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(CNN)   Has "Hope and Change" fallen to the to the level of truth as "trickle down economics"?   (cnn.com) divider line 164
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2013-06-08 10:46:26 AM  

Mrtraveler01: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Dems in 2012: Vote for Obama!  He'll become really liberal in his second term!
Reps in 2012: Don't vote for Obama!  He'll become really liberal in his second term!
Reality: Obama becomes even more conservative in his second term.

I didn't think he'd become more liberal because we'd still have the GOP House stonewalling every effort to do so.

If you haven't realized that Obama is governing from the Center yet, then you might be a moron.


The Dem rallying cry in 2012 was "Obama will be tougher in his second term, because he'll no longer have re-election to worry about."  Also the Rep rallying cry, from the "Here comes the Muslin!" perspective.

In truth, he just became more Republican, which is the only trick he's ever really been able to manage.  Repackaging old Republican ideas as new Democratic ideas.
 
2013-06-08 10:47:12 AM  

MyRandomName: Bendal: Yeah imagine that. The President isn't all powerful and can't get his agenda pushed through a racist, obstructionist, ignorant and often downright hostile Congress.

OMG, a president has to work with a Congress that may not simply rubber stamp his proposals!  This has never happened before!  Reagan never worked with Tip O'Niel.  Clinton never worked with Gingrich.  Bush II never worked with Ted Kennedy!  This has never happened before!!!

Liberals really are an uninformed bunch.


The GOP has and never had any intentions on working with the Obama WH.  They wasted 3 years trying to work with the Congress.  The GOP voted down their own bills when Obama changed his mind and supported those bills.

And you know this.
 
2013-06-08 10:49:53 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Mrtraveler01: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Dems in 2012: Vote for Obama!  He'll become really liberal in his second term!
Reps in 2012: Don't vote for Obama!  He'll become really liberal in his second term!
Reality: Obama becomes even more conservative in his second term.

I didn't think he'd become more liberal because we'd still have the GOP House stonewalling every effort to do so.

If you haven't realized that Obama is governing from the Center yet, then you might be a moron.

The Dem rallying cry in 2012 was "Obama will be tougher in his second term, because he'll no longer have re-election to worry about."  Also the Rep rallying cry, from the "Here comes the Muslin!" perspective.

In truth, he just became more Republican, which is the only trick he's ever really been able to manage.  Repackaging old Republican ideas as new Democratic ideas.


I don't know how fair that is.  He 'is' tougher.  But, there's only so much he can do with the powers given to the Executive Branch.  Which is why so much animosity and disfavor is heaped upon Congress.

I'm not sure what people expected him to do.  Rule by fiat?  Disband the Congress?
 
2013-06-08 10:56:18 AM  

FlashHarry: a shiatload of stuff has changed (obamacare, winding down two wars, financial reform, no second great depression, etc.) and i'm still way more hopeful than i would have been had a president mccain or president romney been in the WH.


Does anybody think this wasn't happening while Cheney was in office?

Things have gotten better.  No one expected Obama to be perfect, that's a fiction made up by Rush Limbaugh and his ilk and repeated often enough to begin to ring like the truth.

Obama is still a politician, but I have no regrets about voting for him twice.  Things have changed for the better.  Also, I hope the republicans continue to act like ignorant, fearful, spoiled children and lose control of the house.
 
2013-06-08 10:57:00 AM  

Infernalist: I don't know how fair that is.  He 'is' tougher.  But, there's only so much he can do with the powers given to the Executive Branch.  Which is why so much animosity and disfavor is heaped upon Congress.

I'm not sure what people expected him to do.  Rule by fiat?  Disband the Congress?


I don't blame him for the fights he loses.  I blame him for the fights he never starts.  It doesn't take "rule by fiat" to not spy on every American with the permission of secret courts.  That's something I expect from Dubya, not Obama.
 
2013-06-08 10:57:07 AM  
Am I the only one who expects our government to do this but am only disappointed they can't keep it a secret?
 
2013-06-08 10:59:54 AM  
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Obamacare that is.
 
2013-06-08 11:00:20 AM  

firesign: "Has fallen to the level as"?
"to the to the"?

...why do conservative trolls always get such a raging hard-on about their point that they can't even think enough to type a simple sentence correctly?


There's no casual relationship there, they are symptoms of ignorance.
 
2013-06-08 11:05:24 AM  

Erebus1954: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x258]

Obamacare that is.


Technically it's not a tax for me because I'm not a moron and already have health insurance.
 
