The fact is the modern history of the Republicans has led to a disaster for America.
People blame W Bush but the real blame goes all the way back to Ronnie Reagan.
He is the one who started the demolition of American society. Deregulation was a
disaster, as it led to abuse of the system as it existed. You cannot implement the
idea of deregulation in a vacuum, there still has to be governance rules that ensures
a basic system of honesty. From there it was a downhill slide even the policy of the
wonderful Bill Clinton is questionable to be fair. The policies of the former administrations
have led to where America is.
Obama introducing Medicare, or sorts, he didn't go far enough, and other progressive
pieces of legislation on social issues will hopefully bring America into the twenty first century.
Every other nation in the modern world have social safety nets and America is lagging
America has lived on credit card, cheap consumer prices, cheap energy compared to the rest
of the world its nearly free, and they shipped their industrial base off shore limiting the tax pool
from meaningful jobs. In addition they starved the tax system. Now all the infrastructure
improvements are coming due and there is no money to fix roads, education and so on and its
time they faced the cruel facts that they have to pay more taxes for less services and the rich
and business have to pay their share. Come to think of it, Canada is going to face the same
unhappy song in the very near future.