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Year in Review

Two worthwhile "Political Year in Review" articles that are worth your attention:

One from the progressive think tank "Drum Major Institute" and a key quote in this was:
"When 2005 began, PresidentGeorge W. Bush claimed a mandate after his victory over Senator John Kerry. As 2005 drew to a close, the President’s job approval rating was in the mid 30s, the lowest since he moved to the White House.
What changed?

This was the year of the Great Unveiling, in which what many knew to be true was unavoidably evidenced to the rest of the world. 2005 revealed essential truths about America, both in its pain and in its promise...

...despite a concerted effort by the conservative right to present government as the enemy, Americans intuitively understand their relationship to their public institutions. We rely on government to maintain our infrastructure, from the roads of Colorado to the levees of Louisiana. We rely on government for effective leadership, not the kind of cronyism revealed by President Bush’s choice of unqualified administrators like former FEMA head Michael Brown. We rely on government to provide insurance so we can grow old in dignity, as the President learned when Americans soundly rejected his 2005 attempt to privatize Social Security...No matter how you slice it, 2005 changed America.

Also check out the Century Foundations Best and Worst in Public Policy in 2005... As with the DMI report it does a good job of covering things that I missed or forgot but are worthy of remembering...both good and bad.

Case in point, a story definitely in the "good" camp that I had glossed over this year (and was reminded of by both articles) is the Illinois health coverage for all Children, set up by Democratic Governor Blogojevitch. It covers virtually all of the 250,000 Illinois children who previously were without any health care.

Any other good political "Year in Review" articles you liked? Good Predictions for 2006?

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