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‘So how’s that hopey, changey thing workin’ out for ya?’

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From wikoogle’s DailyKos diary:

Sarah Palin recently had this to say…

"That bumper sticker that maybe you’ll see on the next Subaru driving by — an Obama bumper sticker — you should stop the driver and say, ‘So how’s that hopey, changey thing workin’ out for ya?’"

This is my answer…

Pretty damn well actually, in just one year President Obama…

Passed Healthcare Reform (ending preexisting conditions, giving small business subsidies for providing insurance, Creating 3.2M HC-related jobs over the next 10 years, closing the Medicare donut hole in drug coverage, ensuring coverage for all kids up till the age of 26, covering 32 million Americans, expanding Medicaid to cover the rest, all while cutting the national debt by a 100 billion dollars) – Check.

Signed into law Tax Cuts for all middle income families, and 95% of all Americans – Check

Signed an Arms control agreement with Russia to dismantle nuclear weapons – Check

Reauthorized SCHIP to cover all Children – Check

Saved the entire stock market from collapsing (from a low point of a Dow of 6000 within a month of Obama taking office, to close to 11,000 just an year later, basically preventing millions of retirement accounts from getting wiped out) – Check

Ended the ban on travel for people with HIV – Check

Stopped the dismissals of homosexual individuals serving in the military by the Pentagon (It’s the first step to dismantling DA,DT completely) – Check

Ended the federal crackdown on Medicinal Marijuana centers in CA – Check

Passed into law Mortgage Fraud Protections – Check

Ended the ban on Stem Cell Research – Check

Passed Student Loan Reform, and Used The Savings to Significantly Increase Financial Aid Loans and Grants – Check

Engaged in diplomatic dialogue with Middle Eastern countries, instead of using language like "Axis of Evil" that achieves nothing other than to piss them off some more. – Check

Passed Credit Card Reform (Minimizing Predatory Lending, Making the terms of credit cards clear, eliminating arbitrary rate increases) – Check

Since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, have had the new job loss numbers from their peak right as Obama took office, go down steadily month after month, every single month like clockwork to the point that finally, this month is going to have job growth in the six figures (a trend expected to accelerate this whole year) – Check

Reversed the ban on sending foreign aid to countries with legal abortions (The Mexico City Policy) – Check

Signed the Expanded Hate Crimes Bill – Check

Helped stem down employment discrimination by passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act – Check

Extended Unemployment Benefit, helping millions of Americans stave off bankruptcy until the economy recovers – Check

Drew down troops in Iraq for a 2011 withdrawal date – Check

Drew down Gitmo detainees and making preparations to close it by 2011 – Check

Increased the forces in Afghanistan and brought to justice 500+ major Al Qaeda senior leaders in the past year (more than the Bush Administration brought in all eight years combined) – Check

Saved the entire US Auto Industry (GM and Chrysler) from going bankrupt thus preventing dozens of major factories and hundreds of dealerships from closing their doors – Check

Saved banks from going bankrupt to the point that they’re profitable again and have now paid back all of government loans and bailout funds in full and with interest – Check

Signed into law, new mileage and emissions standard for cars and SUVs – Check

Working on Education Reform and Financial Regulatory Reform so banks can’t pull this crap again – The very next thing on his list

It’s been a hell of a productive first year for him. He made good on more than 90% of what he promised while running for election. I can’t think of many presidents who accomplish that much in eight years (especially on issues as big as healthcare reform). And that’s just what I can remember. Do you guys have anything to add?

If you don’t think that list is impressive, here’s a few dozen more accomplishments in his first year that I haven’t even had the chance to read all the way thru… http://www.politifact.com/…

I would love to see someone in the media compile a more comprehensive version of this list to at least cover all that this administration has accomplished in the past year and two months.

P.S: When exactly did posters of America’s first Black President painted in White Face become socially acceptable?

P.P.S: Why do Democrats do such a piss poor job of standing by and talking up their own accomplishments. The Republicans have no problem sticking to even ridiculous talking points like death panels and accusations of fascism. But the democrats can’t even show a chart of the actual national debt for and spending by President Bush vs. President Obama, a chart of the stock market, or a chart of monthly job losses since the recession started, in 2007. Every month, the number of jobs losses had been going up, higher and higher, month after month until a few months into Obama’s term when the tax cuts and the stimulus were implemented into law. Since then, the job loss number have been steadily going down, month after month, at nearly the exact same rate they went up. Right till this month when job losses stopped completely, and the economy has finally started to add new jobs again. The Dow Jones was at 6000 a year ago. Now, a year after the bailouts that successfully saved key industries, including the entire US auto industry, on the verge of failure, the Dow is back up to 11,000. And companies have started reporting profits and have started hiring again. The stimulus paved the way for the recovery.

Written by LeisureGuy

31 March 2010 at 11:21 am

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  1. What ban on stem cell research? The only one that I am aware of was a ban on fetal stem cell research. Disingenuous on your part, don’t you think? I don’t know any serious conservatives, or the Catholic Church, who opposed almost all stem cell research, other than fetal stem cell research.

