I am kind of fed up with Obama’s penchant to compromise and wind up falling further behind in taking care of his obligation to the hardworking people in our country, trying to get the culprits represented by the right wing to compromise and finding himself stuck in the mud. He is doing an address tomorrow and, as a member of his (probably) thousands of correspondents in a kind of kitchen cabinet over the years since he ran for the nomination, I took the liberty of sending him a very sharp letter today before he makes his speech tomorrow. I am sending you a copy of this letter. I am not sure that it will even reach him, but we have to try, although organizing the masses to do the same is our responsibility.
Sidney J. Gluck
In response to your letter recalling the promise of your victory with the support of the average working member of the vast coalition that elected you, your letter sounds hollow.
Our problem is your desire to make comprises that seems to be your conception of ruling. What you do not see is that you cannot compromise with the far right of the Republican Party unless you expose their connection with the billionaires who are, in fact, shaping the direction of our country.
I am apprehensive about your speech tomorrow as I sense you have tried to find a middle ground, where you have been stuck with few real accomplishments to help the average person in our country.
The only way out of our economic crisis is not the bailout of big money but the reconstruction of our economy in three directions. First, create jobs by executive orders and establish a Works Progress Administration to rebuild our infrastructure. The second thing is to help industry grow with federal money since finance capital and the banks refuse to loan money our own industries. At the same time, welcome foreign capital, including from China, to build industries and various forms of exchange that will grow the economy and create jobs. The third thing is: get out of the wars! The people in our country are not gaining anything by it. Our expenditure on the military budget is not only unwise but also unnecessary because, as you very well know, China is developing as an economic power not as a military power and is part of the world development of underdeveloped countries. Look at the relationship between India and China, the two largest developing countries, who still have a long way to go to reach our level of development. And even if China reaches the same productivity as we do, they still have three to four times as many people to take care of and is hardly something that should trouble us.
Peace, peace, and take care of the people! I know that this means a fight on your part, but that is what we elected you to do. You owe it to the majority in the country. I hope you can shape your remarks beyond compromise.
Sidney J. Gluck