Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton became President by basically repeating the same mantra -- "It's the economy, stupid!" The D's in the party are telling Obama to forget the health care stuff. The voters are pissed. Really pissed. If we fix the economy, maybe they'll love us enough to pass health care reform.
There is also a battle to retire Obama's campaign tactic of blaming Shrub for the problems with the nation today. That only worked before Obama's plans kicked in. Now, people can compare Obama and Shrub and realize they are both using the Constitution for toilet paper. The blank slate isn't blank anymore, and now that people have a baseline to compare it to, they see things aren't actually getting any better.
You can tell Obama has finally gotten off his high horse and is listening. Today, he announced plans to help the middle class. Well, what's left of it. It's no secret that most of the GDP created during the past twenty years have gone to the top 1% of the country. Look at the jobs out there -- they are either menial just above minimum wage or six figure but you need college degrees you can't afford and social circles you'd never be welcome in to get them.
What's stupid is the economy could turn around in about a year. It's been done before, and there's only one tiny little thing that needs to be done to make it happen -- cut corporate taxes. You do that, companies become interested in headquartering in America. That creates jobs here, which they don't mind paying the wages for, as they are making plenty already.
Instead, all of Congress, D's and R's alike, are trying to rely on ways of doing things without realizing the environment has changed. If anything, they are expecting the economy to fix itself and everything they've done, like extending unemployment benefits, is just to outlast the storm. That is, when they aren't hopelessly fucking up the economy. The "too-big-to-fail" banks now have a tremendous amount of Capitol Hill clout. If anything, they are more foolhardy now, as they know if they are facing bankruptcy, the government is willing to absorb the debt for them and they can continue. If this were a poker game, they would be playing with someone else's money. Not helping is how the Supreme Court struck down part of McCain Fiengold and said that corporations can make unlimited political contributions. They claim it's a freedom of speech issue. I have yet, in the 25 plus years I've been following politics, to have someone explain how that is so without reducing me to giggles.
Pay attention, Establishment. There's a lot more of us now than there were a year ago. People feel betrayed by your bailouts and bills. And no sword is bloodier than a idealist who feels his morals have been betrayed....