Originally Posted by masare
Needless to say, I'm happy the Affordable Health Care Act is now the law of the land. I'm happy folks will no longer be denied insurance or kicked off policies should they become sick. I'm relieved to know bankruptcy is not around the corner for those who get seriously ill. I realize those with serious cancer or heart disease were able to find care in today's world but it's nice to know that blood tests, x-rays, physicals, and other preventive care will now be accessible to almost all, which will help prevent many of these illnesses from developing in the first place.
I'm happy that a Democrat is heading our foreign policy. I'm thrilled to see our young men and women now returning home from the wars abroad. I'm glad we're not asking those that serve to waterboard or practice other enhanced interrogations. Try as you may but there can be no denying the positive results of eliminating vast numbers of top al-Qaeda leaders under this President. Under President Bush we heard daily how safe he kept us and now that talking point has been buried about as deep as the opposition can bury it. This President must have surprised many of those on the Right in his foreign policy successes.
I'm happy we have a Democrat President addressing out deficits. A Democrat knows deficits are detrimental to taking the steps necessary to make this Country greater. I think this opinion is substantiated by the balanced budget days of the Clinton Presidency. I've made the case Republicans need deficits to further their drive to cut the size of Government. Outside of woody pointing out President Bush didn't care about increased deficits, nobody came close to explaining why he allowed our deficits to climb by failing to fund wars or the Rx program, all while passing significant tax cuts for the wealthy. To me it's quite clear no Republican efforts to end Government programs can be successful with a budget that is balanced.
The opposition will call this President the biggest spender ever but this again is both unfair and untrue, imo. His stimulus was actually one third tax cuts and the rest was necessary to turn the economy around. This stimulus was but a minor reason for our deficit problems and I challenge anyone to spell out the spending that drove our deficits higher. Most spending was required by law to care for all the folks hit hard by the economic collapse. In addition, President Obama may not succeed but he understands returning our tax rates back to the Clinton days will go a long way to returning our budget to a more sound and fair one. Just imagine where the Republicans will be as this President returns us to lower and lower deficits as the economy improves in the years to come.
I'm happy for the return of the auto industry and all those whose jobs depended upon it. A Republican President may have let it, and the unions that accompany the industry, go by the wayside. Then they would have complained louder at the higher unemployment rate and the increased spending that accompanies folks out of work.
I'm happy we had a Democrat President to lead us out of this financial collapse. I'm glad President Obama helped those who suffered job losses during this once in a lifetime financial collapse, not unlike the manner society comes to the aid of those who suffer from natural disasters. Ninety nine weeks may have upset many but twenty six weeks UE were simply insufficient during these very difficult times. I feel much better that the return of the stock market has improved the net worth of many who saw their retirement assets drop to horrific levels. I'm also pleased this President understood the middle class needed tax cuts to both help their financial predicament and to spur the economy to new growth. If you want to say this President failed to return revenue to the levels they should be, then that's at least a legitimate case to make. What isn't legitimate is to say this President spent us into oblivion. Spell out the spending specifically, if you think I'm wrong, but don't mention healthcare as this was paid for according to the CBO.
I'm happy for the gains made in the gay community. Serving this Country openly and moving toward marriage equality rights are no small issues.
I'm happy this President is willing to address immigration reform and the millions who are effected by it. The Republicans were willing to do the same at one time but those days now seem long ago.
Some will ask me if I'm happy for the debt passed down to our children. I'll say no and repeat how a Democrat will focus on this problem in stronger and more fair terms. There are no American citizens who believe long term deficits should be ignored.
Now before you try to deter my happiness,
please tell me what made you happy in the last two Republican Administrations. Other than the recent President Bush's humanitarian efforts in addressing the HIV epidemic in Africa, or his short term consideration of the immigrant problem, I'm not sure what else a Republican hangs their "happiness" hat on.
I'd be interested in what your list might include.