To: President Donald Trump
Tell President Obama to put American people ahead of his own reelection agenda.
Please listen to your own chief economic advisor, Gene Sperling, as well as to Paul Krugman, Senator Charles Schumer, and other liberal leaders who urge decisive action to galvanize the U.S. economy. It would be disastrous to persist in the do-nothing policies of political advisors like David Plouffe and William Daley, whose only 'strategy' appears to be avoiding confrontation with Tea Party extremists.
Why is this important?
According to Binyamin Appelbaum and Helene Cooper, writing in the New York Times, "White House Debates Fight on Economy" (published: August 13, 2011):
"Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Plouffe, and his chief of staff, William M. Daley, want him to maintain a pragmatic strategy of appealing to independent voters by advocating ideas that can pass Congress, even if they may not have much economic impact. These include free trade agreements and improved patent protections for inventors.
"But others, including Gene Sperling, Mr. Obama’s chief economic adviser, say public anger over the debt ceiling debate has weakened Republicans and created an opening for bigger ideas like tax incentives for businesses that hire more workers, according to Congressional Democrats who share that view. Democrats are also pushing the White House to help homeowners facing foreclosure."
Our goal is to persuade President Obama to listen to the advice of economists who have sound ideas about putting this country back on the path of prosperity. In order to achieve this, he must be willing to fight for what is right instead of persistently caving in to those whose primary adenda consists in nothing more than appealing to "independent voters" (read: those who don't have a clue about what needs to be done).