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Ralph Nader begins, "An interesting contrast is playing out at the White House these days - between your expressed praise of General Electric's CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt, and the silence regarding the widely desired nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Regulatory Bureau within the Federal Reserve."

Ralph Nader questions Obama on the contrast in his praise for GE's CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt, and silence regarding the nomination of Elizabeth Warren. (photo: TruthAlliance)
Ralph Nader questions Obama on the contrast in his praise for GE's CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt, and silence regarding the nomination of Elizabeth Warren. (photo: TruthAlliance)

An Open Letter to Obama on Elizabeth Warren

By Ralph Nader, Reader Supported News

02 April 11


Open Letter to President Obama on the Nomination of Elizabeth Warren

Dear President Obama:

An interesting contrast is playing out at the White House these days—between your expressed praise of General Electric’s CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt and the silence regarding the widely desired nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Regulatory Bureau within the Federal Reserve.

On one hand, you promptly appointed Mr. Immelt to be the chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitive, while letting him keep his full time lucrative position as CEO of General Electric (The Corporate State Expands). At the announcement, you said that Mr. Immelt “understands what it takes for America to compete in the global economy.”

Did you mean that he understands how to avoid all federal income taxes for his company’s $14.2 billion in profits last year, while corralling a $3.2 billion benefit? Or did you mean that he understands how to get a federal bailout for GE Capital and its reckless exposure to risky debt? Or could you have meant that GE knows how to block unionization of its far flung workers here and abroad? Perhaps Mr. Immelt can share with you GE’s historical experience with lucrative campaign contributions, price-fixing, pollution and those nuclear reactors that are giving people fits in Japan and worrying millions of Americans here living or working near similar reactors.

Compare, if you will, the record of Elizabeth Warren and her acutely informed knowledge about delivering justice to those innocents harmed by injustice in the financial services industry. A stand-up Law Professor at your alma mater, author of highly regarded articles and books connecting knowledge to action, the probing Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) and now in the Treasury Department working intensively to get the CFRB underway by the statutory deadline this July with competent, people-oriented staff.

There were many good reasons why Senate leader Harry Reid (Dem. Nevada) called Professor Warren and asked her to be his choice for Chair of COP. Hailing from an Oklahoman blue collar family, Professor Warren is just the “working class hero” needed to make the new Bureau a sober, law and order enforcer, deterrer and empowerer of consumers vis-à-vis the companies whose enormous greed, recklessness and crimes tanked our economy into a deep recession. The consequences produced 8 million unemployed workers and shattered trillions of dollars in pensions and other savings along with the dreams which they embodied for American workers.

Much more than you perhaps realize, millions of people, who have heard and seen Elizabeth Warren, rejoice in her brainy, heartfelt knowledge and concern over their plight. They see her as just the kind of regulator (federal cop on the beat) for their legitimate interests in a more competitive marketplace who you should be overjoyed in nominating.

Yet there are corporate forces from Wall Street to Washington determined to derail her nomination—forces with their avaricious hooks into the Republicans on Capitol Hill and the corporatists in the Treasury and White House.

You have obliged these forces again and again over the last two years, most recently with the appointment of William M. Daley, recently of Wall Street, as your chief of staff.

S electing Elizabeth Warren and backing her fully though the nomination process will always be remembered by Americans across the land. Not doing so will not be forgotten by those same persons. This is another way of saying she has the enthusiastic constituency of “hope and change”—that is “change you can believe in!”

I look forward with many others to your response.

Sincerely yours,

Ralph Nader your social media marketing partner


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+94 # angelfish 2011-04-02 22:42
Right on, Ralph! When will these "Me First-ers" EVER pay their fair share. How about a straight Flat Tax. 10% across the board for every tax payer in the land? Maybe things would get better. They certainly can't get any worse! ...or can they?
+60 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-04-03 07:12
Yes indeed, angelfish. Praise and then some to Ralph, and then some, for all he says and does, and for so long has said and done, to help we the sheeple.

I am one of the millions who so hope that we can fight and win the battle against our greed and power addicted, villainaire rulers (I have to question if the man I worked so hard to get elected, Oh Bomb Ah, is not just one more Koch sucker).

One last thought: Great idea for a flat tax across the board, but also needed is a closing of all loopholes and severe restrictions on overseas hiring, corporate headquartering, etc.. and, perhaps most vital, a HUGE cut in the (oh so profitable for so long for the villainaires) 'defense' spending. It's called: UNDO THE COUP!

