The Republicans advocate nothing approaching that. They want a return to the past and if they succeed in getting a majority in the Senate, they will aim to do just that. So, here are my questions which you should ask yourself and your friends: What will this mean for seniors? What will this mean for people with pre-existing conditions?  What will it mean for young people? You see my point?  So, not only do we not need what the Republicans are offering, we need more than what Obama offered. That means candidates who stand for Medicare for all.

Let’s try another. The Republicans were really upset about the Stimulus of 2009. Well, without that, the economy would have remained in freefall. The Republicans had no answer for that. They still don’t have one. Yet, the Obama stimulus was not enough. It was not enough in terms of the total dollar amount but it was also not enough in the manner in which it was utilized. We need to have an economic redevelopment program that promotes new industries that address the environmental crisis. We need economic redevelopment that focuses on the occupants of the dead and dying cities where the private sector will not invest.  We need economic development for states like West Virginia that have been losing industry and must change their economy for the sake of the environment and their unemployed.  We need a bit of economic planning to get us out of this mess.  We need to elect candidates who stand for a different path.

So, as we look towards November 2014 let’s stop the whining and get busy.  Waiting for President Obama to raise the flag of fighting back is, at best, wishful thinking. But the results of November 2014 are more important than how we are feeling about Obama at this moment.  They need to be grounded in the sort of future we want for our families. Let’s roll.

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