Mr. Cayden’s article was eloquent to say the least. If my mind had not already been filled by the “Hope” and “Change” garble of the 2008 election, I’m pretty sure I would’ve swung right on this one, that is, if it had been true.
Pigeon-Holed by Obstructionism
It has always struck me as insane that deficit-spending watchdogs, like the Teabaggers, weren’t more friendly to Obama and Pelosi. After all, wasn’t it Reid and Pelosi who supported spend as you go? It was I believe, and it was just as assuredly filibustered by the GOP. Wasn’t it Reid and Pelosi who supported and passed a $200 billion DEFICIT REDUCING healthcare law? And Mr. Cayden, of course it’s not reducing the budget within its first year of enactment, the non-partisan committee who determined the effects of healthcare specifically outlined that its major budget-reducing measures would take effect until 2013. Now, lets look at the the major laws that the conservatives grumble about these days other than “Obamacare”: bailouts and the stimulus.
The bailouts are currently being payed back, and with interest. Not only did these measures save some of the largest employers in our nation, but the federal government is now turning a profit, both in tax revenue and in actual interest on the loans. If the Party of No had had their way, hundreds of thousands, if not millions more Americans would be looking for a job, and the major industrial components to the American economy would literally be non-existent. How’s that for fiscal responsibility? The one loan that isn’t being payed back, it seems, is the $40 billion loan Bush made to GM before leaving office.
The stimulus bill has formed the jump-start to an economy that was headed towards meltdown. Several non-partisan committees have found that as many as four million more workers would be unemployed if it hadn’t been for the job-saving tax-cuts, loans, grants, and public works projects within the stimulus bill.
So tell me, Mr. Cayden, how we have been the fiscally irresponsible ones here? The GOP opposed democratic pay as you go measures that literally would mean that the deficit wouldn’t have gone up. Not only that, the deficit is now retreating from it’s Bush highs. So what have the Progressives done that all our fiscally conservative friends are so opposed to?
Why the Title is Relevant
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets a lot of attention these days, from the “Fire Pelosi” bus to the Blue dog opposition to her appointment as speaker, it seems she’s universally disliked (except of course for us lefties in California). But there hasn’t been much discussion of her future replacement. John Boehner. a man we fondly remember from the 90′s. Boehner, the honest man who passed out checks from tobacco PAC’s on the House Floor, before it was illegal, of course! Pelosi may be a big-government loving, tax-levying, amnesty pushing liberal, but her principals remain loyal to the middle class of this nation. I would take a woman who stands for individual choice, for equality, and for a more compassionate America any day over this corporate lackey.
So on November 2nd, look at the facts. Democrats have:
-Passed healthcare legislation that not only reduces the deficit, but also insures all American’s affordable, quality healthcare.
-Passed sweeping financial reform that has forced the banks and wall-streeters to surrender their abusive, financially crippling shark-tactics for a more stable, consumer friendly path.
-Passed a Recovery Act that has shone to be efficient, cost-effective, and the savior of what a non-partisan committee estimates to be four million U.S jobs.
-Passed Bank and Auto bailouts that were not only successful in saving the banks, but also successful to the point where these companies are now expanding and paying the debt back with interest.
So when you enter the polling booth on November 2nd, try to close your eyes and just look at the facts. Not the partisan framing, and not the spin-tactics of Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich. Just the facts. You’ll know that change is taking hold of Washington, and that your support for the Democratic party in this years election can make that more of a reality.
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