+27 # photonracer 2011-04-03 13:11
UNDO THE COUP!!! I am with you. The French of 1789 had the right idea.
+23 # photonracer 2011-04-03 13:10
[quote name="angelfish "]Right on, Ralph! When will these "Me First-ers" EVER pay their fair share. How about a straight Flat Tax. 10% across the board for every tax payer in the land? Maybe things would get better. They certainly can't get any worse! ...or can they?[/quote
Flat tax is a great idea but a bad concept. The flat actually puts more of a burden on the lower classes because they no longer the the deductions or earned income credits. Single queers like me don't get a deduction for year round support of another person. Never did get the married advantage. The very rich (100k) get the biggest break because their "income" rate is the same as ours but they don't have income to declare. The flat tax is a great idea but conceptualizati on is bad for the middle and lower income groups. Just tax the bastards for their outsourcing, windfall profits and stop all special considerations the still haven't brought the jobs that were supposed to happen. I have yet to see new jobs from the Repubnicans. They shuffle a lot and change titles but nothing new.
A progressive (they just hate that term) tax like when Eisenhower was in office would be great and good for the country. Remember the golden 1950's?
+2 # michaelsd98 2011-04-07 10:21
I agree with your point that 10% would be unfair to those at the lower income level, however with the way our taxes are now is totally unfair and could be considered criminal if you look at how the greedy corporations are reaping, raping, and pillaging our country. Leaving fair tax decision to our elected (bought by Wall Street)represen tatives will never go for a fair tax in this country. They would tell us that it would cut jobs. Now are you scared enough to tell them don't touch the tax system.
+25 # sallyport 2011-04-03 17:34
Angelfish: Flat tax is exactly the wrong way to go. It is regressive, being hardest on those least able to pay. There must be a minimum income level beneath which no tax is levied, while those benefitting massively from all that our society affords them must pay back proportionately to their benefits.
+115 # Lesabre 2011-04-02 22:43
I agree. I wish we could have Ralph as President even though it seems that a popular President with a landslide voter backing can't get a decent bill through the right wing barriers. If Obama backs off this one he has lost my vote. I want to see some Democrats with guts. Enough Guts to call a filibuster on everything comes up . I keep hearing this crap about "the people have spoken" everytime the R's get a few more seats. What happened to the people that elected Obama, didn't they say anything?
+50 # racetoinfinity 2011-04-03 03:23
Quoting Lesabre:
I agree. I wish we could have Ralph as President even though it seems that a popular President with a landslide voter backing can't get a decent bill through the right wing barriers. If Obama backs off this one he has lost my vote. I want to see some Democrats with guts. Enough Guts to call a filibuster on everything comes up . I keep hearing this crap about "the people have spoken" everytime the R's get a few more seats. What happened to the people that elected Obama, didn't they say anything?

Yes, they said we want a liberal/progres sive president, and they got betrayed by a 180 turn to a corporatist Wall St. serving president!
+34 # alice 2011-04-03 08:47
Yes, they did say something. They said, "WTF -- this guy has continued the policies of GWB and has not gotten very much done that we wanted -- we give up." Obama has a long way to go to win back my vote, and I've been voting without fail since 1972. I'll not support any republican (the last vote I made for a republican was Nixon in 1972 -- ha ha on me. However, I've decided that "gutsy Democrat" is an oxymoron.
+14 # Capn Canard 2011-04-03 12:22
Gutsy Democrat? No such animal... because it doesn't make a profit! I would prefer to believe other wise but it seems that our political and economic system is so infected with a cannibalistic(i .e. capitalist) profit motive that our republic will not survive. I wish I could feel bad for the pathetic believers in this lie.
+19 # Observer 47 2011-04-03 12:10
Lesabre, you make the assumption that the popular President with the voter backing WANTS to get a decent bill through. Whereas, it looks to me as if he gave up as soon as he walked through the door of 1600. He hasn't taken a hard stand on anything thus far, except bailing out Wall Street.
+8 # John Louis 2011-04-04 12:55
Dont you get it you people? This president, like all other presidents do not run the country. They are just following orders and if they dont, they end up like fair presidents (Carter) or worse (Kennedy). No matter how clever they are. There are forces they just cannot cope with, forces that are beyond human capacity. Hell is paved with good intentions...
+1 # gingergee 2011-04-08 21:57
i agree with you totally, john. when will we all wake up and smell the coffee? anyway, voting doesn't work as they steal elections when it doesn't go their way (e.g. Prosser in Wisconsin). i haven't heard of any effective power we have apart from boycotting (including banks, pension investments, our phone and cable tv accounts, etc) . hit them in their profits!
+7 # tomo 2011-04-03 20:04
I'm with you, Lesabre. Obama has fooled most of the people some of the time, and he may still fool some of the people all the time, but he can't fool all the people all the time. The man has no moral center. He believes in himself. He has made a gamble that the best way to serve himself is to sell out to the people who are running and ruining the American economy. He is not likely to change; but we can. Let us be very clear not to repeat our mistake of 2008.
+11 # Regina 2011-04-03 21:43
Which mistake? Unfortunately, John McCain and his gang would have been enormously worse for people who don't own -- how many houses?-- he's lost count. I'm not sure that Hillary Clinton would have been better able to squelch the crazy right-wingers, or kept a House majority in the midterm election. Keep in mind the obvious fact that the racists who howl against Obama would have been sexists howling against Clinton, even though she was unchallengeably born in the U.S.
-6 # tomo 2011-04-04 15:35
Regina: Perhaps I lack imagination. How could McCain have done much worse? Would he, for instance, have covered up for those who use torture? But wait--McCain has not been inclined to do that; but Obama's doing it. Would McCain have given away all our money to the banks? But wait--McCain was deeply burned by his service to financiers in the Savings and Loan days, tagged as one of the Keating Five. Mightn't we hope the once-burned would prove twice-shy? Anyway, the dark deed of caving to the nation's richest people was not one by McCain but by Obama.

