Monday, November 08, 2010

Change Doesn't Happen Overnight

Sometimes I'm amazed by society - both by it's impatience and need for instant gratification, as well as it's ability to forget the immediate past.

An example of this is the results in the recent American midterm elections. We've seen the Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives - which, when seen overlaid with the "Obama hasn't accomplished anything..." interviews you hear with from the voting public, demonstrates the American people's frustration with the lack of results from Obama.


They're missing three key things. Firstly - much as we'd like to see otherwise - things don't happen in the blink of an eye. They must be presented, debated, changed, adapted, presented again, debated again, and so on... the process is meant to prevent knee-jerk reactions (a good thing) but it also slows any sort of quick progress. Secondly, they seem to be forgetting that Obama's administration took over this problem from someone else - a Republican government. They are the ones who created this in the first place, and left it for someone else to clean up - sadly, a challenging (and potentially losing) situation to walk into.

Finally (and unfortunately), some of his other accomplishments have been missed or overshadowed - things like:
  • Expansion of Medicaid to all individuals under the age of 65 with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level
  • Requirement of health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premium actually goes to patient care
  • Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women's Act
  • Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protected student borrowers
  • Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%

Now, these are just a small number of changes brought forward by the current administration, and in them they address healthcare, women's rights, students and the environment... and that's just two years into the term.

Might just be my opinion - but shouldn't we wait more than 2 years before we start considering Sarah Palin an option?


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