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phleshdef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-11 01:40 PM
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18. No one can factually deny that domestic, diplomatic and economic policies have changed dramatically.
Its true that some of whats been done has fell short of living up to the all mighty progressive standard. But he didn't have to get an A+ on the scale of liberalism in order to claim that there have been vast changes.

The health insurance industry is in fact subject to a significant amount of new, consumer favoring regulations. This is true with or without a public option.

The financial industry is in fact subject to a significant amount of new regulation and oversight. This is true with or without nationalizing the banks, banning derivatives or reinstating Glass Steagal.

Our economy has had an enormous amount of domestic stimulus poured into it by this administration. Yes, its half of what Paul Krugman says it should have been, but it doesn't have to be Krugman's number to still be enormous. This kind of spending was basically ignored for 8 years.

And despite the fact that we are still in Afghanistan, Iraq actually has came to a close. Yes, we still have people stationed there, but its nowhere near the kind of thing it was when it could still be called a real war. Its not a real war anymore and its been wound down significantly. On top of that, this administration has actually reached out to the middle eastern world in ways that are direct opposite of the way the last administration approached its relations over there. That doesn't mean we don't still have some bad policies because of energy concerns, that doesn't mean we aren't still doing a lot of bad shit we shouldn't be doing over there. But the sabre isn't rattling nearly as much as it was when the cowboy was in charge.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell was ended. The federal government is no longer supporting or defending the anti-gay parts of DOMA. Hate crimes against GLBT folk are more strongly prosecuted. Women now have more room to defend themselves against pay discrimination. And people from all walks of life, races, religions, sexual orientations and various ethnic backgrounds have been given high positions in the federal government as this is one of the most diverse administrations in American history. 2 brilliant women have been appointed to the Supreme Court, 1 being the first latino.

When you put the entire policy picture together and compare it to what was going on from 2000-2008, there is no way you can say there haven't been significant changes. There have been problems. There have been letdowns. There have been compromises, some necessary, some not so necessary. Barack Obama has been, as he said he would be, an imperfect President. Yet, he has been a vastly different kind of President than George Bush and he has overseen the push through of the most progressive leaning legislations since LBJ. For those of us in our 30s or younger, that means he has been the most progressive President in our lifetime.
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