Maybe that "crazy maverick" McCain would have gotten us into a new war. Maybe. But our "Martin-Luther- King" candidate, once elected, is at one-and-a-half new wars, and still counting! (Don't mistake me--had I ever had the chance, I'd have voted for King; and thinking I heard an echo, I voted for Obama. Today I do not judge Obama "by the color of his skin but by the quality of his character.")

McCain is, I grant, more than a maverick. He's downright quirky; and at times he has simply lied. But he has nowhere near the capacity for deception Obama has. If one was voting for the most competent liar (thinking it good to have as President a master-of-manip ulation), one did well to vote for Obama; and there was no mistake. But that's not the way I vote.
+2 # tomo 2011-04-06 17:41
It's funny! If I tell my progressive friends that Republicans are like mad sheepdogs, running about, baring their teeth, and snapping at things, my friends will praise me for my eloquence; but if I tell them how I think we Democrats fit into this analogy of mine, they do not like to hear me.
-1 # gingergee 2011-04-08 22:10
i agree with you, tomo, and can't understand why you've got so many negative votes. i voted for obama with enthusiasm because i was unaware how talented he was as a liar. in hindsight, at least one clue was there -- he managed to attract twice the campaign funding from the super-rich as did mccain. so at least one group was well aware of what kind of president he'd turn out to be. (you don't stay rich if you don't get a good return on your investments).
-3 # FatCharley 2011-04-05 08:45
Keep in mind, also, the likelihood that the racists who howl today against Obama would have been sexists howling against Clinton (notwithstandin g that she was (also) unquestionably born in the U.S.). The X-Chromosome factor may have become less objectionable recently than the male-related Coppertone-Fact or, but it is still associated with having to climb ladders before being wholly accepted as a national leader.

We should also bear in mind the obvious and easily confirmed fact that HE - Obama - was also born a) in the US to a b)unchallengeab ly American citizen.
+1 # michaelsd98 2011-04-07 10:30
You are so correct! I think that whoever the Democrat president would have been, the right wing would have attacked that person unmercifully too. The right-wing extremist will attack anything or anybody that does not mirror their beliefs. So much for a democracy!
+94 # DARYL 2011-04-02 22:53
Thanks Ralph Nader for always saying what needs to be heard.
I wish we lived in a country that demanded a leader like yourself.
Our president is terrified by Elizabeth Warren. She might actually get something done. Upsetting corporate and banking thieves.
Emmert on the other hand has sent jobs offshore, what the hell, sending a fox to help chickens.
+13 # alice 2011-04-03 08:48
I think he is sending a fox to help the foxes...
+26 # photonracer 2011-04-03 13:14
Yes indeed Mr Obama is terrified by the truth that Elizabeth Warren confronts him and his cronies with. He has a tiger by the tail and dares not let go. Yet he doesn't dare feed into her power. We the people should insist she be given free rein for the next 6 years. Let her put the bankers and Wall street on a leash.
+49 # Virginia 2011-04-02 23:19
“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history ….” Guess who? (2009)

Think he ever meant it?

Yes Ralph, we all feel betrayed.
+67 # NorthernView 2011-04-02 23:44
A flat tax is a terrible idea. Just make the greedy elite pay their proper share on those massive incomes of theirs. When you make 80% of the income in the country you should be paying a hell of a lot more than the same 10% as the ditch diggers and waitresses. Taxes take food off the table of the truly poor and struggling masses but its just chump change to the elite. They waste more than that every few minutes on frivolous crap and excessive consumption.
+33 # Patch 2011-04-03 11:29
I totally agree with you, NorthernView. A flat tax hurts the poor and lower middle class. Let's go back to pre-Reagan days when the rich paid 90 percent tax above a certain income amount. And, let's stop letting corporations run this country.
+6 # Rainphase 2011-04-04 18:01
I agree...a flat tax sounds OK until you think about how capitalism itself is set up to benefit the already wealthy with low interest rates for borrowing and penalize the poor with lack of access to credit and high interest rates for borrowing.

