And in other news, a wide variety of women's health care procedures will be included in required coverage next year.
The problem is not Obama, nor politicians in general, nor the political system, nor even the constituents. We on the left have those on the right outnumbered
50% to 40% (10% are apparently permanently disaffected).
The problem is the _voters_. People need to _vote_. And not just once, not just in a year when the country is burning down and the first black Presidential nominee with a real chance is on the ballot.
The people who voted the Congressional Teabaggers into office were 67% conservative
, a record high. The Teabagger politicians are faithfully representing their constituents, who are old (61% over age 50) white (92%) men (56%) who don't want you on their lawn.
The center-left, composed mostly of young people and minorities, didn't turn out in sufficient numbers for the 2010 elections. They didn't quite see the importance of midterm elections (or Senate special elections in Massachusetts), so a bunch of douchebags who hate them are now in control of the House of Representatives.
The key is to vote. Vote in every election. Vote for Democrats for every office. Do this consistently. Do it for the forseeable future. Treat it as a civic duty.
Sometimes I suspect you people complaining bitterly about Obama are plants trying to drive down morale on the center-left. Your complaints are not rational.
House Republicans have veto power over budget bills, and since their goal is to destroy all social spending, they would have been happy not to raise the debt ceiling. Obama did surprisingly well
considering the position.
And, you know, birth control will be covered next year, due to Obama's efforts to make some real progress rather than just putting out Bush/Cheney fires.
And DADT is gone.
And oh yeah, Obama shot Osama bin Laden in the face
And oh yeah, this supposed debt ceiling "crisis" was created by the House Republicans. The right wing's plan is to run the government into huge debt, precipitate a budget crisis, then use it as an excuse to cut spending on everything useful. This has been their plan for decades.
The Republicans are doing pretty well with their plan to destroy the country. They ran up the current huge deficit
2001-2005. In 2011, they said they didn't want to pay for the spending they previously committed to, precipitating a crisis. They proceeded to the massive spending cuts, except Obama and the Senate Democrats largely stopped them.
We on the left and center-left have those on the right and center-right outnumbered 50 to 40, remember, so the real problem, the window of opportunity the hard-right exploits so well, is voter apathy in the center-left.
If you must complain bitterly on Slog, okay, but realize that if some infrequent voter reads this and gets so turned off by political stuff that they don't vote, you will have shot yourself in the foot. Or succeeded perfectly, if you're another destructive douche like the teabaggers.