Tweaks around the edges, or plans to establish programs with tax credits to blah blah blah don't do it. The system is blinking red, and politicians are failing to recognize that.
Then again, the system is not blinking red for everyone; and those for whom the system blinks green (the MOTUs) are the real constituents of both parties. We are not experiencing "failure to recognize." We are experiencing preferred policy outcomes.
Brooklynbadboy over at Kos has an interesting post on Velma Hart, the woman who asked Obama a question at a Town Hall. I'm going to quote from her:
[HART] Quite frankly, I'm exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. ...
Quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly: Is this my new reality? ....
You can have all the hope in the world, but it has to be backed by action. It's been a long time since I had to make decisions about grocery purchases ....
Quite frankly, I thought that my question would set the platform for a response that would almost be, I don't know, whimsical, magical, very powerful.
So Hart thought she was throwing Obama a softball. As I keep saying, "You don't bat zero for the season without a plan!"
On the fact that he does believe he's made progress, I know he's made progress. The issue for me is that I'm not certain that the progress is being felt deeply enough. And that is where I'm looking for the bang for the buck.
Needless to say, Obama's answer -- ""As I said before, times are tough for everybody. So, I understand your frustration" -- was not magical for her.