A Study in Contrasts

Let’s see what the Democrats accomplished while Nancy Pelosi was Speaker (From the DailyKos):
  • Health insurance reform: Initial bill had public option, before Senate stripped it out; Kids can stay on parents’ insurance ’til age 26; Closes Medicare “Doughnut Hole”; Eliminates pre-existing conditions; Expands coverage to tens of millions
  • Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  • Ethics reform
  • Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • American Clean Energy and Security Act
  • Extension of Childrens Health Insurance Program
  • Raising the minimum wage
  • Food Safety Enhancement Act
  • Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act
  • Small Business Jobs Act
  • The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
  • Injecting resources into the economy to prevent the Bush recession from sliding into a second Great Depression, saving/creating millions of jobs in the process
  • Dodd-Frank financial regulation reform
  • James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
  • Helping America maintain a sterling AAA credit rating
  • Working long hours for long stretches doing the people’s business during a very difficult time
And now that John Boner is the Speaker?

  • Voting to repeal the “Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” (The repeal would have little, if any, effect on jobs but would add to the deficit, says the CBO.)
  • Attempting to dismantle Medicare by voting to pass a budget that turns it into a coupon program
  • Voting for unnecessary anti-abortion bills and…more unnecessary anti-abortion bills!
  • Panicking world financial markets by holding the debt ceiling hostage; causing S&P to downgrade the U.S. credit rating by convincing them that the “party of fiscal discipline” wouldn’t think twice about defaulting on our debts
  • Naming some Post Offices
  • Holding the FAA—and tens of thousands of jobs—hostage for the sake of weakening unions
  • Refusing to consider an extension of the payroll tax cut
  • A breezy, leisurely work pace with lots and lots of days off during a very difficult time
  • A promise to create “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” during election season, but ignoring job creation completely once elected
 Speaker Boner… Where are the JOBS??

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