What has changed under a Democratic Congress

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
July 18, 2008 12:55am CST
I remember the election in 2006. A Democrat Congressman was addressing a group of teachers and told them that if the Democrats were given a majority in Congress and the Senate that they could make things better for everyone. He told us that the Bush tax cuts were benefiting only the wealthy. He told us that they would go back to the Clinton structure that taxed the rich. Among the things he “promised” us that given a majority in congress they would pass tax reform, get us out of Iraq, repeal the Patriot Act, raise the minimum wage, ethics reform in congress, to name a few. The Democrats were going to restore the confidence of the American People in the government. A little over two years ago, 1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2-1/2 year high; 2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon 3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%. 4) The Stock Market was growing 5) Home values were increasing 6) Home ownership was up. 7) The Presidents Approval rating was between 30% and 38% Since voting in a Democrat Congress in 2006 we have seen: 1) Consumer confidence plummets; 2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $4.00 a gallon; 3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase); 4) American households have seen over $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses); 5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars; 6) over 1% of American homes are in foreclosure. 7) Congressional Approval Rating 9% America voted for change in 2006 - and we got it! Remember President Bush’s record is better working with a Democratic Congress. He got the Patriot Act renewed with protection for the communication industry. He got renewed funding for the war in Iraq. The military has turned it around in Iraq and the people are safe, the oil is running, and the government is getting stronger. Their military has taken over several major operations and have been able to defeat the enemy. Do we want more of the Democratic Change or do we want to go back to the prosparity of the pre 2006 election?
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I'm sure you realize that all that is Bush's fault. Congress isn't to blame for anything. It's Bush that said we can't drill for more oil, congress had nothing to do with voting against that. Everything wrong with this country is Bush's fault and no matter what proof you present, none of the Bush haters will ever believe you. Those of us who do, already knew most of this. Still, it's nice to see it spelled out.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I have heard from people that all we need to do is elect a veto proof Congress and a Democrat President. Then things will be fine.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Hello Bobmnu, This is really a terrific discussion!!! Awwww, come on Bob -- our congress works really hard to make our lives better (sarcasm is definitely 'ON'). You want to know what Congress has accomplished since Nancy Pelosi took the House lead? Well, that information is fully available at the link below. Though, to offer the flip side of your point, I've provided just a few of the priority issues that Mdm. Pelosi has facilitated. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas H.CON.RES.31 : Honoring the Mare Island Original 21ers for their efforts to remedy racial discrimination in employment at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. H.CON.RES.34 : Honoring the life of Percy Lavon Julian, a pioneer in the field of organic chemistry H.CON.RES.42 : Honoring the heroic service and sacrifice of the glider pilots of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. H.CON.RES.47 : Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Medal of Honor Day to celebrate and honor the recipients of the Medal of Honor. H.CON.RES.52 : Supporting the goals and ideals of American Heart Month. H.CON.RES.54 : Expressing the support of Congress for the creation of a National Hurricane Museum and Science Center in Southwest Louisiana.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Great examples Ladyluna. It's nice to see how much all of those have helped our economy and given us relief at the gas pump.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
19 Jul 08
You forgot the renaming of a Post Office after Rush Limbaugh's Grandfather - Rush Limbaugh!!
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
18 Jul 08
And they wonder why their approval rating is at 9%, I cannot imagine why. The Democrats have not one thing they can hold their hats onto. They have only been able to prove that they can subpoena a ham sandwhich, but even with that they cannot even solved the steriods problem in baseball. How many time did they call up oil execs but through all of that what did they accomplish?
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
19 Jul 08
They did get a lesson from the Oil Execs.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
18 Jul 08
One thing I have learned in 57 years is that a politician wouldn't know the truth if it fell on him No matter the party affiliation, once they get into office what they said during the campaign means absolutely nothing