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Governor Martin O’Malley And The Large Foot In His Mouth

So, I only watch Sunday morning political talk shows when Rachel Maddow is on (and she’s not on very often) so not usually.  But yesterday, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley managed to throw President Obama’s re-election campaign under the bus (which he later clarified) The question from Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation was, “can you honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago?” to which O’Malley responded with, “no.”

Hmmm.

I guess Governor O’Malley hasn’t been paying much attention to what’s been going on in the country the last four years.  Really?  No?!  I know I’m a progressive and all, and somewhat “biased,” but let’s be clear here.  If we’re comparing our country now to the Bush years, I would have yelled a resounding “YES!” to Mr. Schieffer.

Just take a look at this graph in terms of job growth.

(and just in case you need some helping reading, George W. Bush is in the red.)

Overall Economy – Courtesy of the Rachel Maddow Show

Private Sector Jobs – Courtesy of the Rachel Maddow Show

Yeah…that’s what I thought.

Now, if that doesn’t help you to understand even more, how successful the Obama presidency has been, here are just a few more accomplishments:
You get my point, right?
This is just a few things President Obama and his administration have done since taking office in January, 2009
Honestly, we could go on and on, but we won’t.  Instead, I will let President Obama and his colleagues do that during this week’s Democratic National Convention.
But to understand all of these accomplishments and the complexities that went with them, you also need to understand empirical evidence, which many American’s don’t even bother with anymore (look at climate change)  We have seen success these last few years.  Instead, American’s sit through hours upon hours of conservative commentators and politicians who just flat out lie, producing no real facts, painting the President and his administration as a failure, instead of helping him and others in Congress do the right thing for America.
No wonder it looks like the President hasn’t done anything!  This is the sort of thing you see on television day in and day out and the media doesn’t bother to fact check.
But honestly, let’s look back at the fall of 2008.  Do you remember what it was like?  America was on the brink of collapse.  I remember driving to work on the 710 freeway in Los Angeles, listening to NPR about how AIG was done.  DONE!
As someone advocating on the front lines of the foreclosure crisis in Los Angeles back then, the middle class were facing incredible challenges already, and by this point, by September 2008, things were only going to get worse.  It was so bad that Senator John McCain, then running for President, decided to take the “day off” of campaigning to fly to Washington, DC to “help out?”
Remember what a disaster that was?
Going back would be a disaster.
If conservatives are sick and tired of hearing us progressives continue to blame the Bush Administration for our great recession, four years after President Obama’s inauguration, it’s because we should never forget.  It was easy for conservatives to forget George W. Bush during last week’s Republican National Convention, but it’s not that simple for us.  President Bush was not mentioned because those Bush years are a reminder to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan of how his policies (their policies now) have ruined our economy for many years to come, a disaster that was left to the Obama administration to fix and who has done what he can under the circumstances.
I’d rather not throw in any of the football metaphor’s both candidates have been throwing around lately but honestly.  Do you really want to pull the star quarterback from a very important game they’re close to winning? I didn’t think so.
So the question is simple, Governor O’Malley.  Are we better off than we were four years ago?  Absolutely!
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  1. Robert Clements
    September 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    excellant article.

    • September 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Thank you, Robert!! I appreciate the visit and the comment 🙂 Come back now!

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