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Letter to the Editor: Obama has accomplished much


Editor:

Hello Leroy, nice to hear from you again. Thank you for reminding me what we needed when President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009. Have you any idea how much he has accomplished? The PCTC blog online has a list of Obama's most important accomplishments. In the interest of brevity I will list just a few here.


  • President Obama froze White House salaries ordered an audit of government contracts to fight waste and abuse.

  • Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, which was aimed at stopping fraud, waste and abuse in defense procurement and contracting.

  • Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - the stimulus package - which created 2.1 million jobs in its first year and stimulated the economy by 3.5 percent. A website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the act was launched.

  • In 2010, we saw more jobs created than Bush did in eight years.

  • Along with Democrats, provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to keep police and firefighters from being cut during the recession.

  • Ordered executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they repaid the bailout money.

  • Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act to keep jobs in the United States.

  • Ended the war in Iraq.

  • Made it possible for students to refinance their loads at a lower rate.

  • Osama bin Laden was killed under Obama's watch.

  • Children were covered under their parents' insurance policies until they turned 26 under the Affordable Care Act. Also through this act, tax breaks were provided to small businesses so that they could provide their employees with health insurance.

  • Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.



I will be happy to provide a hard copy to anyone who cannot find the information.

Gloria Rickel, Front Royal


26 Comments



Looks like the Tea Baggers who often comment on here can't find anything to say about your letter, Ms. Rickel, because it is all true. Thank you for the reminders.

The followers of the Republican ticket are waiting for a new slogan, they were never interested in facts (as some of us know).

Maybe some will watch the debates tomorrow night and see what they can come up with then. We'll see if Romney can keep his foot out of his mouth that long. ;)

All I will say is everyone is going belive what they want to till it' hits you in the pocket book . Not really saying that Rommey is the answer ,but I had my own small bussiness for over 25 yrs and was never in trouble till the last 2 . And it's not only me but alot of small bussinesses.Ready to lose bussiness and my home .But I'm in better shape than alot of them .
Before you go back and say it was all Bush's fault ,you better go back and look to see what your (god clinton ) did and didn,t do this country . Pulled outta Mogadishu -did nothing when the USS Cole was bombed ,plus our embasies .He is also the 1 that signed the NAFTA agreement.
And another thing like every Lib he cut the defence budget to the point that our troops didn"t have the armor they needed.
So say what you want but ,as far as I'm concerned -the lair we have know is not the answer.
ps -I know most of these lib news ppl are down playing it if talking about it at all ,but we lost another border gaurd 2day and 1 shot but should live .

Whatever is echoing what I've seen in the NVD before and heard from many business owners and former business owners whose businesses failed since 2008. Having a friend who had been in business for over twenty years who said if Obama was elected his business would not survive and who actually lost that business in 2010, I have to believe they knew something, I, am not aware of as John Q. Public.
Failing businesses, lay-offs, foreclosures. I've seen nothing from this administration to convince me that they can turn this economy around. They've had time to get a good start. Instead paper money is being printed faster than ever before devaluing the dollar, thus creating out of control inflation. If a Democrat can reel this thing in, then reel it in.

Believe most of those facts, if you wish. After all, Obama's administration are the ones who put out those numbers.

You say: Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, which 'WAS' aimed at stopping fraud, waste and abuse in defense procurement and contracting.
BUT fraud, waste, & abuse hasn't been stopped, has it? I still see it everyday.

Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - the stimulus package - which created 2.1 million jobs in its first year and stimulated the economy by 3.5 percent. A website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the act was launched.
I don't believe those numbers!!! Again, Obama put those numbers out. I haven't seen the economy GROW 3.5%. Who has???

Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act to keep jobs in the United States.
BUT yet it's the 'same' people WHO SAY Romney is USING these loopholes still! SO WHICH IS IT??

Again you say: Made it possible for students to refinance their loads at a lower rate.
First off it's LOANS, not loads. And CONGRESS actually did this NOT Obama. He just sign it.