2013-06-08 11:07:31 AM  

Mrtraveler01: Erebus1954: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x258]

Obamacare that is.

Technically it's not a tax for me because I'm not a moron and already have health insurance.


well, shiat, if it is only morons who don't have health insurance, why are we so worried about them? ;)
 
2013-06-08 11:08:10 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Infernalist: I don't know how fair that is.  He 'is' tougher.  But, there's only so much he can do with the powers given to the Executive Branch.  Which is why so much animosity and disfavor is heaped upon Congress.

I'm not sure what people expected him to do.  Rule by fiat?  Disband the Congress?

I don't blame him for the fights he loses.  I blame him for the fights he never starts.  It doesn't take "rule by fiat" to not spy on every American with the permission of secret courts.  That's something I expect from Dubya, not Obama.


It's something that you should expect from every president for the next generation.  It's now the default position, and it won't go away until the next great president is elected or we have another revolution.  Neither of those will happen through conservatism.
 
2013-06-08 11:08:57 AM  

Mrtraveler01: Erebus1954: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x258]

Obamacare that is.

Technically it's not a tax for me because I'm not a moron and already have health insurance.


Yes, all those people who can't find full-time work with health insurance are such  morons.
 
2013-06-08 11:09:59 AM  

Infernalist: Mrtraveler01: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Dems in 2012: Vote for Obama!  He'll become really liberal in his second term!
Reps in 2012: Don't vote for Obama!  He'll become really liberal in his second term!
Reality: Obama becomes even more conservative in his second term.

I didn't think he'd become more liberal because we'd still have the GOP House stonewalling every effort to do so.

If you haven't realized that Obama is governing from the Center yet, then you might be a moron.

I knew he was governing from the center from the start.  Hell, I think he even did a couple of speeches referring to the fact that Americans, most Americans, vote from the center.

That said, the American people 'are' moving further to the left.  The shocking shift on gay marriage is only the most obvious of these moves.  There's also the support for stronger regulation of Wall Street, the huge support for higher taxes and the support for the ACA when you strip away the rhetoric and names that they've been conditioned to hate on.


There's generally always been a support for liberal policies ( Healthcare, education, science, gun control, etc), but people have a problem voting for Democrats who stand for those policies. You can have someone who agrees with 90% of the Democratic platform, but they'll won't vote Dem or call themselves Democrats because "Dems are evil!"
 
2013-06-08 11:10:13 AM  

jcooli09: It's something that you should expect from every president for the next generation.  It's now the default position, and it won't go away until the next great president is elected or we have another revolution.  Neither of those will happen through conservatism.


I guess I just don't understand how Dems can rage and protest when Dubya does it, but when Obama does it all I see is "meh, we should expect this from now on".

Seems hypocritical.
 
2013-06-08 11:11:09 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Mrtraveler01: Erebus1954: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x258]

Obamacare that is.

Technically it's not a tax for me because I'm not a moron and already have health insurance.

Yes, all those people who can't find full-time work with health insurance are such  morons.


It's been explained numerous times.  If you don't make enough money to get insurance on your own, you'll qualify for a government-subsidized insurance.  If you make within 133% of the poverty level, you can enroll in Medicaid.

The only people who get hit with the 'tax' penalty are the people who do make enough money to pay for insurance and decide not to get it.
 
2013-06-08 11:13:07 AM  

Erebus1954: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x258]

Obamacare that is.


Maybe we should just go single-payer then.
 
2013-06-08 11:14:24 AM  
The Hope was a change from what the Republicans offered. The Change was the Hope that we could get Congress to do things for the American people, that only happened for a year or so.

No, Obama is not Rushmore material. But he's a damn sight better than the Republican alternatives.
 
2013-06-08 11:14:42 AM  

Infernalist: It's been explained numerous times.  If you don't make enough money to get insurance on your own, you'll qualify for a government-subsidized insurance.  If you make within 133% of the poverty level, you can enroll in Medicaid.

The only people who get hit with the 'tax' penalty are the people who do make enough money to pay for insurance and decide not to get it.


Or you live in a state where the GOP government hamstrings Medicaid, and you end up with worthless "insurance" that covers nothing.  Look at what Walker did to BadgerCare.

This blame-people-without-insurance thing was a GOP position not so long ago.  Looks like Dems adopted yet another worthless conservative idea.
 
2013-06-08 11:17:25 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: jcooli09: It's something that you should expect from every president for the next generation.  It's now the default position, and it won't go away until the next great president is elected or we have another revolution.  Neither of those will happen through conservatism.

