What Obama Needs to Do to Save the Democrats in 2010

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I saw a video on Yahoo from “The Fix” that was titled “Democratic candidates are hoping a single word can save them from defeat. The word that was used is; “Extreme.” In my opinion, that is not the correct word. The only word that will save them in 2010 is “Miracle.”

In 2012, the word that will save President Obama, the surviving Democrats and our country, is “Jobs.” The Democrats’, along with the new Republicans’, primary objective should be job creation. It is not only the Democrats that are in trouble, the entire Republic is in jeopardy.

President Obama needs to take the lead in order to get our economy moving again. More importantly, he needs to get it moving in the right direction. Because of the serious situation our citizens are in, he needs to start it moving now!

Millions of American jobs have moved overseas. Whole industries have virtually moved with them. This is part of the reason our economy is in its downward spiral. But it is not all bad news, folks; it has left the doorway to change open. Great opportunities await US if we move through that doorway. We need to rebuild a large part of our manufacturing capacity. Do we rebuild it as before, or do we use new technologies?

President Obama needs to bring some entrepreneurial business advice into his cabinet, not more Harvard lawyers or some MBA from Yale. He needs to find one or two men or women that have actual successful large-scale start-up experience with manufacturing operations.

This is also the time for the president to keep his commitment to green power. An honest gesture would be to grant the same incentives and tax breaks to power companies that build a thermal solar generator, or wind farm, that is currently enjoyed by a coal fired plant. This will level the playing field for the incorporation, construction and implementation of renewable power generators. Granting tax advantages to private parties that fund these developments will speed up the process considerably.

Then the President can put the new business advisers to work developing enterprise zones in our little-used port facilities in the Sun Belt or old factory buildings in the Rust Belt. Use as much green power as is possible. Manufacture steel, machinery and textiles in mostly robotic factories in order to keep the production costs down so we can begin to compete with our “Trading Partners.” In order to make as many goods as possible in the United States, we should give financial incentives to those companies that maintain their operations here.

A concentrated effort to create jobs for Americans will increase the GNP. It will generate new tax revenue so our government can pay its debts. Putting people to work will fund new home sales and pay for health care. Green power will lessen our dependency on fossil fuels, lowering our balance of trade and helping to reduce our “Carbon Footprint.”

My ideas are a somewhat oversimplified illustration of what could be. The financial crisis demands we do something inventive and competitive. It is time to “Think out of the box.” That is the reason we need some sophisticated business experience near the top. I hope the President can see this now. We are doomed if we continue on as before.

We are at a crisis point in our history; the question is not what word will save the Democratic Party, but rather will America remain a great global power instead of slipping into obscurity? It is not something to talk about over coffee or use as a campaign slogan. The creation of millions of new production jobs is an absolute necessity for our nation’s survival. If President Obama moves his party in the right direction, he will save the people of the United States. He will save the Democratic Party, and he will save our country.

Failure to respond aggressively to the current financial crisis will allow our nation to continue its downward spiral into oblivion. Someday in the not-too-distant future, some foreign traveler will come to our shores and ponder the crumbled ruins of the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps that traveler will recite the old poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley called, “Ozymandias”. His poem read:

“I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

It would be sinful to let a proud free nation like America wither because of greed, corruption, ignorance and the arrogance of its own leadership. However, that is exactly where we are heading if we do not change our ways and begin cooperating with each other again. It is not a political game. It is a matter of survival and we are running out of time.

Original by Patrick Mc Cormick on www.technorati.com.

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