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5 Reasons This May Be The Worst Congress Ever

Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the members of the 114th Congress after being re-elected as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 114th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

If you’re ever trying to decide which Congress is the worst in American history, start off with the 112th — in which a House majority was swept into power following a Tea Party “wave” election and promptly decided to hold the global economy captive by threatening to default on our debt if it didn’t get its way.

Unlike the Congress that passed George W. Bush’s tax cuts and authorized an endless War on Terror, at least this sabotage was purposeful.

In 2011, America was still crawling out of the economic mineshaft after a stern shove from Bush’s Great Recession. It was a textbook example — interest rates were low and the private sector was in tatters — of when government should be investing, not cutting.

Luckily, congressional Republicans decided to pull the gun away from their own heads. They still extracted their pound of flesh in cuts to essential programs. But rather than ask the rich to pay a cent more in taxes in exchange for cuts to Medicare and Social Security, they decided to wait for their chance to turn Medicare into a voucher program in order to pay for massive new tax breaks for the rich. This so-called “Path to Prosperity” plan was authored by Paul Ryan, now Speaker of possibly the worst House ever: the 114th.

Norm Ornstein, a non-partisan expert on the inner workings of Congress says it’s “no exaggeration” to call this one the worst ever. And sometimes even that description seems mild. Here’s why.

  1. Zika
    “The good news is that both the House and Senate have finally passed bills that would provide some funding to combat the Zika virus,” former Ebola Czar Ronald Klain wrote in Sunday’s Washington Post. “The bad news is this action comes more than three months after President Obama requested the aid. Moreover, the House bill provides only one-third of the respond needed; pays for this limited, ineffective response by diverting money allocated to fight other infectious diseases; and necessitates a conference committee to resolve differences with the Senate bill, meaning we still don not know when any money will finally get through Congress to fund the response.” We’ve seen this public health care crisis coming all year, but Republicans seem determined to let it get bad enough to use as a political tool, the way they did in 2014 with Ebola before quickly forgetting they ever wanted to shut down thousands of flights to fight the disease.
  2. Paralysis
    Republicans hold both houses of Congress and have the largest House majority since before FDR — yet they are still enthralled to the rightest of the right wing the self-proclaimed “Freedom Caucus,” conservatives from safe districts that are so white they have to wear sunblock in order to watch daytime TV. “Despite Paul Ryan’s many moves to accommodate Freedom Caucus members, bringing them into the leadership fold and consulting with them regularly, they have given him the middle finger on spending bills, holding firm against any change in the sequester numbers,” Ornstein notes. “And that, of course, puts Ryan right where Boehner was for several agonizing years. To get Freedom Caucus members to go along, Ryan will have to make concessions, which will lose other Republicans and allow Democrats to rip the bills apart with their own amendments.”
  3. Voting Rights Act
    When Republicans last had Control of a functional Congress, they did something admirable — renewing the Voting Rights Act with overwhelming majorities in both houses. Meanwhile conservative interests were using extra-legislative maneuvers to get right wing judicial activists to gut a law that protected the right to vote — “the crown jewel of American liberties,” according to Ronald Reagan — to those who’d historically been denied it. In 2013, after a flurry of voting restrictions that hadn’t been seen since before the VRA, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority gutted the crucial pre-clearance aspect of the law. Now we face, as The Nation‘s Ari Berman keeps pointing out, the first presidential election in 50 years without the protections of this law. The 114th Congress joins the 113th in infamy after doing absolutely nothing to restore protections that would have at least delayed suppressive laws like Virginia’s, which could keep Josephine Okiakpe, a 69-year-old African-American woman, from voting.
  4. Abandoning its duty to confirm appointments
    “The gaps on the executive side, which include key ambassadorships in critical countries and important posts in national security and homeland security, among others, are still overshadowed on the judicial side,” reports Ornstein. “There has been a huge spike in ‘judicial emergencies,’ which are formally designated by the courts when unconscionable delays in justice are caused by heavy workloads produced via court vacancies.”
  5. And the biggest dereliction of duty of all — the Supreme Court
    Republicans have rewritten history and precedent to deny President Obama’s centrist Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland even the dignity of consideration. “The Senate has never taken more than 125 days to vote on a successor from the time of nomination; on average, a nominee has been confirmed, rejected or withdrawn within 25 days,” The New York Times reports. “When Justice Antonin Scalia died, 342 days remained in President Obama’s term.” In 2011, House Republicans in their own ineptitude missed their chance to get the president to agree on a compromise agreement that would have infuriated his base. In 2016, if there’s any justice, they’ll end up rueing their chance to appoint a nominee Orrin Hatch once praised “as good as Republicans can expect from this administration.”