Progressive taxation, as flawed a method as it is in that it is easily attacked and systematically avoided, is still one of the few ways to somewhat level the playing field and slow the polarization between the very rich and very poor. It just needs to be ENFORCED on the rich, influential and powerful.
+67 # jon 2011-04-02 23:50
"Hailing from an Oklahoman blue collar family" DID you HEAR THAT pea-brained tea-baggers!?!?

Elizabeth Warren is more earnestly on YOUR side than ALL of the Fascist/Republi cans put together!

It is a shame that none of Rupert Murdoch's shills will give her an interview so that you can hear what a REAL American sounds like. Ultimately - because you are afraid of any political posture that doesn't sound mean-spirited - you will never hear her voice standing in your defense.
+31 # jon 2011-04-02 23:52
Oh, and by the way Ralph, I am very grateful for your statement to "George W. Obama" (alas) regarding Elizabeth Warren.
+33 # marilynrssll 2011-04-03 00:17
Four things:
1) Thank you, Ralph, for your words and your integrity.
2) We need to watch Eliz. Warren's back.
3) I believe Jim Messina to be the Democrats answer to Karl Rove.
4) Tea Partiers seem to be so patriarchal, so "My way or nothing" that it makes me feel sorry for any woman who is married to one of them.
+19 # Cory Alperstein 2011-04-03 10:55
What about all those teaparty women leading the charge? Surely they should be able to read the facts as well as the rest of us. It gives a bad name to women, especially women like Elizabeth Warren, who as you say, is truly working on behalf of working class and poor Americans. Exactly who do the teaparty people represent anyway?
+15 # Capn Canard 2011-04-03 12:26
The Tea Party represents the lowest common denominator. On a good day, they are mediocre troglodytes.
+44 # rock 2011-04-03 00:32
I'll grant Ralph this - his assessment of Jeffrey Immelt is Spot On!
+32 # Ken Hall 2011-04-03 01:16
Mr. Nader would make a great president. I have voted for him in the past and would do so in the future.
+17 # Sally B 2011-04-03 12:19
I agree, Ken Hall, Nader has the integrity, tenacity, and aggressiveness to be our president. I have voted for over 50 years and promised myself after the last 10 years to never vote Republican again because of their anti-people actions. (Words don't count unless followed by actions that confirm them, showing real care of earth's people.)
I'm having serious second-thoughts about Obama's actions but see no way out of our dilemmas as long as everyone's actions fail the people.

If I was younger I might consider moving to Canada, even with some accusations of supermarket-lin e, slow healthcare. An email acquaintance from Canada insists they love and feel confidence in their system. Who do I believe, writers who get paid to be critics or someone who lives the situation? I vote with the obvious.
+10 # judy spock 2011-04-03 17:31
when people complain about that 'long-line, slow, health care in other countries with total insurance coverage, I wonder if they have ever been in line in the US waiting in an emergency room (for hours) or for prescribed surgery (for months)..I live where I can get the 'best' health care in the US..I fully pay my share, am insured,..and the 'best' care is slow and STILL costly and error prone...doctors will tell you the paperwork (NOW! in the US!) and the tangled legal and moral obligations to the neediest among us added to the generally poor health condition of most Americans when the enter the medical system, makes us a 3rd rate country in the DELIVERY of health care services...far down the line from Canada, Britain, Sweden etc,
+47 # I.M.Agoste 2011-04-03 01:39
Do you really think Mr Obama is going to listen? He talks a good game, but he's demonstrated time and again he couldn't care less about the under and unemployed. I mean, really, look at his picks - Immelt and Daley!

Yes, Ms Warren would be an excellent choice because she cares and there lies the problem. She'd want to help us but Obama's friends aren't too keen on that, are they?
+22 # giraffee2012 2011-04-03 02:00
WOW - exposed and neked -- I too await a reply. I heard President Obama has been requestd to replace CEO of GE in that position.

This a.m. on C-Span, the Senate went after AARP for "tax exemptions" --- while Rove's "company" for Seniors (with the same issues) is not requeted to appear before Congress + 14,000 other 'non profits' making billions who (like AARP & GE & BofA, etc. PAY NOT TAXES.

Next week SOMEBODY should motion for these tax hole to be plugged -- to BALANCE THE BUDGET instead of drowning the middle/poor.

Go Wisconsin!

