For some reason, the last couple of days I’ve been inundated with conservatives telling me how much better off this country would be if Barack Obama wasn’t our president. It’s a claim that always amuses me because it’s often said by people who can’t name five factual statements about this president.
But it got me thinking, what might be different if Barack Obama had never been elected or re-elected? So I thought I’d make a list of ten things that would or wouldn’t have happened if John McCain or Mitt Romney had been elected president.
1.) The 2009 stimulus bill would have never been passed: While Republicans always try to act as if the stimulus was some epic failure, the truth is without it this nation would have lost even more jobs than we already had following the 2008 crash. The impact of this bill wasn’t just about the jobs it created, but how many it saved. Because while the GOP was publicly bashing the “massive spending bill,” at the time many Republicans on the state level were using funds from it to balance their budgets.
2.) The American auto industry would be mostly dead: Bottom line is, if it weren’t for President Obama’s auto bailout, our auto industry would have been reduced to almost nothing. It would have impacted everything from the manufacturing plants themselves, to car dealerships and auto parts stores. Not only that, but the “cash for clunkers” program was a massive success to boost auto sales and move people toward more fuel-efficient vehicles.
3.) No telling how many wars we would be involved in: John McCain hasn’t met a war he didn’t like. If he had been elected we would have almost certainly sent troops into Egypt, Libya and Syria – plus we’d still be actively fighting in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Not to mention there’s no telling where we would be at right now with Iran if we had a Republican in the White House. The GOP has been itching to star a war with the Middle Eastern nation for years.
4.) Our Supreme Court would be overwhelmingly conservative: Thus far, President Obama has appointed two justices. If McCain or Romney had been president, they would have both been conservative. That would have given the right-wing agenda a 7 to 2 edge on the bench. If you think George W. Bush was catastrophic for this country, put seven conservative justices on our Supreme Court and see how that works out.
5.) Millions of Americans wouldn’t have health care right now: Republicans can complain about the Affordable Care Act all they want, but the bottom line is millions of Americans have gained access to health care because of the law and our nation’s uninsured rate has dropped. Without Obama’s signature law, none of that would have happened.
6.) Marriage equality wouldn’t be on the precipice of total victory: While President Obama hasn’t directly done anything to make same-sex marriage legal in the U.S. (aside from publicly putting his support behind the legalization of gay marriage), if a Republican were in the White House I can almost guarantee we would have seen several laws passed aimed at trying to prevent marriage equality in the United States.
7.) Homosexuals wouldn’t be allowed to serve openly in the military: To this day, there are still many Republicans who oppose the fact that President Obama put an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It really is crazy to think that up until just a few years ago, homosexuals weren’t allowed to openly serve their country.
8.) Our nation wouldn’t be nearly as close to energy independence: While Republicans solely focus on oil when it comes to energy independence (being shills for big oil and all), green energy is really the only way this country will ever be truly self-sustaining. While we have hit historic highs for oil production here at home on President Obama’s watch, he has done more to advance green energy initiatives in this country than any president in history. If a Republican were in the White House, I can almost guarantee that none of those advances would have happened.
9.) Our environment would be under attack: If a Republican were in the White House, the Keystone XL pipeline would already be approved and it’s all but certain that they would have opened up many of our national parks and wildlife refuges for drilling. This would have been even more damaging when you consider that it would have been combined with parts of #8 where Republicans would have done almost nothing to advance green sources for energy.
10.) John McCain or Mitt Romney would be president right now: Could you imagine one of these two men being our president? McCain would have had us involved in at least a half-dozen wars and Romney would have been a bigger national embarrassment than Bush. I’m not saying someone has to like President Obama, but can we at least all agree that McCain and Romney were pretty terrible choices?
Now, I avoided bringing up our record stock levels, massive drops in unemployment or other overwhelmingly positive economic information because it’s impossible to know exactly what those numbers might be like under a Republican president. Though I think many of us can guess, considering a Republican president would have likely done nothing but continue many of the same policies that led us into the worst economic crash since the Great Depression. And while there are many other things I could have listed here, I wanted to keep the list somewhat brief.
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