It’s still the change you can believe in.

Don’t know about you, but lately the news has been making me feel sick and crazy, as if no solution is possible. I found myself wishing Obama were scheduled to speak again sometime soon, and then I remembered how they have the "send comments" thing on the White House website, and I thought, you know, why not. So I wrote that, but in doing so I remembered he does the weekly address by video, and then of course there it was. So I watched.

Now I’m linking.

Take five minutes and watch it. No, it’s not all super-simple, but this is a reminder that it can be simpler. I love his conviction when he speaks. I love the light in his eye, and I love his words. I feel so much better, and–pardon the cliché–I feel hopeful.  

I swear to God I’m going to take fifteen minutes tomorrow and send a letter to my Congressman and my Senators and say, as their constituent, to work with Obama and stop obstructing everything.  This is not the time for politics.  Let’s get shit done.

Transcript teaser:

I realize that passing this budget won’t be easy.  Because it represents real and dramatic change, it also represents a threat to the status quo in Washington.  I know that the insurance industry won’t like the idea that they’ll have to bid competitively to continue offering Medicare coverage, but that’s how we’ll help preserve and protect Medicare and lower health care costs for American families.  I know that banks and big student lenders won’t like the idea that we’re ending their huge taxpayer subsidies, but that’s how we’ll save taxpayers nearly $50 billion and make college more affordable.  I know that oil and gas companies won’t like us ending nearly $30 billion in tax breaks, but that’s how we’ll help fund a renewable energy economy that will create new jobs and new industries.   In other words, I know these steps won’t sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they’re gearing up for a fight as we speak.  My message to them is this:
So am I.  
The system we have now might work for the powerful and well-connected interests that have run Washington for far too long, but I don’t.  I work for the American people.  I didn’t come here to do the same thing we’ve been doing or to take small steps forward, I came to provide the sweeping change that this country demanded when it went to the polls in November.  That is the change this budget starts to make, and that is the change I’ll be fighting for in the weeks ahead – change that will grow our economy, expand our middle-class, and keep the American Dream alive for all those men and women who have believed in this journey from the day it began.  
Thanks for listening.  

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