Open Phones: What Should the President Fight For?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We want to hear from Left, Right, and Center: What should President Obama fight for? The President is facing challenges from all sides on a variety of issues. How should he prioritize, and where should he take a stand? Comment below!

Comments [40]

hjs from 11211

thanks ;)

Jan. 26 2010 03:03 PM
kai from NJ-NYC

Gotta agree with hjs' first post on this one: Until Americans' realize that they are not just consumers but also CITIZENS, and as such they have some obligations to other citizens, then nothing will change.

Jan. 26 2010 12:02 PM
Gabriel from NYC

Scott's right. Give small business more money. Stop bailing out super corporations and give money to those that employ the majority of Americans. Scott's position is good. I'm liberal and I feel this doesn't conflict with those ideals. Money to small business and some sort of fix on healthcare because that helps small business as well. As far as government not running anything well I disagree. Government is only bad at running things when it behooves someone to run it poorly. The armed forces are the government and not many would debate the quality of our armed forces.

Jan. 26 2010 11:58 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Umm, so the Republican did suggest the Democratic president advocate the standard Republican catch all of “tax cuts”?
Brilliant how the Bush tax cuts prevented the Great Recession.
And he’s spot on on inefficient government ruining the interstate highway system, defense and war, educating his children and what have you.

Jan. 26 2010 11:57 AM
Mike from Manhattan

Wall Street/banking reform.

Jan. 26 2010 11:56 AM
Serena from UWS

3 little Republican robots.

Jan. 26 2010 11:54 AM

Anyone with a small business should also be supporting single payer or a public option.

Jan. 26 2010 11:52 AM
LM from Long Island

Country Joe and the Fish anyone?????

Jan. 26 2010 11:51 AM
John from Bklyn

Free higher and continuing education for all Americans and jobs--which will lead to opportunity.
It's the key to everything.

Jan. 26 2010 11:51 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

What?!?!? Why do you care what a Republican thinks a Democratic president should fight for?!? Let me guess, ummm… Nothing? How about this: Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts, tort reform, tax cuts?

Jan. 26 2010 11:50 AM
Sandy from Union Square

Fight now, what next? Drill baby, drill?

Jan. 26 2010 11:49 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

Oh Brian please what is your point? Don't try to compare John McCain and the President of the United States.

John McCain just wanted to fight period.

Jan. 26 2010 11:48 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

Continue to fight for healthcare and jobs

Jan. 26 2010 11:47 AM
Troy from Carroll Gardens

He should fight for not fighting.

Jan. 26 2010 11:47 AM
Carol from Upper West Side

Job creation and mortgage relief.
He must fight for a real job creation program like the WPA.
He must take leadership in devising a government supported mortgage relief program for underwater homeowners. Relief was given to GS and AIG etc. Why not for homeowners? It could be devised so that the government could take a percentage of any profit when housing rebounds.
Those who are collecting unemployment benefits should be made eligible for basic health care through either Medicaid or Medicare.
Tax credits are nice but not very helpful to the unemployed.

Jan. 26 2010 11:36 AM
barmyoldkakinbrooklyn from

I will fight to find the spine of the democratic party, I will not rest until we have scoured the earth, overturned every rock, searched every mountainside in search of this modest vertebrae. It is my firm belief that it is out there, somewhere, and that we can, all of us, black, white, hispanic, gay and straight, find this and finally ever-so-slightly stiffen our blancmange-like consistency.

Jan. 26 2010 11:18 AM

to # 18 - Osama Bin Laden is probably already dead, since it takes almost a month for someone who claims to be Bin Laden to release an audio tape (where's the video proof that he's alive?) taking repsonsibility for the underwear bomber. In about 2 weeks, this poser will probably claim responsibility for the earthquake in Haiti.

Jan. 26 2010 11:18 AM
em from nj

Single-payer health care. If it's good enough for the elderly, it should be good enough for every American.

Cut the military/defense budget to help pay for healthcare. Maybe it's time for Europe et al to bear more responsibility for their defense.