Photo: Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the members of the 114th Congress after being re-elected as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 114th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg



  1. Dominick Vila May 23, 2016

    Good article, although I would add that in addition to cutting spending in social programs vital to the well being of millions of Americans, the “Freedom Caucus” also denied investment in infrastructure, development of alternative energy sources, and preparing for the effects of global warming, among other things. Not only was their refusal to invest in critical endeavors damaging to our ability to compete on the world stage, it also had a direct impact on job creation and accelerated the economic schism between those who have it all and the majority of the American population. Incredibly, millions of Americans support the party responsible for their demise, in part, because they have been told that their great brains, and perhaps other physical organs, will figure out how to bring jobs back to America! Is it naivete, ignorance, ideology, or complacency? Maybe it is all of the above.
    Regarding the Zika virus, I think it is important to note that part of the $1.2B that President Obama requested to fight this growing threat was targeted to pay for the money we BORROWED to fight the Ebola virus. Not surprisingly, the same people who refuse to pay for what we need are the same people who blame President Obama for the increases in the national debt that their policies, and political strategies, created.
    As for Rep. Paul Ryan, he is facing the same conundrum that Boehner faced. The GOP controls both chambers of Congress…and the Tea Party controls the GOP.

    1. TZToronto May 23, 2016

      The aggravating thing is that the Partiers are stooges of the uber-wealthy who have drafted the Partiers, without their knowledge, to do their bidding. This suggests that the “Freedom Cuacus” members are either ignorant of their true purpose in Congress or are knowing moles planted to destroy the country.

      1. darkagesbegin May 23, 2016

        Ain’t that the truth. If only this was common knowledge, but I despair of that ever happening…

  2. InformedVoter May 23, 2016

    Typical liberal drivel! Folks like Dominick have drunk the water and believe the garbage the media serves in an attempt the hide the ineptitude of Obama and liberal leaders.

    1. stcroixcarp May 23, 2016

      How about adding some intelligent argument? Your silly name calling is a waste of time. Please tell us what good this GOP congress has accomplished.

      1. I of John May 23, 2016

        Whatever dude

        1. iamproteus May 23, 2016

          Thanks for your well-considered and clear-eyed contribution to the discussion.

    2. bobnstuff May 23, 2016

      How can Obama stop the congress from passing meaningful bills and doing the work of the country? In case you slept through civics class in 8th grade the President does not control congress. It’s the republicans who have forgotten how to govern. All they seem to know how to do is hold hearings on subjects that have nothing to do with passing laws. You can’t blame this one on Obama, the blame rests clearly on the just say no to governing Republicans.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker May 23, 2016

        The greatest danger of all is allowing ANY Republican majority in the House. They blame the President for the very things they are MOST guilty of…they claim he has increased national debt which is a lie they know and refuse to admit. Republicans, right wingers and ultra CONs have ALWAYS been ALL about trying to prove negatives. It’s their bottom line operative.

        But when they have the majority in the House of Reps., they spend our tax dollars any damn way they please. That’s why Ryan, now Speaker of the House, was chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. He got to direct which states money for the Republican states would be allocated from.

        Once you look at which states get the top dollar for the $1 they pay in federal taxes, you cannot avoid also seeing the massive failure in those states. OK, IA and KS…all had to shut schools before the official end of the school year. They ran out of money. How in the hell can that happen when their states get back from $1.35 up to Alaska’s $1.87? Our states end up receiving a lousy 55 cents for the $1 we pay and we manage to survive without closing schools, hospitals or shutting down clinics and in school food programs.