DO you want me to go on??? A lot of your points, IT TAKES CONGRESS do to these things, NOT OBAMA. HE just sits in his chair and signs things.

You forgot to mention:

INCREASED the national debt by about $6 Trillion in just 4 years!!!

I also forgot to mention that you seem to believe EVERYTHING you find in print.

But yet, you didn't when the Bush administration was in office.

Strange how your point of view changes according to who is in office and who releases information.

194 REASONS TO CUT THE CRAP

If the Romney/Ryan tax reform plan exists, please tell us what it is. Just repeating that it’s possible, without explaining how, isn’t much of an argument.

"John" comes across as a stooge of the Tea Party/Evangelical Fundamentalists political denial industry. Every one of "John's" assertions are made without providing any supporting evidence, daring us to once again provide all the rebuttals to his long laundry list of allegations. Very well, you asked for it, you'll get it.

Despite the obstructionist Republican Party doing everything they can to hinder progress in America, President Obama has accomplished all of the following to make life better for the middle class, putting the lie to unfounded Tea Party blather. I have supporting web links for each of the 194 assertions. Just ask and you shall receive.

President Obama Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility After the Bush Debacle
· Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.

· Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.

· On his first full day, he froze White House salaries.

· He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending.

· 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 attempted to put a stop to waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system.

· Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

President Obama 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.

· 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 economy by 3.5%.

· 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.

· He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

· Oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years.

· Along with Democrats, and almost no Republicans, implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. This resulted in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. Willard Romney, on the other hand, advocated for the entire industry to go belly-up.

· Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency.

· 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.

· 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.

· Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect.

· 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.

· 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.

· Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.

· 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.)

· Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.

· Took steps to improve minority access to capital.

· Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books.

· Through 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.

· Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government.

· 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.

· Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.

· Crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans.

President Obama Fostered Greater Transparency and Better Government, After the Excesses of the Bush Years
· Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.

· 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.

· Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public.

· Became the first to stream every White House event, live.

· Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.

· Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.

· 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.

· Improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests.

President Obama implemented Wall Street Reforms and Improved Consumer Protection
· Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

· 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.

· Through Dodd-Frank legislation, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

· Through Dodd-Frank, the Executive Branch fashioned rules that reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market.

· Fashioned rules so that banks can no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers' interests.

· Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation.

· Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.

· Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks that now permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders.

· 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.

· Established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses.

· Oversaw and then signed a Democratic bill constituting the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.

· 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.

President Obama Ushered Through Many Changes That Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination
· Along with Congressional Democrats, advocated for and signed the Matthew 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.

· 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.

· Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

· Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.

· Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History.

· Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing

· Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for the right to enter into a same-sex marriage.

· Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other.

· 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 families.

· 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.

· Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act.

· 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.

· Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide.

· Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples.

· Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.

· Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act.

President Obama Made Major Improvements in Foreign Relations and American Status Around the World
· Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office.

· As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration.

· 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.

· Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.

· Closed a number of secret detention facilities.

· Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys.

· Pushed for military to emphasize devlopment of foreign language skills.

· Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence.

· Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program, and thus avoid another war that Republicans wanted.

· Worked with Democratic Congress to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009.

· Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

· Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia.

· 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.

· Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow through.

· 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.

· Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.

· Released the Bush torture memos.

· 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.

· 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.

· Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program.

· Ended the Iraq War.

· Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates.

President Obama Took a More Realistic Approach to “Defense”
· Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.

· Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.

· Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.

· Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty.

· Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021.

· Through the Defense Authorization Act, reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq.

· 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.

· Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country.

· Negotiated a deal with Afghan government, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country.

· Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world.

· Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.

· Took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate.

President Obama's 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.

· Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.

· Provided active combat troops with better body armor.

· Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care.

· Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date.

· 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.

· 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.

· Created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs.

· Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs.

· Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.

· 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.

President Obama Refocused the Federal Government on Education
· Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process.

· Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.

· Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

· Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them.

· Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide

· Oversaw major expansion in school construction.

· Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start.

· Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0

· Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college.

· Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.

President Obama 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.

· Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast.

· Has repeatedly beefed up border security.

· Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

President Obama Understands The Needs of Science, Technology and Health Care
· Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.

· Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects.

· Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

· Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs.

· Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

· 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.

· Obama EPA reversed research ethics standards, which allowed humans to be used as "guinea pigs" in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics.
· 131. Conducted a cyberspace policy review.

· Provided financial support for private sector space programs.

· Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.

· Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco. As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

· Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.

· Increased funding for community-based prevention programs.

· Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

· Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price.

· 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.

· 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.

· 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.

· Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.

· 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.

· Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level.

· Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.

· Provisions in the ACA 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.

President Obama Took Steps to Strengthen the Middle Class and Families, and to Fight Poverty
· Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.

· 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 contractor.

· Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America's working families.

· Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.

· Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.

· Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times.

· Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).

· Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.

President Obama Took Concrete Steps to Improve Our Environment and Address Our Energy Needs
· Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards.

· 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.

· Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies.

· Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history.

· Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.

· Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. (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.

· Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.

· Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant.

· Oversaw doubling federal spending on clean energy research.

· Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.

· Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.

· Reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.”

· Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.

· Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.

· Following the neglect of Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic.

· Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars.

· Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.

· 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.

· Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills.

· Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

· Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own.

· Strengthened the Endangered Species Act.

· Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year.

· Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans.

· Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%.

· Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards.

· 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.

But That's Not All Of President Obama's Accomplishments Overcoming Tea Party/Republican Obstructionism
· Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA.

· 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 negotiations.

· Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

· 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.

· Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.

· Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule.

· Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.

· Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.

· Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure.

· Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects.

· Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first responders.

You found yours. I found this:

An impressive list of accomplishments:

First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then
deny he was a foreigner.

First President to have a social security number from a state he has
never lived in.

First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States

First President to violate the War Powers Act..

First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally
obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

First President to defy a Federal Judge's court order to cease
implementing the Health Care Reform Law.

First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a
third party.

First President to spend a trillion dollars on 'shovel-ready' jobs
when there was no such thing as 'shovel-ready' jobs.

First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of
companies to his union supporters.

First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act
through executive fiat.

First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the
deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those
with criminal convictions.

First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of
his political appointees.

First President to terminate America's ability to put a man in space.

First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law
unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly
spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state
it is allowed to locate a factory.

First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath
to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been
properly issued years ago.

First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-Corps for
catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in
his office..

First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half
years in office, 90 to date.

First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.

First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

First President to go on multiple global 'apology tours'.

First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights
and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by
the taxpayer.

First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year
at taxpayer expense.

First President to repeat the Holy Quran tells us the early morning
call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound
on earth.

First President to take a 17 day vacation.

How is this hope and change working out for you?

Can you please provide sources? Buck has offered sources numerous times. (Just so you don't feel its unfair)

Buck Snort:
I actually did some research from the White House released numbers on SALARY.
Here are the pages, in case you wish to look for yourself.
2010 http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2010
2012 http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2012

If you were to actually look:
David Agnew in 2010 made $93,800 but in 2012 $153,500
Jame Albino in 2010 made $91,800 but in 2012 $93,000
Russell Anello in 2010 $66,300 but in 2012 $92,001
Just to show you a few.

SO, YOUR STATEMENT:
On his first full day, he froze White House salaries.
IS NOT CORRECT, IS IT???

OR, maybe he froze them for just that one day???


Thank you for your list of assertions. Where are the web links that provide supporting evidence for your claims?

Here is the link that will list additional links to the supporting evidence for each and every one of my above 194 assertions.

http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/what-has-obama-done-since-january-20-2009.html

Your turn.....