I guess I just don't understand how Dems can rage and protest when Dubya does it, but when Obama does it all I see is "meh, we should expect this from now on".

Seems hypocritical.


When bush did it he set the precedent, it's part of his legacy that it will take a great president to undo it.

I don't rage against Obama doing it because I expected him to continue it, not because I don't mind it.  I never expected Obama to be a great president, I hoped he would contain the damage republicans have been doing to the country since 1980.  He's lived up to me expectations generally, not great but not bad.  About like Clinton.

The government does lots of things I don't like, many of them for years and years.  I understand that being able to undo these things is part of greatness.  I also understand that it can't be done without a loyal opposition, and the republicans haven't been that since the 70's.
 
2013-06-08 11:17:31 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Infernalist: It's been explained numerous times.  If you don't make enough money to get insurance on your own, you'll qualify for a government-subsidized insurance.  If you make within 133% of the poverty level, you can enroll in Medicaid.

The only people who get hit with the 'tax' penalty are the people who do make enough money to pay for insurance and decide not to get it.

Or you live in a state where the GOP government hamstrings Medicaid, and you end up with worthless "insurance" that covers nothing.  Look at what Walker did to BadgerCare.

This blame-people-without-insurance thing was a GOP position not so long ago.  Looks like Dems adopted yet another worthless conservative idea.


They can't force the state governments to be non-douchy.  At some point, the people have to make the GOP accountable for their assholish ways.  And if you're a Democrat in a GOP stronghold, all I can suggest is either suck it up or move, because those are your options.

It's not a situation that the Democrats have created, after all.  It's a bit silly to rage about Obamacare when what you're really mad about is how the state GOP have screwed you over in spite of Obamacare.
 
2013-06-08 11:20:25 AM  

Infernalist: It's a bit silly to rage about Obamacare


I'm not raging about Obamacare.  I'm saying "if you don't have insurance you are voluntarily being an idiot" is a stupid thing to say, and it used to be exclusively a GOP position.  And Dems who adopt that position just to circle-the-wagons on Obamacare should be ashamed of themselves.
 
2013-06-08 11:22:48 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Infernalist: It's a bit silly to rage about Obamacare

I'm not raging about Obamacare.  I'm saying "if you don't have insurance you are voluntarily being an idiot" is a stupid thing to say, and it used to be exclusively a GOP position.  And Dems who adopt that position just to circle-the-wagons on Obamacare should be ashamed of themselves.


Ah, that makes more sense.  You're pissed off at the people who aren't aware of what the GOP is doing to hamstring the ACA.

That's more reasonable.
 
2013-06-08 11:23:23 AM  

Infernalist: Ah, that makes more sense.  You're pissed off at the people who aren't aware of what the GOP is doing to hamstring the ACA.

That's more reasonable.


Ugh.  Nevermind.
 
2013-06-08 11:24:52 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: And Dems who adopt that position just to circle-the-wagons on Obamacare should be ashamed of themselves.


Try looking at it economically rather than politically. Bending the cost curve isn't just a buzz word. If you get more people paying into a system who are young and healthy, it lowers the outlay cost for those who need the service. It's basic math. When something takes up 20% of GDP, we've got to do something about the cost.
 
2013-06-08 11:24:56 AM  
Yes.  The wealthy still pay nothing in taxes, education costs continue to skyrocket, student loans are becoming more predatory, and police state is expanding, infrastructure is falling apart, we're paying billions on military equipment we don't need even according to the DoD, the health care 'reform' is causing more problems than it is solving because of the ineffective compromise that was reached, and we're still cutting social programs.  The only thing Obama has done differently than Bush is he hasn't lied to us to invade a country for their oil.  But Iraq is profitable enough for now so it hasn't been necessary.
 
2013-06-08 11:26:33 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Infernalist: It's a bit silly to rage about Obamacare

I'm not raging about Obamacare.  I'm saying "if you don't have insurance you are voluntarily being an idiot" is a stupid thing to say, and it used to be exclusively a GOP position.  And Dems who adopt that position just to circle-the-wagons on Obamacare should be ashamed of themselves.


My comment is directed at the people who are able to afford and get health insurance and simply do not want to get it.
 
2013-06-08 11:26:45 AM  

Infernalist: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Infernalist: It's a bit silly to rage about Obamacare

I'm not raging about Obamacare.  I'm saying "if you don't have insurance you are voluntarily being an idiot" is a stupid thing to say, and it used to be exclusively a GOP position.  And Dems who adopt that position just to circle-the-wagons on Obamacare should be ashamed of themselves.

