Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WTF Has Obama Done So Far?

I had prepared myself for bad news yesterday, so I wasn't shocked when the tide of red began to sweep the map. Still it was a blow when my own congressional district chose a woman who does not represent my values.

I've heard a lot of people say that the election of all these conservative candidates is a backlash against the President and the Democratic-controlled Congress.

I just don't get it. A backlash against what, precisely?

Significantly expanding Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college

Providing travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB?

Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America's Veterans?

Or maybe it's something else?* God knows they've accomplished a lot in just two short years, after 8 years of an administration that screwed our environment, turned a surplus into a deficit, and sent our troops into wars that shouldn't have been started in the first place.

I am angry today. But unlike Sharron Angle, I don't intend to "resort to Second Amendment remedies." Instead, I take comfort in the fact that at least she and some of the other more obvious wackos didn't win. Still, Michele Bachmann is reelected. And that woman scares the shit out of me. You probably saw the footage of her interview with Chris Matthews. Here Matthews reflects on the interview. Shades of Joe McCarthy! I want to know WTF Minnesota voters are thinking. Seriously?

*Check this out for more examples:


Kathy Amen said...

I really do not understand this backlash either and it's made me feel very sad and "just give up and tend my own garden"-ish. A guest on the Colbert Report the other night (I forget who it was) said it's simple--all this accomplishment came from a black president. Can so many people really be that bedrock-racist? I really hate to think so, but there doesn't seem to be a rational explanation for it.

Tammy Stewart said...

Excellent, Holly! I'm with you, I just don't get it either. It's disheartening that masses of people are so blinded by their own prejudices and misplaced anger that they would surrender their votes to corporate interests. And, it's confounding how/why people are so easily manipulated by the marketing/programming tactics of corporate puppeteers parading as legitimate news outlets.

Mrs. Chili said...

I love this. Thank you. Now I'm going to the link!

lisleman said...

life is a mystery for sure.
My 2 cents - the media especially the cable news programs amplify all the extremes. I think it's intentional to draw in viewers. They don't spend much time on issues. Jon Stewart's speech at his rally made some very good points. Another big factor is money that's available to support the Tea Party. The Dems get money too and orgs like moveon have collected good amount of money to support the left. I think if there was someway to limit the negative ads and money we might be able to hear about issues.

secret agent woman said...

I love that WTF has Obama done site. I'm averting my gaze for the next two years and hoping people come to their senses before 2012.

JCK said...

Perhaps your best tag is: we are surrounded by idiots. I think that says it all. :)

I hold on to the blue wave we got in California, though small in relation to the rest of the country, it is something.

William K Wallace said...

WTF has he done indeed. At least he hasn't started any illegal wars, which is a step in the right direction if you ask me...Hell Yeah!

Bee said...

Well, your list comforted ME at any rate.

My mother shared with me that some Texas woman (I was going to preface it with "crazy," but I'll go paranthetical instead) voted, for the first AT AGE 72, because she thought that President Obama was screwing up the health care system for her. Apparently she had the idea that he was going to personally cancel her Medicaid check and pull the plug on her life-support. I dunno, Hols.