| In his (New York Times) column this morning Paul Krugman perfectly articulates the case for "just say no" to extending the tax breaks for the wealthy and capitulating to political blackmail.
So let's see if we can get a "Just say no" campaign rolling to embolden the President. Let's tell the President Obama to just say no by copying this email and sending it to the Whitehouse: firstname.lastname@example.org or anyone else.
Please Mr. President:
"Just say no" to the GOP political terrorists that use blackmail to hold hostage the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. They are terrorizing some of the least fortunate among us.
"Just say no" to the Wall Street bribery and corruption that has bought off so many Senators that they just can't help but feather the nests of hedge fund managers at the expense of the nation.
"Just say no" to the weaklings in the Senate Democratic leadership who continually bargain against themselves and cower in the face of belligerent Republicans.
"Just say no" to that little voice inside you that keeps saying "be careful", "this is risky" so "play it safe and extend the tax cuts for the wealthy".
"Just say no" to that gremlin that telling you to violate one of your most sacred campaign promises to the American people.
"Just say no" to the little devil standing on your shoulder telling you to betray the millions who lined up behind you in 2008 with all their hopes and dreams.
"Just say no" as Paul Krugman suggests to extending the tax cuts for anyone, if you must, to back down the bullies. Some will berate you for it, but they won't vote for you anyway. The people who did vote for you, will again, if you show the courage that they're longing for. It will instill again the faith in you that they have now lost; and they're willing to pay for it.
(I saw this at http://leftinthewest.com/ )
....and while you're at it, send it along to Max Baucus and John Tester.
Krugman articulates the case perfectly. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12...
"It's all or nothing, they say: all the Bush tax cuts must be extended. What should Democrats do?
The answer is that they should just say no. If G.O.P. intransigence means that taxes rise at the end of this month, so be it.....if Democrats give in to the blackmailers now, they'll just face more demands in the future.....they'll (Republicans) have every incentive to keep taking hostages. If the president will endanger America's fiscal future to avoid a tax increase, what will he give to avoid a government shutdown?
So Mr. Obama should draw a line in the sand, right here, right now. If Republicans hold out, and taxes go up, he should tell the nation the truth, and denounce the blackmail attempt for what it is.
Yes, letting taxes go up would be politically risky. But giving in would be risky, too - especially for a president whom voters are starting to write off as a man too timid to take a stand. Now is the time for him to prove them wrong."