Ah, that makes more sense.  You're pissed off at the people who aren't aware of what the GOP is doing to hamstring the ACA.

That's more reasonable.



He's merely trying to illustrate that both sides are bad. You're supposed to do something after realizing that, but it escapes me. However, I think it rhymes with "Goat Republican."
 
2013-06-08 11:29:03 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Infernalist: It's a bit silly to rage about Obamacare

I'm not raging about Obamacare.  I'm saying "if you don't have insurance you are voluntarily being an idiot" is a stupid thing to say, and it used to be exclusively a GOP position.  And Dems who adopt that position just to circle-the-wagons on Obamacare should be ashamed of themselves.


I agree with you.  Some people who don't get health insurance are idiots, no doubt, but many simply make the decision that it's worth the fine not to pay for insurance.

The fine goes to cover societies expense, at least in part, when inevitably some of them end up needing health care services they haven't and can't pay for.  It seems like a reasonable accommodation given our current stupid employer based system.
 
2013-06-08 11:30:01 AM  

NewportBarGuy: LouDobbsAwaaaay: And Dems who adopt that position just to circle-the-wagons on Obamacare should be ashamed of themselves.

Try looking at it economically rather than politically. Bending the cost curve isn't just a buzz word. If you get more people paying into a system who are young and healthy, it lowers the outlay cost for those who need the service. It's basic math. When something takes up 20% of GDP, we've got to do something about the cost.


I'll say this one last time: I'm not saying universal healthcare is a bad idea.  I'm saying "it's not a tax, because only idiots don't have insurance already" is an ignorant, spiteful thing to say, and up until recently it was the justification the GOP used for why there were so many people without insurance to begin with (and why the deserved to be without insurance).

If you adopt that position, you're no better than the GOP who called Obamacare socialism and said America doesn't need it.  And you should be ashamed of yourself.

Clear?  Because I'm not going to explain it again.

/sheesh
 
2013-06-08 11:32:48 AM  
Hope and change is an election slogan. Trickle down economics is a policy. Big difference. I'm still waiting for my thousand points of light.
 
2013-06-08 11:33:58 AM  

Dear Jerk: Hope and change is an election slogan. Trickle down economics is a policy. Big difference. I'm still waiting for my thousand points of light.


so is the homeless man
 
2013-06-08 11:34:32 AM  

firesign: "Has fallen to the level as"?
"to the to the"?

...why do conservative trolls always get such a raging hard-on about their point that they can't even think enough to type a simple sentence correctly?


Sloppy language often belies sloppy thought. Everyone makes a typo from time to time, but when I see people who consistently butcher the language I conclude that they are simply not very bright. And although such people come from all over the political spectrum, people representing certain political beliefs seem to be consistently over-represented among them.
 
2013-06-08 11:35:07 AM  
I think the problem we're having is our pointing of fingers toward presidents, when the source of America's bullshiat lies elsewhere.
 
2013-06-08 11:37:08 AM  

MyRandomName: OMG, a president has to work with a Congress that may not simply rubber stamp his proposals!  This has never happened before!


Our primary goal is to make Obama a one term president.  It's better that America burn to the ground than let Obama achieve anything.

New.

skullkrusher: Kumana Wanalaia: David Brooks said that running metadata through an algorithm to look for flags is not troubling.  But of course righties need to make hay, so here we are.

Echelon NO CARRIER

https://www.aclu.org/secure/sem-emergency-action-stop-massive-govern me nt-spying-americans?ms=gad_SEM_Google_Search-VerizonNSA_na_nsa%20veriz on_b_26162556622

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2013/06/the-nsa-veri zo n-scandal.html

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/nsa-verizon-call-records/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/06/1214128/-Government-collect in g-Americans-phone-records-under-secret-court-order

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/ACLU, The New Yorker, Wired.com, DailyKos.com, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)
//just some righties making hay


And those are people that genuinely care.  But subby is making hay with his "derp hope and change" headline.

And you're here to feed on that.
 
2013-06-08 11:37:58 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: jcooli09: It's something that you should expect from every president for the next generation.  It's now the default position, and it won't go away until the next great president is elected or we have another revolution.  Neither of those will happen through conservatism.

I guess I just don't understand how Dems can rage and protest when Dubya does it, but when Obama does it all I see is "meh, we should expect this from now on".

Seems hypocritical.


You're right, it is. And that's bad.
 
