffectual. That said, his election is far more to be desired than the alternative. So if I could vote ...

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Being "white people"my self, I'm sad to see the race card dealt, again on a two way street, as well as it took many white votes to seat him the first time, the simple word "some" would have felt much better and be less divisive in a time that coming together is the goal.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Wow...simply put - just Wow! I could not agree more with every single one of your points! He needs to throw those shoulders back and start believing and formulating a strong, fact based campaign! He should be ashamed of himself for asking folks who have been suffering financially for years for $25.00 - or ANY amount! That is tantamount to standing on a street corner begging other beggars for a buck! Shameful - not that ANY of these people have any shame whatsoever! I predict an obama landslide - but - i've been reminded that factors which don't occur to me when it comes to the survival of a nation - such as that white people just don't like the color of obamas skin - could make or break this lowest, ugliest, and most ridiculous election..

      well worth voting, tweeting, and sharing..

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      WoW M.Mom kudos on a hard hitting open letter, You laid it out with heart and integrity that is impressing. I don't like preachers of the flesh telling me I'm going to heaven just send me your cash. They promise to send me pre blessed holy oil in a handy dandy vial that hanks around my neck. I'm not much on empty promises or liars or Manchurian type folks. My vision is blurred perhaps still yet Ron Paul can win,

      Peace and Blessings

      dusty

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      Rod Martin Jr 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I was 100% behind Obama 4 years ago, but the guy is entirely evil. Well, so is Romney. So was Bush.

      It's hard to see that evil if you live in the USA. Having lived outside the States for the last 5 years, it's now easy to see how the Corporate Party media kool-aid is poisoned.

      Obama has trashed the Constitution so many times, I've lost count. I'd like to remind him of his Oath of Office, but now I remember that he botched that and said that he re-took it later. But did he? Did he botch it on purpose as some sort of cosmic "finger-cross."

      And in recent news (not the Mainstream Corporate Media), Obama is in hot water with the Federal Courts about his use of the NDAA and its indefinite detention clauses against American citizens without due process.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZjXHjkzMD4

      There have been a few candidates who have not been puppets of Goldman-Sachs, but they rarely, if ever, get any exposure. Ron Paul was one of them. Heck, he could still win the GOP nomination, if Romney and the GOP elite don't strip all of his delegates of their credentials. As if fraud, stealing votes, changing votes, ignoring votes and ballot stuffing weren't enough.

      Obama is a true silver-tongued devil, but empty on promises. Gitmo? Last I heard, it was still open. How long did it take our troops to be pulled out of Iraq? And yet, we still have a presence there, despite there never having been WMDs or Al Qaeda camps, until we invaded.

      Enough with the Corporate wars of greed, for that's all they are.

      And Obama skyrocketed the national debt far faster than even Bush's insanity -- $5 Trillion in 3 years to Bush's $5T in 8. We're headed for a financial meltdown and all of those bought by Wall Street are pushing it faster and faster so the bubble will pop. When it does, Wall Street wins, and American citizens lose -- big time. The world will be toast and America will be ground zero.

      It doesn't have to end that way.

      Heck, we could elect someone with a track record of loving the Constitution -- someone like Ron Paul.

      Perhaps it's time to stop being partisan and start being American, before there's no America left.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Mighty Mom

      A terrific hub, enjoyed reading.'' I must admit I am confused.'' 2/24/09

      President Barack Obama – [ F ] Address to Joint Session of Congress http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks...

      9/610 labor day speech

      President Barak Obama’s Economic Stimulus

      https://hubpages.com/politics/PresidentBarakObamaE...

      Economic Stimulus package was revealed to a labor unions sponsored ev

      ''In 2008 you had incredible charisma and star power''

      Barak Obama Campaign Promises

      https://hubpages.com/politics/barakobamacampaignpr...

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I certainly agree with your message to the President and his campaign. If only he were as aggressive as I'd like him to be, and as liberal as his opponents would like to present him. But here we are on the verge of the 2012 election and we the choice between Obama or a continuation of Bush's policies and worse. Here's hoping for a better Dem come 2016, but for now, Obama2012.

      Also, I would tell you there is a handy feature allowing one to unsubscribe from the emails you've lamented, but had you used that you wouldn't have brought up such valid points about current circumstances! Well done, voted up and I look forward to reading your other works.