There’s been a lot of talk about President Obama’s accomplishments — or lack thereof. Some politicians have referred to him as “the worst president in American history.” And then they’re those newscasters and such who refuse to give him the well-deserved title of “president.” They’ll call him “Barack” or “Obama” but I guess they’d choke if they put President in front of his name.
I even had a conversation recently with a facebook friend who criticized him for saving the auto industry! Perhaps, if this gentleman had to feed his family with an auto indutry salary, he’d feel differently. So I decided to post President Obama’s accomplishments. I won’t change everybody’s mind, and I know I’m going to piss some people off. But I’m the messenger of truth today– dropping that science.
The link to this info and more are listed here: http://www.2012obama2012.com/President_Obama_s_Accomp.html and on my blogroll.
http://newsontheline.blogs.com/blogapalypsecom/This list is NOT exhaustive.
President Obama’s first six months have been even more active than FDRs or LBJs the two standards for such assessments. Yet, there is little media attention given to much of what he has done. Of late, the media is focusing almost exclusively on Obama’s critics, without holding them responsible for the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without holding the previous administration responsible for getting us in such a deep hole. The misinformation and venom that now passes for political reporting and civic debate is beyond description.
President Obama has accomplished so much not from a heavy-handed or top-down approach but from a style that has institutionalized efforts to reach across the aisle, encourage vigorous debate, and utilize town halls and panels of experts in the policy-making process. Beyond the accomplishments, the process is good for democracy and our democratic processes have been battered and bruised in recent years.
•Passing the “largest” economic stimulus bill in American history.
•Ordering the closing of Guantanamo Bay military detention facility and abolishing “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
•Setting a fixed timetable for withdrawing U.S. combat forces from Iraq.
•Ordering 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and enlisting, with modest new assistance, European allies in a new multi-layered strategy there and in Pakistan.
•”Returning science to its rightful place” by lifting the Bush restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research.
•Signing laws to expand children’s health insurance (financed by a 61-cent per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax the adviser did not tout).
•Signing a law meant to improve the ability of women who allege pay discrimination to sue their employer.
•Diminishing the role of lobbyists in the White House.
•”Forge a meaningful statement from the United Nations” criticizing North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile.
•Lifting travel and remittance restrictions for Cuban Americans who seek to travel more frequently to the island and send more US currency to their immediate family.
•Appointed the first Latina to the US Supreme Court.
•Engaging world leaders in Europe, Turkey, Latin American and the Caribbean with “strength and humility.”
Plenty more accomplishments to consider:
•Within one year, pulled the US economy out of its nose dive, revived credit markets & nudged the economy towards growth of 2.2% in final quarter.
•Also within one year, halted the devastating rate of monthly job losses he inherited, from an average 700,000 monthly in the first quarter of 2009, to 35,000 in first quarter 2010 – a major achievement the last administration was not capable of doing
•Passed the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 in February – has played a key role in turnaround of economy over the last 3 quarters http://www.recovery.org
◦Stopped decline & grew GDP – from a -6.4% drop in 1st Qtr 2009, to -0.7 rate in 2nd Qtr and +2.2% growth in 3rd Qtr
◦Further 2010 growth in GDP is estimated at 4.4% by year end
◦$90 billion invested in clean energy economy of the future – jobs, lower dependence on foreign oil, enhance national security, clean environment
◦$10.5 billion investment in modernization of national electric grid
◦$18 billion for upgrades & modernization of public transport systems, including new high speed rail
◦$23 billion investment incentives to small businesses
◦Over $1billion in job training grants for jobs in new clean energy sectors
◦Tax credits to stimulate development of clean energy manufacturing – wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles, batteries, etc
◦Distributed education grants to US states, to keep teachers in schools
◦$1 billion investment in advancing use of cutting edge Health IT – By 2014, HIT will be made available to 100,000 hospitals & physicians & thousands of people trained for careers in HIT & health care, from nurses and pharmacy techs to IT technicians and trainers.
◦$650 million for Communities Putting Prevention to Work, public health program to address obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and decrease smoking.
◦Subsidized extended COBRA benefits for unemployed
◦NOT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTED “YES” FOR THIS IMPORTANT BILL, NOW CREDITED AS SAVING US ECONOMY FROM DISASTER, BY SEVERAL INDEPENDENT NON-PARTISAN GROUPS
•Passed the largest middle-class tax cut in history – $288 billion
•Saved, or created around 2,000,000 US jobs
•Cash for Clunkers Program: ◦690.114 new cars sold
◦Dept of Transportation claims 52,000 jobs were saved
•Guided GM & Chrysler through bankruptcy
•Passed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
•Passed the Human Rights Enforcement Act of 2009
•Passed the Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights Act of 2009
•Passed Ryan White CARE Act of 2009 – repealed HIV entry ban
•Approved California’s adoption of car emission standards for cleaner air & climate control – had been blocked by President Bush for 6 years
•Launched the White House Food Safety Working Group – initiative to modernize the US food safety systems & better protect Americans http://www.foodsafetyworkinggroup.com
•Lived up to campaign promise & helped file the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009, which ◦Repeal tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas & replace with incentives to create jobs in USA
◦Crack down on US citizens & companies using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes -22,000 parties identified & $210 billion in back taxes and penalties to be collected over next 10 years
◦Collected $780 million fine from UBS for offshore banking violation
•President Obama has cracked down on high level of financial losses from across-the-board fraud & abuse of Medicare (estimated $600 billion lost over last decade from inattention to Medicare fraud)
◦January 2010 National Summit on Health Care Fraud
◦New inter-agency Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) introduced – http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov
◦5 new Strike Force Teams added in 5 new cities – 13 more to be added in 2011 (Strike Force teams have collected $250 million in restitutions, fines & penalties since 2008)
◦Expanded Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program – $13.1 billion has been returned to Medicare
◦7 new Obama initiatives, starting in 2010/2011 will generate a further $15 billion in savings for Medicare over next 10 years
◦Successful completion of largest pharmaceutical fraud case awards Medicare $2.5 billion from Pfizer
◦January 2010 launch of nation’s first Health Security Strategy – comprehensive strategy to protect Americans’ health during a national emergency