The Democratic Dividend

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It's hardly just begun, but let's review for a second the rather stunning impact of the Democratic congressional takeover. Not all of these advances have been won through legislation, but it's safe to say none of them would have happened without the ballance provided by a Democratic House and Senate.

  • Rumsfeld's gone.
  • Bush has backtracked on his warantless domestic spying, placing the extra-legal NSA program under the watchful eye of the FISA courts.
  • You can now apply to be removed from the government's No-Fly list.
  • Chuck Hagel is openly clashing with Condi Rice on the war, in Senate hearings demanded by Democrats.
  • Legislation to address the climate crisis is on the docket.
  • The House has increased the Minimum Wage, decreased costs of Rx drugs bought by the government, sliced the interest on student loans, beefed up air-cargo security, implemented new ethics rules, and is about to revoke corporate welfare to the oil companies.

Not bad for three months after election day.

What else am I overlooking?