    Of course the left loved to talk about a ban on stem cell research when all it was……., well I already said what it was.

    As for many of the other things, you don’t really believe all that, do you? The market is ‘up’ thanks to the plunge protection team using money we don’t have to prop up the market.

    Houses are going into ever weaker hands with dumb mortgages still being given out. In fact Bush II upped the ante years ago when he basically commanded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (two federal gov’t disasters) to offer 50%+ of all their mortgages to minorities. Folks who had no business owning a house got loans (they had no business owning a house because they had no ability to pay the loans off). When was the last time Bush II was praised for outdoing Clinton in forcing these [bad] mortgages being handed out to all those minoritis? I mean look at how much Bush II felt for these poor, downtrodden folks and made sure that Freddie and Fannie shoveled loans their way. Indeed Bush II gave a speech early on in which he said he wanted 5,000,000 poor folks getting mortgages. He got his wish, where’s the praise? Government at work.

    And remember that the feds use their powers of persuasion to force private lenders to give a certain percentage of loans to folks who have very little chance of paying off those loans. More government at work.

    Don

    31 March 2010 at 12:21 pm

  2. Don: Yeah, that’s the ban, all right. Glad you caught the subtle point. Remember how rapidly those 60-something stem cell lines dwindled. Yep, fetal stem cells, the only way to go: free at last for scientific research.

    I don’t mean to make fun of you—I know that you thought it would be better to put the fetal cells into the trash rather than use them for life-saving scientific research. That’s one reason I don’t pay much attention to your opinions: they make no sense.

    In fact, the rest of your comment falls into that category: so the stimulus didn’t work, eh? You’re hopeless, Don. You cannot recognize facts even when they step on your toes.

    LeisureGuy

    31 March 2010 at 1:24 pm

  3. So anyone who thinks fetal stem cell research is wrong is, what? In fact, Obama and his minions will perpetuate fetal stem cell research beyond any that are already existing. Further, there are better options than fetal stem cell research. And the choice was the garbage or wrong option of research, that’s all the options?

    As for the stimulus, other than all the hirings by the federal gov’t, where are the jobs? The Census will shortly cause the hiring of many thousands, to go door-to-door. At $56 per visit. Gov’t at work yet again, $56 per visit no less. And all these hirings will probably driop the unemployment rate, temporarily.

    And I notice you still won’tt give Bush II credit for putting more minorities into houses than Clinton. Another bad big gov’t idea but hey! you like those ideas.

    Don

    31 March 2010 at 2:50 pm

  4. Anyone who thinks fetal stem cell is wrong is apparently willing simply to toss the fetal stem cells into the trash rather than using them for life-saving scientific research. That’s a minority position, and in this case the majority favors a stance that will help millions.

    If you think the fetal stem cells are going to be adopted, think again.

    Could you please defend your position of throwing out the stem cells rather than using them for life-saving medical research? Or is it that you cannot defend such an absurd position? (If so, I don’t blame you.)

    LeisureGuy

    31 March 2010 at 3:11 pm

  5. I’d love to know how he saved the stock market.

    Anthony

    31 March 2010 at 5:02 pm

  6. In a word, the stimulus package.

    Certainly, he got a lot of blame when the stock market was dropping right after he was sworn into office, and I’m sure the same people will give him credit for the way the market’s bounced back.

    If you Google around about the stimulus package and what it has done—and how greatly it’s been praised by Republicans in their individual districts (re: saving jobs, helping the economy), for individual projects—though strangely the Republicans never quite get around to saying that they voted against it and still continue to bad-mouth it. I think the Gov. of Louisiana even hands out enormous PR checks with his own signature. (True.)(

    LeisureGuy

    31 March 2010 at 6:31 pm

  7. You are just another uneducated liberal idiot! Umm, have u seen the latest approval ratings for your so called “savior”. 64% of Americans think he’s doing a crap job. Oh yeah let’s pull all the troops out when we r actually making progress in the middle east. Have u heard of terrorism? Yeah, u may want to look it up and then perhaps u will change your mind on pulling the troops out. Remember September 11th?
    Hey get prepared for something big to hit us again. And boy since Obama
    has so much, oh no wait that’s right he has NEVER been in the military. If the Republicans
    tried to put a non military figure into office you liberal goons would b ALL over that. Obama knows jack about the military. Oh and how about the BP oil spill, he’s doing a “great” job on that!!!
    And as far ad health care…if u think his plan is better than what we have now u r fooling yourself. Poll the Canadians…they illegally cross the border to come here to get healthcare, because theirs SUCKS!!!!!l. We need LESS government running our lives, not more. I think u need to check your head. You think u know it all but in all actuality u really know jack crap!!!! Get a clue dude.

    Heather

    15 July 2010 at 2:01 pm

  8. Hi, Heather. I always enjoy your rantings. Thanks.

    LeisureGuy

    15 July 2010 at 2:17 pm


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