        It is long past time to hold Republicans, right wingers and CONs feet to the fire. They are lying, lying, lying and spending while they slash and burn the hell out of our states..all on OUR tax dollars.

        1. bobnstuff May 23, 2016

          We teach civics and government classes in our schools but for some reason conservatives don’t remember how the government works. Add in the fact that they also try to blame the feds for thing that are run by the states. My favorite is the food stamps are financed by the feds but run by the states just like most welfare programs. Why don’t they understand that the congress spends the money and pass the laws. The President can’t even appoint his own cabinet with out the approval of Congress. Why can’t they know these little facts?

          1. Eleanore Whitaker May 23, 2016

            Grr…Get RID of Republicans ….Before they get rid of us.

    3. Liberalsssss….LIBERALSSSSSS!, you have to hiss when you say it!

      Just like a Lizard!

      Or Dick Cheney!

      If you don’t, Sarah Palin will call you a RINO!

      1. Eleanore Whitaker May 23, 2016

        How about get off the spiteful little boy routine for a change? Do you clowns EVER wake up a single morning of your lives when you are not looking to blame everyone but yourselves?

        Those who sit in judgment are the ones who deserve the most judgment. Tyrants always find a way to employ their tyranny.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker May 23, 2016

            Whenever the mentally ill know they have been outed, they laugh insanely. Get help sicko.

    4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 23, 2016

      The unInformedVoter strikes again!!!
      Unlike Zorro whose mark was the “Z”, (un)InformedVoter’s mark is “ZERO”.

  3. rednekokie May 23, 2016

    What on earth do you expect out of these mouth breathers? Not only are they Republicans, but they are Tea-partiers. I’m from Oklahoma — this state is full of them — uneducated, and unwilling, and with a desire to do anything — yes, anything, to discredit our first African-American president, whether it hurts the country or not.

    I’m sick and tired of them, and strongly desire a term limit for all of them.

    1. plc97477 May 23, 2016

      1. You have maligned mouth breathers.
      2. Not every state has that problem and it would not be fair to blame all of the pols. for the lack of leadership in your state.

      1. rednekokie May 23, 2016

        I beg to differ. Mouth breathers, just as tea-partiers, are incapable of being maligned. However, to be fair, I shouldn’t paint them all with the same brush — only about 99 percent of them.
        Further — most states do have this problem, which is one of the reasons we are in the mess we are in now.
        Leadership is apparently not a reasonable quality in this country any more. I am old enough to remember when it was.

        1. plc97477 May 23, 2016

          My state had a 72% voter turn out in 2014. If more states could say that we wouldn’t need term limits.

          1. greenlantern1 May 23, 2016

            Does that turn out include butterfly ballots and hanging chad?

          2. plc97477 May 24, 2016

            My state has vote by mail. We never deal with hanging chads.

          3. Eleanore Whitaker May 23, 2016

            My state also had a 70+% voter turnout. People here in NJ are not stupid enough to allow fools who refuse to work for the people who elect them to run amok as they do in other states.

          4. jmprint May 23, 2016

            Eleanore some had to be stupid to get Christie elected.

          5. Joan May 23, 2016

            Really then, what is your explanation for Chris Christie? I was under the impression that NJ elected officials were very commonly indicted. Did you just mean that NJ citizens don’t vote for them AFTER the indictment?

      2. greenlantern1 May 23, 2016

        Does Trump speak for REPUBLICAN pols or not?

        1. Dominick Vila May 23, 2016

          Donald Trump is, by far, the least conservative candidate ever to run as a Republican. It makes you wonder how deep conservatism really is within the GOP. BTW, he is not a liberal either. He is a Trumpeter. Whatever is good for The Donald has to be good for the rest of the country. Those who disagree are fired!

          1. charleo1 May 23, 2016

            The label conservative has been misnomer for the Republican Party, at least since Bush abdicated the Presidency to Dick Cheney who preceded to lie the Country into war for what he saw as financial gain for the uber elite.

        2. Kanawah May 23, 2016

          Trump speaks for Trump, only.

          1. tracey marie May 23, 2016

            trump speaks for the rwnj’s.

