The Republicans made a huge blunder by pushing the narrative of whether or not we’re better off today than we were four years ago. Everyone knows that we’re better off today than we were then. We were losing 700,000 jobs a month. Companies were going bankrupt or their stock prices were hitting all time lows. The credit markets were frozen, GM and Chrysler were about to be liquidated, and states were laying off firefighters, policemen, and teachers. We were heading towards a depression. So, we’re much better off today than we were back then. Below are the top fifteen ways in which we are:
1. Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind, is dead. Not only is America better off than it was four years, so is the entire world. George Bush famously said that he didn’t know where Bin Laden was, and that he didn’t spend that much time thinking about him. Romney added that it wasn’t worth moving heaven and earth to go after one man and that it wasn’t worth the money. Now, let’s ask Bin Laden if he’s better off today than four years ago?
2. We’re safer today than we were four years ago. The President decimated Al Qaeda with drone strikes and Special Forces missions. Al Qaeda is now on the run and disorganized. The President even sent a strong message to the Somali pirates by authorizing the Navy Seals to take them out. The Navy Seal shot a Somali pirate in the eye and we haven’t had a US Vessel hijacked since.
3. Our auto industry is better off today than it was four years ago. GM and Chrysler were both heading towards liquidation, but the Obama administration stepped in and provided the funding and the leadership to help both companies reinvent themselves. Today, both companies are going strong, turning a profit and paying back the loans.
4. Four years ago, our financial system was about to collapse. The U.S. credit markets were frozen, banks were going under, and the world economy was in peril. The Obama administration showed strong leadership in the way they managed the TARP funds. Not only were they able to rescue our banking system, most of the banks have already paid back their loans with interest. Our financial system is definitely better off today than it was four years ago.
5. Four years ago, we were losing over 700,000 jobs a month. To date we’ve had 30+ straight months of job growth and the economy has created over 5 million jobs. That’s better than we were four years ago no matter how some folks try to spin it.
6. In the first quarter of 2009, the stock market bottomed out and today it’s up over 6,000 points. And, if you have a 401K, or a mutual fund, or an investment portfolio, you’re doing much better than you were four years ago. Most of Mitt Romney’s income comes from capital gains, so he’s doing much better today than he was four years ago. Of course, we would know just how much better if he would release his tax returns.
7. Because of ObamaCare, millions of people with pre-existing conditions are able to get health insurance. It also expanded access to free preventive services like flu shots, diabetes screenings, and mammograms for 54 million Americans. Over 100 million Americans saw lifetime caps on coverage lifted, so that families have the security of knowing that their insurance will cover them when they need it most. Also, 3.1 million young Americans now have health insurance because they can stay on their parent’s policy until age 26. When it comes to healthcare, a lot of people are much better off today than four years ago.
8. Four years ago, the war in Iraq was going full force with no end in sight. President Obama ended the Iraq War and brought our troops home. We all know the Republicans don’t believe in setting departure dates for the wars they started. If they had been calling the shots, we would still be in Iraq.
9. We have a withdrawal date from Afghanistan. Four years ago, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and the rest of the republicans made it clear that they don’t believe setting withdrawal dates from the conflicts they start. President Obama believed otherwise and set withdrawal dates from Iraq and Afghanistan.
10. President Obama reversed the ban on federal funding for stem cell research. Today, we’re much closer to finding cures for Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injuries and other medical conditions. We’re four years ahead in stem-cell research, instead of being four years behind.
11. The LGBT community is better off today than they were four years ago. ”Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed. Gay and lesbian service members can now serve our country with dignity and free from persecution. People like McCain and Romney argued it would be detrimental to troop morale and, as usual, they were both wrong. President Obama also decided not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
12. President Obama appointed two women to the Supreme Court; the Hispanic woman was historic. This gave the Hispanic community a strong voice on the highest court of the land. As a nation, we are much better off with two more women on the Supreme Court.
13. President Obama suspended the deportation of students. Because of President Obama’s policies and decisions, the Hispanic community is better off today than it was four years ago.
14. Our veterans are much better off today due to numerous initiatives that the President, as well as, the First Lady and Jill Biden have pushed through over the past four years. The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act makes it easier for veterans to put their skills to work and transition to the private sector. The GI Bill was upgraded and medical benefits have been enhanced.
15. President Obama has restored America’s respect and influence around the world. His “Obama Doctrine” for foreign policy is about engagement, mutual respect and forming coalitions. His approach has allowed us to gain better cooperation and commitments from our international partners. We saw the Obama Doctrine in action when the Libyan rebels overthrew the Muamma al-Gadaffi regime. President Obama organized support from our allies and, most importantly, support from the Arab nations. Consequently, we were able to take out al-Gadaffi without losing any American lives and at minimal cost to the United States. Let’s compare that to the Bush Doctrine and the invasion of Iraq, which left over 5,000 US soldiers dead and almost $2 trillion dollars spent. This Texas style, guns blazing, “my way or the highway,” or “you’re either with us or against us” foreign policy has proven to have been nothing less than a disaster.
The Bush/Cheney Doctrine destroyed America’s reputation and made it difficult to form international coalitions, in other words, people hated us. President Obama restored our international image and helped us regain our ability to influence foreign affairs. In other words, people liked us again. Our international standing and image are obviously better off today than four years ago. And, let’s not forget, when George Bush left office people were throwing shoes at him.