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Sorry you missed this.

I know you won't read it because you hate those damn pesky facts but here it is again -

Sat Aug 11, 2012

If you're one of those people who thinks President Obama is a "disappointment," condolences for not getting your unicorn. And it's time to grow up, get over it. We have four months to go before an election that will feature more political ads than you have ever seen before in your life. We're not just having to beat Willard Romney; we also have to beat Citizens United. There will be TWO choices for president. You can either work for Obama and every other Democrat (yes, including Blue Dogs), or you can sit back and watch Willard Romney complete the job of taking apart the social fabric of the country that was begun by Ronald Reagan.

What makes the "disappointment" argument even more irritating is that it's simply not true. He's done nearly everything we elect a president to do, and he dd it all with little support from the left, and massive obstruction from the right. .

Is he perfect? No, he's human. Does he deserve some criticism? At this point, it really doesn't matter.

What does matter is that this president has compiled a STELLAR record. If you can look at this list of the president's accomplishments after three years, and not be excited, you have a serious problem with perspective.

Pass this list around to everyone you know. And don't be afraid; unlike many such lists, every item includes a link to a citation supporting it.

He Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility After the Bush Debacle

1. Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

2. Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR...

3. On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. msnbc: news, video and progressive community. Lean Forward....

4. He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov

5. He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems.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. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

6. Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/...

He Improved the Economy, Preventing a Bush Depression

7. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

8. The Bush-led Great Recession was costing the economy nearly 800,000 jobs per month by the time President Obama took office. But by the end of his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economyby 3.5%. Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com...

9. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal... http://bit.ly/...

10. He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

11. Oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/...

12. Along with Democrats, and almost no Republicans, implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. http://bit.ly/... Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/... This resulted in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com... Willard Romney, on the other hand, advocated for the entire industry to go belly-up. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

13. Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/...

14. 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. ABC News Radio Internal Website...

15. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

16. Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/...

17. Signed the Democratic-sponsored and passed Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/...

18. Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

19. Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

20. 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.) BusinessUSA | Discover. Connect. Grow.

21. Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

22. Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/...

23. Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

24. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

25. Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

26. Along with Congressional Democrats, provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/...

27. Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. msnbc: news, video and progressive community. Lean Forward....

28. Crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/...

He Fostered Greater Transparency and Better Government, After the Excesses of the Bush Years

29. Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/...

30. 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. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

31. Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/...

32. Became the first to stream every White House event, live. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

33. Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. United We Serve

34. Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

35. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

36. Improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

37. Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post...

38. Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

39. Through Dodd-Frank legislation, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

40. Through Dodd-Frank, the Executive Branch fashioned rules that reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market. http://bit.ly/...

41. 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. http://bit.ly/...

42. Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/...

43. Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

44. Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks that now permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/...

45. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

46. Established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/...

47. Oversaw and then signed a Democratic bill constituting the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. The Daily Caller...

48. Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals usingmoney from the TARP and Stimulus programs. http://bit.ly/...

He Ushered Through Many Changes That Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination

49. 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. http://bit.ly/...

50. Pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie in order to be eligible to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

51. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

52. Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/...

53. Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History. http://bit.ly/...

54. Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing bit.ly/9RxEnP

55. Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for the right to enter into a same-sex marriage. http://bit.ly/...

56. Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

57. 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. http://bit.ly/... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

58. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill. http://bit.ly/...

59. Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

60. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

61. Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide. Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com...

62. Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples. reut.rs/llNJek

63. Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

64. Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/...

He Made Major Improvements in Foreign Relations and American Status Around the World

65. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/...

66. As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

67. Helped to restore America's reputation around the world as a global leader that does the "right thing" in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the world. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

68. Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

69. Closed a number of secret detention facilities. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

70. Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

71. Pushed for military to emphasize devlopment of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/...

72. Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/...

73. Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program, and thus avoid another war that Republicans wanted. http://bit.ly/...

74. Worked with Democratic Congress to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post...

75. Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

76. Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

77. 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. NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

78. Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow through. http://bit.ly/...

79. Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called "enhanced interrogation." He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/...

80. Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. BBC - Homepage...

81. Released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/...

82. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

83. In response to the emerging "Arab Spring," he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/...

84. Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

85. Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/...

86. Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/...

He Took a More Realistic Approach to “Defense”

87. Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

88. Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

89. Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com...

90. Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/...

91. Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

92. Through the Defense Authorization Act, reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/...

93. 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. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis...

94. Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country. http://bit.ly/...

95. Negotiated a deal with Afghan govenment, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country. http://bit.ly/...

96. Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/...

97. Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

98. 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. Al Jazeera English - Live US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Sports, Weather & Business News...

His Administration Treated Soldiers and Veterans with Respect That Was Missing Previously

99. 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. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia... BBC - Homepage...

100. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

101. Provided active combat troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/...

102. Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

103. Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one.) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

104. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

105. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

106. Created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/...

107. Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/...

108. Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/...

109. Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty will be able to avoid state taxes in their temporary residence. http://bit.ly/...

He Refocused the Federal Government on Education

110. Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

111. Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

112. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

113. Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them. http://bit.ly/...

114. Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/... ,

115. Oversaw major expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/...

116. Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

117. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/...

118. Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/...

119. Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

He Pushed Through Improvements in National Safety and Security

120. Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/...

121. Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

122. Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/...

123. Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/...

Science, Technology and Health Care

124. Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

125. Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/...

126. Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/... Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com...

127. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

128. Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/...

129. Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/...

130. Obama EPA reveresed research ethics standards which allowed humands to be used as "guinea pigs" in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/...

131. Conducted a cyberspace policy review. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

132. Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/...

133. Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/...

134. Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco. msnbc: news, video and progressive community. Lean Forward.... As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

135. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/...

136. Increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/...

137. Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

138. Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/...

139. Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/...

140. Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Democratic Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put increase on hold for two months. http://yhoo.it/...

141. Ushered through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to at least 30 million more people, ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established healthcare.gov, so that taxpayers could keep up with developments. http://www.healthcare.gov/

142. Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

143. 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. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

144. Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

145. Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

146. Provisions in theACAhave 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

He Took Steps to Strengthen the Middle Class and Families, and to Fight Poverty

147. Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/...

148. 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. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

149. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America's working families. http://bit.ly/...

150. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950. http://bit.ly/...

151. Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/...

152. Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. AOL.com - News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local & Lifestyle... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia... http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

153. Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

154. Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis...

He Took Concrete Steps to Improve Our Environment and Address Our Energy Needs

155. Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

156. 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. Politics, Political News - POLITICO.com...

157. Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/...

158. Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/...

159. Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

160. Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com... (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

161. Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/...

162. Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/...

163. Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/...

164. Oversaw doubling federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/...

165. Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/...

166. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

167. 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.” http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

168. Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/...

169. Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/...

170. Following the neglect of Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/...

171. Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. http://bit.ly/...

172. Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://bit.ly/... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

173. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

174. Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

175. Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

176. Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/...

177. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/...

178. Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/...

179. Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/...

180. Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/...

181. Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

182. 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 USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

But That's Not All...

183. Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/...

184. 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. http://on.fb.me/... http://bit.ly/...

185. Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/...

186. 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. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post... http://bit.ly/...

187. Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/...

188. Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

189. Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post...

190. Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/...

191. Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

192. Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

193. Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first reponders. http://bit.ly/...

And Did You Know?

194. Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR...

What has Obama Done? Here Are 194 Accomplishments! With Citations! - reposted from the PCTC Blog
 

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Sorry you missed this.

I know you won't read it because you hate those damn pesky facts but here it is again -

Sat Aug 11, 2012

If you're one of those people who thinks President Obama is a "disappointment," condolences for not getting your unicorn. And it's time to grow up, get over it. We have four months to go before an election that will feature more political ads than you have ever seen before in your life. We're not just having to beat Willard Romney; we also have to beat Citizens United. There will be TWO choices for president. You can either work for Obama and every other Democrat (yes, including Blue Dogs), or you can sit back and watch Willard Romney complete the job of taking apart the social fabric of the country that was begun by Ronald Reagan.

What makes the "disappointment" argument even more irritating is that it's simply not true. He's done nearly everything we elect a president to do, and he dd it all with little support from the left, and massive obstruction from the right. .

Is he perfect? No, he's human. Does he deserve some criticism? At this point, it really doesn't matter.

What does matter is that this president has compiled a STELLAR record. If you can look at this list of the president's accomplishments after three years, and not be excited, you have a serious problem with perspective.

Pass this list around to everyone you know. And don't be afraid; unlike many such lists, every item includes a link to a citation supporting it.

He Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility After the Bush Debacle

1. Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

2. Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR...

3. On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. msnbc: news, video and progressive community. Lean Forward....

4. He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov

5. 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. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

6. Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/...

He Improved the Economy, Preventing a Bush Depression

7. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

8. The Bush-led Great Recession was costing the economy nearly 800,000 jobs per month by the time President Obama took office. But by the end of his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economyby 3.5%. Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com...

9. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal... http://bit.ly/...

10. He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

11. Oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/...

12. Along with Democrats, and almost no Republicans, implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. http://bit.ly/... Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/... This resulted in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com... Willard Romney, on the other hand, advocated for the entire industry to go belly-up. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

13. Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/...

14. 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. ABC News Radio Internal Website...

15. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

16. Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/...

17. Signed the Democratic-sponsored and passed Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/...

18. Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

19. Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

20. 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.) BusinessUSA | Discover. Connect. Grow.

21. Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

22. Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/...

23. Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

24. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

25. Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

26. Along with Congressional Democrats, provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/...

27. Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. msnbc: news, video and progressive community. Lean Forward....

28. Crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/...

He Fostered Greater Transparency and Better Government, After the Excesses of the Bush Years

29. Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/...

30. 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. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

31. Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/...

32. Became the first to stream every White House event, live. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

33. Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. United We Serve

34. Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

35. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

36. Improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

37. Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post...

38. Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

39. Through Dodd-Frank legislation, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

40. Through Dodd-Frank, the Executive Branch fashioned rules that reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market. http://bit.ly/...

41. 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. http://bit.ly/...

42. Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/...

43. Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

44. Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks that now permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/...

45. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

46. Established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/...

47. Oversaw and then signed a Democratic bill constituting the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. The Daily Caller...

48. Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals usingmoney from the TARP and Stimulus programs. http://bit.ly/...

He Ushered Through Many Changes That Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination

49. 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. http://bit.ly/...

50. Pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie in order to be eligible to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

51. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

52. Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/...

53. Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History. http://bit.ly/...

54. Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing bit.ly/9RxEnP

55. Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for the right to enter into a same-sex marriage. http://bit.ly/...

56. Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

57. 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. http://bit.ly/... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

58. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill. http://bit.ly/...

59. Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

60. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

61. Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide. Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com...

62. Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples. reut.rs/llNJek

63. Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

64. Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/...

He Made Major Improvements in Foreign Relations and American Status Around the World

65. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/...

66. As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

67. Helped to restore America's reputation around the world as a global leader that does the "right thing" in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the world. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

68. Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

69. Closed a number of secret detention facilities. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

70. Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

71. Pushed for military to emphasize devlopment of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/...

72. Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/...

73. Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program, and thus avoid another war that Republicans wanted. http://bit.ly/...

74. Worked with Democratic Congress to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post...

75. Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

76. Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

77. 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. NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

78. Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow through. http://bit.ly/...

79. Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called "enhanced interrogation." He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/...

80. Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. BBC - Homepage...

81. Released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/...

82. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

83. In response to the emerging "Arab Spring," he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/...

84. Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

85. Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/...

86. Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/...

He Took a More Realistic Approach to “Defense”

87. Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

88. Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

89. Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com...

90. Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/...

91. Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

92. Through the Defense Authorization Act, reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/...

93. 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. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis...

94. Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country. http://bit.ly/...

95. Negotiated a deal with Afghan govenment, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country. http://bit.ly/...

96. Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/...

97. Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

98. 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. Al Jazeera English - Live US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Sports, Weather & Business News...

His Administration Treated Soldiers and Veterans with Respect That Was Missing Previously

99. 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. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia... BBC - Homepage...

100. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

101. Provided active combat troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/...

102. Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

103. Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one.) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

104. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

105. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

106. Created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/...

107. Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/...

108. Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/...

109. Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty will be able to avoid state taxes in their temporary residence. http://bit.ly/...

He Refocused the Federal Government on Education

110. Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

111. Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

112. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

113. Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them. http://bit.ly/...

114. Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/... ,

115. Oversaw major expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/...

116. Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

117. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/...

118. Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/...

119. Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

He Pushed Through Improvements in National Safety and Security

120. Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/...

121. Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

122. Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/...

123. Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/...

Science, Technology and Health Care

124. Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

125. Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/...

126. Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/... Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com...

127. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

128. Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/...

129. Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/...

130. Obama EPA reveresed research ethics standards which allowed humands to be used as "guinea pigs" in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/...

131. Conducted a cyberspace policy review. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

132. Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/...

133. Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/...

134. Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco. msnbc: news, video and progressive community. Lean Forward.... As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

135. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/...

136. Increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/...

137. Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

138. Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/...

139. Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/...

140. Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Democratic Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put increase on hold for two months. http://yhoo.it/...

141. Ushered through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to at least 30 million more people, ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established healthcare.gov, so that taxpayers could keep up with developments. http://www.healthcare.gov/

142. Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

143. 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. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

144. Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

145. Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

146. Provisions in theACAhave 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

He Took Steps to Strengthen the Middle Class and Families, and to Fight Poverty

147. Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/...

148. 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. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

149. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America's working families. http://bit.ly/...

150. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950. http://bit.ly/...

151. Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/...

152. Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. AOL.com - News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local & Lifestyle... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia... http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

153. Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

154. Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis...

He Took Concrete Steps to Improve Our Environment and Address Our Energy Needs

155. Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

156. 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. Politics, Political News - POLITICO.com...

157. Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/...

158. Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/...

159. Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

160. Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com... (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

161. Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/...

162. Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/...

163. Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/...

164. Oversaw doubling federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/...

165. Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/...

166. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

167. 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.” http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

168. Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/...

169. Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/...

170. Following the neglect of Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/...

171. Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. http://bit.ly/...

172. Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://bit.ly/... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal... USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

173. 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. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

174. Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

175. Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia...

176. Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/...

177. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/...

178. Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/...

179. Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/...

180. Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/...

181. Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

182. 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 USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

But That's Not All...

183. Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/...

184. 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. http://on.fb.me/... http://bit.ly/...

185. Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/...

186. 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. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post... http://bit.ly/...

187. Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/...

188. Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/... http://bit.ly/...

189. Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post...

190. Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/...

191. Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

192. Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects. USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal...

193. Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first reponders. http://bit.ly/...

And Did You Know?

194. Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR...

What has Obama Done? Here Are 194 Accomplishments! With Citations! - reposted from the PCTC Blog

What a litany of nothing. What O really has accomplished: More record setting debt, high unemployment, record numbers on welfare, inflation, millions losing healthcare insurance due to his own law, multitudes of worthless laws, never ending spending and the list goes on and on and on and on.....................................
 

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Of course it's all a BUNCH OF NOTHING and go through that list, it's MORE GOVERNMENT to lay it's jackboots on our necks

what a generous guy huh?
 
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Of course it's all a BUNCH OF NOTHING and go through that list, it's MORE GOVERNMENT to lay it's jackboots on our necks

what a generous guy huh?


This is what Owbama is trying to accomplish before he is no longer President.

Obama was influenced by the writings and philosophies Saul Alinsky, author of the book, "Rules for Radicals," and later by Frank Marshall Davis, with similar philosophies.

Barak Obama followed the philosophies of these 'role models' throughout his days as a Community Organizer for ACORN, using tactics that appeared to some as 'shaking down' businesses in exchange for not branding them 'hate groups.'

And apparently Obama is still following those radical rules today.

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state.

The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Now, think ...

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?



Origins: Saul Alinsky was the Chicago-born archaeology major who, in the midst of the Great Depression, dropped out of graduate school and became involved first with the labor movement and then with community organizing. It was in the latter field that he made his mark, working from the late 1930s through the early 1970s as a community organizer — first in poor areas of Chicago, and later in various cities across the U.S. — seeking (often through unconventional means) to "turn scattered, voiceless discontent into a united protest." Along the way he authored the books Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals to provide "counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change," the latter of which opened with the following explanation of its purpose:
What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.

Read more at snopes.com: Saul Alinsky: How to Create a Social State
 

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For example, 70 percent of Americans want Universal health care and he failed to even moderately advocate for it.

But Obamacare isn't universal healthcare. It's insurance fraud.
 

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What a litany of nothing. What O really has accomplished: More record setting debt, high unemployment, record numbers on welfare, inflation, millions losing healthcare insurance due to his own law, multitudes of worthless laws, never ending spending and the list goes on and on and on and on.....................................
You'd be right if you were talking about George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan.
 

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Obama's greatest achievement is that he is of all the presidents, the most accomplished liar.

Riiight..

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh163n1lJ4M]Richard Nixon - "I'm not a crook" - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuLWgVOLbG4]George H W Bush read my lips - YouTube[/ame]

And my personal fave..

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHXq8TRejow]Telling Lies - YouTube[/ame]

:clap2: Number one with a bullet.
 

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What a litany of nothing. What O really has accomplished: More record setting debt, high unemployment, record numbers on welfare, inflation, millions losing healthcare insurance due to his own law, multitudes of worthless laws, never ending spending and the list goes on and on and on and on.....................................
You'd be right if you were talking about George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan.

go back to haten on Joe the Plumber
 

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Increased the debt.
Increased regulation on businesses
Increased the unemployment rate
Increased the number if people on welfare
Destroyed the healthcare system in the US
Destroyed the credit rating of the US
Supported the murderous Muslim brotherhood in Egypt
Destabilized the Middle East
Murdered American Citizens
Ruined relations with Russia
Allowed 4 people to be killed in Benghazi and lied about it
Distributed weapons to drug lords in Mexico resulting in the murder of a border patrol agent
Artificially inflated the stock market by flooding it with worthless dollars
Increased the gap between the very rich and the very poor
Stonewalled investigations into his administrations wrongdoings
Lied, lied some more, and lied about his lies.
Now this is a list I can support. The only thing I can add is the death tole from his gun running is over 600, mostly Mexican police and military. It wasn't obama's first or last genocide. Remember when he came on the tube saying he had to save the people of Libya, he couldn't wait on Congress and started his illegal war on Libya flying 6,000 sorties of bunker busters and anti personal cluster bombs killing 130,000 Libyans resulting in an Al Qaeda victory. Then there was the South Africa Lawyers Ass. putting out a statement that obama had killer thousands of people all over Africa, including 500 children with drone attacks. With the number of Blacks he has killed it's not hard to figure out he is a White racist.
 

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