Dear White House advisors,
There is a crazy assumption in recent comments from both Mr. Biden and the president that seem to indicate they think progressives want the Democrats to lose. I’d say that’s a pretty insignificant number in the online community.
Mostly, we get mad because we think the administration is blowing it.
The biggest problem with the base isn’t what they read on blogs. It’s that they’re out of work (and out of unemployment checks), they STILL can’t afford to see a doctor and that won’t change for another four years, and they don’t see anyone addressing their present circumstances — right here, right now.
The other day, I found a lump on my neck. I’m unemployed, no insurance, I live off donations from my readers. I’m not eligible for Medicaid or food stamps — because I have just enough donations in my bank account to cover next month’s rent and bills, making me ineligible. So I’m supposed to show up at the city clinic at 7 a.m. and wait in line with the junkies, hoping I’m one of the people without appointments who will get in that day. (I did get an appointment, but not until November.)
Does no one there get this? People are asking for help and instead they’re being told to shut up, sit down and be grateful. For what? For the person who has two degrees and is on food stamps for the first time in his 50s? For realizing we’ll probably never have real jobs, with real benefits, again?
And even worse, for knowing you can’t in good conscience urge your kids to go to college, since there’s a reasonable chance they won’t ever get a good enough job to cover the loan payments.
Why does no one in the administration seem to understand the despair of ordinary people? If you want them to have hope, give them something to hope for. Announce that the Democrats will add another retroactive tier of unemployment benefits. Figure out some sort of bridge program where people will be able to get medical care — let the 55s and older buy into Medicare until the new law kicks in. Something tangible, something that will offer them some immediate relief.
This “buck up” stuff? It’s just plain stupid. Who is it aimed at, and what do they think it will accomplish?
Just Another DFH
UPDATE: Or maybe, as Jane says, this is really about protecting Obama from the blame for massive mid-term losses.