Thank you Mr. Nader
+22 # genierae 2011-04-03 07:33
AARP has tried to straddle the middle road for years and its not working for them. I canceled my membership because they have been too easy on Bush the younger, doing a recent puff piece on him that was sickening. When I complained they told me that they stay clear of politics and I said that babies blown to bits in Iraq is not political, its murder. I also stopped backing NPR and PBS because they became so pro-corporate-R epublican and if they are de-funded, I won't mind. There are many other progressive programs that are truly public-minded, on dish and online.
+23 # Robert Edgar 2011-04-03 02:31
This is the first time in years I've completely agreed with a Ralph Nader statement. In this case, I absolutely concur.
+27 # Debra 2011-04-03 03:15
Elizabeth Warren should consider staying home in Massachusetts to run for US Senate. We need a working class hero to take on Scott Brown!
+46 # Kay Bowen-Smti 2011-04-03 05:51
Elizabeth Warren is what this country needs.....I cannot believe that Obama is not backing her......and relying on more heart is broken.....I had so much hope for Obama.. Thanks Ralph for waking me up.....but I am so saddened by this news.
-49 # MarkKohut 2011-04-03 05:54
And if her nomination were derailed? As if 'backing her" all the way would help her get confirmed by thoes who control congress..
Ralph, once again, would rather back a losing cause that would hurt that 'cause when it failed...
+9 # Capn Canard 2011-04-03 12:29
Markkohut, if you keeping giving in, eventually you'll have nothing to give. Many of us are already at that point. Count your blessings, lucky you.
+40 # genierae 2011-04-03 05:59
Thank you Ralph Nader for being our voice, you are much appreciated! We need people like Elizabeth Warren in every government position. Integrity, courage, and compassion, what a combination!
+33 # rf 2011-04-03 06:50
This president has demonstrated over and over that he is firmly in the pocket of the financial interests...not to mention the entire Democratic party. Like you have said for years, Ralph, we could use a second political party!
+29 # A. Lazar 2011-04-03 08:05
Thirty years ago, when we were younger, Nader taught us that we should not take the packaging at face value. We forgot that lesson until Obama came along. We believed him, we expected that he would name people like Krugman, and now Warren, to make good on his promises. Who do we look to for 2012? Elizabeth Warren? She is, for sure, not a packaged product.
+25 # in deo veritas 2011-04-03 08:21
Sadly, very few besides Ralph Nader have challenged Obama to do what he promised. Unless he does something to redeem the lost faith in him felt by so many of us, why should he get four more years? Just to consider voting for the lesser of two evils considering the rogues gallery of idiots and charl;atans who plan to run against him. At the rate things are going, why even have another election when the American people cannot win either way? If the Mayas were right it will be irrelevant- but with world order disintegrating everywhere, it may not be a natural cataclysm, but one man-made.
-7 # genierae 2011-04-03 09:49
The Mayans said that we would see the end of the world "as we know it". We are headed for an immense shift in consciousness and we must keep our minds and our hearts open to what comes. The transition won't be easy, but what's on the other side will be heaven on earth!
+9 # Capn Canard 2011-04-03 12:40
Hmmm, I am not sure that the Mayans ever "said" any of that. At least it is my opinion that consciousness is just part of evolution and this progression of awareness is vitally necessary to maintain life. I believe our way of life is out of rhythm, however you may want to interpret that...
+6 # genierae 2011-04-03 16:13
Capn Canard: I find it comforting that the Mayans were not speaking of the physical end of the world, but the end of the world as we know it. I have been studying many different aspects of the Mayan culture, and reading the conclusions of those who have studied it for many years, and that's where I got the information. There are many clues left behind. If you want to disagree with me on that, I don't mind at all. I agree with you that our consciousness is evolving, and I will go even further to say that its speeding up. We are in for some very interesting times, followed by a happy ending for mankind.
+1 # FatCharley 2011-04-05 11:35
Quoting genierae:
We are in for some very interesting times, followed by a happy ending for mankind.

