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Barack Obama’s Accomplishments

October 26th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
I am tired of hearing people say that Barack Obama is a doing nothing in the White House and that he is a bad president. Are we in the midst of a horrible economy? Yes.  Is it the President’s fault? No. I have some news for you skeptics out there – The entire world is suffering economically!
For those of you who have been casting aspersions on our great president, here is a laundry list of what he has accomplished thus far:
  • Ordered and successfully found and killed Osama Bin Laden. This was something the last administration tried to accomplish and failed.
  • Put into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the biggest financial reform law since the Great Depression of 1929.
  • Closed offshore tax safe havens and tax credit loopholes.
  • Reformed deferral rules to curb tax advantages for investing overseas and additionally established new offshore investment policy that promotes in-sourcing. (W. Bush never did anything to promote in-sourcing.)
  • Financial reform has strongest consumer financial protections in HISTORY.
  • Appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court.
  • Appointed the first black Attorney General.
  • Responsible for creating new sentencing laws for powder and crack cocaine. (Before Obama, judges would give harsher sentences for crack cocaine offenders  as opposed to powder – this was just blatant racism)
  • Enforced a more thorough criminal history background check for pilots by passing the Pilot Extension Act of 2009.
  • The U.S. jail population declined for the first time in decades.
  • Cut prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients by 50%.
  • Increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to the highest level since 1992. (If you are a republican, you hate this and if you are a democrat, you love it. I am a democrat and I think this is important; besides, if one is not short-sighted, it’s obvious that this will ultimately help the economy. Wealthy people spend a great deal of money on the arts and spending is obviously the key to stimulating the economy. I know, I know –in my last blog I said STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math, is the key to getting back on track but not everyone has the aptitude for these disciplines.)
  • Obama and the Department of Treasury sold 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup at a profit.

 

  • Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks to permit U.S. government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals.
  • Put into law Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that ensures equal pay for women. (Sorry male chauvinists – women can do the same job we males can do and they ought to be compensated for it.)
  • Initiated the National Export initiative, which is expected to double U.S. exports by 2015.
  • The Obama administration is aware of the fact that the key to full economic recovery is building small businesses. To facilitate this the administration has made it substantially easier for small businesses to get loans, has passed the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act.

This is just the beginning; this president has accomplished so much in such a short period of time that I have to split this blog into two or even three parts. Sadly, 90% of the people who criticize this president know absolutely NOTHING about his accomplishments. I will see you tomorrow and if some ignoramus should ask you what has Barack Obama done for this great country of ours, well you will be ready and armed with the FACTS ! WHADAYATHINK ? What do you think ? Much more to come.

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13 Responses to “Barack Obama’s Accomplishments”

  1. rick Says:

    Mike your smoking the liberal pipe. This is the worst president in American History. Trillions to the deficit, inflation in food like never seen before, restrictions on business causing record high unemployment, class warfare,obamacare causing my small business group insurance to go up over 25% for less coverage to cover this mess. We are falling as country and 4 more years of this track will destroy our republic.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    I knew I would get slammed for this on the right. Rick, I know these are the worst economic times since the Great Depression but whose fault is it ? Can you really bame the current president ? I’m in the process of devoting an entire day blogging about the multitude of reasons of why we are in this mess. Hint: housing bubble, wall street criminals like Madoff, the fact that our very system of capitalism is riddled with holes in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, we got complacent (see previous blogs), global economy, and more.