    2. indiokie May 23, 2016

      Nice job RN Okie. I share your grief. And not only do we Okies have to put up with the fed. fiasco but with the worst state gov. in the U.S.

      1. Joan May 23, 2016

        Worse than your neighbor, Kansas? Worse than the slowly sinking Florida where the governor has made belief in climate change a reason to be fired? Worse than MI where the governor not only poisoned them, but wants them to pay for the water he used to do it? Really things are bad all over. Committ now to be part of the change that must come, VOTE!

  4. greenlantern1 May 23, 2016


  5. Eleanore Whitaker May 23, 2016

    When the Founding Fathers worked “together” to craft the world’s finest governmental mechanism, it had the kind of synchrony that was a model of perfection. If you study the branches of government of the US closely, you see how it was intended to flow smoothly and with minimal effort to SERVE the people of the country. ALL of the people of the country.

    Sadly, all it took was one criminal episode like WaterGate to forever turn a government of the people, for the people, BY the people into one of the most corporate and freeloading infiltrated governments in the world. We may as well admit we have a government more corrupt than any government in Sicilian history.

    The basic premise was simple, the people had the overriding voice en masse. Not a tiny minority of rabble rousing criminals with a back room agenda. Today’s Republicans are nothing more than mafiosi willing to buy the US government, control the masses and take the entire future of our kids away from them. And all to what purpose? So selfish, self-centered, self-aggrandizing egotistical lunatics can have the grandiose feeling they control the world. Yeah. Right. That’s what Hitler thought too.

  6. Eleanore Whitaker May 23, 2016

    First of all, intelligent Americans know that a half dozen plus/minus billionaire media moguls work in concert with their ultra conservatives who are addicted to power just like any common drug addict. Once you have media pumping out trash journalism that is so overloaded with bias, you see just why the least educated, least rational and most impressionable no longer have sane minds to sort through mass bias.

    Add to that a party that for the past 2 presidencies believed it was the ONLY party who has the right to speak for ALL Americans and you see clearly the tyranny of men like Gowdy who falsified emails in a federal investigation to get rid of a candidate his party so fears. You see why men like Chaffetz are willing to edit videos in a federal investigation so the innocent appear guilty.

    All savvy Americans know scum when they see and hear it. These days, the scum is getting so thick on the patina of American life, it would take a bulldozer to remove it.

  7. Kanawah May 23, 2016

    Only problem is, the next congress may be even worse.

    1. tracey marie May 23, 2016

      only if Dems decide to have hissy fits again and not vote.

  8. elw May 23, 2016

    In conclusion, there is only one reason this Congress is so bad and that is because the Republicans hold the majority and are running it. In other words, they are inept.

    1. iamproteus May 23, 2016

      It’s not so much that they are inept as it is they are greedy and dishonest…….sort of like the difference between stupid and ignorant.

      1. elw May 23, 2016

        I do not disagree with you adjectives, but I still say that the bottom line is they are inept. They are too stupid to realize they are in over their head and greedy enough to be dishonest about it and do not have the common sense and too inept to understand how to get away with all that.

        1. iamproteus May 23, 2016

          No argument here!

          1. elw May 23, 2016

            It is like the old business saying: “Ambitious people tend to raise to their level of incompetence.” I have no idea who said that first.

          2. iamproteus May 23, 2016

            FYI, there are numerous sites referencing the “Peter Principle”. This is from businessdictionary.com:

            “Observation that in an hierarchy people tend to rise to “their level of incompetence.” Thus, as people are promoted, they become progressively less-effective because good performance in one job does not guarantee similar performance in another. Named after the Canadian researcher Dr. Laurence J. Peter (1910-90) who popularized this observation in his 1969 book ‘The Peter Principle.’

            Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/Peter-principle.html#ixzz49VNF2Hl1

          3. elw May 23, 2016

            Thank you for telling me that – it is one of those things you hear that sticks with you, but it is easy to forget exactly where you originally got it from. I worked in and around government based organizations for many years and it really applied in those settings.

          4. iamproteus May 23, 2016

            You’re quite welcome. I first picked up on the concept while working for IBM lo, these many years ago. I saw it in action first hand.