John, I looked at your source reference websites and this is what I learned:

David Agnew 2010 job title - Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs - Salary $93,840
David Agnew 2012 job title - Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. - $153,500


James Albino 2010 job title - Senior Program Manager - $91,800
James Albino 2012 job title - Senior Program Manager - $93,000

Russell Anello 2010 job title - Counsel - $66,300
Russell Anello 2012 job title - Assistant Counsel $92,001

Clearly, Agnew changed jobs, easily explaining the salary increase.

Albino appears to have received an increase in pay, but the website lacks further information proving the details of the increase.

Less clear is the information on Anello. He appears on the 2010 list and the 2012 list, but does not appear on the 2011 list. It appears he left government employment for a year. When he returned to government employment he had a different job and a different job title. The 2012 job description seems to imply a demotion to a lesser position, but also equally likely his new position of counsel changed from advising an employee of middle management to advising an employee of higher responsibility.

Off hand it appears to me you cherry-picked the information without full disclosure of the above information, skewing the readers perception to support your allegations. In other words, you distorted the truth to support your position.

I looked at your examples, I like numbers ;)

First, so we are clear, President Obama froze pay on senior staffers, not all staffers. (Googleable)

Your examples: David Agnew- If you continue scrolling right on your links you will see that Agnew was apparently promoted to a higher position, which would garner a higher wage with or without the freeze. *now I did not search to see if there was a predecessor that Agnew may be earning more than, but Gawker was fact busted on other staffers of similar situation, ie: newly promoted actually earned less than predecessors

James Albino- His position doesn't even fall under the pay freeze, nor does his 1,200.00 difference in pay.

Russell Anello- Again not covered under the pay freeze, but also in 2012, Anello was not an employee but a detailee (which means on loan from another agency, and paid by other said agency)

Are we going to keep delving, or just looking at one single aspect?


bah, I must remember to check before I post when I spend so long typing. Sorry to have basically repeated you Buck.

Good way to make it appear like it froze pay. Just change their titles.

But: White House Payroll Up 14% Under Obama
http://www.newsmax.com/US/white-house-salaries-Obama/2012/06/30/id/444092
White House salaries have jumped by nearly $5 million in the three years since Barack Obama became president, official figures show.

He just hired more people also to avoid it making it look worse.

whatever: "He is also the 1 that signed the NAFTA agreement."

Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1986 among the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The agreement then needed to be ratified by each nation's legislative or parliamentary branch. Before the negotiations were finalized, Bill Clinton came into office in the U.S. (Wikipeda)
True, Clinton actually signed the NAFTA Bill; however, it was President H.W. Bush that did ALL of the work and Clinton is given 'credit' for NAFTA only because it didn't turn out well. If it had been a huge success, guess who the Republicans would be touting as having 'given birth to NAFTA?

whatever: "I had my own small bussiness for over 25 yrs and was never in trouble till the last 2"
Sorry to hear that because the community also suffers from lose of services. Small business overall, however, are doing better as credit-reporting provider Equifax said Tuesday that the second quarter of this year had the lowest number of small business bankruptcies in the U.S. since 2007. There are so many factors determining the failures of business given today's changing markets. And. as a matter of fact, one of the individuals who wrote a letter to the editor recently has just started a new business effect this year.

whatever: "he cut the defence budget to the point that our troops didn"t have the armor they needed." This issue was not on Obama's watch; definitely debated ad nauseam on GWB's watch, however. Factcheck,com: "A report issued in 2005 by the Government Accountability Office concluded that the shortage resulted from the sudden surge in demand, causing shortages of Kevlar fabric and of a critical material used in ceramic plates." Sorry, Buddy, Obama was NOT in office in 2005. (Any budget cuts proposed by President Obama have yet to be enacted.) Someone is REALLY lying to you!

whatever: "we lost another border gaurd 2day and 1 shot but should live"

Yes, it is really sad when we loose our brave men. You somehow imply that this is President Obama's fault? How?

