Shooting Straight as Pressure Increases

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cherryWashington It’s not spring here, but finally there is a briskness in peoples’ step.  Tomorrow there is a major rally for heath care reform called by Health Care for America Now (HCAN), and on Sunday, March 21st, the forces in favor of comprehensive immigration reform are rallying, praying, and marching on the Mall, hopefully with significant numbers. There are front page stories wondering how the Obama administration got so off message, and there’s a real race in Arkansas with Senator Blanche Lincoln dying in the middle of the road.  Something good is bound to come of the reemergence of progressives from the lassitude of mindless hope and passivity.  Hooray!

But…increasingly there seems to be blood in the water as the Administration becomes the gang that can’t shot straight.  Evidence is piling up:

◦     Weatherization strategy for creating jobs and helping working families seems to be nowhere after more than a year.  Energy Secretary frustrated, but how hard could this have been?

◦     Teachers all fired in Rhode Island to take the blame for god knows what, probably just to take the blame and the President of the United States weighs in with a gut punch.  Why in the world is Obama in this picture?

◦     Big talk about increasing school hours to better education the kids, but school districts strapped for money are cutting down to 4 days per week.  Mr. President?

◦    A year after a new administration, don’t ask me about post-Katrina recovery.

Why pile on?  The list could go on and on.  Maybe if people get their legs moving and voices louder it won’t breakthrough the Congressional logjam, but at least people will start remembering that we only win, when we fight.