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1 A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:53 pm


If you’re one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a “disappointment,” you haven’t been paying attention the last few years. And those of you who try to draw comparisons with the Bush Administration should put away the hallucinogens and have your memory checked. If you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, I apologize and forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this president has done most of what he said he would do if elected; imagine what he could have done by now if progressives had supported him and not given him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed.

Not only is he NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite. And no, I don’t just say that because he took out Osama bin Laden, helped Libya determine their own destiny for the first time in a while, and because he seems able to handle international incidents without starting a new war. The guy does nearly everything we elect a president to do, and he doesn’t brag about it constantly.

Is he perfect? No, he’s human. Does he deserve some criticism? I suppose, but I must admit I haven’t seen any complaints that were of based on anything having to do with the real world. One I can’t forgive him for is pulling Janet Napolitano out of Arizona. But the thing is, on balance, he’s mostly stellar. Besides, criticism about certain specific problems is one thing; taking on an overall “Obama sucks” meme not only has the potential to put Willard Romney into power, it’s also a lie. Just because you wanted a president who would give you a glitter-farting unicorn and didn’t quite get that doesn’t mean he’s not doing well at the job we hired him for.

What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one.

Legislative Prowess

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%.

Fiscal Responsibility

Within days after taking office, 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, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop 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.

Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression

He pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act.

In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%.

He completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs.

He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

He oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years.

He oversaw a bailout of General Motors that saved at least 1.4 million jobs, and put pressure on the company to change its practices, resulting in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world.

He also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency.

He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.

He signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.

He increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect.

He signed the 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, Home Ownership, 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.

He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.

He created, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with

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

He took steps to improve minority access to capital.

He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges.

He 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.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.

He dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby moving forward to cut ties between energy companies and the government.

Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.

He 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.

Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.

Dodd-Frank also included the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

He made it so that banks could no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers’ interests.

He supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation.

He wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.

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

He established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses.

He oversaw and then signed the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.

Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination

He 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.

He 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 to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping.

He appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.

Helped Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act.

He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

He’s appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.

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

He established a White House Council on Women and Girls

He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring 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.

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.

He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act.

Under his watch, National Labor Relations Board has 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.

Fighting Poverty

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

He signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.

Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad

He 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.

He did much 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 planet.

He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.

Closed a number of secret detention facilities.

He improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys.

He pushed for military to emphasize development of foreign language skills.

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

He refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program.

He worked to make donations to Haiti tax-deductible in 2009.

He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia.

He 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.

He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following 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.

He ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.

He 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.

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

Better Approach to “Defense”

Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.

He authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.

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

He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty.

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

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

He developed the 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.

He returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops.

Fulfilled campaign promise and ended our involvement in Iraq, and will complete full troop withdrawal before Christmas 2011.

He took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world.

He negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.

He 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.

Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Respect

He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it. He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.

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

He provided the troops with better body armor.

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

He 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).

He supported and signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans.

He ushered through the largest spending increase in 30 years for the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities.

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

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


He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process.

Completely reformed the student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. This includes a major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide , as well as an expansion in school construction.

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

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

He oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low-income students to go to college.

He passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.

Greater Transparency and Better Government

He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.

He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.

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

The Obama White House became the first to stream every White House event, live.

He established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.

He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.

He crafted 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. This will provide the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.

He improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent in the processing of FOIA requests.

National Safety and Security

He’s 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.

Science, Technology and Health Care

He created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.

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

He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

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

He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

He 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.

His 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.

Conducted a cyberspace policy review.

Provided financial support for private sector space programs.

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

He ushered through a bill that authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

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

He also increased funding for community-based prevention programs.

He oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

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

Two weeks after taking office, he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Re-authorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million.

He held a quick press conference, and urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put the increase on hold for two months.

Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people, and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he 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 Affordable Health Care Act, he expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level.

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.

Provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act 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. Last year’s increase was 4%. Compare that to the average 12% annual inflation rate during the previous 40 years.

Strengthening the Middle Class and Families

He worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.

