You can't hear anything else these days on the news shows, or anywhere around the Beltway. Washington is focused solely on the attack on Benghazi. Despite numerous issues they can do something about, Washington is apoplectic about Benghazi to the point of paralysis
...so let's talk about Benghazi.
Some say it was a cover-up dwarfing Watergate...well, if it was,what was the war in Iraq? A search for WMD's that U.N. inspector Karl Blix denied based on his recent inspections? Where were the outcry...where were the subpoenas? Where was the rhetoric about executive testimonies and accountability then?
Let's get real about Benghazi...they were attacked by forces and an arsenal very few if any embassies could repel. Where is the logic, where is the intelligence that cries out for force depletion reports on all of our foreign embassies based on the scale and scope of the attack on Benghazi? I won't say "sitting ducks,"but the analogy is fitting in many cases....
In true Washington fashion,this is less of a preventative investigation and more of a political witch hunt against a future Democratic Presidential candidate.
Yes, Susan Rice came out with something stupid....she tried to connect the attack on a bigoted video coming out of Florida...no one in their right mind believed it. It was chaotic and she never should have made a press conference. So, condemn her. Haul her ass before Congress. Fine.
Investigate whether or not the Ambassador requested to leave the country (with his subordinates) prior to the 9/11 anniversary attack,and who turned it down. Fine.
But you called the SOS before the Issa committee and absolutely no one believed she was the least bit uncaring (or culpable at her level) about the attack and the resulting deaths. In true leadership fashion, she fell on the sword. Blame me, she said, in emotional terms. I'm in charge, blame me.
This morning, John McCain, the Armed Forces Committee Chairman turned yellow and charged that she didn't care. "Who cares?" he quoted her as saying. Who cares...
Well you gutless piece of shit, you small measure of a man, you mindless puppet of the GOP - incapable of individual thought, here is the ENTIRE quote from Hillary....
"With all due respect, the fact is that we had
four dead Americans," Clinton said angrily as she testified before the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, an appearance delayed more than a
month because of her ill health. "Was
it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one
night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at
this point, does it make?" she said, making chopping motions with her
hands for emphasis. "It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again."
Does this sound like a leader who did not care? Does this sound like someone you gutlessly referred to as having the "Benghazi flu?" Or does this sound like a leader attempting in vein to get your committee to focus on protecting the embassies from this point forward?
There was a time when you would have stood up to this kind of yellow rhetoric in a GOP orchestrated attempt to distort the truth...there was a time when you were a "maverick." Those days are over, Senator.
This was one of a dozen attacks on our foreign assets over the past two decades...so what is so special about Benghazi? Hillary Clinton. You would need to take a bottle of Viagra to replicate the enormity of the hard-on Washington (GOP) has over the Clintons. Let's talk about that.
We have a defense budget equal to roughly 50% of our total expenditures...more than the next 12 countries in the world combined, 11 of which are our allies.....and Congress voted to cut the embassies budgets. You cut the embassies budgets. Let's talk about that.
Here is a quote from a real leader, someone whose opinion is valued so highly when he testified that Iraq had WMD's....almost everyone jumped on board and we went to war...Colin Powell
“I think she’s had a distinguished record…And I don’t think that this
one incident—which is one of these things that those of us in
government have been through many, many times where suddenly an action
happens late at night … I don’t think it’s a blot on her record.”
— Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Jan. 13
Congress needs to stop attacking and start governing....they need to stop trying to change and create untrue public perceptions and focus on reality. They need to get into the facts and stop holding sessions solely intended to sully the reputations of your perceived political enemies. We the people are counting on you...
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"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to abundance of
those who have much; it is if we provide enough for those who have too
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)
"If by a Liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind,
someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who
cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing,
their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties
— someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and
suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they
mean by a 'Liberal,' then I'm proud to say I'm a Liberal.” ( John F.
I have no words...no words for the senseless and brutal events at the Boston Marathon yesterday....except welcome to the new normal. Welcome to the constant possibility that some cowardly fool will pack a backpack full of explosives, ball bearings, fish hooks...whatever will injury and maim as many innocents as possible and slip it amongst the largest crowd he / she / they can find. Unfortunately, we now know what it is like to live in Israeli, under the constant fear of the next terrorist act.
