Progress isn’t accidental. It never hurts to remind voters (and politicians) of the importance of progressive leadership.
Who invented Social Security? Who started Head Start? Who hired out-of-work Americans to create 711 state parks? Which president and senator helped bring peace to Northern Ireland? (If you have time, each of those links is worth visiting.) Below, I list some of the national and international initiatives which came to fruition because of the passion, inspiration or crucial assistance of Democratic leaders. I invite you to use the comment section to discuss personal, historical, or topical examples of the positive impact of Democratic leadership.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) ▱ The Works Progress Administration (WPA) ▱ The Rural Electrification Act ▱ The Fair Labor Standards Act (Minimum Wage, Overtime Pay, Prohibition of Oppressive Child Labor) ▱ Social Security ▱ The United Nations ▱ Executive Order 9981 (Desegregation of the Armed Forces) ▱ The Marshall Plan ▱
The National Science Foundation ▱ The Peace Corps ▱ The Community Mental Health Act ▱ The Equal Pay Act of 1963 ▱ The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 ▱ The Wilderness Act of 1964 ▱ Job Corps ▱ The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ▱ The Voting Rights Act of 1965 ▱ Upward Bound ▱ Medicare ▱ Medicaid ▱ Head Start ▱ The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities ▱ The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) ▱
The Apollo Moon Missions ▱ The Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) ▱ The Camp David Accords (Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty) ▱ The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund) ▱ AmeriCorps ▱ The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ▱ The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ▱ The Good Friday Agreement (Northern Ireland Peace Agreement) ▱
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ▱ The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) ▱ The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ▱ The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) ▱ The Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act ▱ The Paris Climate Agreement ▱
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) ▱ The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ▱ The Inflation Reduction Act