"On August 7, 2008, Mexican troops crossed the border into Arizona and held a U.S. Border Patrol Agent at gunpoint. Agents stationed at Ajo, Arizona said that the Mexican soldiers crossed the border into an isolated area southwest of Tucson and pointed rifles at the agent, who has not been identified. The Mexicans withdrew after other U.S. agents arrived on the scene." (wikipedia)

So my question to you is why didn't GWB declare war on Mexico when their soldiers invaded our country?

coach: "I've seen nothing from this administration to convince me that they can turn this economy around."

Yes, coach, it is so much easier to listen to talking heads than to actually pick up an economic read and find out what is really going on in the the world. The USA has the strongest economy in the world right now. Are we growing at a pace that is remarkable from this recession we hit? Absolutely not, only a moron would believe that possible.

Read it and weep....http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/03/global-economy-idUSL6E8L3EEV20121003

The results of ISM's closely watched monthly survey were far better than economists had been expecting, with most predicting another month of contraction. The purchasing managers index (PMI), which reflects the acquisition of goods and services, was 51.5 in September – any figure above 50 represents growth. It stood at 49.6 in August. (guardian.co.uk)

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-japan-and-china-buy-us-debt-2012-9

USA Today/MCT--Consumers' out-of-control debt loads helped spark the recession, but households are rapidly getting their balance sheets back into shape. Overall consumer borrowing could return to its long-term norms by late next year — and that could help spark a late-2013 rebound in consumer spending, economists say. (Business Tuesday, September 18, 2012 0:07 am TWN, By Tim Mullaney, USA Today/MCT)

John: "BUT fraud, waste, & abuse hasn't been stopped, has it? I still see it everyday."

Think about this, John, didn't hear about it going on between 2000-2008, did you? Does that mean it wasn't happening? No! It just means that nobody gave a damn. Hearing about it now, aren't you? Because we have a decent government monitoring, reporting, and correcting. What do you want?

I looked at the Newsmax article. *Worth noting according to wiki it is a conservative mag, not without controversy, but aren't they all.

The article itself cites various figures including accounting for 26 employees who are not in fact paid for by the WH. It also cites a report that it got all this information from...without naming the report or providing readers a link to see if they are just talking out their rear or not. *Note also, I'm not saying they are, I just would like more information on their un-named source.

Do you work at the WH to know if these promotions are title only to gain more pay or if the staffers actually took on more responsibility? AND since WH staff pay is such an election decider do you have a more detailed breakdown of how much is attributed to new employees, how much attributed to standard COL for those not included in the freeze, how much attributed to promotions? If we are going to nit pick the small things that really bear no import on the running of the country, I want all the details to understand it fully before condemning Obama as unelectable for having too large a staff while presiding over a country of no less than 300 million citizens.

Lastly, again are you going to offer sources for your chainmail or did it not come with any?

Forbes Thought Of The Day
“ Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength. ” — Ralph W. Sockman

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama?
It’s enough to make even the most ardent Obama cynic scratch his head in confusion.

Amidst all the cries of Barack Obama being the most prolific big government spender the nation has ever suffered, Marketwatch is reporting that our president has actually been tighter with a buck than any United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Who knew?

Check out the chart –

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/24/who-is-the-smallest-government-spender-since-eisenhower-would-you-believe-its-barack-obama/

John" "DO you want me to go on??? A lot of your points, IT TAKES CONGRESS do to these things, NOT OBAMA. HE just sits in his chair and signs things.."

Well, thank you, John, for confirming what several of us have been trying to explain all along. The reason this economy has not been growing faster and unemployment is still at 8 something, it's the do nothing Congress.

