Before the November election, the Republican remedy for the horrendous national debt piled up by Ronald Reagan and the two Bushes was painfully simple: The standard-of-living of the average American had to be drastically lowered by cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, food stamps and other benefits for the less fortunate of our society so that corporate welfare and the standard of living of the rich could be maintained.
A timid president, weakened by the election of a Republican Congress as the result of Republican gerrymandering of critical election districts, was on the ropes, ready to cave in. But the greedy followers of McConnell and Boehner demanded more than their usual pound of flesh and all they could get was a continuation of George Bushes disastrous policies leading to our present stalemate. My, how things have changed! Now, even that acceptable goal seems to be unreachable and old time Roosevelt-Truman-Kennedy-Johnson type Democrats are beginning to re-appear. The future looks now brighter than it has been for 30 years or so. Our leader has finally developed a spine and appears finally to be a truly fearless one.
The power of our youth and women, especially younger women, is beginning to be felt and the clout of the doddering seniors of my generation and the macho male is fading. This could be the dawn of a resurging America, the kind I once knew before 1980 before greed took over. Unfortunately, I won’t be around to see it. Go, Obama, go!
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.