          5. elw May 23, 2016

            Yep, I saw in action in almost every organization and company I worked for. Maybe that why I remember the concept and not the origin.

          6. iamproteus May 23, 2016

            A quick anecdote to illustrate the concept: I once worked as a team leader alongside two other teams. One of the other leaders was truly excellent in his position and was offered a promotion based on his record. As it happened, he was very cognizant of his limitations, which was very much a part of his success as a team leader. When our manager, who was recently promoted himself and brought in from another division, made a big deal out of offering him the promotion, he politely refused it and explained why. He was summarily asked for his resignation. Clearly the manager was afflicted with the “Peter Principle”.

          7. 788eddie May 23, 2016

            It’s called “The Peter Principle.”

    2. plc97477 May 24, 2016

      I am not sure we can say they are inept. They are running it the way they want to. The idea is to make government so small and weak they can drown it in a bathtub.

      1. elw May 24, 2016

        That may be their idea, but they always end making government bigger. And, in spite of holding the majority in both Houses of Congress they have been unable to get thing done in the Congress, proven any of the “scandal” they have spent all their time “investigating” or won the hearts and minds of the majority of voters. I call that an inept and negative agenda. Their approval rating are in the single digit, if that is the way they want it – well, that is pathetic.

        1. plc97477 May 25, 2016

          The problem is that faux noise tells their sheep what the pols want them to know so they don’t have to do anything. Unfortunately not everyone is a faux watcher and the repugs are losing voters because of that. That plus the fact that they still can’t help being the party of stupid.

          1. elw May 25, 2016

            Stupid is right, all you have to do is count how many times the same people have failed to repeal Obamacare without figuring out they are not going to be able to do it.

  9. Lynda Groom May 23, 2016

    Ryan could improve the process and the rating of the House if he would just ignore the ‘Freedumb Caucas’ and work with Nancy to get something of importance accomplished. A good place to start would be to get the funding to fight ZIKA before, rather than after, it becomes a major problem within the confines of the nation. Yeah I know silly me.

    1. plc97477 May 24, 2016

      We liberals are dreamers.

  10. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 23, 2016

    The current assemblage of sad sacks in Congress bear a striking resemblance to the ruling elite during “The Great Famine” which afflicted millions in Ireland.

    There are several books detailing the inhumanity which the British government then displayed towards the Irish. One book in particular, “The Famine Ships”, details the cold attitude shown towards those whose potato crops failed over a span of several years beginning in the mid-19th century.

    A partial list of points I felt obliged to note while reading are the following:

    1) On page 18, a reference is made about the beginning of a wide-spread animus towards Britain by the inhabitants of Ireland going back to the 1600’s.
    The “Battle of Boyne” is commemorated each summer by the Protestants to celebrate their defeat of the Catholics. Even today, there is controversy surrounding the celebration.

    2) During the Famine Years, there was sufficient food to feed those who were affected, but most of the food was exported to England and elsewhere, leaving little for the Irish.
    (For this reason, the Famine is referred to by many Irish historians as “The Starving” because there is no such thing as “famine” when food was plentiful).

    3) On pg 172, a certain Catholic minister(Rev. Hore) is cited as outlining in a sermon how the British(read ‘Protestants’) politicians exacerbated the affliction of the Irish by the use of formal declarations making relief nearly impossible to carry out, while imposing onerous new laws on how property was to be apportioned, and largely protecting the interests of British landowners who raked in large sums of money by exacting rents from the original landowners(the Irish).
    The same reverend went on to say that “…the British have made God and His Scripture the causes of ill-will and hatred instead of love.

    4) On pg 239, there is mention of an unusual amount of detail regarding the health of the new arrivals. The attitude of the British who had earlier settled in America was that if the new immigrants showed “unusual” levels of sickness, and an inability to work full-time, then the budget should not be further extended to help those Irish.

    (Item 4, in particular for me, is a reminder of the general attitude of conservatives today, especially vis-a-vis the ACA. And how many others of us whose ancestors suffered during “The Famine” are now behaving in the same manner as the British did towards their ancestors? One can only reflect and wonder.

