What's gone right in Washington

  • 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.

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