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Posted 1 year ago on April 8, 2013, 6:54 a.m. EST by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL
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War:

1.... Managed to kill more of our troops by refusing to pull them out in the last 5 years than ever

2.... Attacked Libya, and killed thousands of innocent people.

3... Bombs Somolia a few times. Bombs Pakistan repeatedly. Killing thousands.

4..... Sends troops into Uganda and Guatemala, status unknown.

5.... Expands war on terror with dozens of bases in Africa, mostly in areas that have done nothing to deserve this intrusion.

6.... Keeps thousands of security and troops in Iraq, still occupying.

7... Bombs Yemen dozens of times, killing dozens.

8.... Just last week 3 childred were killed in Afghanistan. Thousands of innocent people have died there.

9... Bradley Manning. Nuff said.

Banker/Wall St Crony:

  1. Create "Stimulus" and handed it over to wall st.

2.... QE1, QE2, QE3 equate to around 4 trillion of the people's money he has single handily handed to Wall St through compliance.

3.... Unlimited Bailouts. Ill repeat that one.... Unlimited Bailouts. Remember marching and chanting about bailouts vs sold out? This guy doesnt care. He's increased it since occupy.

4.... JP Morgan White Whale loss, MF Global scam, and LIBOR. Three world class scandals that the press didnt cover, and Obama let slide. Billions went missing with the first one, tens of billions with the second, trillions with the third.

5... Still no one in jail from the Big Six. Shocking, eh? Not for most of occupy it isnt. A few here are still clinging.

Destroying Your Kid's Food Supply:

1... I think the last week should have been the nail in the coffin for most of the nation. But what some freakin in N Korea MAY have said ran the MSM. Thanks to you assholes who voted this guy in, you just fucked us all reeeeeeelly hard with this one.

NDAA-

1... You can now be illegally detained with no rights in the USA. Obama may not use it, but there is no doubt he is setting you up for something big. No reason to sign this otherwise.

Unions/Jobs:

1.... Labor participation at 34 year low. Pathetic. No movement on anything, just going backwards.

2... Signed 3 more free trade Agreements, further screwing the people here. Did right during occupy, actually. That was his sign of solidarity. What a scam.

3... Hey, you will get keystone though. Half already done, next due soon.... Guess you have to love oil to get jobs with this guy.

4... Lots of jobs in the drone industry coming soon too.

4 Main Areas of Policy Reform:

Taxes- let middle class tax cut expire, increased on rich 4%. Other than that, still 76k pages of loopholes.

Foreign- increased war on terror and defense budget still up from 07.

Monetary- worse than ever. 85 Billion in unlimited bailouts.

Trade- Worse than ever. Ever.

Healthcare:

ACA- states prior conditions cannot be denied. Thats the one good part, and should have taken about 10pages to discuss. The other 1k pages are pure fascist propaganda, forcing the borderline poor into the lobby. No cost controls, nothing. Insurance compaines and big pharma stock prices are on a big uptick since this was signed, and for good reason. They got the deal of a lifetime. Forced corporatism at its worse.

Three more years of this maniac. And the next one will be worse.

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[-] 4 points by mideast (506) 1 year ago

1/9═► is there ANYTHING below that willard would have done better ?

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A common sense look at progressive politics. Truth has a liberal bias. Use it. . Updated and Expanded List of 212 Obama Accomplishments, With Citations!

If we want to win elections - and this is a democracy, so that should always be your main goal - we have to make people want to vote for us. That means accentuating the positive, and talking Obama laughingabout how great we are, compared to the alternative. That's what this list is about. It's about focusing on the good things Obama and the Democrats have done, and daring Republicans to come up with their own list. The 112th Congress was the least productive in history, and it occurred during an economic recovery. If we can't make ourselves look better than that, then we're pathetic. We have to stop being pathetic.

Is Obama perfect? No, he's human. Does he deserve some criticism? Of course. But does he deserve the level of criticism that's been leveled at him? Hell no. President Obama has compiled a STELLAR record, especially when looked at in view of the obstruction he's faced for four years.

