OK, this is infuriating. Everybody’s talking about the “enthusiasm gap” and how Democrats are going to get trounced this fall because nobody can bring themselves to be excited to vote for them. Everybody’s all depressed because Obama’s been a massive disappointment, and who cares who’s in office anyway?
WHAT. THE. FUCK!?
Here’s a list of ten things that have been accomplished in the past 18 MONTHS. All of which are of historical importance. Most of which would not have been had there been ONE MORE additional Republican Senator or ten more additional Republican Representatives.
1. A stimulus bill that has created/saved between 2 and 3 million jobs, and created tax cuts for everybody earning below $250k a year. Could it have been bigger? Sure. Could it have been smaller? You know it. Three Republicans in the Senate voted for it, one of whom was immediately kicked out of the party.
2. A healthcare reform bill that revolutionized the way our country treats medicine. Whatever your quibbles with the content of the bill, healthcare is now a RIGHT in this country and not a commodity. Every single Republican opposed it, on the basis of – I’m not shitting you here – the current system works and is the best in the world. In case you were wondering, it’s not.
3. The most significant set of reforms to the financial sector in a generation, including the creation of a consumer watchdog agency to push back against the shady alliance between banks and ratings agencies on Wall Street. If you don’t think this bill had teeth, just take a look at how angry the billionaire bankers (who led us into this mess) are about it.
4. A landmark credit card reform act that finally limits banks ability to charge abusive interest rates and defraud consumers of their money. This amidst calls from Republicans to deregulate the industry even more.
5. A well-run, efficient bailout of the auto industry that took three companies on the edge of bankruptcy and collapse and returned all three to profitability. Seriously, last quarter, all three major car companies turned a profit. In this economy.
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6. The first nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia in over two decades; a breakthrough of diplomacy that will cut the number of active warheads in our nations by more than half, and create a new program of inspections and a new investment in security that will lock down “loose nukes” in Russia. It should be pointed out that Republicans are massively opposed to this.
7. The end of combat operations in Iraq, making the best of a horrible situation by withdrawing with dignity and honor, while committing our resources and know-how to help the new Iraqi government maintain order. This in addition to a roadmap for achieving a similar goal in Afghanistan next year, freeing up the necessary resources to go after the actual villains and to repair our own economy.
8. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was opposed by McCain and defeated by Republicans in 2007. It reverses a Supreme Court decision that says you can’t sue for unequal treatment in the workplace if the treatment *first* happened more than 180 days ago, even if you only found out about it afterwards. Fixed.
9. Student loan reform. In a neat legislative trick, we took the middleman out of the student loan industry, which will mean $70 billion more available to students, as well as increased flexibility in repayment. This together with increased funding for Pell grants, pre-school education and charter schools like the Harlem Children’s Zone, this adds up to a massive investment in our kids’ future.
10. The confirmation of two new young justices to the Supreme Court (including the first ever Hispanic justice) who understand that the law is intended to protect the least of us – the poor, the minorities, the oppressed – not consecrate the ascendency of the wealthy, the police-state, and corporations. Both narrowly escaped filibuster.
Holy shit. This is a huge list of pretty awesome stuff.
A Republican majority in the House and none of this happens. None of it. You know what we’ll get instead? 2 years of phony scandals and investigations into everything. Purposeless, intentional, malicious gridlock. You think the scandal-mongering of the late 90’s was shameful? Wait until you see this. Only now, the economy is at stake.
The moral of the story? VOTE FOR PROGRESSIVES. But more than that, BRAG about this shit. Stop moping around. Get excited. Mobilize. Tell your friends. We fucking kicked ass in the past 18 months; let’s act like it.
Let’s shout it from the goddamn mountaintops.
Because this enthusiasm gap thing is bullshit.1
1As one of Mild-Mannered White Guy’s friend’s pointed out: “I’m not even particularly liberal. Really. But rewarding Republicans for their lies, hate-mongering, and crazy is simply deranged. Anybody who votes for them this time around is crazy, stupid,ignorant, evil or a combination of the four.”
[Editor's Note: Mild-Mannered White Guy is Angry Black Lady's Friend. He usually isn't so shouty, so when he shouts, you should listen. Thanks, Lane!]