Letters To The President And The Speaker Of The House

It is high time for some irrelevancy.

Dear Mr. President,

I’m sorry I missed you when you came to Ohio today.  I really wanted to be there.

I do have a few questions for you though.  Let us start with this one.  Why hasn’t someone hit you upside the head yet?

It seems your brain is like an old 45 record that keeps skipping.  Now I realize when you took office you were highly unqualified, but then again it wasn’t like we didn’t tell you this.  And I know when you were sworn in you were seriously overwhelmed, but you volunteered for the job.

Your entire presidency reminds me a definition that I used to hear quite often.  What is the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Does that sound familiar to you?

You keep harping on the same old tried and true ideas and even your own party keeps blowing you off. 

Oil companies, yes we all hate paying high prices for gas.  Three years ago when you ran for your current office you made it clear you felt high gas prices were the direct result of your predecessor’s policies and that of your fellow Democratic opponent’s inability to stand up to Bid Oil.  Well here we are three years later and we are in the same situation but now it’s all “Woe is me” or “Big Oil is bad”.

Do you know what happens when you remove tax loopholes and credits from the oil companies?  Do you know what happens when you increase the tax burden for oil companies?  They raise the price of oil and we pay more for everything not just gas.  When you increase the cost of doing business for some you increase the cost of living for everyone.

Come over here and turn around so I can hit you in the back of the head.

And now you are on this “Buffett Rule” trip again.

Hey here’s an idea, why don’t you go into the Oval Office today, call all your staff in there and ask them if they paid their taxes.  Seriously, your own executive staff owes over $800,000 in back taxes.  You are out here telling people everyone must pay their fair share yet the people you see every single day can’t even fill out a tax form? 

Are you kidding me?

Come over here and turn around so I can hit you in the back of the head.

And while we are on the “Buffett Rule” maybe you can pick up your Blackberry and give old Warren a call and tell him to pay Berkshire Hathaway’s fair share in taxes instead of haggling with the IRS.  It’s only been ten years now right?  How is this still going on?

Come over here and turn around so I can hit you in the back of the head.

Now I know your campaign strategy is going to be Congress won’t let me do anything.  But seriously, Senator Reid is your buddy.  You guys could rattle off legislation like there’s no tomorrow if you felt like it.  But what you do know, and I give you credit for this, is that the American people are just plain dumb.  When you say the word Congress they interpret it as the House of Representatives which is Republican controlled.  So as long as your buddy keeps things at a standstill in the Senate you can keep making that claim and the sheep keep following.  Or maybe you aren’t the leader you thought you were and Reid is playing you like a fiddle or even trying to make you look bad.  Either way…

Come over here and turn around so I can hit you in the back of the head.



Tim Torrence



Dear Mr. Speaker,

Let’s get something straight right from the get go.  Barrack Obama is going to win re-election.  You know it and I know it. 

So let’s not put too much effort into a failed presidential campaign.  Don’t make it look like your throwing the election though.  It has to look better than Forrest Griffin taking that phantom punch from Anderson Silva.

What do you say you concentrate your resources on the House and Senate?

Imagine what can be accomplished with a 2/3’s majority in both chambers.   There would be no such thing as a veto. 

Maybe you don’t get the 2/3’s majority but at least you can put forth legislation and force Democrats to vote and earn a pay check.

You say you literally have dozens of jobs bills waiting for a vote in the Senate.  Well what if your party had control of the Senate?

Would we finally see a vote on those bills?

Would you re-instate the Bush era tax cuts?  Because it doesn’t look like the Senate has any sort of agenda and they expire at the end of the year.  You remember the lowest tax rate of 10% goes up to 15% right? 

Would you start the process on the “Balanced Budget” amendment you keep calling for?  And could you get enough states to actually vote on it?  You do know that there are still quite a few that stick to the colder side of the color wheel.  But there is always the case of Dillion vs. Gloss to force California’s hand.

You say, “The President checked out last Labor Day”. 

What would life be like if you had total control of both chambers of Congress for no less than two years?

What would life be like if the Oval Office became irrelevant for no less than two years?

Can you govern without going too far to the right and angering the middle?  It would be a sure loss in 2014 if you couldn’t.

Let’s pick a winnable battle and find out.  The “Campaigner-in-Chief” is going to be here for a while.  Get used to it.


Tim Torrence

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Tate Davidson April 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Is it suddenly OK to threaten violence toward the President on this country? I'm surprised that Patch would encourage that sort of thing by publishing this at all. But, since it has been published - I guess I'm curious: How is it that "fiscal conservatives" can be against removing subsidies for the most profitable businesses in this country? Why not let the market decide what energy sources people favor? That's the argument for privatizing everything and smaller government isn't it? The fear of high gas prices has obviously become a political tool that isn't consistent with the usual message.


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