    Is there anything I wrote that is false ? The list of Obama’s achievements I cited are facts – look it up if you like. Allow me to go through your points line by line. George W. Bush was the worst president in history not Obama – W created the mess and Obama is trying to clean it up (will take decades). Trillions of $$ to the deficit is indeed a fact but at least Obama is using [trying] the money for the overall good of the country, ie. stimulus package and good old keynesian economics. DUBYA added trillions to the deficit with the war by lying to the American public about Iraq & WMDs. W ought to be in jail right now. How does he sleep ? 20 year-old boys are getting their arms and legs blown off and worst yet getting killed because of a LIE !!!! Inflation in food – yes. We are in trouble no doubt about it. Grocery stores are raising prices in an effort to remain afloat. The price of produce is through the roof because lazy Americans won’t pick our crops for $4.00 an hour like Mexicans will. But,the people on the right want to keep Mexicans out of this country. Restrictions are NECESSARY! We gave free rein to financial and lending institutions and look what happened ? Class warfare – Rick, I agree, our system of goverment doesn’t work anymore. The wealthiest 400 people in this country have more $$ than the bottom 150 million people. THAT IS DESPICABLE !! Tax the rich (I mean the filthy rich) big time – I’m talking 90% after making a million dollars.
    ObamaCare failed – No kidding. Do you think for one moment the rich are going to budge one inch when it comes to their healthcare. No way ! They don’t give a rat’s ass about people without health insurance. We need change ! Radical change and Obama is attempting to do just that but republicans won’t let him.

  3. rick Says:

    The entire world is suffering economically! The United States can lead the world out of recession (Only we are capable)! We are currently following the world! The social policies installed by this president is prolonging the misery as FDR’s policies did during the great depression. As Europe moves away from socialism, President Obama has taken us the other way. We can not succeed as a free nation with his policies. We need to follow our founders republic plans and leave the great society. If we keep on this over regulated, big government path, we ultimately will force the world into a one world government. Now I know that sounds exciting to socialists, but the lifestyle of our sovereign freedom will be replaced by a social opinion from countries like France, Egypt, Iran, Russia? God help us all. We better wake up to the mess created by social safety nets and strong government regulation. No more apple pie and chevrolet( Or should I say Ford?)

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Rick I agree. The United States of America is in trouble and it’s partially our own damn fault. TOO MUCH ENTERTAINMENT AND NOT ENOUGH HARD WORK. China and India are thriving but they have a population problem. The answer is STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) and blue collar work [learn a trade]. Manfacturing Must come back too !!!! I want to see made in U.S.A. not made in China.

  5. rick Says:

    A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Every fix by with socialist policies brings us further from a free republic. Most what you call achievements are another nail in the American Coffin.

  6. Michael Tabor Says:

    I understand where you are coming from. BTW, Jefferson also stated that lending institutions were more dangerous than standing armies.

    There is a misconception about the differences between democrat and republican. We all really want the same things: a job, a roof over our head, a clean environment, a great country, and most importantly freedom.

    We all believe in the free market – it works beautifully. We all believe in competition and incentives because it ultimately produces a good product at an affordable price. But, there are some markets where it doesn’t work and we need regulation i.e. – Wall Street – they were clamoring for deregulation, we gave it to them and look what they did with it. Traders and bankers are nothing more than professional gamblers.

  7. rick Says:

    The same arguments you make formed the communist nations. Revoultion! Power to the people! Help us President Obama!

    The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
    Mao Tse-Tung

  8. Michael Tabor Says:

    Oh come on Rick. People just want JOBS !!!! Were we spoiled and have we spoiled our children ? yes. But I think the young people are starting to wake up and are just now starting to realize that life is HARD and there are no freebies if you are an able-bodied person.

  9. rick Says:

    The mess started by FDR is catching up with us and about to destroy us unless we repent from the social, class warfare, nanny state created by progressives!

    Live free of die!

  10. Michael Tabor Says:

    Right – wingers hate FDR and liberals love him. Well obviously you know where I stand – I believe FDR was the second greatest president of all time. Here is my top 5 in terms of greatness, influence, character, and other intangibles: 1) Abraham Lincoln
    2) FDR
    3) Theodore Roosevelt (this guy had some character. I digress but I live 15 minutes away from Sagamore Hill which was Teddy’s summer whitehouse. My wife and I go there all the time. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.
    4) George Washington
    5) JFK (I know he slept with every beautiful woman on the planet and he was assassinated before his first term. But I read a book on the cuban-missle crisis and the way he handled those few unspeakably scary few days is extrordinary. We are lucky to be alive today.