Although it may be wise to plug in some throwaways that you will be more than willing to cut in negotiations.... but....raising the minimum wage, funding "no child left behind" and raising cigarette taxes by a dollar a pack? Boehner must be turning three shades of red (from his usual burnt orange). At least they submitted a budget, but this one won't even be considered by the conservatives...gridlock anyone?
I can't think of a more universal credo for the world today than the picture taken above from our friends at Nike. Winning takes care of everything.....no conscience, no morality.....the perfect slogan from the company who advised you to "Just Do It."
Tiger steps out on your wife and in doing so ruins his marriage, he causes her prolonged emotional pain as each day a new woman steps forward with carnal knowledge of her husband....no problem, go win a golf tournament and everything will be OK.
Just keep saying it, TW..."winning takes care of everything"....like when your kids come home from school in tears and tells you another kid at school made fun of them because their father stepped out with every stripper/ slut / cocktail waitress and bar hag you could get your hands on......just tell them "don't cry children, Daddy's going to win the John Deere Open for you next week and everything will be alright."
I can't believe the unmitigated gall of Woods, who no doubt signed off on it, and Nike for coming up with the slogan. You know what takes care of everything, Tiger? Being a man. You should try it sometime.
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Boehner & Ryan and Reid & Pelosi need to stop using the Obama crutch...and be leaders
& get a passable budget done within Congress. No one delegates up. Oh,both house majorities have come up with budgets....budgets everyone knows do not have a snowballs chance in hell of passing.
Since when does Congress sit around waiting for the President to act? Negotiate a budget and send it up....any budget negotiated that can stand the voting scrutiny of both houses will not be vetoed. Frigging get it done, leadership.
We do not need people paying more taxes-----we need more people paying taxes. We need to end the tax loop holes,and we need to get additional funds in the hands of the middle to lower classes...who will spend it. We spend it, retailers need to replenish their inventories (and hire more to meet the additional demands of higher customer flow), manufacturing gears up to meet the demand of the retailers orders (and possibly hires a few more people) and the economic cycle is in full rotation. It's called a recovery, folks.
I certainly could write volumes about Ms. Clinton...from her work as a lawyer on the Watergate hearings, her active participation in the Clinton administrations, her work to reform health care...as the junior New York Senator during 9/11, her work for women's rights including getting up in China's face (at great risk) to being the most respected Secretary Of State in modern times...I could write volumes (hopefullyshe will)...
Let me just say this...there is no job, no position, no responsibility too great...too challenging...or overwhelming that could not be successfully accomplished by Hillary Rodham Clinton. I am ready to support her in anyway....and support her in any capacity.....without hesitation or reservation.
A movement, a silent movement that has been waged for over a decade, is now being fought in earnest out in the open and it's an effort to takeover this great nation from the hands of the people.
Now wait....this is not a nonsensical conspiracy theory.....except that it is. The conservatives have fought to set up districts to heavily favor conservatives through gerrymandering, they set up voter ID laws to insure that a large swath of people could not vote (heavily dominated by the poor and elderly.......and liberal), they set up the Supreme court to tip overwhelmingly right- then used it to empower corporations to flood the election process with unlimited amounts of cash, and now they are moving towards a radical change to the electoral college to make liberal strongholds like Virginia, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania less punitive (and less powerful) to the conservatives at election time.
I can certainly understand their frustration, these are states with republican legislatures yet voted their states to Obama in 2012. This latest movement would, instead of awarding all of the state’s electoral college votes to the
presidential candidate getting the most votes in each of these states,
under the proposed plans most of the Electoral College votes would be
awarded to the winner in each congressional district—and thanks to
Republican gerrymandering of those districts, such a scheme would be a
windfall for Republicans.
The movement rages on while most are sleeping...or focusing on cosmetic issues that will never be fixed by legislation...gun control, immigration and the like.
It's time to wake up people, before it is all way too late because this movements victory is just outside of their grasps. The same hands that have established super-majority requirements that guarantee congressional stagnation and a filibuster rule that keeps good legislation from even receiving an up or down vote. And they now want to control the election process, in effect changing our two party system down to one.
Wake up America!