Pass this list around to everyone you know who whines that Obama's done nothing. Then note that a large proportion of these accomplishments came with a Democratic Congress, and if they want more, they'll have to help him achieve it. And if anyone tries to claim this is all bunk, point out that, unlike many such lists, every item includes a citation supporting it. This fight is not over. We can't allow 2014 to be like 2010.

Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility

  1. Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5

  2. Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1

  3. On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx

  4. He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov

  5. He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems. To that end, he also signed the Democratic-sponsored Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, http://bit.ly/hOw1t1

  6. He created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa

Prevented a Bush Depression and Improved the Economy

  1. Pushed through and signed the Democratic-sponsored American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package.” The bill passed, even though only three Republicans voted for it. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSs http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk

  2. The Bush-led Great Recession was costing the economy nearly 800,000 jobs per month by the time President Obama took office. But by the end of his first year, the ARRA created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy by 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE

  3. completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of the bail-out money. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVS http://bit.ly/eCNrD6

  4. He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl

  5. Oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY

  6. Along with Democrats, and almost no Republicans, implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr http://bit.ly/gj7mt5 GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx
    Rs Romney, on the other hand, advocated for the entire industry to go belly-up. http://nyti.ms/k0zp

  7. Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf

  8. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown. http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7

  9. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS

  10. Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw

  11. Signed the Democratic-sponsored and passed Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures - also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/eEpLFn

  12. Through the WHBA Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/gORYfL

  13. Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses. http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b

  14. Created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. http://www.business.gov

  15. Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5

  16. Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7

  17. Instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books. http://1.usa.gov/Lpo5bd

  18. Through the ARRA, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost. http://1.usa.gov/ez30Dc

  19. Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu

  20. provided funding to states to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR

  21. Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV

  22. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE

[-] 2 points by mideast (506) 1 year ago

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Brought Much-Improved Greater Transparency and Better Government

  1. Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN

  2. Signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years, and put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV

  3. Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX

  4. Became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5

  5. Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov

  6. Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7ttV

  7. Issued an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. Provides the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them. http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb

  8. Improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2

Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

  1. Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq

  2. Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/hWCPg0 http://bit.ly/geHpcD

  3. Through Dodd-Frank legislation, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG

  4. Through Dodd-Frank, the Executive Branch fashioned rules that reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market. http://bit.ly/MDnA1t

  5. Fashioned rules so that banks can no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers' interests. http://bit.ly/fnTayj

  6. Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj

  7. Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfB http://bit.ly/eG4DPM

  8. Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks that now permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/htfDgw

  9. Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, which closed many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore. http://1.usa.gov/bd1RTq

  10. Established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/fnTayj

  11. Oversaw and then signed a Democratic bill constituting the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://thedc.com/gxkCtP

  12. Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals usingmoney from the TARP and Stimulus programs. http://bit.ly/SLTcSa

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Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination

  1. Along with Congressional Democrats, advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http://bit.ly/gsMSJ7

  2. Pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie in order to be eligible to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping. http://bit.ly/fdahuH http://bit.ly/mZV4Pz

  3. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj

  4. Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D

  5. Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History. http://bit.ly/58zUp7

  6. Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing bit.ly/9RxEnP

  7. Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for the right to enter into a same-sex marriage. http://bit.ly/JsiFKp

  8. Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT

  9. Wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/e1puTk http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM

  10. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill. http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg

  11. Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x

  12. Under his guidance, National Labor Relations Board issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees' rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including websites and intranets, beginning November 2011. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ

  13. Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide. http://lat.ms/pQe1RS

  14. Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples. reut.rs/llNJek

  15. Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0

  16. Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8

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Major Improvements in Foreign Relations, American Status Around the World

  1. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda

  2. As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g

  3. Helped to restore America's reputation around the world as a global leader that does the "right thing" in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the world. http://bit.ly/h743y7 http://bit.ly/ho4TCr

  4. Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj

  5. Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l

  6. Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe

  7. Pushed for military to emphasize devlopment of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV

  8. Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh

  9. Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program, and thus avoid another war that Republicans wanted. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK

  10. Worked with Democratic Congress to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY

  11. Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP

  12. Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U

  13. Established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde

  14. Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF

  15. Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called "enhanced interrogation." He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/g6MTuC

  16. Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax

  17. Released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0

  18. On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve http://nyti.ms/hzWWys

  19. In response to the emerging "Arab Spring," he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9

  20. Ended the F-22 program, saving $4 billion. Though the single-seat, twin-engine, fighter aircraft cost $358 million each, and the military had 187 built, the F-22 never flew a combat mission. http://slate.me/PYzmzT (The "fiscally conservative GOP fought to keep it.)

