Jul 22, 2010

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Another Obama Email

This must be my lucky week! A few days ago, I received an email from Michelle Obama; yesterday, I received an email from Barack Obama. (See image of email below my signature.) I would guess that I have somehow ended up on an email list for the Democratic National Committee.

Barack begins the email with a warm, “When you and I set out on this journey three years ago, we knew that ours would be a lengthy struggle to build a new foundation for this country –one that would require squaring off against the special interests who had spent decades stacking the deck in their favor. Today, it is clear that you have shifted the odds.” He then goes on to discuss signing the Finance Reform Bill and how it “represents the most sweeping reforms of Wall Street since the Great Depression, and the toughest consumer financial protections this nation has ever seen.”

Barack continues to discuss how the Recovery Act has “turned 22 months of job losses into six consecutive months of private-sector job growth. And it is a foundation reinforced by the historic health reform we passed this spring, which is already giving new benefits to more than 100 million Americans, ushering another 1 million Americans into coverage by next year.”

He writes about Organizing for America, discussing how he will, along with this group, “move forward in the months ahead on the tough fights we have yet to finish.” He also claims that this “movement has never catered to the conventional wisdom of Washington. And we have fought to ensure that our progress is never held hostage by our politics.”

This latest email was a bit different from the first – it blatantly seeks donations to “help Organizing for America lay the groundwork for the fights ahead.”There is even a link inserted to the page https://donate.barackobama.com/WallStreetReformed not once, but twice within the email. (See image to the left.) Note, Organizing for America is a “project” of the DNC – according to the disclaimer at the bottom of the email.

Of course, he closes the email with another reminder of how he needs me to “Please donate $5 or more today.”

I found the entire email interesting and thought provoking.

First of all, I am not a supporter of the Obama administration, neither financially, nor fundamentally. I do not support the health reform that was passed, nor do I buy into the supposed “job creation” that Barack seems to think is happening or that this finance reform will be good for the “average Joe.”

What I do see is that many people remain unemployed or underemployed. I see many family and friends who have had their places of employment shut down by the government (auto dealers), move to other countries (for the cheap labor) or raise health insurance premiums to ridiculously high costs. I see big banks swallowing up other banking institutions, sticking it to their customers with high fees and poor customer service. I see college graduates being deemed “over qualified” to work retail jobs, even though there are not jobs available in their field of study.

Just as the Affordable Care Act was pushed through, so it goes with this Finance Reform Bill. Just as the Affordable Care Act will cost every taxpayer hundreds of thousands of dollars, I believe this Finance Reform Bill will end up costing every taxpayer more money. Banking institutions, especially the larger ones such as Chase, Bank of America, Fifth Third, etc, will find creative ways to siphon money from their customers to get around the stipulations in the latest bill.

Just as I do not need, or want, the government controlling my health care, I do not need the government to protect me from “predatory lending,” to help me read the “fine print” of contracts or to determine where to do my financial business. I also have no sympathy for people who did sign for mortgages on big homes they really could not afford or for those who have spent more than they could afford. 

Barack and Michelle Obama can continue to send out as many emails as they want. This American Citizen, this voter, will not buy into their rhetoric anymore than she bought into that of previous administrations, no matter party affiliation. The “conventional wisdom of Washington,” to which Barack referred, is not conventional or wise – it is bought by politicians and paid for on the backs of taxpayers.  I do hope others who receive the email are smart enough to realize this is yet another ploy to dupe folks into thinking everything the administration is doing is for their benefit, when in fact the opposite is true.

What is your opinion? Thoughts? Do share!

~Karen

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