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I have been silent about the terrorist attack at Bengazi and the horrific loss of American lives that ensued. I have been keeping current on the events and as such, have drawn three conclusions....
1. Immediately after the surprise attack, the State Department for some inexplicable reason tried to call it anything but what it was; a heavily armed, heavily planned act of terrorism....they blamed a demonstration, a spur of the moment action motivated by a movie that just happened to coincide with the events of 9/11....what are you kidding me? They were in shock, they were in disarray and looked amateurish.
2. Considering the cache of weapons used, I am not sure any of our embassies could within a full scale attack the likes of what they experienced in Bangazi. This was an act of war on our embassy the likes of which we haven't experienced in modern American history. Could they anticipate trouble? Yes. They blew it. But considering the amount of people you would need to hold back an insurgency this size, is it fair to expect the State Department to proactively arm the embassy to this extent? Should the Ambassador been ordered to evacuate the embassy just in case there would be a problem? You be the judge...I say these are not fair expectations, and unfortunately our Ambassador and others paid the ultimate price. They were heroes, to be sure. But they knew the risk, they were well aware of the daily possibility for an attack, but they volunteered anyway and served despite the risk. God bless their souls.
3. Hillary Clinton is one incredible woman. She took complete blame and responsibility for the whole mess. Yes, it is part of her job title, but there is plenty of blame to go around. And so when she went up to the hill and testified she knew she was about to be excoriated. Publicly disemboweled by foaming at the mouth Republicans who couldn't wait to get their hooks into the Democratic presidential candidate in three short years. Couldn't wait to take her to the woodshed. Matadors waiting to put their banderillasinto an admittedly wounded bull.
But she went, and she held her own...she showed a competency and a strength rarely seen in modern politics. She is the real deal...the stuff of legends. She continues to serve her country well in a huge job...an impossible job. A job so complex, so enormous in scope....and all at a time when many parts of the globe are in upheaval...so many parts of the world a powder keg waiting to ignite.
Interrogated by Senators incapable of assuming the all encompassing position of Secretary of State, and certainly incapable of performing to the level of Hillary Clinton...we will miss her in the role...but I am very glad she is about to get a very well deserved rest.
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Plato once said that "rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men."
I'm thinking that this is especially true of our government and the American voter. It is as if we are trying to force programs into onomatopoeic status...naming programs in order to shape their definition in the mind of voters.
Take for example the way we describe Social Security as an"entitlement." Clearly it's not...just look at your pay stub...this is merely a fund you pay to with the promise that when you reach your retirement years,money...your money, will be laying in wait in order to support you when you stop working. Unfortunately, politicians see this as an "entitlement"....meaning they feel entitled to change the qualifying age and benefits as they see fit. This is my money...I give you this money with the knowledge...the agreement that it will be held for me when I need it most. Entitlement? More like an earned retirement fund.
One more example, the use of the phrase "government spending"....it should be called "Congressional investments." They take our money and invest it for us...our nation, for the public good. Wasting money on pork barrel projects and ridiculous programs is spending. Taking our money and repairing the infrastructure, or educating our children...these are investments....we expect to benefit from the expenditure.....with an anticipated return on the investment which can be quantified. We need to mandate a section on the end of each proposed congressional spending bill specifically stating the expected return on the investment. Maybe this rhetoric would "rules the minds of men" and get them to think each time they consider spending our money.....what's in it for us?" And that's my world...the World According to Kimba. Thanks for reading.
While many may see last nights Senate vote on the "fiscal cliff" as a presidential victory, one must consider the substantial concessions he made in order to get this done. And while any basking in the afterglow may stroke his ego (witness his speech from the White House yesterday), he must realize the fight...the real fight will take place next month when he will go back to the well (no pun intended) and ask for a vote to raise the debt ceiling.
That's when the GOP are going to dig in their heels and insist on true and substantial spending decreases,especially in terms of entitlement spending.
In light of these upcoming negotiations, his speech yesterday taking the GOP leaders out to the woodshed may not have been his finest hour...it certainly had little upside, politically speaking.
Yes, he will be "the man" for four more, but in order to get things done, he needs to work with Congress and be a little more magnanimous. Be a little more respectful, and stop trying his case(s) in the media.
