Monday, September 29, 2008

FDR Moment Needed

Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a gift for explaining even the most complex challenges in a way that the majority of Americans could appreciate. FDR explained the depression and the second world war. In so doing FDR lead the way through the most trying challenges in US history (current events included).

Either President Bush, Senator McCain, or Senator Obama needs to explain the current crisis. The credit crisis hasn't yet tightened consumer access to financing, so it is difficult to appreciate how the problems extend beyond Wall Street. We need a leader who can articulate the source of the problems and the implications of typical Americans.

Only then can broad support among voters be built to support the kind of dramatic intervention needed. It is unrealistic for party leaders to expect congressmen and senators to vote counter to overwhelming constituent opposition.

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