A frequent reader and friend on Facebook has challenged me to identify ten good things about the Democratic Party and ten things that President Obama has done to improve America. I’ve taken on the challenge.
While all democrats might not fully agree with my list of party virtues, I’ve listed what I think are most important and good. Likewise, all who voted for Barrack Obama might not agree with my list of accomplishments. But what follows is according to Opa.
Ten Things That Are Good About the Democratic Party
Democrats believe in and support the values of most hardworking, middle class families:
- that wealth and privilege shouldn’t be an entitlement to rule
- that working men and women deserve a fair wage for an honest day’s labor
- that people have a right to seek justice in a legal system that punishes the excesses spawned by greed and corruption that flourish in an unbridled economic system
- that all children deserve a good education
- that no one should be denied quality medical care
- that everyone should be afforded basic civil rights, which include equal opportunity and freedom from exploitation
- that the government has a legitimate role to play in protecting both society and the environment
- that our economy grows from the bottom up, not from the top down, and government can help it grow by investing in people, technology and infrastructure
- that those who are more fortunate have a responsibility to help those who are less fortunate
- that, in order to protect First Amendment rights for everyone, matters of religion are and should continue to be kept separate from the state
All these things, I believe, are good.
Ten Things Obama Has Done to Improve America
In just the first half of President Obama’s first term he has done the following, in no particular order of importance:
- he, along with his economic advisors and Congress, rescued our economy from the brink of depression. The original cost of TARP, $700B, has now been reduced to a mere $25B with financials and the domestic automotive industry returning most of the funds;
- he has commissioned a bi-partisan balanced budget commission which is about to shed the light of day on deficit spending claims and chart a path for America to rescue our young from the yoke of future unbearable debt;
- he has, by doing nothing more than just getting himself elected, substantially improved the self-esteem and resolve of millions of young African-Americans to succeed;
- he has reduced inter-faith and cultural tensions contributing to world terrorist threats by convincingly addressing the Muslim world and convincing many that we are not at war with Islam;
- At the cost of much political capital, he has seen major health care reform enacted which includes insurance coverage for millions of young people who can now remain on their parents’ insurance until they are 26;
- he has fully funded the Veterans’ Administration;
- he has begun the removal of combat brigades in Iraq and increased our efforts to confront al Qaeda and supportive extremist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan from which the original 911 attack originated;
- he has, for all intents and purposes, ended the practice of torture by America;
- he is in the process of further reducing the nuclear threat in the world through verifiable treaties (the new START Treaty being held up by Republicans in the Senate) and marshaling UN cooperation on meaningful sanctions against Iran and North Korea;
- he is about to legally and permanently end discrimination against gays and lesbians in our armed forces by ending Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell.
- Please feel free to post a comment whether you agree or not.