Congress has not shown the propensity, either in ability or attitude, to be able to negotiate a trip to the mens room, let alone any significant measure. His speech yesterday did little or nothing to stop this trend...in fact, he angered GOP leadership to no end, and you can bet your bottom dollar (again no pun intended) that they will remember this come February.
Congress has pressing issues on their agendas....important issues to take up and negotiate, and the presidentt can / should take a leading role in their negotiations. Leadership will be required from a man whose leadership skills are solely lacking at times.
They have a lot of issues to consider....immigration reform, tax reform, medical tort reform, job creation and unemployment, gun control, filibuster reform, gerrymandering, prescription drugs, healthcare, offshore tax havens, carbon taxes and raising the debt limit yet another time.
This is the time for Obama to show some leadership, to summon the ghosts of presidents past (especially the ones he claims to idolize...Lincoln and Kennedy) and get Congress to follow his lead.
Because when it comes to being a leader, show me a man who can't get people to follow him and I'll show you a man just taking a walk.
Now is time the time, Mr.President...to shape your presidential legacy. It's time to lead, or just take a walk.
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While the "fiscal cliff" negotiations are an apparent failure, with the imminent passage of the Farm Bill, your weekend big winners are: the dairy farmers, Monsanto and the newly preggers Kim Khardashian, all of whom may have been genetically modified.....
If you are exposed to any media you have been inundated with the current "negotiations" of the impending (and tragically misnamed) "fiscal cliff." I have sat on the sidelines observing commentary on both sides of the aisle as what more is there to say...is there an angle, a perspective that has yet to be voiced? Until now I would answer with a resounding no. Until now.
As the President and Speaker break for the holidays and have what Obama has described as a cooling off period, one thing is very clear...the president is a political genius. No, really...hear me out.
First, he defeats the incredibly popular and experienced Hillary Clinton in the primary despite having a resume anyone would admit is slightly light in the loafers by any standard. And he starts his victorious run right out of the gate...in Iowa. Iowa. A black man carries Iowa.
Second, he decimates his opposition and wins the Oval Office handily, reigning in four years of a presidency that sees the economy spit and sputter, the deficit balloon and foreign affairs explode, ending with an American diplomat dragged out of our embassy and summarily killed. And yet he achieves what many thought was impossible...he seeks and wins re-election.
And now that he has a mandate and his reelection totals still warm, he seeks resolution of an economic recovery program which includes that which the vast majority of conservatives have vowed not to do...raise taxes on anyone, let alone the very people who heavily funded their failed attempts to "take their country back"...the filthy rich.
And so here we are...in a White House room with Speaker Boehner waving his index finger at the Pres, and the president waiving another finger back at Boehner. You see Obama knows what most conservatives fail to see...the American people see the GOP as the stumbling block in the negotiations....and if anything goes wrong...if they fail to reach agreement....and if the across the board tax cuts end....the American electorate will hold Boehner and the GOP to blame.
The president has become elected with little to no experience, was reelected to office despite an economic spiral, and now has managed to transfer ownership of the very economic condition he did so much to shape over the last four years....to his opposition.
The man is an economic genius....even Bill Clinton has to marvel at his Teflon coating.
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While many have lambasted NRA chief La Pierre for his idea to have an armed policeman patrolling each public school,I think it's a great idea. I live in an affluent area, and my daughter's high school has a patrolman there every day...you'd never know he was there,except for a patrol car parked out in front (or two some days).
It warns intruders of a police presence and it gives the students the opportunity to get to know the police for what they are...brave public servants who are there for them (and not the enemy)....it also gives students the opportunity to ask them for advise, or help at home if they need it.
Don't think we can afford it? Sure we can...we'll just add the costs to gun registration fees and the price of bullets....just like the sin taxes on tobacco, gun owners can foot the bill for the potential for disaster public ownership of weapons present.
The NRA wants guards at every school? I say bring them on...we need more law enforcement in every town.....especially since we can now afford them due to the generous offer by NRA chief La Pierre...thanks,bud!
