The far right, at least from their perspective, has some pretty fair grounds for complaint which I will enumerate shortly. What I find difficult to grasp is the rage of the left. By any reasonable standard (I opine as a historian) the 111th Congress has been the most active and liberal (or "progressive" if you prefer that term) in at least a generation. Consider just a few of the more notable accomplishments of this Congress.
Cap & Trade. (Corrected as per comment from gdelassu.)
- End of ban on embryonic stem cell research.
- End of ban on US Foreign Aid being used to promote abortion
- Sweeping new environmental regulations.
- Sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial services industry and broad new consumer protection laws.
- Massive overhaul of the nation's health insurance industry and a mandate for universal, though privately run, health insurance by 2014.
- Massive expenditures on schools and infrastructure as part of hundreds of billions in so called "stimulus."
- Government bailouts of GM, Chrysler and other bankrupt mega-corps. And rigging the bankruptcy proceedings to insure that the UAW would receive the same "stakeholder" status in the courts as bondholders. (Translation: HUGE win for labor unions while bond holders got ripped off.)
- Extension of unemployment benefits to the point where they are now almost perpetual.
- Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell which is being hailed in some quarters as the most important piece of civil rights legislation since the 1960's.
- Extension of the Bush Era tax cuts (probably the only item that had broad Republican support).
- And the probable ratification of a broad new arms limitation and reduction agreement with Russia.
What exactly is the political left complaining about?