- The last U.S. Marines are leaving Iraq.
- Credit card companies can no longer charge interest on fees, and can't retroactively raise your interest rate on existing balances.
- We know who visits the White House, and who they're affiliated with.
- We responded, imperfectly but with heart and sincere effort, to the disaster in Haiti. Just as we wish we had after Katrina. Leadership matters most in emergencies.
- Our current president readily admits when he's made mistakes, respects the validity of arguments that he disagrees with, and has members of the opposing party in his Cabinet.
- The Department of Homeland Security now allocates its security spending according to threats, not by spending the same amount of money on Montana as it does on New York.
- My 401(k) is up 30 percent since the current president took office.
I've been talking to a lot of rank-and-file people, and here's a little I'd add:
- This administration is telling us where the money went, instead of hiding that.
- They've encouraged government workers to fix they way it works, instead of telling workers that what they do doesn't matter.
- They're trying to root out corruption, rather than the opposite.
- Back pay for stop-lossed veterans; serious about medical and educational benefits, which is to say they actually support the troops, rather than the opposite.
That works for me, as a libertarian pragmatist.