What life would be like without progressive policies

Sam Smith
2006

People who complain about prorgressive policies are like the man from Virginia who went to college on the GI Bill and bought his first house with a VA loan. When a hurricane struck he got federal disaster aid. When he got sick he was treated at a veteran’s hospital. When he was laid off he received unemployment insurance and then got a SBA loan to start his own business. His bank funds were protected under federal deposit insurance laws. Now he’s retired and on social security and Medicare. The other day he got into his car, drove the federal interstate to the railroad station, took Amtrak to Washington and went to Capitol Hill to ask his congressman to get the government off his back.

Here are a just a few of the things America would be without were it not for progressives in the White House:

– Regulation of banks and stock brokerage firms cheating their customers

– Protection of your bank account

– Social Security

– A minimum wage

– Legal alcohol

– Regulation of the stock exchanges

– Right of labor to bargain with employers

– Soil Consevation Service and other early environmental programs

– National parks and monuments such as Death Valley, Blue Ridge, Everglades, Boulder Dam, Bull Run, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Mount Rushmore, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, Cape Cod, Fire Island, and San Juan Islands just to name a few.

– Tennessee Valley Authority

– Rural electrification

– College educations for innumerable veterans

– Housing loans for innumerable veterans

– FHA housing loans

– The bulk of hospital beds in the country

– Unemployment insurance

– Small Business Administration

– National Endowment for the Arts

– Medicare

– Peace Corps

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