After the 2008 financial collapse and Barack Obama’s election, millions of Americans hoped that our country would create a New Deal for the 21st century. Instead, it feels like we are getting a Raw Deal, one that drags us back toward the 19th century. This summer, a minority of extremists somehow grabbed what should have been a routine legislative act and used it to highjack our democracy, undermine our nation’s standing in the world, jeopardize our shaky economic recovery and impose massive, job-killing cutbacks — all while blocking any tax increases on the rich . . . . . . . . This whole process was distressing; the final outcome looks depressing. We are supposed to be a much better country than this . . . . .