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Ironic morning...following the national moment of silence for the victims of Sandy Hook with many moments of stupidity by NRA czar La Pierre....whose vision is of creating school prisons with armed guards at every entrance...armed guards patrolling every hallway and classroom....
rhetoric...blame the media, video games, Hollywood and the mentally ill
and skirt the real issue at hand....not that we should have the right
to bare arms, but should we have unfettered rights to bare assault
weapons and automatic weapons with clips of 10,20,30 rounds....is there a
need for possessing the ability to spray 20 bullets automatically in
less than 5 seconds?
Should we continue with loose gun purchasing
laws at gun shows and shouldn't we look at private gun sales which put
serious weapons in the wrong hands? At least now that the NRA has
come out and spoken, maybe conservatives will come out from hiding and
address the issue. Make no mistake, just as Norquist is/was their
spokesman on taxes, La Pierre is their spokesman on guns.
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I'm all about individual rights and I'm all about upholding the constitution.....
and I know that anyone who could look into the bright, fresh face of a 5 year old and pull the trigger is pure evil. All I'm saying is...we have to take action. Easily concealable handguns...automatic weapons...I'm tired of this shit. I'm tired of the weekly reports of madmen...of mass murders...
but this one really takes the cake. We have to have a conversation, and we need legislation.
And, if upon hearing the news reports your first thoughts were
"OMG the liberals are going to want to take away my guns"....capital F-you.
On this, the 71st anniversary of the surprise attack on an American military base, let us take pause to remember that when this country pulls together we can defeat any foe, right any wrong and defeat the forces of evil wherever they may be. In their righteous might, American heroes have always been there to protect our freedom, give others their freedom and serve as the world's watchdog and protector.
God bless those who have served.
God bless you and God bless these United States of America.
President Obama needs to get some new advisers....first the Benghazi mess which now is hanging over his head when he should be off and running in his second term...the questions abound....how much did he know, was there a pre-election coverup...the questions will not end...not the least of which are why didn't he close the embassy when the Brits closed theirs and what the hell was our ambassador doing there on the anniversary of 9/11? (Not to mention the immediate, ludicrous assertion that it was not an act of terrorism, but a knee-jerk reaction to an anti-Muslim video)
In an attempt to answer the many questions he / they send his lapdog Susan Rice, who had absolutely nothing to do with Benghazi....and then thinks of nominating her for Secretary of State? Foolish. His best move, politically and for the country is to nominate a very intelligent, extremely experienced, moderate to take over for Hillary. And he is a moderate conservative, ushering in a spirit of bi-partisanship this country desperately needs....he should have nominated John Huntsman.
There was a reason Governor Romney couldn't carry his own state (any of the states he owns property in, and the state his VP candidate represents) in the federal election that just ended....in four years as Governor....his favorable rating went from 56% to 34%......he grew jobs in his state at a miserable rate of 1.5% while the federal rate was 5.3%.......in his health care plan he limited coverage to only 20 days.....he raised revenue through 33 new fees and increased 57 others....raised property taxes 22% and during his term, college tuitions increased a whopping 63%. In his last year as Governor, he spent 212 days out of his state. You may not appreciate the bullet you dodged in the last election, but his losing the election was an absolute God-send.
Let's see...you insulted gays, women and minorities, characterized 47% of the country as lazy slackers,made numerous attempts at voter suppression and still expected to win? Somehow this rare acumen you possess somewhat diminishes your almost unanimous predictions that we will be living under communist rule in two decades. If you couldn't see this coming you either weren't paying attention, or are ignorant beyond all belief. No, your party isn't dead, it has been held hostage by right wing zealots, tea baggers, and arrogant, ignorant windbags....your party is not dead....it's much worse than that...you have become predictably,politically irrelevant.
"Now that the elections are over, it's time to put politics aside and work together to find solutions"
voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president's
first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they
asked him to do"
At the beginning of each new
Congress there is an opportunity to change the parliamentary
rules....it's time to end the filibuster and the so called "super
majority" requirement to pass legislation....if the liberals do not get
this done, the minority party (with McConnell leading the charge) will
continue to hold the legislative body hostage with filibuster abuse as
no Senate minority ever has in American history, all the while demanding
complete prostration by the majority before anything can get enacted.
4. He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov
He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems.