    Otherwise, the general inhumanity displayed by the British towards the Irish has been passed on to the current generation of heartless politicians and their supporters who think money first, then security and comfort for themselves, and then(maybe) they consider those who are of “The Other” category. Stoking the flames of hate, envy, despair, discontent, and fear worked before— why not continue the trend, the Conservatives think.

    This is the pitiful state of America as a result of continuing to pay lip-service to Religion.

  11. jmprint May 23, 2016

    Keeping this in mind, that they still rule our house, how can anybody even phantom that Bernie’s agenda will realize.

  12. Daniel Jones May 23, 2016

    I have, on occasion, kept referring to these assholes as the Congress Against The United States of America.
    CATUSA–I called it.

  13. Joan May 23, 2016

    There is no incentives for the GOP to work towards a functioning government. Their whole platform and ability to fund raise hinges on us believing that government is bad and ineffectual. Government is sooo bad that we should privatize and block grant everything, in fact EVERY industry should self regulate. They also would have us believe that federal employees are the biggest sucklers at the government breast. We might as well have privatized Congress, either way the lobbiest are in charge.

    1. oldfed May 23, 2016

      Your 100% right govt is bad and feds are nothing but lazy incompetants

      1. Independent1 May 23, 2016

        Is that why 1/2 the states that privatized their jails are now wanting to put them back under the government?? Because many of them are going bankrupt!! The federal government will do anything the private sector can do better and cheaper!!!!!! Medicare is the most efficient run government or private sector program in history.

        1. Jan123456 May 24, 2016

          Here’s the thing about private jails. They’re “for profit”. What kind of profit do you make if you rehabilitate people and get them out of your jail back into the real world. No incentive for that.

          1. Independent1 May 24, 2016

            And that applies to virtually everything run by the private sector – the effort has to make a profit, and sadly, the majority of people today are greedy, therefore they’re not satisfied with ‘just making a profit’ it has to be an ever growing profit; which is why we often pay so much for items and services which cost little and take little time.

            And which is why, most efforts done by private sector firms actually cost more than when done by government workers who aren’t out trying to make a profit. And which is why the private sector firms often create dangerous situations or much pollution because to make a profit they often take shortcuts or don’t care about where they dump the waste to their profit making efforts.

      2. Joan May 23, 2016

        You are 200% wrong if you think that we are in agreement. We can and have had effective government. Federal employment used to attract the idealist, educated and intelligent until we polluted it with partisan politics. Tom DeLay, the GOP and ” K street” policy gave us federal employees from the bottom half of the Oral Roberts University. Party over country is what is polluting every thing.

  14. oldfed May 23, 2016

    The congress is just trying to match Barak’s legacy as the worst president ever after knocking Jimmy Carter off the pedestal

    1. Independent1 May 23, 2016

      Obama worst President ever?? What a joke!! Reagan won that honor hands down 3 decades ago.

      1. Reagan created the modern plutocracy
      He introduced us to the whole “take from the poor, give to the rich” supply-side economics that we still suffer today.

      Remember when the GOP loved to say “cut and run” as an excuse to keep our troops in Iraq forever? Even after they said “Mission Accomplished”? But who invented cut and run? The Gipper.

      Reagan APPEASED terrorists. He ignored their atrocities and spent taxpayer dollars to train, arm, equip, fund and overall coddle Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan for his proxy war with the Soviets. He is directly responsible for making a terrorist kingpin out of Osama Bin Laden. Reagan loved him some Taliban:

      4. Regan gave AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS:
      Regan said: I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.
      -Ronald Reagan 10/28/1984

      Obama said: No matter how decent they are, no matter their reasons, the 11 million who broke these law should be held accountable.
      -Barack Obama July 2010

      Reagan tripled the Gross Federal Debt, from $900 billion to $2.7 trillion.

      Obama cut deficit spending faster and further than any other president in our history.

      For more on thinks you won’t like about Reagan go here (e.g., supported Brady Bill – gun control)


      1. plc97477 May 24, 2016

        One of the worse things reagan did, I think, was start the “government is not the solution, it is the problem” mindset we have now.