  21. Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb

  22. Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS

  23. Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz

  24. Through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split of Sudan into two countries, this allowing for the creation of an independent South Sudan. http://reut.rs/qzE0Tj

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A More Realistic Approach to “Defense” and National Security

  1. Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE

  2. Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2

  3. Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i

  4. Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw

  5. Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4

  6. Through the Defense Authorization Act, reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ

  7. Developed first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs

  8. Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country. http://bit.ly/lNXUna

  9. Negotiated a deal with Afghan govenment, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country. http://bit.ly/K362an

  10. Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6

  11. Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn

  12. Took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple the despotic Khadaffy government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj

  13. Got Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, to determine their own fate. http://f24.my/efvgNZ

  14. In 2011, reoriented American focus from the Middle East to the Asian-Pacific region by simultaneouly engaging China and crafting new alliances with Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior. http://bit.ly/RGlMDi

  15. Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z

  16. Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. http://nyti.ms/efBO7B

  17. Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i

  18. Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw

  19. Throughan executive order, established the Homeland Security Partnership Council, which will attempt to enhance the nation’s ability to “address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources." http://1.usa.gov/VJjLXO

[-] 3 points by mideast (506) 1 year ago

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Treated Soldiers and Veterans with Respect

  1. Along with Congressional Democrats, not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it. Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers. http://nyti.ms/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA

  2. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo

  3. Provided active combat troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h

  4. Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW

  5. Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one.) http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q

  6. Along with Congressional Democrats, supported and signed Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1

  7. Along with Congressional Democrats, ushered through largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, with money to go to improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x

  8. Created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY

  9. Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/b48coi

  10. Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX

  11. Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty will be able to avoid state taxes in their temporary residence. http://bit.ly/1Gh0NX

  12. Issued an Executive Order to improve access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families. http://1.usa.gov/TP7PVZ

Refocused the Federal Government on Education

  1. Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http://bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq

  2. Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt

  3. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr

  4. Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them. http://bit.ly/NHtZ7L

  5. Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/fNDcj3 ,

  6. Oversaw major expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/fYwNrV

  7. Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr

  8. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/hPhG7J

  9. Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz

  10. Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. http://1.usa.gov/dQvtUe

  11. Took major new steps to protec students from ineffective for-profit colleges through "gainful employment" measures, whereby schools have to demonstrate that its students actually find work to get federal aid. http://1.usa.gov/jkzQe2

  12. With First Lady Michelle Obama, passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier. http://1.usa.gov/GAXkSk

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Took an Adult View on Science, Technology and Health Care

  1. Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making. http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw

  2. Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U

  3. Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSO http://ti.me/edezge

  4. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. http://nyti.ms/fTs9t7

  5. Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/fOi2rb

  6. Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc

  7. Obama EPA reveresed research ethics standards which allowed humands to be used as "guinea pigs" in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/bKgqdS

  8. Conducted a cyberspace policy review. http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC

  9. Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr

  10. Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/dNTRyP

  11. Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco. http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

  12. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/ecQSgA

  13. Increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3

  14. Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9

  15. Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b

  16. Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/fDEzGv

  17. Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Democratic Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put increase on hold for two months. http://yhoo.it/e8Tj9C

  18. Ushered through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to at least 30 million more people, ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established healthcare.gov, so that taxpayers could keep up with developments. http://www.healthcare.gov/

  19. Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

  20. Through the ACA, provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

  21. Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo

  22. Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

  23. Provisions in theACA have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The increase in 2011 was 4%, which is very low compared to the average 12% annual inflation rate during previous 40 years. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh

  24. Through the ACA, expanded space exploration and discovery options to more players http://bit.ly/PNTS7e

  25. Through the Connect America Fund, pushed through and received FCC approval for a move of $8 billion in subsidies away from telephone landlines to assist lower-income rural families in accessing broadband. http://lat.ms/vhRUEs

[-] 2 points by mideast (506) 1 year ago

8/9═► is there ANYTHING below that willard would have done better ?

