- Double-dip recession (10%): Recession deepens, unemployment rises
- Stalled recovery (20%): Unemployment remains high
- Jobless recovery (40%): Already-employed workers work more hours; unemployment remains high
- Solid recovery (20%): Some jobs created, but mainly overseas; American unemployment remains high
- Strong recovery (10%): American jobs created, but more people start looking for jobs; nominal unemployment remains high
Health care reform isn't going to help the Democrats. Even if they manage to pass a bill before the mid-terms, it won't be a progressive victory until it's actually implemented, and a hostile congress can very easily gut the implementation. (The easy way is to structure eligibility so that the working poor somehow never manage to qualify, or are required to sacrifice too much of their "disposable income" (the income that creates economic demand) and then paint the program as a give-away to the lazy and idle.
It's not so much that communists such as myself want to see more suffering among the people and the working class. It's more that, under dialectical materialism, such suffering is virtually inevitable. The government is run by the capitalist ruling class: conflicts within the class will reach a point where the interests of the people are the first sacrificed. This will go on until either the people themselves being demanding their own interests — and enforcing those demands or until some demagogue organizes them for the interests of a new ruling class.