The Argument For Obama

Posted by | November 28, 2011 10:33 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Stuart Shapiro

Nicholas Kristof has an op-ed that does an outstanding job summarizing why Democrats should rally around the president.  I’d copy the whole article but have to settle for two excerpts.  First, a list of accomplishments.

He took office in the worst recession in more than half a century, amid fears of a complete economic implosion. As The Onion, the satirical news organization, described his election at the time: “Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job.”

The administration helped tug us back from the brink of economic ruin. Obama oversaw an economic stimulus that, while too small, was far larger than the one House Democrats had proposed. He rescued the auto industry and achieved health care reform that presidents have been seeking since the time of Theodore Roosevelt.

Despite virulent opposition that has paralyzed the government, Obama bolstered regulation of the tobacco industry, signed a fair pay act and tightened control of the credit card industry. He has been superb on education, weaning the Democratic Party from blind support for teachers’ unions while still trying to strengthen public schools.

And Kristof ends with a warning:

But think back to 2000. Many Democrats and journalists alike, feeling grouchy, were dismissive of Al Gore and magnified his shortcomings. We forgot the context, prided ourselves on our disdainful superiority — and won eight years of George W. Bush.

I’ve found it ironic that two groups believed Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber that Obama was a socialist.  The Tea Party, which then saw all his actions as confirmation and the progressives which then saw all his actions as disappointments.  There’s no hope correcting the first group but here’s hoping the second group will come to its senses over the next year.

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Copyright 2011 Liberaland
By: Stuart Shapiro

Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy
program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers
University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies
regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office
of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and
George W. Bush.

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