Letter to the President #2

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009 in Akbar Lightning, healthcare, politics

Well, I wrote another letter to the president after receiving an email from his administration.  I just can’t take it anymore, and you know what, we ought to keep shouting, we ought to keep shutting down the town hall meetings meant to advertise the power of politicians hoping to suck up to corporate greed.

Dear Mr. President,

Once again I’ve received an email on your behalf asking for money.  The audacity to ask us, at this time, for $5 for health care reform is mind-boggling!  I wish I had the words to express the disappointment I feel at such uninspired exploitation of the hopes and dreams of the American people.  I’m mad as hell and i’m not going to take it anymore.

You must stop asking us for money!
You ought to get in their and argue for your side and convince those greedy, power hungry slugs of human beings to do something profound and enlightened, and if you can’t then admit that to the American people, millions that you convinced to count on you.
The requests for money is so offensive to us that I cannot over-stress this.
use your own money!  beg if you have to, but not to us, not to those of us who are daily beaten down by the unending lust of corporate greed, those dying and suffering because of the moral vacuum created by an adherence to market idolatry.

when you ask us for money i lose hope in your presidency simply because it is such a breach of trust.  are the millions you will make in your lifetime not enough?  are the billions we pay in taxes not enough?  the billions we pay for insurance not enough?  the billions of dollars in profit we earn through our labor not enough?  no, you still need that 5 dollars from us, as a lottery ticket with the hope that we might get a little change from the health care companies.  well, enough is enough.

i don’t have a lot of power, but you said you wanted to hear from the american people and these are my feelings.  let your campaign managers know that asking for money after you’ve been elected is in bad taste, it’s despicable.

if you can’t get it done, let the american people know why.

with all due respect, from one of those citizens kept in the shadows,
Ken Vallario



  1. globatron
    September 2, 2009

    I must admit the emails asking for money are a bit unnerving but they don't upset me to this extent. I just see them as spam really and delete them. It's a good point to make but I think the anger in this letter is not the solution.

    I personally can't believe that he is actually pursuing healthcare reform as he promised. That alone makes him a flipping hero in my book. No one expected him to follow through with it I don't think and he really is. With so much more going on right now he's making it a priority. I give him respect for that alone. For following through with one of the main reasons I voted for him. First of all he is doing militarily what he said he would. The economy is recovering from a recession and now we have a healthcare bill that will most likely turn into some sort of reform.

    What does healthcare reform mean to you? I would be more interested in reading that, than a letter about your anger over a small part of a big big picture.

    I'm sure it felt good to write this letter though but it makes me wonder what does healthcare reform means to you? Just my two cents, but I'm glad you have a place to write a letter to the President.

    This letter makes me want to write a letter myself and tell him how proud I am of him. I watch the news like a hawk. Both sides really. I'm truly amazed by what Obama has been able to do in such a short time as President. Thank you Mr. President for making healthcare reform a priority.

  2. Akbar Lightning
    September 3, 2009

    yo dog, i hope you are right. but personally, i've seen so much corruption and it seems if you go back in history it is unending. bill clinton deregulated the housing market, and hillary took payoffs from healthcare companies, and she failed this fight. obama has received millions from the healthcare industry, an industry that is responsible for many deaths. i don't know him personally, i voted for him, but i believe we have to hold our president's to a high level of scrutiny, especially because of their historical alignment with corporate interests.

    he has two wars going on, that we hear very little about, the cost for the military is excessive and there are more contract soldiers over there, this is all very unsettling for me.

    i'm not quite ready to applaud the president, not until there is real legislation. so far it has been a long protracted fight, and the country is becoming more divided. he promised he would create more bipartisanship and he has failed to win over republicans. they are worse than ever.

    all i'm saying is that a lot is still up in the air, and given the history of american politics president's don't deserve the benefit of the doubt, he said he would restore trust, and there are many reasons to wait a bit more.

    i remember during the campaign we were told we would get universal healthcare, and now it is turning into reform, that could amount to very little, we don't know yet. so until then i think it's best to assume the worst and hope he surprises us, which i do. i am not against the president, i just think he ought to know we expect a real challenge to those corporations that have become evil, and unfortunately he has received a lot of money from them.

    so, i hope you are right, we'll see.

  3. Akbar Lightning
    September 3, 2009

    sorry, just to clarify, the notion of the $5 donation implies that American citizens have to outbid corporations for democratic representation, do you see how offensive that is? it strikes at the heart and soul of what it is we say we are as a country, a nation of people protected by a democratic process. it's become a sham, and when the president is asking for money from us, so that he can justify doing what it is we voted for him to do, it is a double cost.


  4. Byron King
    September 3, 2009

    I understand where you're coming from. I do. I don't have money to donate to anything and I feel the government should be able to make reform happen without donations from the citizens. But I'd look further into this before castigating it. It seems this donation process is for advertising of which I would assume the U.S. government cannot do out of it's budget. Imagine if a peice of legislation was propped up by advertising straight out of the budget?

    The ad dollars have to come from the people. The lobbyists (on both sides even) represent a group of people. They aren't just evil doers who are looking out for themselves. Not all of them at least. They need dollars to represent their point of view. That's my perspective on it.

    The healthcare reform legislation has so many parties interested in having it passed. But like even the Presidential campaign they seem to need support from the people. What was amazing about Obama's Campaign was the power to raise money. That as a tool showed that the people were behind him. I don't see healthcare reform support being any different. If an ad campaign for healthcare reform could say we raised a billion dollars in one week do you think Congress would be able to ignore that as a message.

    What I find interesting is your perspective, which seems to be kind of like this: we voted for you….now… just do it. That seems to be the general attitude from left that I'm seeing. What happened to supporting him? At the healthcare vigil last night, there were maybe 100 people out. Now it was in a rainstorm and there was a huge public event across the river, so the event was basically cursed from the beginning, but where were the 20,000 people that were at the Obama rally when he visited for his campaign?

    As far as the wars go, this is my perspective. Iraq was a war begun under false pretenses. We took our eyes off the ball by going there. Obama is following through with exactly what he said he would do when campaigning. He said he was going to increase troop levels in Afghanistan and now he is. We destroyed two countries. I don't think we can do that and just pull fully out and say, “Now fend for yourselves people. I hope you don't get your fingers cut off next time you vote, if you vote.”

    Do you?

  5. Akbar Lightning
    September 3, 2009

    our country is designed so that we elect people to represent us in the process of government. obama's election made clear our wishes from him as an administrator, as it should have for all of congress. it would be like hiring somebody to paint my house and then being asked to pay for it again before the guy did the work.

    personally i think americans should become a little harder to please. i hate comparing my country in contrast with the deplorable state of other countries. universal health care is a fraction of the cost of an inflated military, we spend almost half of the world's total of military spending. i will remain skeptical. we live in an empire, and as such, we ought to be very careful about self-appraisal in my humble opinion.

    i had to buy an allergy medication a few weeks ago, first time in a long while i needed the benefits of my extremely costly insurance. the medicine was regularly $67. i was told at the counter that my insurance company chose not to supplement this drug (because it worked) and they 'helped' me with $7 of the cost, for this generic drug. if that changes after Obama does his work, then i will join you in supporting him, but this is his test, not the american people. if he fails it is his failure, not ours. we as citizens are constantly blamed for the deplorable corruption, this is something we have to break free from. and he said as much in his campaign, he continually said he was confident he could restore confidence and trust, well, things are getting pretty hot.

    i am not wishing for his failure, rather i am letting him know, in this small way, that i expect greatness from him.



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