        1. Independent1 May 24, 2016

          Absolutely! And that was just one of the many evils that Reagan committed. People who think Reagan was a good president are grossly misguided.

          His many nefarious/evil actions resulted in destroying the very fabric of American life: it was Reagan who started the destruction of unions – by creating in the minds of CEOs and entrepreneurs across the nation, the notion that making profits and doing everything to please investors – was preferential to running a business in a way that was beneficial to both management and a company’s workers. (Not to mention destroying a union himself, the Air Traffic Controllers, as an example to people running companies.)

          That’s why over the past 30 plus years, corporations have backed away from providing pension plans, matching 401K contributions, providing healthcare to their workers and even have gotten into stealing workers wages; like McDonald’s was caught doing.

          And it was him throwing money at the economy in ways that enriched corporations (spending more money in 8 years than the presidents in office during the previous 50 years had spent combined), rather than applying a stimulus that energized the economy while creating jobs for American workers that started a process which was emulated by the two Bushes, which is why our income inequality today is the 2nd highest on the planet.

          And income inequality skyrocketing starting during Reagan’s disastrous 8 years can be clearly seen in this chart:

      2. cheeriogirl May 24, 2016

        This list is excellent. Thanks for sharing!

    2. Independent1 May 23, 2016

      You’ll love this:

      From gq.com:

      Why Obama will go down as one of the greatest presidents of all time

      Obama has a few other edges in the long haul of history, beyond specific hurrah moments like Obamacare, rescuing the economy, and making America way more bi-curious. Being the first black president of course secures a certain legacy. But what now feels distinctly possible is that, just as Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed, over time he may be judged less for the color of his skin than for the content of his character. That character came across every time haters or Trumpers or birthers tried to pull him down into the mud or question his American-ness. He just flew above it all. And, luckily, he took most of us with him. He was the Leader not only of our country but of our mood and disposition, which is harder to rule. At a time when we became more polarized, our discourse pettier and more poisoned, Obama always came across as the Adult in the Room, the one we wanted to be and follow.

      Ironically, one of the lock-ins to his Hall of Fame Greatness was originally supposed to be his Achilles’ heel, the shallow thing critics loved to smear him with: his eloquence, his “reliance” on speeches and teleprompters (Sarah Palin once famously screeched, “Mr. President…step away from the teleprompter and do your job!” while herself reading from a teleprompter), as if addressing the country as a whole, trying to unify or inspire people, were a superficial thing. But pivotal words at pivotal moments are not only how we come to admire great leaders, it’s the primary way we remember them. The first thing most people can recall about Lincoln? The Gettysburg Address. FDR? Fireside chats. George Washington? His amazing Snapchats. (George was first with everything.)

      Whatever happens next, I feel this in my bones: We’ll look back at history, hopefully when we’re zooming down the Barack Obama Hyperloop Transport System, and think: That man was rare. And we were damn lucky to have him.


    3. Independent1 May 23, 2016

      And just one more from Forbes:

      Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing


    4. Independent1 May 23, 2016

      And don’t forget this little chart which shows that since Coolidge, Jobs creation (which usually drives GDP) was better under every Democrat president and Reagan didn’t even beat Nixon in job creation.

  15. 1standlastword May 24, 2016

    I see that these people had a plan to “take America back” and to me that means the conditions that have befallen America have been intentional!

    America is where it is because of the intent of Republicans!!!!

    This congress and its conservative predecessors surely believe they have been following an ideology and the results are ours to behold and they are intention!!

    They have “taken us back” to when women were concerned about basic freedoms and individual rights, likewise racial minorities were conjoined with women in the fight for equal rights. They have “taken us back” to when workers rights to fair wages, work hours, and workplace safety were concerns and matters between employee and employer. They have “taken us back” to a time when the haves-have and the have-not has- not. They have “taken us way-way back” when the founders considered the justification and necessity for separation between church and state. They have “taken us back” to might makes right imperialism. They have “taken us back” to when healthcare was a privilege of the rich. They have “taken us back ” to when conspiracy and superstition trumped science

    We might not like what they have done but they surely think they have been successful at taking us “backwards”


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