Strengthened the Middle Class and Families, and Fought Poverty

  1. Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS

  2. Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor. http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj

  3. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America's working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F

  4. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8

  5. Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP

  6. Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. http://aol.it/evtVxD http://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz

  7. Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM

  8. Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8

Concrete Steps to Improve The Environment and Address Our Energy Needs

  1. Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x

  2. Fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade. http://politi.co/hiaPKM

  3. Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y

  4. Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL

  5. Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu

  6. Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

  7. Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R

  8. Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5

  9. Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN

  10. Oversaw doubling federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE

  11. Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y

  12. Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. http://1.usa.gov/fgfRWq

  13. Reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.” http://bit.ly/dX6Vj3 http://bit.ly/fE2PxK http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv

  14. Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO

  15. Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P

  16. Following the neglect of Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/fzQUFO

  17. Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. http://bit.ly/glCukV

  18. Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://bit.ly/h5KZqy http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk

  19. Got BP to cough up $20 billion to establish Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to reduce the need for taxpayer funds to be used for compensation and clean up. http://wapo.st/ds2BxT (Note: it took 20 years to get $1.3 billion for the Exxon Valdez spill. )

  20. Oversaw and pushed through amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo

  21. Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. http://nyti.ms/bxjDi3

  22. Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a

  23. Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/ww8eMd

  24. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/hscjsH

  25. Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt

  26. Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/fBuWd2

  27. Through new EPA regulations, he created a pretext for closing the dirtiest power plants in the country, by limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic gasses. http://bit.ly/rQCIgA

  28. Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/fbJPjY

  29. Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K

  30. Announced a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg in 2010 to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025 http://1.usa.gov/qtghsW

  31. Issued an Executive Order to facilitate investments in industrial energy efficiency that will help create jobs, while strengthening US manufacturing. Increased efficiency could save businesses $100 billion over the next decade. http://1.usa.gov/WsIgbx

  32. Through an executive order, set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which will to oversee Gulf Coast restoration efforts in the wake of the 2010 BP oil splll. The money to fund the restoration efforts comes from fines against BP. http://1.usa.gov/Rxjb29

9/9═►
But That's Not All...

  1. Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/etznpY

  2. Oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations. http://on.fb.me/fD0EVO http://bit.ly/ff5Luv

  3. Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF

  4. Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices. http://huff.to/eOChg6 http://bit.ly/i02wgP

  5. Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB

  6. Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF

  7. Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j

  8. Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/idgQH5

  9. Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure. http://1.usa.gov/M7rVpe

  10. Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects. http://1.usa.gov/GHxaYt

  11. Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first reponders. http://bit.ly/o7cWYS

  12. Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls. http://1.usa.gov/MHTRVU

  13. Signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who had been cheated out of government loans and natural resource royalties in the past. http://1.usa.gov/dGppUa

  14. To help those communities devastated by Hurricane Samdy, issued an executive order setting up the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and asked Congress to approve $60 billion in supplemental assistance to aid in storm recovery. http://1.usa.gov/134L7hl

  15. Produced 23 Executive actions designed to make it easier for law enforcement to identify those who shouldn't have guns, thus helping them enforce the law. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ

And Did You Know?

  1. Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY
[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Removing our most basic rights, bombing other countries, CONTINUING BAILOUTS, and now wrecking teh food supply are pretty much the exact opposite of what Occupy, or for that matter any decent human being, is about.

Thats what you get when you vote for people who accept outside money. You get fucked.

[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Well all that makes those deaths and bailouts and record DOW and S&P Numbers just disappear from my mind!! Thanks!!

Those accomplishments, in terms of the atrocities I just listed, are meaningless. You are sacrificing lives to feel better about yourself.

[-] 0 points by john32 (-272) from Pittsburgh, PA 1 year ago

Great post

[-] -1 points by Nevada1 (4651) 1 year ago

Thank you OPT for post. DHS getting 7200 armored military vehicles and contracts for extreme amounts of ammo.