Tort Reform

And I like #5 above re lobbying reform. But taking back the government will be the biggest fight of all.

Jan. 26 2010 11:02 AM
Maggie (anon) from Kensington Brooklyn

I wish President Obama would stop the BLM Wild Horse Roundups.There are already over 33,000 horses in captivity out west with another one scheduled in the next few weeks. I'm very disappointed that he is following in Bush's footsteps and not adhering to the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971.Instead, our govt is renting out the public lands to their cronies-oil companies and big time cattle farmers. It's disgraceful.

Jan. 26 2010 11:01 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

#10 R Lewis,
-There is no public option to toss.
-Ummmm, so you’re pro-single payer/Medicare for all? The Parties of “NO” (R) and “I don’t know” (I) won’t go for that.
-Tort reform (in states that have some version of it) has not dramatically or even appreciably controlled costs
-Why limit the raise in Social Security to those 18 and under and not 30 year olds in the prime of their productivity?
-Shouldn’t we stop irresponsible lending… Takes two to tango and the bank’s always leading. Make banks keep loans they make on their books.
-Bottle deposits governed by states, not the federal government. Recycling is controlled locally.

Jan. 26 2010 10:56 AM
Phil Henshaw from NY

Clearly right on top!

The president should fight to not have advertising and business speech in politics be misleading.

It's actually one of the original fiduciary responsibilities of business executives and financial advisors to act in the *unqualified* best interests of their constituents. As the financial bubble proves, and all the malicious disruption of government's ability to resolve complex problems too, businesses widely circulate misinformation when they can make a financial killing or claim power where they've earned none.

I've been watching how the financial misinformation about the economy has been accumulating for decades. My view as a scientist is that needs to be fixed or nothing will ever work right again.

Jan. 26 2010 10:55 AM
Jeanne Lavoie from Bolvia, North Carolina

Pres Obama should fight for the platform he stood on while running for the office. (Remembering who put him in the white house)
No more compromising to keep the other side happy. Reaching across the aisle has only gotten him slapped on the wrist.
Fight on! For easing poverty issues, health care, peace, environmental issues and civil rights.

Jan. 26 2010 10:55 AM
Paulson from Wall Street

How about fighting terrorism and radical Islam instead of fighting against other Americans?
Crush the Taliban; kill Osama Bin Laden; Make the world safer.

At home, fight against big government and motivate free market capitalism, the best system on earth.

Jan. 26 2010 10:54 AM
longstreet from NYC area

He's in a box because he's proven his detractors right in terms of what his true beliefs are and his having no experience, yet as seen on this board his biggest supporters are bitterly disappointed. That's why it'll be poll-driven policies no matter what from this point forward, though he'll push through some liberal nonsense where he can to mollify the base. Hope and change is dead, blessedly, and he's got nobody to blame but himself.

Jan. 26 2010 10:40 AM
Chris from Manhattan

If healthcare reform in its current incarnation fails, he should take off the kid gloves, revoke his grand compromise with private insurers, and propose true national health insurance -- namely the single-payer system he endorsed before he became a presidential candidate.

Jan. 26 2010 10:33 AM
Andrea from Westchester County

He could always just go back and fight for the things he promised during his campaign.

Jan. 26 2010 10:31 AM
antonio from the republic of park slope..


Light rails...

High-speed rails..

Basically building these systems would provide countless of jobs that cannot be outsourced, ease the roadway congestion and be great for the environment!

Jan. 26 2010 10:31 AM
Graham from nyc

There are a considerable number of powerful sociopaths running free in this country. I hope that he would prosecute the war criminals from the last administration and the financial criminals who have caused so much havoc. It would make the vast majority of Americans who are not criminals feel better.

Jan. 26 2010 10:28 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Presuming he grows a spine (and a pair while he’s at it), he ought to fight for his right to party!!!
He spends so much time rolling over for Republicans and kowtowing to placate the fickle so-called Independents that he’s forgotten who got him where he is.
Be they moderates or extreme Progressives, President Obama has not only ignored but betrayed his base. If he doesn’t fight for his party, then him and his party will be booted out of office.

