Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Remember


At the end of Bush administration the wealth of most American families had declined at a rate nearly seven times faster than when the stock market crashed in 1929.  Home foreclosures numbered in the millions.  Deficits were soaring because hardworking Americans, who had been paying taxes were suddenly unemployed.

We experienced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  America had lost 650,000 jobs in December 2008.  An additional 700,000 jobs were lost in January, the month Obama was sworn in.  Twenty-four days after Obama took office the Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed, without a single Republican vote in the House and only 3 Republican votes in the Senate.  That legislation prevented a devastating financial crisis from getting worse and turned the economy from contraction to expansion.

Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, that protects Americans from the worst practices of insurance companies.  Coverage won’t be revoked, premiums won’t be arbitrarily raised and insurance companies won’t be allowed to use a pre-existing condition to deny coverage.

After the worst recession in 80 years, we’ve seen our deficits come down, 401(k)s recover, our auto industry achieving record sales, unemployment reaching eight-year lows, and private sector businesses creating 15 million new jobs.

We began to free ourselves from our dependency on foreign oil, by doubling our production of clean energy.

More of our troops are home with their families, and justice has been delivered to Osama bin Laden.

Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, opened relations with the people of Cuba, and brought nations together around a climate agreement.

Policies are now in place to help students with loans, protect consumers from fraud, cut veteran homelessness, and marriage equality is now a reality across the land.  

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