Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tough Talk is Cheap

You talk too much, you worry me to death,
You talk too much, you even worry my pet,
You just talk, you talk too much.
~ Joe Jones & Reginald Hall , 1958

Three things President Obama should do immediately:

1. You’re president now-- “man up.”

Just how long do you plan on pointing over your shoulder at George W. Bush? Bush didn’t jam the stimulus bill through Congress. This economy now belongs to you—deal with it, and stop complaining.

2. Stop telling us how bad things are.

Since we, the “little people,” are the ones trying to make the mortgage and car payments, feed our families, and keep or find jobs, there is very little—if anything—you can tell us about the current financial storm that we don’t already understand much better than you do. Pack up your sob story. We at home don’t want to burn any more electricity listening to you whine about “Crisis” and “Catastrophe.” Either find something positive to say, or stop giving speeches until you do.

3. Start outlining specific actions to improve the situation.

Don’t look now, Mr. President (it will only give you something else to moan about), but your approval ratings are dropping with dramatic speed. That’s because Americans are not stupid people. Although no one denies that you are a world class talker, you can only blow smoke for so long. Eventually, you are going to have to explain, in fine detail, exactly how you intend to fix this mess. The sooner you start doing that, the better for all of us—especially for you, if you’re interested in a second term.