Democrats face a harsh reality in the mid-term elections. Politicians are known by their deeds and judged by the results. No president since Franklin Roosevelt inherited a bigger mess than Barack Obama, and Democrats in Congress have given him most of what he wants -- the $787 billion stimulus package, including clean energy initiatives to create jobs; a free hand with TARP money; and health care and financial regulatory reforms. The administration claims stimulus spending saved or created about 3 million jobs but the actual head count at www.recovery.gov is 682, 370 through March 31. Including the multiplier effects of workers spending earnings in the private sector, the total impact is a bit more than 1 million jobs. Many stimulus jobs were temporary but more jobs have been added since March, so the total impact remains about 1.1 million temporary jobs, costing taxpayers about $700,000 each -- not a good bargain! The president promised health care reforms would lower costs and permit Americans to keep their doctors. Now, large U.S. companies have taken huge writeoffs for new obligations, and smaller companies face escalating premiums. Many are preparing to push employees into cut-rate health plans, further limiting choices of doctors and hospitals. Drug prices are jumping, forcing health insurers to further limit access to the best medicines. Many businesses are reluctant to add employees, because higher health care costs make it even more attractive to offshore production. On Wall Street, the big banks are still too big to fail and control a larger share of the nation's deposits than before the crisis. Restrictions on risky bank activities are so vague and far into the future that lobbyists will surely neuter them. The risk oversight board relies on the same officials that failed to foresee the dangers posed by mortgage-back securities, which caused the recent meltdown, and the new consumer protection agency will oversee reforms the Federal Reserve is already implementing. Ordinary citizens beyond the confines of lower Manhattan don't sense an economic recovery. Stripping out inventory adjustments, GDP growth since July 2009 comes to about $150 billion. In January, the Wall Street paid out $140 billion in bonuses on $300 billion in new profits. The rest of the country has recovered little.