    I hate partisanship and as you can see 2 of my top 5 on the list were indeed republicans. And Lincoln is #1. What’s going on today is not what our founding fathers had in mind – I’ve blogged about partisanship in the past and it has to stop if we intend to move forward . Checks and balances are necessary but what we have now is absurd and counterproductive.

  11. rick Says:

    Final quotes for Mike:
    It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
    Thomas Jefferson
    All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
    Benjamin Franklin
    Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away.
    Fidel Castro
    Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions.
    Barney Frank
    Even when folks are hitting you over the head, you can’t stop marching. Even when they’re turning the hoses on you, you can’t stop.
    Barack Obama

  12. Michael Tabor Says:

    All excellent and thought-provoking quotes. Since we’re on an Obama blog, I want to point out that I especially like the Obama adage. He is echoing what Martin Luther King was saying.

    great stuff Rick.

  13. voter Says:

    I am becoming quite worried about the increasing trend of criminalizing everything in the United States and around the world. While many laws are necessary, life is becoming so regulated that almost everything humans do is becoming illegal.

    Americans like to say they love freedom, but there are few freedoms left in the US. The government is tightening the noose to strangle Americans with ever-increasing nanny state laws so much that the US is starting to look like North Korea.

    Most of the following actions have been outlawed just in my lifetime:

    Fast food restaurants have been banned.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/us/16fastfood.html

    Feeding homeless people has become a crime.

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-06-02/news/os-homeless-feedings-arrests-20110601_1_group-feedings-feedings-in-public-parks-orlando-police

    Sex tourism has been outlawed.

    http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2004-02-18-sex-tourists_x.htm

    Sex offenders have been required to register with the police and are forbidden from living near schools and parks.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123500941182818821.html

    Sex offenders can be be held for life under indefinite civil commitment laws even after they complete their original sentences.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/opinion/sunday/sex-offenders-the-last-pariahs.html?pagewanted=all

    Drug users have been banned from receiving welfare or student aid.

    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/Advice/WhatIllegalDrugUseCanCostYou.aspx?page=all

    The US Constitution has been overruled by the Patriot Act that has legalized wiretaps without a warrant and allows the government to deport
    and strip any American of his or her citizenship.

    http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,449497,00.html

    Guantanamo has been used to keep and torture suspected terrorists without trial.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/28/world/meast/guantanamo-former-detainees/index.html

    Domestic violence abusers having been banned from having guns.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/us/06guns.html?pagewanted=all

    Mandatory seat belt use laws have been enacted.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-08-18-seat-belt-rear_N.htm

    DUI and drug checkpoints have been allowed.

    http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/dui-checkpoint-snags-seven-offenders-1.878793#axzz1d8KqudEA

    http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Sheriff-using-checkpoint-warnings-in-drug-fight-2229666.php

    Governments are now allowed to seize the property of suspected prostitution clients, drug users, and drunk drivers.

    http://detnews.com/article/20091112/METRO/911120388/Police-property-seizures-ensnare-even-the-innocent

    “John TV” shows that embarrass and punish people arrested on prostitution charges are now allowed.

    http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19970803&slug=2552909

    The US now has a secret panel “kill list” of Americans who are targeted to be assassinated without a trial.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/us-cia-killlist-idUSTRE79475C20111005

    Car owners are now required to have liability insurance.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/1987-10-27/news/mn-16876_1_mandatory-auto-insurance-law

    Americans are not allowed to travel to Cuba.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/05/travel/bush-administration-showing-willingness-to-enforce-law-on-visiting-cuba.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    People who owe child support are not allowed to have passports.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oew-welch21aug21,0,123074.story

    People who have defaulted student loans are not allowed to have professional licenses.

    http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/DefaultPrevention/default.html

    The US is one of the few countries that has the death penalty.

