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The Left Bashing The Left

Dem logo face RDem logo face LJack Slack (Disclosure: that’s his name, not a pseudonym) is a writer living in Florida. When he’s not diving for sunken treasure or fashioning gold jewelry he gives some thought to politics. Right now he’s mighty annoyed at liberal Democrats and other left voices criticizing President Obama.  As  Jack says it…

I refuse to jump on the progressive bandwagon bashing Obama because he didn’t deliver 100% of his campaign promises.

As far as I’m concerned, he carried out some of the big promises of his campaign such as getting us out of Iraq, providing health care reform, and promoting alternative energy programs. In fact, he exceeded his promise to leave only 50,000 troops in Iraq; currently we have only 12,000 troops in there. On top of that, he banned permanent U.S. bases in Iraq.

Today, most Americans probably want us out of Afghanistan too, but Obama’s campaign promise was to send more troops to the conflict in Afghanistan, which he and the rest of us, at that time, thought was our only legitimate war. We may no longer like the escalation in Afghanistan, but he did what he said he would do; furthermore, he provided the US an exit strategy, one that is still on schedule.

What really infuriated me were the progressives who bashed his health care reform. This was the only president in modern history to get such a bill passed. True, it didn’t have the public option most of us wanted because he didn’t want to endanger the entire bill for it. Of course, it’s not universal health care either, but Obama never promised it would be; he said he supported universal health care, but didn’t think he could get it past Congress at this time.

What we did get was a vast and incredible improvement in US health care. For the first time in our history, insurance companies have to insure you even if you have a pre-existing condition, and they can’t  charge you a higher premium because of that condition. Millions of American women who are survivors of breast cancer are beneficiaries of this. (Disclosure: my wife is one) People who had a dermatologist remove minor sun skin-damage, such as basal cell carcinomas, can now be insured with the rest of Americans against the deadly melanoma skin cancer. (Disclosure: my ex-wife is a melanoma survivor)

Thanks to Obama, insurance companies are now required to disclose how much of your health-care insurance premium goes to patient care, and how much goes elsewhere. The poor can get health-care subsidies, and small businesses can get a tax credit for employee health insurance plans. Seniors caught in the “doughnut hole” in 2010 received a $250 rebate, and in 2011 those in the same “hole” receive a 50% reduction in drug costs. (Disclosure: I was caught in the doughnut hole last year.)

Also, while we’re talking about health care, don’t forget that Obama removed the ban on stem cell research.

I predict the U.S. will eventually get universal health care, and when it does, the historians will credit the Obama administration for getting the ball rolling. On environmental issues, Obama has done more than any previous president has. He provided a $2.4 billion dollar boost to electric vehicle development. While many of us could never afford one of the new electric autos, I bet you didn’t know you can get a $7,500 tax deduction for buying one.

Do you like the new lithium batteries? I do, because I can finally leave a flashlight in my glove compartment for months without using it and still have a battery that’s not dead when I need it. The Department of Energy has 1.5 billion dollars budgeted for US manufacturers who produce highly efficient batteries. The department has another 500 million dollars for firms that produce other components for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Sure, Obama didn’t close Gitmo, but Congress wouldn’t allocate the funds to close it. And he didn’t talk to Iran the way we thought he would either, but he did restart Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty (SALT) with Russia that Bush deliberately refused to do.

The point is that if you’re pissed off about the things he didn’t accomplish, or the compromises he made, then you tend to ignore the amazing things he did do.

—Jack Slack

More Notes

The World Happiness Report, released by the United Nations, ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. This year, Finland is first, followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland, followed by Netherlands, Canada,New Zealand, Sweden, Australia. The United States, which has never been in the top ten, silpped down four places from last year and is now 18th. President Trump may make American Great Again, but apparently not happier.