Friday, June 24, 2011

CNN : James Carville Friendly Letter to Obama : "Make it clear that you're more than willing to accept a 2% increase in inflation if it means a 4% drop in the unemployment rate" - Lots of Friendly advice from a Democratic Strategist

(CNN) -- Memo to the president -
How Obama should talk about the economy -
By James Carville, CNN Contributor -
June 23, 2011 -

James Carville made "It's the economy, stupid!" the theme of 1992 Clinton campaign
He says White House's message is undisciplined on the economy
Obama should spend more time with those feeling pain, Carville says
Carville: Blaming Bush doesn't work, but Obama should oppose GOP policies vigorously

James Carville is a Democratic strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, appearing frequently on CNN's "The Situation Room" as well as other programs on all CNN networks. Carville remains active in Democratic politics and is a party fundraiser.

How Obama should talk about the economy

Some excerpts :

So when your advance people set up an event, you should instruct them that, as opposed to scouring the country to find economic success stories, you want to spend more time with the people who are having a tough time. Just like I feel your pain, you gotta feel their pain.

Fourth: Have your staff be mindful of wonderful political opportunities as they present themselves. Case in point, the main criticism of your Nobel Prize-winning appointment to the Fed board, Peter Diamond, was that he was too knowledgeable about employment and not schooled enough in the intricacies of finance, which strikes me as rather absurd considering the current state of unemployment in this country. My suggestion is to reappoint him, then take him down and reintroduce him to the Senate committee to make it clear that you're more than willing to accept a 2% increase in inflation if it means a 4% drop in the unemployment rate.

In other words sir, when you're opponents make idiotic assertions, feel free to point them out. Mr. Diamond strikes me as just the sort of appointment a Democratic president should make.

This all leads me to conclude that you can say that you're fighting every day against a wretched recession caused by irresponsible actions in the financial sector and a corrosive culture in Washington that is resistant to any change that threatens those at the very top of our economy.

Cite chapter and verse your struggles with theses powerful forces to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the top 1% or to squeeze costs out of our ridiculously expensive health care system and your fight to keep teachers and police officers on payrolls. 

But whichever of these messages you choose to present, be sure above all to be disciplined and follow up. And part of that follow-up has to address not just the things that you're proposing but also things that your opponents are opposing.

So feel free to gleefully talk about how Republicans want to reinstate the policies that got us into this mess in the first place while you're fighting to implement policies that will get us out of it.

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