The Things that HappenedBy
President Obama just left DC for an eleven-day vacation to Hawaii in the wake of the most productive Congressional burst we’ve seen in ages. What happened during this lame duck session?
START – Obama gets a victory and keeps beating the non-proliferation drum. This is a major step in the right direction for nuclear security worldwide.
Food Safety Modernization Act. – This bill passed after being fixed to protect small farmers. It became the biggest public health accomplishment of Obama’s presidency.
DADT repeal. – Another step towards equality. Overdue.
Judicial Appointments – GOP has been holding up tons of judges, clogging our court system. That changed with the confirmation of a raft of appointments.
Net Neutrality… sorta. – This compromise ruling will probably see a lot of tweaking for a long time to come. Keep your eye on this ball, but know that your open/free internet is intact due to this ruling.
Tax Cut, Unemployment Benefit – “Compromise” - Did this effort allow for the other five things on this list to succeed? It’s often looked like Obama’s been playing checkers instead of chess, but the lame duck session suggests otherwise. If Obama ballooned the deficit and protected the rich in order to accomplish these other things, does that make the Tax Cut Compromise easier to stomach?
Anyway – I’m back offline. Merry Holidaymas!