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  • Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Progressive Democrat Issue 232

    I hear some on the left complaining that Obama has done nothing and is just as bad as Bush. I understand a certain amount of frustration with the slow pace of reform, though I wasn't surprised that it would take time to change 8 years of disastrous policies. But I think it is borderline insane to ignore the many areas that have improved since Obama took office. Here is one example:

    EPA Denies Permit for Infamous WV Mountaintop Removal Mine

    This is huge. And NEVER would have happened during the Bush administration. Obama's EPA is genuinely doing its job for the first time in 8 years. It is easy to look only at the largest (and most difficult) issues. Healthcare reform, which has been a difficult issue since at least Theodore Roosevent unsuccessfully tried to reform our system. Iraq, where we have to get out but would prefer to do it without leaving a civil war behind. Afghanistan, which has been a difficult cluster of squabbling tribes since Alexander the Great, and yet there really are people there who attacked our country. Had Bush not messed up so badly, we wouldn't BE in Iraq and may have been able to succeed in Afghanistan. As it is, he not only failed in Afghanistan, but added Iraq to the mess.

    Turning back to domestic policy, Obama's weekly address again addresses healthcare reform:



    And lest you think Congressional Dems are all a disappointment, here is a video of Senator Al Franken grilling a lawyer for KBR (the Halliburton subsidiary that has allowed gang-rape, human trafficking, and whose poor management has electrocuted many US troops):



    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Barack Obama on Winning the Nobel Prize...and how YOU can help

    Sotomayor's 1st week: 'Can I ask you something?'

    Columbus Day

    Carbon Neutral Batteries

    New York City Focus: Endorsements for November's Election

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX. Focus

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Alex Sink for Florida Governor

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Progressive Majority Candidates in Washington State

    WASHINGTON FOCUS

    Progressive Majority Candidates in Pennsylvania

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Arizona Focus: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Incompetent Deputy

    Arizona Focus: Support the Communities On The Front Lines at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ.

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Colorado Senator Bennet On Healthcare Reform

    COLORADO FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    The Greening of Detroit, MI

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Progressive Majority Canidates in Minnesota

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    Wisconsin for Healthcare Reform: Facts and Actions

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    North Carolina Justice Center: Myths About Health Reform

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    Illinois Focus: Melissa Bean and Bill Foster, Give Us Our Healthcare

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Nevada: Public Option Model that SAVES Money

    NEVADA FOCUS

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