2013-06-08 11:38:42 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: NewportBarGuy: LouDobbsAwaaaay: And Dems who adopt that position just to circle-the-wagons on Obamacare should be ashamed of themselves.

Try looking at it economically rather than politically. Bending the cost curve isn't just a buzz word. If you get more people paying into a system who are young and healthy, it lowers the outlay cost for those who need the service. It's basic math. When something takes up 20% of GDP, we've got to do something about the cost.

I'll say this one last time: I'm not saying universal healthcare is a bad idea.  I'm saying "it's not a tax, because only idiots don't have insurance already" is an ignorant, spiteful thing to say, and up until recently it was the justification the GOP used for why there were so many people without insurance to begin with (and why the deserved to be without insurance).

If you adopt that position, you're no better than the GOP who called Obamacare socialism and said America doesn't need it.  And you should be ashamed of yourself.

Clear?  Because I'm not going to explain it again.

/sheesh


I think I've seen you post something similar to this before, and I'd bet I'll see it again sometime.
 
2013-06-08 11:55:21 AM  

sammyk: So CNN is concern trolling now?


sure reads like it. that was the biggest waste of time to read today. and i only read half of it.
 
2013-06-08 12:17:27 PM  

Infernalist: Are those really our only two options?  Give up privacy or get blown up?


it's a sliding scale. and i'm not just talking about privacy here; i'm talking about general inconvenience (like having to take your shoes off at the airport).

but, yes, the more secure a country is with regard to fighting terrorism, the less privacy and convenience its people tend to experience.
 
2013-06-08 12:19:23 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Clear? Because I'm not going to explain it again.


I feel ya. Feel like I'm doing the same thing with the Patriot Act crap. Sorry for not remembering your POV, it's a valid one.
 
2013-06-08 12:22:30 PM  

FlashHarry: Infernalist: Are those really our only two options?  Give up privacy or get blown up?

it's a sliding scale. and i'm not just talking about privacy here; i'm talking about general inconvenience (like having to take your shoes off at the airport).

but, yes, the more secure a country is with regard to fighting terrorism, the less privacy and convenience its people tend to experience.


I'm not all that thrilled with the idea that we have to give up privacy in order to attain some security.
 
2013-06-08 12:23:10 PM  

not it's not the level of "trickle down"

it's not at the level of "Iraq has restarted it's nuclear program"

it's hard to blame total obstruction hindering his agenda on him. He's given up a lot to get what little he's gotten back.
and despite that he's

1. Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America's long-term fiscal problems

2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs.
3. Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. The new law tightens capital requirements on large banks and other financial institutions, requires derivatives to be sold on clearinghouses and exchanges, mandates that large banks provide "living wills" to avoid chaotic bankruptcies, limits their ability to trade with customers' money for their own profit, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Richard Cordray) to crack down on abusive lending products and companies.

4. Ended the War in Iraq: Ordered all U.S. military forces out of the country. Last troops left on December 18, 2011.
5. Began Draw-down of Afghanistan Troops: From a peak of 101,000 troops in June 2011, U.S. forces are now down to 91,000, with 23,000 slated to leave by the end of summer 2012. According to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the combat mission there will be over by next year.
6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered special forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader was killed and a trove of al-Qaeda documents was discovered.
7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: In 2009, injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs. In 2011, the Big Three automakers all gained market share for the first time in two decades. The government expects to lose $16 billion of its investment, less if the price of the GM stock it still owns increases.
8. Recapitalized Banks: In the midst of financial crisis, approved controversial Treasury Department plan to lure private capital into the country's largest banks via "stress tests" of their balance sheets and a public-private fund to buy their "toxic" assets. Got banks back on their feet at essentially zero cost to the government.
9. Repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Ended 1990s-era restriction and formalized new policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for the first time.
10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi: In March 2011, joined a coalition of European and Arab governments in military action, including air power and naval blockade, against Gaddafi regime to defend Libyan civilians and support rebel troops. Gaddafi's forty-two-year rule ended when the dictator was overthrown and killed by rebels on October 20, 2011. No American lives were lost.
11. Told Mubarak to Go: On February 1, 2011, publicly called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to accept reform or step down, thus weakening the dictator's position and putting America on the right side of the Arab Spring. Mubarak ended thirty-year rule when overthrown on February 11.
12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies: Two days after taking office, nullified Bush-era rulings that had allowed detainees in U.S. custody to undergo certain "enhanced" interrogation techniques considered inhumane under the Geneva Conventions. Also released the secret Bush legal rulings supporting the use of these techniques.

