Seems like the Republican Party needs advice this early 2009. Here it is.
Stop looking for 2012 presidential candidates.
All this talk about Jindal, Palin, Pawlenty and others is misplaced. Election 2010 will come soon enough so focus on that instead. That means re-earning the trust middle America.
Create an honest response to Recovery.gov
Am I the only one whose noticed that the entire Republican party doesn't have a coherent response to President Obama's Recovery.gov ? The current website built by the White House is a good initial attempt but it's missing some obvious features.
1) Recovery.gov has no Excel spreadsheet of the actual American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as ARRA 2009, also known as the 2009 Stimulus. Read my February blog articles for my responses to the 2009 Stimulus, I even have a spreadsheet.
2) The Recovery.gov website leads to a WhiteHouse.gov page where you can read the entire 400 page PDF of the ARRA 2009. But strangely enough, the WhiteHouse PDF on the ARRA 2009 doesn't even have a "find" feature for looking up programs.
3) The 2009 Stimulus will cost each American "on average" $2578 so why not tell them? Use a spreadsheet like the one I made at Your 2009 Stimulus Credit Card Bill.
Stop Sitting on Your Hands
It was embarrassing watching the Republicans at President Obama's February 24, 2009 speech to the joint session of Congress. The Republicans tried hard not to applause but kept looking around to see if other Republicans were applauding so they could applaud. Embarrassing.
Be your own person. Try closing your eyes and applauding because you think President Obama's ideas deserve applause. Applaud with your ears and your heart, not your eyes.
Build a website named Recovery2.org as the honest Republican position on the 2009 Stimulus. And find something about the 2009 Stimulus that you can agree on with the President and start helping him. Find some common ground. You can disagree on a bunch of the President's ideas, but help him with something.
It's time for every American, Republican or Democrat, to do their part.
As for me, I'm an Independent living in Chicago, IL, USA.