Paul Ryan - There he goes again!
In comparing President Obama to Jimmy Carter, Ryan said in July 1980 the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent and “for the past 42 months it’s been above 8 percent under Barack Obama’s failed leadership.”
Both parts of this sentence are true according to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics , but in July 1983, when Ronald Reagan was president, unemployment was at 9.4 percent. In July 1982 it was higher at 9.8 percent.
In July 1992, when George H.W. Bush was president, unemployment was at 7.7 percent.
Is what Ryan said factually correct? Yes, but it leaves out some important data.
The next statement Ryan made was that in 1980 “330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy. Last year, under President Obama’s failed leadership, 1.4 million businesses field for bankruptcy.”
This is not true. According to American Bankruptcy Institute , under Carter 331,264 businesses and non-businesses filed for bankruptcy. That number includes not just businesses, but personal bankruptcies as well. In 1980, there were 43,694 business bankruptcies and 287, 570 non-business bankruptcies.
Ryan also got it wrong with regard to the number of business bankruptcies last year. In 2011, there were 1, 410, 653 total bankruptcies. Of that number 47,806 were business bankruptcies and 1,362,847 were non-business bankruptcies.
So did he misspeak or purposefully manipulate the data to make it sound worse?
“He obviously misspoke, but it’s still an apples to apples comparison,” Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said. “The point remains: bankruptcies are up dramatically under President Obama compared to the Carter years.”
Yet it’s important to note that bankruptcies are down dramatically under President Obama, compared to the Bush years.
Business bankruptcies hit a record 71,549 in 1991, when George H.W. Bush was president, second only to 1985, under Reagan, when 71,277 businesses filed.
A record number of Americans — more than 2 million — filed for personal bankruptcy in 2005."

Fact Check: Paul Ryan’s Jimmy Carter Comments Sep 3, 2012

Poor, poor gullible John...just imagine how many like HIM are out there!

An impressive list of accomplishments:
First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
--FALSE. http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/occidental.asp
First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
--FALSE. http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/ssn.asp
First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States
--TRUE. Obama did preside over the downgrade; however, Standard & Poor’s blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of both Republicans and Democrats. (Factcheck)
First President to violate the War Powers Act.
--Boehner: Obama not technically violating War Powers Act (By Bob Cusack and Molly K. Hooper - 06/01/11 06:47 PM ET)
First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
First President to defy a Federal Judge's court order to cease
implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a
third party.
First President to spend a trillion dollars on 'shovel-ready' jobs
when there was no such thing as 'shovel-ready' jobs.
First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of
companies to his union supporters.
First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act
through executive fiat.
First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the
deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those
with criminal convictions.
First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of
his political appointees.
First President to terminate America's ability to put a man in space.
First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
--This was done once, in late May 2011, but it was not exactly a law. The president was out of the country on diplomatic business, and the Patriot Act was about to expire. There was a concern he might not get back in time to sign the re-authorization (which also meant the bill's funding would not be approved in time); it was decided that rather than have the Act expire, he would sign the bill to re-authorize it by using an autopen, which is what happened.
First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law
unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly
spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.
First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state
it is allowed to locate a factory.
First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath
to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been
properly issued years ago.
First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-Corps for
catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in
his office..
-- Bull****
First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half
years in office, 90 to date.
First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.
First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
--And gave every cent of that Prize money to charity. You do understand that he could initiate getting the NPP, or do you?
First President to go on multiple global 'apology tours'.
First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights
and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by
the taxpayer.
First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year
at taxpayer expense.
First President to repeat the Holy Quran tells us the early morning
call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound
on earth.
First President to take a 17 day vacation.
--During the first 31 months in office, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days; George W. Bush had taken 180 days; Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days; Bill Clinton took the least time off -- 28 days.

If he bothered to check, he would find these are taken out of context. Unfortunately DISINFORMATION such as this is how the US itself becomes meaningless.


John; I believe enough time has elapsed for you to provide the source reference weblinks to the assertions you made above. Therefore, lacking confirmation I must assume you are in error or deliberately fabricated each and every one of your outrageous statements. And I see that Jane8 has independently refuted many of your statements.

Congratulations, you and your bogus Teabilly comments have become totally irrelevant to forum discussions.

Excellent posts, and as usual facts seem to quite the right.



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