Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Reasons Obama Should Be Relected

The Reasons Obama Should Be Relected

There is none. I mean, what did you expect? You're talking to me. Okay, maybe there's the reason that if you don't re-elect this good for nothing broken promises president, then the republicans would have their man in there and things could get a whole lot worse... maybe.

Anyhow, there's some people out there who in an effort to show you how awesome of a president Obama is, put up a list of things to be proud of the leader;

President Obama's approval rating is at an all-time low as concerns for his re-election grow. With a bad economy and an even worse job market, morale in the “Yes We Can” believers has taken a big hit in the past three years.

Even though there are now more women serving on the Supreme Court than at any point in its history, August’s unemployment rate is at 9.1 percent. Osama Bin Laden may be captured and deceased but the U.S credit rating has been downgraded from its AAA status for the first time since it was first issued in 1917. And even though Obama just announced a new initiative to get veterans back to work, foreclosures are still on a wild roller-coaster ride placing families into unimaginable situations.

While there are probably 40 more reasons why Obama shouldn’t be re-elected, here are 40 more why he should.

Obama’s top 40 accomplishments during his presidency:

1. Authorized the housing resucue plan and new FHA residential housing guarantees.
2. Authorized a $789 billion economic stimulus plan – 1/3 in tax cuts for working-class families; 1/3 to states for infrastructure projects; 1/3 to states to prevent the layoffs of police officers, teachers, etc., at risk of losing their jobs because of state budget shortfalls.
3. Instituted a new rule allowing the public to meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (in as quickly as one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying.
4. Authorized the “Cash for Clunkers” program that stimulated auto sales and removed old, inefficient, polluting cars from the road.
5. Convened a “jobs summit” to bring experts together to develop ideas for creating jobs.
6.Authorized the federal government to make more loans available to small businesses and ordered lower rates for federal loans to small businesses.
7. In November 2009, Obama extended unemployment benefits for one million workers.
8.Signed historic Wall Street reform billDesigned to re-regulate and end abusive practices and promote consumer protections.
9. Instituted enforcements for equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Bill).
10.Signed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (2010) - To curb wasteful spending.
11. Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provides small tax cuts for 95% of “working families” - The tax cuts were not as big as was suggested during the 2008 campaign.
12. Reduced taxes for some small businesses to stimulate the economic recovery.
13.Extended the Home Buyers Credit for first-time home buyers.
14. Overturned the Bush-era practice of not listing certain federal programs in the federal budget – Bush did this (so did Reagan) in an effort to hide programs and make the budget look smaller; such “off budget” items are now included in the annual budget.
15. Ordered the Pentagon to cover expenses of families of fallen soldiers if they wish to be on site when the body arrives back in the US.
16.Working to increase pay and benefits for military personnel.
17. Fulfilled campaign promise to have combat troops (90,000) out of Iraq by August 31, 2010.
18. Appointed Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina, to the Supreme Court.
19. Appointed a diverse Cabinet and diverse White House staff.
20.Spoke at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization.
21. Signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation that includes acts of violence against gays under the list of federal hate crimes.
22. Allowed the State Department of offer same-sex benefits for employees.
23. After eight years of neglect, the Justice Department and EEOC are again enforcing employment discrimination laws.
24. Increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
25.Programs to assist Spanish speakers with the US Census.
26. Increased funding available for student loans.
27. Expanded the national youth service program.
28. Initiated a “Race to the Top” competitive federal grant program for states who develop innovative policies.
29. Proposed that the Pentagon repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy; placed a “freeze” on current efforts to remove alleged homosexuals from the military.
30.Increased investment in technologies for schools/education.
31. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness.
32. FEMA once again reports directly to the president – Bush removed FEMA (prior to the Hurricane Katrina disaster) from this status.
33. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office.
34. Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays.
35. Reversed some of the Bush-era restrictions that prevented Medicare from negotiating with pharmaceutical firms for cheaper drugs, allowing government to again competitively bid.
36. Individuals living at or below the poverty line were eligible for healthcare under Medicaid, but by 2014 individuals/families living slightly above (making up to $14,404/$29,327) the poverty line will also be eligible for benefits.
37. Individuals/families making less than $43,320/$88,200 per year will qualify for government subsidies to help purchase health insurance.
38. Families can keep their children in college on their healthcare plans through age 26.
39.Childhood Obesity Act (spearheaded by Michelle Obama) – purposed to subsidize free meals in low-income areas to ensure that children receive well-balanced and nutritious school meals; and also to provide free or reduced-price meals to nearly 31 million low-income children; and ultimately reduce childhood obesity.
40. Obama proposes Jobs Bill to help put Americans back to work.

I have to say, the one that makes me the most upset is #37.
Individuals/families making less than $43,320/$88,200 per year will qualify for government subsidies to help purchase health insurance
Gee, thanks to Obama, hundreds of billions of dollars each year will flow directly from the government to record-profits-making health insurers, with no caps on what they can charge "consumers" and higher deductibles and out of pocket costs.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know what it takes to qualify for the religious exemption to PPACA? I gotta plan in advance to start attending christian scientist services.

The real tragedy in all this is that they didn't mention Obama's successful coup in Hondouras. That seems like a pretty big oversight on their part. And not a single mention of expanding the war into Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan? Man, these guys are really falling down on the job in promoting our dear president.

If anything, there's a couple of things that Obama has done right over the the course of his presidential time. Those are:
1. bought sasha and malia a dog
2. held a "beer summit" for some stupid ass reason
3. increased minority access to capital
If you want a better list as to what the President has done or why you should.. um.. well, let's face it, NOT vote for him. How about trying THIS LIST on for size.

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