In November of 2000 the voters elected a Republican president to join Republican majorities in the US Senate and House. The federal budget surplus, inherited from the Clinton administration, was returned to deficit and anything progressive was to stop for years to come.
In November of 2006 the voters elected a Democratic majority to the US House of Representatives. Progressive legislation went to the Senate to die; still unable to clear the legislature.
The miracle of 2008, when voters elected a Democrat to the Presidency, a greater Democratic majority to the US House and a Democratic majority (not the requisite 60 vote super majority an altogether too easy to do filibuster process necessitated) to the Senate; progressive legislation still tends to die in the Senate.
The new President attempted to work in a bi-partisan fashion in Washington, DC. Democrat/Liberal/Progressive (DLP) elements of the voting population were unimpressed; they had apparently thought that it was our turn to play the spoiled brat in charge.
Unable to convince the new President that he should press his advantage, in a manner similar to how the Republicans had in the first few years of the 21st century, the DLP voters stayed home in droves during the elections of November 2010. Thus did the majority in the US House return to the Republicans! This was, however, not the same old right wing, in your face Republican Party majority in the House! It was a newer, more radically right wing-nut, Tea Party controlled, Republican majority; progressive ideas were relegated to bills with no hope of passage.
We, once again, find the DLP prone folks in an uproar over the audacity of a President still proposing legislation of a bi-partisan nature. The DLP folks are certain that government, social insurance programs should exist in an impregnable bubble and that the President’s ideas threatened to create a pin-prick leak in that bubble. Thus disregarding the fact that the largest, longest lived generation in US history is starting to retire: 74 million baby boomers (my, my, my g-generation). Consider that the surplus collected for Social Security, starting in 1983, has been spent; by Republicans (who would use, "bankruptcy," as an excuse to try to kill a program they never liked) and by Democrats (who had not considered that there might be difficulty getting those borrowed funds repaid).
The DLP must increase the Democratic majority in the US Senate and return the US House to a Democratic majority in the 2014 elections!
If we, who are the DLP, repeat the elections of 2010, take our ball and go home to pout, the legacy we guarantee the Obama administration is literally NADA!!!
Think! Register, any and everybody. Vote!!!