Judging from his first budget and his latest weekly address, President Obama is serious about creating the change he promised in his campaign.
The system we have now might work for the powerful and well connected interests that have run Washington for far too long, but I don't. I work for the American people. I didn't come here to do the same thing we've been doing or to take small steps forward. I came to provide the sweeping change that this country demanded when it went to the polls in November.
That kind of talk may have shocked members of the traditional media who are locked in a conventional wisdom that tilts right of center, but to those of us that spent hours and hours volunteering to elect Obama this what we saw from the beginning.
In the federal budget and his economic recovery plan President Obama has laid out a series of policies that will undoubtedly cause the special interests to go apoplectic and begin to unleash its army of professional lobbyists to torpedo the president's efforts to expand access to healthcare, invest in clean energy sources and rebuild our countries infrastructure.
As President Obama said:
In other words, I know these steps won't sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they're gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this:
So am I.
Now its up to us make sure that members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, get the message that we will hold them accountable. If they chose to oppose progressive legislation that will create the change that we so desperately need, they will pay a political price.