Folks might have noticed that the small business support bill I fostered made it through Congress and is headed to my desk where I have every intention of signing it into law. The usual asshole careerists in the GOP are calling it another bailout but, honestly, if I spent money at a kid's lemonade stand they'd say the same thing. The reality of the bill is that it'll allow what was America's fastest growing business sector to come into its own by giving them loans they need to operate while reducing the unfair taxes levied on them by a deeply flawed system that, especially since 2000, has favored large corporations. And we're not pushing the loans through the same banks that got the bailout, either. The Treasury is issuing those funds to small, stable, local banks, which are small businesses themselves. The only people the GOP is looking out for is its billionaire buddies.
I'm also doing a fair bit of work to sew up the damage my predecessor did in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Sure, the process is like herding cats. Cats who hate each other and fight all the time. Still, we've brought the two sides together with no preconditions (which is more than I can say for Bush) and we're ready to start talking about a version of Palestine that joins the U.N. Anybody who thinks it's possible to wave some magic, political wand and fix the most entrenched social conflict of the modern world is dreaming. We're making progress, even if it's in baby steps.
And if you need a reminder of what you used to have in office in this country, just check out Ahmadinejad's speech to the U.N. He was his usual, crazy self, rambling about how the U.S. government perpetrated 9/11 to strengthen Israel and other such nonsense. Everyone with any dignity walked out before he finished. Keep that craziness in mind when you look back at Bush's speeches, all that talk about "the forces of evil" and his belief that he was doing holy work. I may just be another politician. I may not be the guy who swooped in and turned America into a progressive paradise. One thing I know for certain is I'm not even a fraction as bad as the New Right. Look around you, folks. It's my way or the neo-cons. That's reality in America.