There is already much speculation about who will run for president in 2016 - especially the excitement about a Bernie Sanders entry. I say wait a minute here. We still have three years left on President Obama's watch. I think the best boost we could give to progressive candidates in 2016, is to first focus all our energy on 2014. It does no good to have a Democrat in the White House if he must work with such a non-compromising, right-wing Congress. Even though we love Bernie Sanders, he would have little to show for his tenure in the White House if there are no partners in Congress to pass legislation.

On top of the disfunctional Congress, we are faced with a corporate media complex that is not interested in policy discussions. I have listened to Barack Obama go out on the campaign trail in the last several months and talk about jobs, rebuilding our infrastructure, educating our kids, investing in job training and research and so on. The media just yawns. The (progressive) bully pulpit is becoming useless. The only message coming out of the media elite is the Republican mantra: 'Where are the jobs, Mr. President?' It is as if they give Congress a free pass on the job situation, as if they are not at all responsible for the economy.

We cannot afford to write-off the next three years. Too many hardworking, underemployed and unemployed Americans need help now. We actually do have a president in the White House right now who would sign legislation to close tax loopholes, invest in America and its people, raise the minimum wage, and expand education. We need to focus on giving him people to work with so he can sign legislation.


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