Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 22, 2012, 12:51 p.m. EST by toobighasfailed
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"America's current problems developed over several decades, and they won't be solved instantly.
In the meantime, Americans can do a number of things, both politically and personally. They can take to the streets; refuse to make political donations to the national party machines; support organizations such as Common Cause, Occupy Wall Street, and the Center for Responsive Politics; run for office themselves; and support candidates who do seem to care. At the personal level, we can save money; place our savings in local banks, credit unions and mutual funds; invest prudently and ethically; and, above all, educate our children.
Since this book is being published in a presidential election year, I will close by saying that while Obama has failed his country in many ways, he is the least of the available evils. So, yes, I recommend that you hold your nose and vote for him, as I will. But the very next day, I hope you start thinking about how to replace him, and the entire system that produced him.
How this can be accomplished is not yet clear. Earlier I listed three the available avenues: an insurgency within one of the existing political parties; a third party; and a nonpartisan social movement. Any would face tough obstacles, and perhaps some combination of all three will be required. We might get lucky and one day find that America has elected a president who turns out to be deeply committed to fixing America's problems and willing to take a lot of heat. Time will tell. But America is a remarkable and beautiful country in so many ways. I hope that somewhere in the United States is a courageous young leader in the making, someone who can persuade the American people to rise up and throw the rascals out."
Fantastic stuff, huh? Did you know that President Obama will likely appoint Jack Lew to the US treasury and Mary Miller to the SEC next month? Both of these choices would keep the status quo on Wall Street. We can't let that happen.
(See this post today from Simon Johnson: http://nyti.ms/TdSo7K)
Sign a petition for Obama to choose people who will actually enact real Wall Street reform: http://wh.gov/Xse6. We need 150 signatures to get it public!