To that end, he also signed the Democratic-sponsored Weapons Systems
Acquisition Reform Act, which attemptedto put a stop to waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1http://bit.ly/fz8GAd
6. Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
He Improved the Economy, Preventing a Bush Depression
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. In a major
departure from the previous administration, he launched recovery.gov, a
website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSshttp://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk
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 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created
and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economyby 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE
Not only did he completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue
plan, he also leaned on the banks and others, and recovered virtually
all of the bail-out money. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVShttp://bit.ly/eCNrD6
11. Oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY
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 Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5 This resulted in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx Willard Romney, on the other hand, advocated for the entire industry to go belly-up. http://nyti.ms/k0zp
13. Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf
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
Signed the Democratic-sponsored Credit Card Accountability,
Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to to
protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS
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. The bill also
provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the
housing market. http://bit.ly/eEpLFn
Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance 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/dZgXXwhttp://bit.ly/gORYfL
19. Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses. http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b
Created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between
small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has
since merged with SBA.gov.) http://www.business.gov
21. 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
Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all
federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome
regulations from the books. http://1.usa.gov/Lpo5bd
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 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
25. Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu
Along with Congressional Democrats, provided funding to states and the
Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and
firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR
Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance
agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV
Crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory
Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all
He Fostered Greater Transparency and Better Government, After the Excesses of the Bush Years
29. Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN
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
31. Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX
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
Improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new
guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA
Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection
37. Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq
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/hWCPg0http://bit.ly/geHpcD
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
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
46. Established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
Oversaw and then signed a Democratic bill constituting the most
sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://thedc.com/gxkCtP
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
He Ushered Through Many Changes That Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination
49. Along with Congressional Democrats, advocated for and signed theMatthew
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
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/fdahuHhttp://bit.ly/mZV4Pz
54. Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing bit.ly/9RxEnP
55. Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for the right to enter into a same-sex marriage. http://bit.ly/JsiFKp
56. Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT
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
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
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
61. Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide. http://lat.ms/pQe1RS
62. Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples. reut.rs/llNJek
63. Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0 64. Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8
He Made Major Improvements in Foreign Relations and American Status Around the World
65. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda
66. As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g
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/h743y7http://bit.ly/ho4TCr
68. Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj
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/hY3Kwahttp://nyti.ms/emQBde
Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans
(and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow
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
80. Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax
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/dL6Zvehttp://nyti.ms/hzWWys
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
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.)
85. Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb
Through the Defense Authorization Act, reversed the Bush Administration
and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ
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
Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began
the process of withdrawing our troops from the country. http://bit.ly/lNXUna
Negotiated a deal with Afghan govenment, to withdraw troops and
military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the
98. Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6
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
101. Got Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, to determine their own fate. http://f24.my/efvgNZ
In 2011, reoriented American focus from the Middle East to the
Asian-Pacific region by simultaneously engaging China and crafting new
alliances with Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior. http://bit.ly/RGlMDi
His Administration Treated Soldiers and Veterans with Respect That Was Missing Previously
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/glqN66http://bbc.in/gWSSkA
104. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo
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
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
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
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
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
111. Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/b48coi
112. Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX
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
122. Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz
Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in
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
With First Lady Michelle Obama, passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids
Act, which will improve nutrition in schools and make children
He Pushed Through Improvements in National Safety and Security
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
Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US
captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali
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
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
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
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
139. Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/dNTRyP
140. 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
141. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/ecQSgA
144. Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b
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
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
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/
148. Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
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
150. Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo
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
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
153. Through the ACA, expanded space exploration and discovery options to more players http://bit.ly/PNTS7e
154. 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.
He Took Steps to Strengthen the Middle Class and Families, and to Fight Poverty
155. Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS
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
157. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America's working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F
161. Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM
162. Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8
He Took Concrete Steps to Improve Our Environment and Address Our Energy Needs
163. Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x
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
Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to
create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy
166. Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL
167. Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu
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.)
Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and
manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R
170. Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5
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. )
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
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
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
But That's Not All...
193. Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/etznpY
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
195. Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF
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/eOChg6http://bit.ly/i02wgP
197. Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB
Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical
marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j
Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national
service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/idgQH5
201. Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure. http://1.usa.gov/M7rVpe
Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them
to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure
203. Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first reponders. http://bit.ly/o7cWYS
204. Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls. http://1.usa.gov/MHTRVU
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
And Did You Know?
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
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