Mr. President – You Need to Deal
The big speech came – and went. Another speech offering that which we anticipated but not that which America needs. A proposed $447 Billion program – and the President neglects to mention the price tag in the speech. I suppose that is the prerequisite to avoid addressing in specifics a realistic plan to pay for it. After witnessing Congress’s infantile behavior last month on the deficit cap – it is a certainty that the President’s program will go nowhere – other than causing another slow burn of intransigence by Congress.
Sometimes you need to make a deal that your adversary cannot refuse. You do this carefully – but when you need something done – if it’s important enough – you do it. In this case, the President needs two things – he needs to stimulate jobs and the economy and he needs to garner support for next November. Instead of offering a plan the Republican’s will now have a field day complaining about – he should have taken the podium and laid out a program the Republican’s could not refuse. First – tell us it’s going to cost $447 Billion. Second – that though he doesn’t like it – we’re going to pay for it by shelving Obama Care for 5 years – with the exception only of keeping the no pre-exisiting condition requirement and providing coverage for dependent children to age 26. Third – acknowledge what everyone already knows –without a housing market the economy has no chance. To stimulate housing, tell us that mandated principal reduction on homes underwater will occur and that you will mandate easing the credit restrictions to refinance and purchase a new home. Top this off by telling us that the cost will be charged to the banking industry who caused this fiasco.
Mr. President, if you went in this direction,– the Republican’s could not say no – because the cost would be covered, we all want economic growth and the banking lobby would be handcuffed to protest. If you want four more years – you’re going to need to be a much better deal maker.
Ken Gross is an attorney with THAV GROSS PC (www.thavgross.com) and hosts The Financial Crisis Talk Center (www.fctalkcenter.com), a radio program that airs weekly at 8:30 AM on Saturday mornings on WDFN “The Fan” 1130 AM.