Ending 1: "And they all lived happily ever after
Ending 2: "After clearing up what remained from the hurricane, they made a fire and cooked some fish they had earlier rescued from the dying freezer"
So - what will it be? Both are happy - but one speaks of an indefinitely happy future and the other of a temporally-defi ned, limited future. And Obama? etc?
+2 # genierae 2011-04-06 15:34
FC: One thing I know about the human spirit, it is NOT limited in any way. We are mini-creators that haven't yet learned to create in unison. That's why there is so much chaos in the world, we are all out of step. But my intuition tells me that there is a collective consciousness-r aising occurring, and we are all waking up from a long sleep. Once we get our act together and begin to create our reality, instead of just reacting to everything, we will have our happy ending.
+2 # Capn Canard 2011-04-05 17:04
Okay, genierae, now that I actually spent a few some time thinking about your response, " is speeding up", OH YEAH!!, I believe we are in agreement! If you are interested in the speed of change, or consciousness then take a look at McKenna's idea of Timewave Zero. Waaay back in '90 I read about Chaos (all complex systems are sensitive dependence upon their initial conditions-henc e you can't predict outcomes until you know all the initial conditions!) It is some thing that I've thought about for 20 years prior to even being aware of who Terence McKenna was. In short, it is McKenna's idea of the unfolding of compressed time, and this is like a ball bouncing or a planet spinning etc. Like a Tidal Wave, flood, or Tsunami, things will get worse before they get better. Perhaps it is speeding toward a singularity of consciousness?
+2 # genierae 2011-04-06 15:25
CC: There are some amazing things going on, that's for sure. It seems to me that time is also speeding up. I agree that we are headed for increasingly hard times, its almost like we are headed for a vortex, and that's why we must stay awake. Its sort of like whitewater rapids, we must learn how to navigate the rough stuff, if we want to make it to the still, deep water ahead...I don't know anything about Terence McKenna, but I will check him out.
+20 # Carole 2011-04-03 09:00
Ralph, you always a voice of reason and truth in this crazy world of politics. It amazes me how you get it right while the President for whom I worked so hard to get elected doesn't seem to see it.
Thank you for being there.
+12 # Joe Fasulo 2011-04-03 10:11
I am proudly one of the few who voted for Mr R. Nader in Florida in the last election and in the first election after which I was severely chastised for my decision. I was right then and I am right now. R. Nader should have been and still should be President. Alas it is not to be. The People of this nation are digging their own graves while Corporate America dances to the tune of the almighty dollar. Sadly they too will suffer the consequences of ignoring people, efficiency in government and society, and the future of their economy. International Corporate America rules the roost and the presidency. I personally can do no more than to promise never to vote Democrat or Republican again. They have shown their hand and their intentions. For me it will be either Independent or Not at all.
+10 # Doctoretty 2011-04-03 10:17
Ralph has regained his sanity, and my admiration!
+3 # Arika 2011-04-04 17:00
Ralph was NEVER insane!!! He's always been right on!
I will always trust you, and vote for you, or whoever you recommend!!
+14 # Realist 2011-04-03 10:20
It is sad that no-one will run to oppose a sitting president in a primary. If Obama runs for re-election, this will be the first time in 50 years that I will not vote in an election. I cannot in good conscience vote for a man who openly scorns us by appointing a man whose company makes billions of dollars, but not only doesn't pay any taxes, but gets a refund in the millions. Obama is a president for the corporations, not for us.
+11 # Hank Levin 2011-04-03 10:41
Just as the Bush/Cheney Republicans used the religious fundamentalists as their "idiot brigade," Obama and the Democrats used us progressives as their own "idiot brigade." So, where does it go from here--since I nor any other betrayed progressive will ever support him again--upward and onward to a true corporate/Chris tian/facist state? Ralph Nader made some enemies from his obstinacy running up to the last election; but everything he said turned out to be true, didn't it Michael Moore?
-4 # stuart 2011-04-03 10:47
Ralph- Why didn't you run for Senate or Congress where you had chance of winning and an impact on the policy, instead was it your ego or what that told you to run for president?
+4 # constance kosuda 2011-04-03 10:49
maybe because Obama is a complete and utter fraud?
+14 # Marianne Ryan 2011-04-03 11:06
I can only hope that everyone reads Ralph Nader's Open Letter to President Obama. What has become of the man who's books I loved, and who, in 2008, I worked to help him get elected. I feel grief at what he has become.
-4 # Arika 2011-04-04 17:04
You should have listened to Ralph, instead of believing I Obama, the liar! He broke his word BEFORE he wad elected!! And he hasn't kept his word since!!
+10 # Jane Gilgun 2011-04-03 11:19
The national political scene is horrible and we must keep naming how horrible it is. The president caves far too much. He's got to get back to first principles, such as fairness and equal opportunity. These are the foundation of our democracy.