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html

    Americans must report any currency that they carry over $10,000.

    http://imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5859&Itemid=2

    Americans must pay sales taxes on services.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/us/28taxes.html?pagewanted=all

    Americans must now pay sales taxes on mail-order products shipped from other states.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2009/jul/03/opinion/ed-tax03

    Americans must pay US taxes on worldwide income.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/26/business/worldbusiness/26iht-tax.html?pagewanted=all

    Americans must also pay income taxes to foreign countries when they work overseas.

    http://www.sars.gov.za/home.asp?pid=44773

    Americans must pay taxes on gifts given and received.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/your-money/24iht-nwgift.html?pagewanted=all

    http://www.irs.gov/businesses/article/0%2C%2Cid=200722%2C00.html

    The drinking age has been raised.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/01/us/wyoming-finally-raises-its-drinking-age.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Drunk driving has been outlawed.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/23/us/drunken-driving-showing-decline.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Homeowners cannot rent rooms in their homes.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/nyregion/22homeless.html?pagewanted=all

    Debtors with defaulted student loans are forbidden from having driver licenses.

    http://www.doj.mt.gov/driving/driverlicensesanctions.asp

    Child seats are now required in cars with toddlers.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/10/news/hw-55349

    Americans cannot have US or foreign bank accounts while living overseas.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/hong-kong/2011/03/10/red-white-and-through/

    Americans who do have overseas bank accounts must report them to the US government every year.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124804796387763807.html

    Adultery is illegal.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-04-26-column26_ST_N.htm

    Foreign workers are forbidden from working in many countries.

    http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/9/23/central/2090943&sec=central

    Unmarried couples may not live together.

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2005-07-17-state-law_x.htm

    Oral sex is illegal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/us/11bar.html

    Some countries require websites to be licensed by the government.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jun/08/world/fg-chinaweb8

    Panhandling is illegal.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-09-25/panhandle-ban-louisville/50541244/1

    Loitering is illegal.

    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090714/ARTICLES/907149911?p=all&tc=pgall

    Homeowners are legally required to mow their lawns.

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Jailed-homeowner-reconsiders-mowing-lawn-1811557.php

    There is now a 5 year lifetime limit on welfare.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2002/apr/20/news/mn-39050

    Bankruptcy has been outlawed.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-04-20-bush-bankruptcy_x.htm

    Watering and not watering lawns are both illegal.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2007/oct/07/nation/na-drought7

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-09-18-2585115022_x.htm

    Fat taxes are being added to food.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2008/08/alabama-places.html

    Smoking indoors, in parks, at beaches, and on public transportation has been made illegal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/25/us/more-california-air-space-set-for-no-smoke-zones.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Sales of cigarettes to minors has been outlawed.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/18/nyregion/keeping-teen-agers-smokeless-perth-amboy-moves-combat-cigarette-sales-minors.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Airline passengers can now be added to “no-fly” lists, searched, and required to have an ID.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/us/22tsa.html

    Driving while using a mobile phone has been banned.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/01/three-more-states-enact-texting-while-driving-bans/1

    Americans are now required by law to have health insurance.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2011-06-29-health-care-ruling_n.htm

    Cars are required to have air bags.

    http://money.cnn.com/2007/06/25/autos/airbags/index.htm

    Americans are now required to have a passport to visit Canada and Mexico.

    http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2009/03/14/business/doc49bb9a6967f18615571979.txt?viewmode=fullstory

    The minimum driving age has been raised.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/10/automobiles/how-we-drive-the-young-and-reckless-ready-to-drive.html?pagewanted=all

    Enough is enough. If you care about your freedom, write your elected officials. Governments would love to take away all your freedom if they could. Our freedoms are diminishing, not growing. Stand up, fight for your rights, and protect our freedom now!

    http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

    http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html

    http://www.economist.com/node/16636027
    _________________________

    First they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me, but there was no one left to speak for me.

    If only one person is not free, then no one is free.

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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