Wednesday 7 December 2016

Voters ignored Obama's record

Published 09/11/2010 | 07:48

Thank you for your summation of the achievements of US President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress over the last two years ('Obama's real achievements', Irish Independent, November 5).

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With the health-insurance reform alone, the Democratic majority effected the largest expansion of the welfare state since at least the Johnson administration, and possibly since Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal.

To understand the portion of the American electorate that refuses to acknowledge very real progress one must grapple with the daily stream of hyperbole, misinformation, conspir- acy theories and other distractions that erupt from right-wing propaganda outlets that masquerade as news organis- ations.

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