Stand up for what you believe, Barack Obama. Call out those who cloak themselves in virtue but stand for hate and selfishness. Call out those who only care about themselves and buy unprincipled politicians who are their puppets.
+5 # theshift33 2011-04-03 11:48
You go Ralph! I'll be voting for you in 2012. I am so disappointed in Obama and here is why:
- Obama has the "right's" idea for you.
- Obama knows what is "right's" and is
on the "right".
- He is doing the "right's" thing in the
"right's" way.
- He has the "right's" economic policy.
- He supports the "right's" leadership in
foreign countries.
- His foreign policy is the "right's".
- Obama has changed America in the
"right's direction.
- He is keeping America moving in the
"right's" way for the "right's"
decisions for you.
+8 # ross falzone 2011-04-03 11:49
Once again Mr,Nader shows us by example what a rear patriot sounds like.
The voice of truth.
Thank you Mr. Nader
+2 # Dorli Rainey 2011-04-03 12:43
The sad fact is that there are still people out there wanting to elect Democrats or wishing we had Ralph as president. Ralph ran for president, so where were you when the Democrats would not let him into the convention as a visitor with a ticket? Forget the Democrats. You fell for the "Hope" now start thinking about the next election.
+20 # Margolicious 2011-04-03 12:51
Our government continues to be owned by the the 400 richest people and the big corporations. We need laws that overthrow the Citizens United v FEC decision and bring about real campaign finance reform so that politicians will not be owned by rich individuals and corporations. Therefore, over 60 per cent of our corporations do not pay income tax and the "Repukicans" insisted on big tax cuts for the very rich and voted on cutting programs in the budget that help the middle class and poor. A third party that serves the people would be ideal, however, I do not see that party succeeding unless it has enormous financial support and at least 50 million dedicated voting members. The American public is too stupid and so easily deceived by Fox lies and the Rove/Koch criminals. We need to follow Egypt's example and demand change now. Obama hired the crooks to handle the economic crisis that caused it. Elizabeth Warren should be given full power to create laws and economic reforms to prevent the coming depression. Wall Street power brokers should not be employed in the regulatory agencies or on the Federal Reserve Board. Obama should be listening to Volcker, Warren, Krugman, and Johnson and not his Wall Street backers for economic policy. Geithner, Barnacke, Paulson, Sommers etc. should be jailed. Main Street and homeowners should be bailed out and jobs should be created now.
-7 # noboldy 2011-04-03 13:00
obildergerg is noboldy. he keeps the lights on so that when THAT phone call comes, he's not scared... nosiree. he ain't scared... cuz he aint there! heza gon intuh hidin'...
+10 # bigkahuna671 2011-04-03 13:04
As time goes by, I'm growing more and more impatient with our "CHANGE" President. The only thing that seems to have changed is his character, which is sorely lacking. He's totally forgotten what he ran on and the people who elected him, instead focusing on trying, without success, to work with the GOP, at the cost of the Progressives who supported him. I'm not a big fan of Ralph Nader, feeling he cost us one election we couldn't afford to lose, but have to applaud him hear for telling it as it is. Obama's sinking into the morass so deeply he can't see the truth -his only chance for reelection is to get back on the right path and live up to the promises he made Hispanics on immigration, and the promises he made to the middle and lower classes to right the ship. Here's hoping he can do it, but from these recent decisions, he's more likely to do more of the same and become a Bush clone.
+2 # bigkahuna671 2011-04-03 13:16
Want to mea culpa for the misspelling of here...
+3 # FatCharley 2011-04-05 09:57
Not to excuse the dude, but it is one thing to be a great campaigner, a great speaker and a really good thinker - and quite another thing to have to prevail in the course of not one term but also a second time around in a system that has been tweaked over the years to prevent the enduring presence of any president. In addition, the US seems to have a built-in and growing distrust of the unconventional, non-bland and the "different". Korans are burned, Michelle Bachmans put forth astonishingly ill-informed messages based on the non-reading of history or the failure to study our constitutional development while only memorizing limited portions of the Constitution when it suits her purposes. I always believed that good schools and hard, cold winters helped develop logic and sound, informed thought processes - but I see that this was wishful thinking on my part. Alaska and Minnesota have now provided two women who show me how wrong I was. At least for the moment. We cold-weather people are also optimistic - for there is always "spring". But we have to shovel lots of snow before the meltage finally begins and spring is once again in the air...
+10 # YoDudeMan 2011-04-03 13:49
I voted enthusiasticall y for a "hope & change" transformationa l president when I voted for candidate Obama. What I got was a transactional President doing deals just like all the others who have sat in that round room.

The repugnicant Governors of Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and New Jersey show us why we must vote for Obama in 2012 while holding our collective noses.
+12 # Lulie 2011-04-03 14:50
I remember being so angry at Nader when he ran for president. Now I wish I had voted for him. And were he to run again, I certainly would. I quit the Democratic Party and can hardly stand to look at Obama. How about a Nader/Warren ticket?
+6 # josephhill 2011-04-03 18:42
I predict that all you people who are complaining about Obama voted for him....and will vote for any bum the Dems nominate (just as you have been doing for years) even though today's "New" Democrats bear no resemblance to the progressive ideals that once characterized the "Party of the People".

You have demonized genuine progressives like Nader for being "spoilers", whereas IF you had had the guts to vote your conscience, rather than holding your noses while voting for the pseudo-Democrat s who are becoming less and less distinguishable from the Republicans, the Dems would not now take your votes for granted. Sooner or later you will have to bite the bullet and vote for a 3rd-party progressive, even if it means the Dem candidate might lose.

The only way to be HEARD is with OUR votes. Stop being "chumped" by the DNC hacks who are willing to invest millions just to scare the bejeezus out of progressives who would prefer a 3rd-party candidate. Until we quit accepting the inevitability of a "Lesser Evil" president, we'll continue to be prisoners of the Dems.

