How do you keep your legacy of Obamacare from being cut and left to bleed?
Easy. You turn Obamacare into a low priority for Republicans, by seriously challenging them on other things far more important, forcing them to drop the fight for Obamacare, because they have other battle to fight over…. Ones they will lose unless they become very lucky.
- You apply tremendous force to raise taxes on the top 1%
- You allow businesses the writing off capital investments the full amount spent.
- You keep benefits on Social Security, and raise the fee on top incomes.
- You do a Kennediesque moon challenge, but this time to it’s High Speed Rail connecting all major cities by 2025.
- You proceed with a challenge to find a way to capture coal CO2, making it eco-friendly.
- You push for keeping guns out of those who are mentally ill. Background checks and take on the NRA.
- You push for more union rights, and fewer right to work laws.
- You push for stronger controls on Wall Street.
- You push for more solar energy capture out west, more wind in the mid-west, and more tidal on both coasts….
You promise every American that if they vote for no Republicans in 2014, your goal for 2018 is that every American will be making $10,000 more than they are now.… Examples… If they are making $10,000, they’ll be up to $20,000. If they are at $40,000, the’ll be up to $50,000. And if they are making $100 million, they’ll be making $100 million plus $10,000 by the end of that time frame….
With a roaring economy, that is actually a conservative estimate…
The point is … as a lame duck president you have two options. One you can play defensive, and try to foil Republicans, the wealthy, Wall Street, and the backwards Tea Partiers, as they try and chip away at the edifice you have built of Obamacare. This I argue against, because this puts you in the position of looking weak, It puts them in the position of appearing to grow stronger… Just as does a football team which has a comfortable lead, and blows it by having their fourth string not play as aggressively as they would had they been playing a close game… The other team has nothing to lose, since they are already badly losing; therefore they play with a ferociousness unseen all previous season… This is what will happen to you….
Or..Two…. you can choose to run up the scoreboard. You can capitalize on how well the affordable health care will be received,(it’s reputation is starting to turn already). You can twist the knife in Republicans by showing how Democratic states are getting good health insurance cheaper than before, and how Republicans governors in Republican states, jerked around their constituents forcing them to pay more than are Democrats in neighboring states…. All you have to do is compare their numbers….
You can run up the scoreboards by filling up all court vacancies. You can run up the scoreboard by mandating environmental protections, by raising taxes on the top 1%. by Pushing for immigration reform, by floating the legalization of weak recreational drugs, by having them regulated and taxed as was done with liquor post-Prohibition.
You can run up the scoreboard by carrying the message to the American People that it is in everyone’s benefit if the top 1% are taxed and that money is used to pay for replacing a bridge that should fall, or a tunnel that will collapse into the river this decade or next.
You can run up the scoreboard by on every task, show that the Republican-way will hurt America, and the Democrat’s way will make it better….
Point is, you are a lame duck. You got nothing to lose… if you try all of these, you will no doubt be effective at some. And some you won’t…
But if you create the environment where the House is too busy playing defense to re-argue another case of the Obama bill, because Republicans are in a desperate fight for their very survival…. Obamacare will probably survive along with Obama….
The best defense is a good offense…Mr. President…. Let’s go run up that score….