Today, everything hangs in the balance.
If Martha Coakley loses today’s special election in Massachusetts, the entire Democratic reform agenda will be jeopardized.
Health care reform–which will provide care to 31 million uninsured Americans, help the middle class buy health insurance with subsidies, and lower the deficit–will not happen.
President Obama’s plan to recoup TARP money–taxpayer money, our money–from the big Wall Street banks will not happen.
Financial regulatory reform–designed to prevent the next major economic collapse–will not happen.
A jobs bill–which will put millions of unemployed Americans back to work–will not happen.
The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t tell’ will not happen.
These and other important reforms will. not. happen.
It’s hard enough for Democrats to govern as it is, with the constant threat of Republican filibusters hanging over Congress like the sword of Damocles.
If the GOP wins today, governing this country will become downright impossible.
The right-wing obstructionists will rule the day; the United States Congress will be paralyzed. Nothing will get done, nothing will get fixed; our country will remain severely damaged and in need of repair.
Progress is slow. I understand at, and I understand the frustration with the Democrats–I understand that people want everything fixed, now, today. But progress takes time–there’s still a lot of work left to be done.
Giving the Republicans power again will only move us bbck toward the right-wing mismanagement which put us here in the first place. If someone runs your car into a ditch you don’t give them the keys again–you turn to someone else to get you out. It’s common sense.
Politics didn’t start on January 20, 2009–we all remember exactly how we got here. You want America to get out of the ditch we were driven into? Then don’t give the keys back to the folks who put us here in the first place. Keep the Democrats in power. Vote for Martha Coakley.
If you live in Massachusetts get out and vote today. And if you know someone who lives in MA, tell them to go out and vote, too. We can’t afford to take anything for granted.
Because everything hangs in the balance.
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