Progressives, including myself, have repeatedly voiced their disappointment for the lack of progress made on the promises made by Obama during the 2008 election campaign. May I suggest that before we let that affect the way we vote in November we look indepth about why we are in such a mess and why there has been a sad lack of progress in restoring economic stability for working class Americans.
First, we got into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression because of the disastrous policies of the Bush administration. After inheriting a billion dollar surplus from Clinton, who balanced the budget and started to pay down the national debt by the way, he (Bush) promptly turned it into a $1.3 billion dollar deficit with a tax cut mostly benefiting the upper class. Spending like the proverbial drunken sailor by waging two unfunded wars and a prescription drug program, he plunged the economy to the brink of a depression. The situation was exacerbated by unregulated corporations and banks in what many maintain was nothing more than criminal behavior, such as the sub-prime mortgage scam. The list goes on and on. Suffice it to say Obama inherited the biggest financial mess since Roosevelt.
From the day of his inauguration, the Republicans made it their first priority to deny Obama a second term. Instead of seeking a bi-partisan compromise to create jobs and get the economy back on the right track they threw up road blocks on any attempt by the Democrats to get Americans back to work by abusing the filibuster rule in the Senate. There is no doubt that this is nothing more than a public be damned campaign to keep the economy in dire straits in order to regain control of the White House.
Come November it will be either Obama or Romney who will lead the nation for the next four years. We must chose the one most likely to fight for social justice and restore the ever-shrinking middle class if given the resources. For progressives it's a no brainer - vote for Obama!