Dearest Anon Wealthy Conservative Commenter (bless your heart),

          In order to not get confused by all the chaff, I always recommend picking one thing (the bloody socks analogy) but, for those who need several, here is my response to your comment:
  • The Affordable Care Act, provides coverage to the uninsured and tames runaway medical-cost inflation.
  • The Recovery Act contained both short-term stimulative measures and increased public investment in infrastructure, green energy, and the like.
  • Dodd-Frank financial reform, while failing to end the financial industry as we know it, is certainly far from toothless (as measured by the almost fanatical determination of Wall Street and Republicans to roll it back).
  • A bailout and deep restructuring of the auto industry that is rapidly being repaid, leaving behind a reinvigorated sector in the place of a devastated Midwest.
  • Race to the Top, which leveraged a small amount of federal seed money into a sweeping national wave of education experiments, arguably the most significant reform of public schooling in the history of the US.
  • A reform of college loans, saving hundreds of billions of dollars by cutting out private middlemen and redirecting some of the savings toward expanded Pell Grants.
  • Historically large new investments in green energy and the beginning of regulation of greenhouse gases.
  • The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women.
  • Consumer-friendly regulation of food safety, tobacco, and credit cards.
  • Elimination of several wasteful defense programs.
  • Equality for gays in the military.
  • Expanding targeted strikes against Al Qaeda (including one that killed Osama bin Laden).
  • Ending the war in Iraq.
  • Helping to orchestrate an apparently successful international campaign to rescue Libyan dissidents and then topple a brutal kleptocratic regime.

          *Extracted from When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable? - Jonathan Chait, 20 Nov 2011, NY Magazine


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