Jan. 26 2010 10:23 AM
longstreet from NYC area

Priority number one should be to ignore his instincts, as he's been dead wrong across the board. He's proven, conclusively, that he's woefully unprepared to govern. We all know it, left and right.
It'll all be about the re-election effort in 2012 from this point forward, so expect him to champion micro-issues a la Clinton so he can stay popular and have a chance.

Jan. 26 2010 10:19 AM
RLewis from bowery

He should fight for: Compromise.

Toss the public option, lower Medicaire at to 55, add torte reform, scrap the unions' caddy exemption, and lose the Nebraska and New Orleans sweet deals - get the major points of healthcare reform and move on.

Fight to raise the age of social security to 68 for anyone under 18 and 70 to anyone born tomorrow.

Fight for a replacement to Glass-Stegal. A corporation can be as big as it wants to be, but only if it has enough capital set aside to compensate everyone hurt if it goes under.

Fight for housing reform and stop individuals from over-borrowing.

Put plastic water bottles under the same rules as soda bottles - redeemable. Consider the same for plastic shopping bags.

Jan. 26 2010 10:18 AM
Gladys Soto from New Jersey

We need to get Back to Basics:
The president should fight for Peace and toward an end to Hunger and Human Suffering.
Start by bring our troops home from military conflicts. Then refocus our fiscal efforts on the human condition. Image what progress we could have made toward that goal with even a fraction of the $700 billion TARP money.

Jan. 26 2010 10:15 AM
Carla from Chelsea

The first thing he should do in his speech is apologize for his lackluster performance during his first year. Next he should push to pass for those parts of the health insurance bill that will help people and garner 51 votes in the senate such as but not limited to pre-existing conditions, insurance company compensation, and denying care. Next he should do some simple things to shore up his liberal base, such as end the travel ban to Cuba, and end don't ask don't tell. Then he should say that he is going on the road to see America and find out about the unemployment situation to determine what can be done to put Americans back to work. He might also mention that he will fire the advisers who have served him so poorly.

Jan. 26 2010 10:14 AM
john from Annandale, NJ

Fight for turning America into the world's leading Green Economy. A win/win no-brainer. Sustainable, earth-friendly technologies could create an endless stream of new jobs. (This is where I'm most disappointed by the prez, incidentally. He's in the perfect position for true leadership here, and a couple statements and a few initiatives could start a snowball effect.) Here's hoping.

Jan. 26 2010 10:13 AM
Leslie Harris from brooklyn

1. Healthcare for all(since losing the public option, I'm losing hope; so see 2 and 3)
2. Poverty
3. Education overhaul- from teacher accountability to making public education equal across districts (irregardless of real estate taxes)

Jan. 26 2010 10:11 AM
Pope Jon from Vatican’s basement in Hackensack

Outlaw all lobbying and publicly fund all political races, including on the state level. Right after that make all government contracts and state contracts transparent and outlaw no bid contracts. Then and only then you would actually have the first true democracy in human history.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it tea baggers …

Jan. 26 2010 10:08 AM
John W from Brooklyn

Single payer health care. Fight the big insurance companies and those who wish to frighten the public by saying there will be health care rationing and death-panels. Are we so blind that we don't see that we already have rationing and death panels? Even those who are insured often have to fight for payment for services.

Jan. 26 2010 10:07 AM
SteveR from Manhattan

Pork. If he does nothing in his tenure, he should find a way to kill the congressional pork barrel. This would be a great accomplishment.

Jan. 26 2010 10:06 AM
Andrea from Westchester County

The president has shown little taste for fighting anyone. He completely opted out on the stimulus and health care reform bills.

Why believe he'll fight now?

Excuse me for being skeptical. Remember those line-by-line budget checks he promised? I do.

Jan. 26 2010 10:05 AM
hjs from 11211

nothing, until the people are ready for a fight. lazy consumers are killing the american dream!

Jan. 26 2010 09:25 AM

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