From: David Plouffe, BarackObama.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 2:10 PM
To: ME & MILLIONS MORE
Subject: Major announcement from Barack
Today and yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama announced key members of an economic team tasked with creating jobs, stabilizing the economy, and getting our country back on track.
Barack is bringing together some of the best minds in the country to make swift progress on the economic challenges we face.
Timothy F. Geithner, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will serve as Secretary of the Treasury. Lawrence H. Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton, will serve as Director of the National Economic Council.
Christina D. Romer will serve as Director of the Council of Economic Advisers, Melody C. Barnes will serve as Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and Heather A. Higginbottom will serve as Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council.
Peter Orszag, currently Director of the Congressional Budget Office, will serve as Office of Management and Budget Director, and Rob Nabors will serve as Deputy Director.
Watch the video of Barack's announcement yesterday and learn more about the economic team.
Barack's economic team has already begun work on a recovery plan, and he'll provide progress updates in the coming weeks. He'll also provide their initial recommendations to the incoming Congress.
You'll be instrumental in generating support to pass legislation that puts America on the road to recovery.
While we can't underestimate the challenge we face, we also can't underestimate the opportunity we have to bring the change our country needs.
Obama for America
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Dear President-elect Obama:
Congratulations on winning the election and dually on running the best ad campaign of 2008! I'm certain, of course, that your campaign having raised the most unprecedented amount of greenbacks in the history of politics had zero to do with the matter. However, I have one question for you: Where's any of that progressive CHANGE you promised? I've been looking everywhere for it and am completely exhausted! In spite of my blood, sweat and tears search, that kooky CHANGE has managed to remain cleverly elusive!
In the meantime – and with the greatest respect – are you completely kidding? Bringing together some of the "best minds in the country"? Says who? I don't recall reading you'd spoken with Noam Chomsky or Gore Vidal! No, these "geniuses" are some of the very same people who got America into the current fiscal crises in the first place. Just how are We to reasonably expect the same people who screwed things up so badly – unduly hailed as "geniuses" by the Washington PR machine – to "fix" things? You didn't even bother to change the cast of starring characters! This most certainly is NOT progress, instead, business as usual. "They say you're arrogant, but do you really think We're all that stupid? I'm feeling a little insulted.
What happened to those tax hikes for the wealthy? Oh wait, you had a CHANGE of heart – aww, how sweet for the most wealthy 3%! Now, those who need more money like I need a hole in my head will continue to have their breaks until Bush's cuts end in 2011. Certainly, nobody can accuse you of giving lame gifts! What a spectacular early Christmas present! Congrats. Now, the most wealth have two-plus more years to figure out how to beat the coming new system. And, regarding that jobs-creation on which you've rightfully seemed to be designating your focus? Truthfully, it's fairly unrealistic considering 100,000 people a month would have to be getting positions - right out of the starting gate - for your numbers to add up. I could be wrong, but there seems to be some fuzzy math involved here.
You and your cabinet are working closely with the Federal Reserve. Okay. Why??? The Fed is a private corporation, NOT a governmental agency! In addition, it's personally responsible for reducing our country to a system of credit and has devalued our currency to the point of fiat-hood. Tell you what, if you GET RID of the FED, the government can again start printing REAL currency - ourselves. You know, a start would be by introducing legislature to reverse the Federal Reserve Act championed by Woodrow Wilson (who was later openly remorseful for having single-handedly helped to ruin the country)? By doing so, the government will FINALLY cut out the middle-man, the People will no longer be forced to pay Federal Income Tax (the interest the Fed charges our government for the privilege to print OUR money) & We'll even be able to create some much needed revenue in the process. Until this occurs, NOTHING can, or will CHANGE.
I voted for you because of naively believing you actually meant what you said. These nominations tell a different story – the real story. Same old, same old. CHANGING our structure back to a Bottom-up society from its current Top-down model is real CHANGE. Making 75% of tax dollars collected for education actually GO to education - rather than to the inefficient and bloated government bureaucracy - would be CHANGE in which I can believe. Nominating Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul to your cabinet would signify an intent for a regime CHANGE. Now that could be your holiday gift to the REST of Us! Oh the goose-bumps just thinking about it!
Lest any of the aforementioned occur, well, then real HOPE would arise, spread like wildfire and America would finally be back on the road to some REAL PROGRESSIVE CHANGE. In the meantime, everything begins and ends with getting rid of the Fed. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote in a letter to Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury in 1802,
"If the American People ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the People of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
Oh wait. We're THERE! Seems dear Thomas. Jefferson was right after all. Where's this learned and wise leadership so needed RIGHT NOW?
Still awaiting REAL CHANGE,
Live your values. Love your country.
And, remember: TOGETHER, We can make a DIFFERENCE!