If not NOW...WHEN? If not YOU...WHO?
+9 # Myrlaviani Rivier 2011-04-03 19:01
Elizabeth Warren is more than capable, more than qualified; she has an intellectual passion which is easily understood but her diligence and commitment makes her what I call "an ordinary hero," (and we are all over). She exudes superior moral character.
+7 # Jim Webster 2011-04-04 06:11
Ralph for President??? That doesn't excite me at all. Now if Elizabeth Warren were to be nominated, it would make me believe that we can work our way out of this mess.
+4 # ganymede 2011-04-04 09:02
I voted for Obama and I will vote for him again. There is no alternative. The only thing we can do is organize and show our displeasure at much of what Obama is doing.We all know that his hands are tied on some issues, but he does listen and he is trying to push for a more progressive America. We must continue to fight the know nothing idiots and their cynical backers. Just imagine if the Tea Party takes over our country, or if McCain/Palin had been elected!
+7 # Lucia V. Minnerly 2011-04-04 12:07
Caveat emptor. Mr Nader is right and I'd vote for him as president if given a change. But right now I admire the respectful way in which he addresses our very idealistic President Obama, and suggest we respectfully go on with both questioning and suggestions.
+5 # Marilyn Sayles 2011-04-04 12:38
Dear President Obama, You must nominate Elizabeth Warreto the post. She is so very qualified, and competent, that it would be our loss, if you do not nominate and fight for her.
-2 # Trina 2011-04-04 23:32
I guess people were asleep at the polls or Ballot box last presidential election, Ralph Nader was on the ballot for president but all The Sheeple voted without guts last time as usual. I voted for Ralph knowing deep down that he would not get it. But I knew this was a ploy to shake up the Twin party system. There is no difference between the parties Repukes and Dumbocrats . But for change to happen people need to make an Educated vote and not afraid to color outside the lines when voting. I cannot put brain pills in the drinking water to get people to wake up!
+4 # LAellie3 2011-04-05 04:42
What the heck is wrong with all of you? Elizabeth Warren is here because Obama brought her into his cabinet. He has and will continue to fight for her. Don't any of you READ? And for all the crap that's going on, blame the republican/cons ervative/teabag gers in Congress. They are the ones trying to prevent her nomination -- NOT President Obama. As far as Ralph Nader is concerned, he is a blowhard who plays all the angles. An opportunist. Doesn't know diddley about governing. Be careful who you wish for. Look at the Senators in Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, etc. BUYERS REMORSE! Obama is our best bet.
+2 # Will Gifford 2011-04-05 05:44
"Change you can believe in"? Who'da thunk that meant he'd change into a republican?

How is our ruler any different from those in the near east?

Let us bring the revolution spirit to this continent!
+4 # bill roger 2011-04-05 07:55
if we hadn't shipped so many jobs overseas (GE and others) we would have more workers paying into social security and there would be no warnings about the dire straits it is supposedly in...
we are doing ourselves in by not more protesting vigorously the corporate loopholes. Elizabeth Warren is being cold shouldered.
+1 # johnmulkins123 2011-04-06 23:18
Putting focus on the issues, providing a vehicle to express our almost universal agreement that corporations need to get out of Washington. Dealing with the root causes of this dysfunction in a very effective and direct way!
+1 # mkarenina63 2011-04-07 16:27
At age 63, I am losing hope that this country can be saved. The corporate powers have had many years to manipulate the system for their advantage ,and divide the American people through corporate run propaganda TV. Poorly educated citizens over 30 years of declining public schools, with no civics training, added to exhaustion from overwork and stretched family budgets, has left us with the little moral clarity or energy to confront and fight the behemoth we face.
My mother and I have little to look forward to, we are poor, sick and face more poverty and suffering. Who cares? Not the young with gadgets and computer games to escape reality. Morality....mon ey has made that ambiguous...God ....? My god is better than your god is the American way now. I have a small piece of's just big enough for my casket....solve s my problems and those of you who lack a sense of social responsibility.
0 # wjh2 2011-04-30 10:38
Thank You Mr Nader,

I have been frustrated about how to weigh in on the appointment of Elizabeth Warren to the CFPB. I sent an email to the President via the White House Web Site and also sent emails to both the Senators and Representatives from my State of NM. Unfortunately this seems to have had little effect. Everyday peoples positions are not being acknowledged by our representatives in Washington DC. It seems the voice of the people has been coopted by large well funded organizations, and all of the organizations that used to put pressure on Washington on behalf of the people have been systematicly destroyed. So, again Thank You!
0 # l j mcgroarty 2011-07-27 06:59
does anyone know where Nader stands on the Americaelects.o rg movement? does anyone know anything about the creators of the movement - Is it val halla or another ,albeit more intricate, pseudo suffrage distraction

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