13. Improved America's Image Abroad: With new policies, diplomacy, and rhetoric, reversed a sharp decline in world opinion toward the U.S. (and the corresponding loss of "soft power") during the Bush years. From 2008 to 2011, favorable opinion toward the United States rose in ten of fifteen countries surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, with an average increase of 26 percent.
14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending: As part of the 2010 health care reform bill, signed measure ending the wasteful decades-old practice of subsidizing banks to provide college loans. Starting July 2010 all students began getting their federal student loans directly from the federal government. Treasury will save $67 billion over ten years, $36 billion of which will go to expanding Pell Grants to lower-income students.

15. Created Race to the Top: With funds from stimulus, started $4.35 billion program of competitive grants to encourage and reward states for education reform.
16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards: Released new fuel efficiency standards in 2011 that will nearly double the fuel economy for cars and trucks by 2025.
17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis: To keep world economy out of recession in 2009 and 2010, helped secure from G-20 nations more than $500 billion for the IMF to provide lines of credit and other support to emerging market countries, which kept them liquid and avoided crises with their currencies.
18. Passed Mini Stimuli: To help families hurt by the recession and spur the economy as stimulus spending declined, signed series of measures (July 22, 2010; December 17, 2010; December 23, 2011) to extend unemployment insurance and cut payroll taxes.
19. Began Asia "Pivot": In 2011, reoriented American military and diplomatic priorities and focus from the Middle East and Europe to the Asian-Pacific region. Executed multipronged strategy of positively engaging China while reasserting U.S. leadership in the region by increasing American military presence and crafting new commercial, diplomatic, and military alliances with neighboring countries made uncomfortable by recent Chinese behavior.
20. Increased Support for Veterans: With so many soldiers coming home from Iraq and Iran with serious physical and mental health problems, yet facing long waits for services, increased 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs budget by 16 percent and 2011 budget by 10 percent. Also signed new GI bill offering $78 billion in tuition assistance over a decade, and provided multiple tax credits to encourage businesses to hire veterans.
21. Tightened Sanctions on Iran: In effort to deter Iran's nuclear program, signed Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (2010) to punish firms and individuals who aid Iran's petroleum sector. In late 2011 and early 2012, coordinated with other major Western powers to impose sanctions aimed at Iran's banks and with Japan, South Korea, and China to shift their oil purchases away from Iran.
22. Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants: New EPA restrictions on mercury and toxic pollution, issued in December 2011, likely to lead to the closing of between sixty-eight and 231 of the nation's oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Estimated cost to utilities: at least $11 billion by 2016. Estimated health benefits: $59 billion to $140 billion. Will also significantly reduce carbon emissions and, with other regulations, comprises what's been called Obama's "stealth climate policy."
23. Passed Credit Card Reforms: Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (2009), which prohibits credit card companies from raising rates without advance notification, mandates a grace period on interest rate increases, and strictly limits overdraft and other fees.
24. Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws: Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, giving women who are paid less than men for the same work the right to sue their employers after they find out about the discrimination, even if that discrimination happened years ago. Under previous law, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the statute of limitations on such suits ran out 180 days after the alleged discrimination occurred, even if the victims never knew about it.
25. Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court: Nominated and obtained confirmation for Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman to serve, in 2009; and Elena Kagan, the fourth woman to serve, in 2010. They replaced David Souter and John Paul Stevens, respectively.
26. Improved Food Safety System: In 2011, signed FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which boosts the Food and Drug Administration's budget by $1.4 billion and expands its regulatory responsibilities to include increasing number of food inspections, issuing direct food recalls, and reviewing the current food safety practices of countries importing products into America.
27. Achieved New START Treaty: Signed with Russia (2010) and won ratification in Congress (2011) of treaty that limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads (down from 2,200) and 700 launchers (down from more than 1,400), and reestablished and strengthened a monitoring and transparency program that had lapsed in 2009, through which each country can monitor the other.

28. Expanded National Service: Signed Serve America Act in 2009, which authorized a tripling of the size of AmeriCorps. Program grew 13 percent to 85,000 members across the country by 2012, when new House GOP majority refused to appropriate more funds for further expansion.

29. Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection: Signed Omnibus Public Lands Management Act (2009), which designated more than 2 million acres as wilderness, created thousands of miles of recreational and historic trails, and protected more than 1,000 miles of rivers.

30. Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco: Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (2009). Nine years in the making and long resisted by the tobacco industry, the law mandates that tobacco manufacturers disclose all ingredients, obtain FDA approval for new tobacco products, and expand the size and prominence of cigarette warning labels, and bans the sale of misleadingly labeled "light" cigarette brands and tobacco sponsorship of entertainment events.
31. Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders: Issued executive order in 2009 requiring all federal agencies to make plans to soften their environmental impacts by 2020. Goals include 30 percent reduction in fleet gasoline use, 26 percent boost in water efficiency, and sustainability requirements for 95 percent of all federal contracts. Because federal government is the country's single biggest purchaser of goods and services, likely to have ripple effects throughout the economy for years to come.
32. Passed Fair Sentencing Act: Signed 2010 legislation that reduces sentencing disparity between crack versus powder cocaine possessionfrom100 to1 to 18 to1.
33. Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense: Cut the Reagan-era "Star Wars" missile defense budget, saving $1.4 billion in 2010, and canceled plans to station antiballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of sea-based defense plan focused on Iran and North Korea.
34. Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown: After winning agreement from congressional Republicans and Democrats in summer 2011 budget deal to reduce projected defense spending by $450 billion, proposed new DoD budget this year with cuts of that size and a new national defense strategy that would shrink ground forces from 570,000 to 490,000 over the next ten years while increasing programs in intelligence gathering and cyberwarfare.
35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission: Allowed the expensive ($1 billion per launch), badly designed, dangerous shuttle program to make its final launch on July 8, 2011. Cut off funding for even more bloated and problem-plagued Bush-era Constellation program to build moon base in favor of support for private-sector low-earth orbit ventures, research on new rocket technologies for long-distance manned flight missions, and unmanned space exploration, including the largest interplanetary rover ever launched, which will investigate Mars's potential to support life.

36. Invested Heavily in Renewable Technology: As part of the 2009 stimulus, invested $90 billion, more than any previous administration, in research on smart grids, energy efficiency, electric cars, renewable electricity generation, cleaner coal, and biofuels.
37. Crafting Next-Generation School Tests: Devoted $330 million in stimulus money to pay two consortia of states and universities to create competing versions of new K-12 student performance tests based on latest psychometric research. New tests could transform the learning environment in vast majority of public school classrooms beginning in 2014.
38. Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges: In effort to fight predatory practices of some for-profit colleges, Department of Education issued "gainful employment" regulations in 2011 cutting off commercially focused schools from federal student aid funding if more than 35 percent of former students aren't paying off their loans and/or if the average former student spends more than 12 percent of his or her total earnings servicing student loans.

39. Improved School Nutrition: In coordination with Michelle Obama, signed Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 mandating $4.5 billion spending boost and higher nutritional and health standards for school lunches. New rules based on the law, released in January, double the amount of fruits and vegetables and require only whole grains in food served to students.
40. Expanded Hate Crimes Protections: Signed Hate Crimes Prevention Act (2009), which expands existing hate crime protections to include crimes based on a victim's sexual orientation, gender, or disability, in addition to race, color, religion, or national origin.
41. Avoided Scandal: As of November 2011, served longer than any president in decades without a scandal, as measured by the appearance of the word "scandal" (or lack thereof) on the front page of the Washington Post.
42. Brokered Agreement for Speedy Compensation to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill: Though lacking statutory power to compel British Petroleum to act, used moral authority of his office to convince oil company to agree in 2010 to a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; $6.5 billion already paid out without lawsuits. By comparison, it took nearly two decades for plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez Alaska oil spill case to receive $1.3 billion.
43. Created Recovery.gov: Web site run by independent board of inspectors general looking for fraud and abuse in stimulus spending, provides public with detailed information on every contract funded by $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Thanks partly to this transparency, board has uncovered very little fraud, and Web site has become national model: "The stimulus has done more to promote transparency at almost all levels of government than any piece of legislation in recent memory," reports Governing magazine.
44. Pushed Broadband Coverage: Proposed and obtained in 2011 Federal Communications Commission approval for a shift of $8 billion in subsidies away from landlines and toward broadband Internet for lower-income rural families.
45. Expanded Health Coverage for Children: Signed 2009 Children's Health Insurance Authorization Act, which allows the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to cover health care for 4 million more children, paid for by a tax increase on tobacco products.
46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide: In 2009, EPA declared carbon dioxide a pollutant, allowing the agency to regulate its production.

47. Expanded Stem Cell Research: In 2009, eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, which shows promise in treating spinal injuries, among many other areas.

48. Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers: In 2009, signed Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who the government cheated out of loans and natural resource royalties in years past.

49. Helped South Sudan Declare Independence: Helped South Sudan Declare Independence: Appointed two envoys to Sudan and personally attended a special UN meeting on the area. Through U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split in 2011.
50. Killed the F-22: In 2009, ended further purchases of Lockheed Martin single-seat, twin-engine, fighter aircraft, which cost $358 million apiece. Though the military had 187 built, the plane has never flown a single combat mission. Eliminating it saved $4 billion.


 
2013-06-08 12:36:10 PM  
No, there is still hope that if people want to get out and vote they can change anything.
 
2013-06-08 12:47:13 PM  

MrBallou: The Patriot Act was a misguided panic reaction to 9/11.


Even at the time, it was clear that it wasn't misguided or a panic reaction; it was a very clear and carefully crafted frontal assault on our civil liberties.  Because Bush could do no wrong and because of their hatred of "The Left", covservatives were happy to go along with it.  We tried to warn you it was a bad idea.

You (the American people) made your bed.  Now lie in it, you farkers.
 
2013-06-08 12:48:50 PM  

Infernalist: What OWS did was wake up the Democratic Party and make them realize that a good chunk of the American people were tired of being screwed over by the 1% of the country that owns the GOP


Wall street overwhelmingly supported the DNC in the last election.

The same retards that camped out in parks in NYC, and blogged on their Ipads mooching wifi from starbucks were protesting the very financial institutions which helped elect Obama twice.  Which is fine.  I'd rather be a vilified conservative than a mindless liberal who one day wakes up to find out I've been used all along.  The media and civil-liberties loving democrats are just now realizing this.  Waking up sore and hungover, hoping they can tiptoe out of the frathouse without anyone noticing.
 
2013-06-08 12:50:27 PM  
So what are you if you say you hoped this guy would be different? If you hoped real, positive change would come in areas like civil liberties, not further errosion of rights and expansion of heavy-handed government tactics?

We are supposed to find succor, I suppose, in the notion it could have been worse if X or Y were president instead. Or a former president also did bad things.

Don't shout down legitimate concerns or use bizarre rationalizations for disturbing behavior. Expect and demand better from this president.
 
2013-06-08 01:12:28 PM  
There was a show on the new spy industry on Frontline a few months ago. Richard Clark said that the NSA/CIA/FBI have frightened Obama very badly.

Starting with the recommendation to cancel his first inauguration do the the dozens of plots by Al Qada to assassinate him and Bush.

Fear. Obama is consumed with fear.
 
2013-06-08 01:20:40 PM  
"Hope and Change" was a campaign slogan.

"Trickle-down economics" is the basis of three decades of Republican economic policy.

"Apples and oranges" doesn't even begin to cover how far apart these two phrases are.
 
2013-06-08 01:31:58 PM  

HempHead: There was a show on the new spy industry on Frontline a few months ago. Richard Clark said that the NSA/CIA/FBI have frightened Obama very badly.

Starting with the recommendation to cancel his first inauguration do the the dozens of plots by Al Qada to assassinate him and Bush.

Fear. Obama is consumed with fear.


You know who else was advised to cancel his first inauguration?
 
2013-06-08 01:32:30 PM  
Know what I like?
When Republicans consistently have to attempt to accuse Obama of a level of fraud and incompetence that was set by a REPUBLICAN.

"This might be a bigger scandal than Whitewater!  Than Iran-Contra!"  Funny that the scandals that dropped Nixon and slammed Reagan are the apparent benchmarks of internal and international Presidential crime.

"We're headed for another Great Depression!"  Sucks like Herbert Hoover, doesn't it?

I saw one once that threw in the Pentagon Papers just for flavor (I had to look that one up...LBJ, a Democrat, ate that one), but I haven't heard a Monica Lewinsky comparison for years (maybe because getting your knob gobbled is, strangely, not nearly as much of a scandal as doing things that can wreck international politics?), and I think Republicans hate Jimmy Carter mostly because he failed to do anything impeachable.
 
2013-06-08 01:36:26 PM  

Ishidan: "This might be a bigger scandal than Whitewater! Than Iran-Contra!" Funny that the scandals that dropped Nixon and slammed Reagan are the apparent benchmarks of internal and international Presidential crime.


My favorite are the ones that say that this IRS and Benghazi stuff is worse than Watergate and/or Iran-Contra in what is a pitiful attempt to minimize how scandalous those scandals actually were.
 
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