Monday 22 January 2018

Voters ignored Obama's record

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).

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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