He 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 , he cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families.

Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950.

He extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.

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

Environment and Energy

He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards that were above federal standards.

He 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.

He oversaw the establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, which creates more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies.

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

He ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.

He 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.)

He 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.

His EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant.

He doubled federal spending on clean energy research.

He pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.

He 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.

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

He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.

He required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.

Following 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.

He oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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

He 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.

He strengthened the Endangered Species Act.

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

Through the EPA, he took steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans.

He increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%

He announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards.

He announced the development of a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025

Other Stuff

He has expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA.

He 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.

He 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.

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

He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and he rescinded the global gag rule.

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

His FDA banned the use of antibiotics in livestock production.

Ushered through and signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.

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One Response to A LONG List of President Obama’s Accomplishments! With Citations!

DHFabian on May 31, 2012 at 8:44 PM

One of the first things President Obama did was restore full Social Security benefits (which had previously been slashed) to the seriously ill/disabled. If you recall, the former cuts had resulted in the disabled/ill becoming one of the fastest-growing groups of homeless people in America, and they don’t tend to have a good survival rate on the streets. To me, this spoke volumes about President Obama’s integrity and human decency. The second most significant thing (at least, so far) is that he is the first president since the 1970s who has not directly harmed the poor. Considering the Dem Party leadership, which has repeatedly offered up the poor as a sacrifice in hopes of appeasing Republicans, this is a life-saving change.

2 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:11 pm


sorry forgot link

3 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:13 am


16 trillion in Nat. debt, a divided country and a Democratic majority that believes in spend-spend -spend Whooohoooo what a great guy.. Excellent programs such as Solyndra bail out, closing gulf drilling, no work for food stamps program, health care no one wants nor can afford, apologizing to foreign for the US. Ignoring voter fraud, ignoring immigration issues..Hiding facts on Fast and Furious, more vacations at tax payer expense than any other president. Blocking oil from being piped into the US to cut dependency on foreign countries. Killing the coal industry with regulations. building turtle bridges, studying bees and grapes with stimulus money, shovel ready jobs that never were ready. super guy, a one man train wreck to the economy, 20 million more on food stamps than four years ago, 8.2 % unemployment..... and on and on.

4 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:05 pm


Most of the debt inherited.. when Repug congressmen get up and say they will do anything to keep this president from doing what is good for this country is a sad thing, how can anyone support the kind of republicans we now have in office, they sit back and let this country go to hell in a hand basket. the eight years of bush/cheney
we have now a very intelligent,caring president, that if he had the working congress we need we could be on the big road to recovery,more than we already are.
I and most people put the blame on the repugs. for the state our country is in and two wars really put us in trouble..

5 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:18 pm


Here we go again 3 1/2 years still blaming Bush, you people are a broken record, you can't admit Obama has us in worst shape now than we were.. Your answer is to keep throwing money down the drain, squeeze out the oil industry, destroy the middle class businesses, and double the food stamp recipients, welcome millions of illegals and pull an executive order for the most ridiculous reasons. I call that having your head stuck in the sand. But then again closing your eyes keeps you blind to the truth.It doesn't matter what Republicans want, Dums beat it any way to give Obammy his way and keep sending checks to China to sign.

6 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:37 pm


you can't admit your wrong, Congress has us in the worse shape, because they don't work with the sitting president.they did nothing when bush was prez and they still are, doing nothing.and you think Romney will do better??, no he won't, he will do exactly what bush did take us back, you being a woman should see that the repugs are not for us or anyone but the wealthy.. we are moving FORWARD. it took eight years to get us in this bad shape, it will take more than four to get us out,and Romney doesn't have the key, to do it, he is so out of touch with reality, just like all republicans are.

7 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:08 pm


You Dems are blind, it has only taken Obammy 3 1/2 years to screw up everything, no progress, no light at the end of the tunnel, only more spending, he himself admits Washington still feels like it did 4 years ago, so what has he done nothing besides waste money and the integrity and reputation of the US.

8 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:24 pm


An Obama Spending Spree? Hardly (CHART)

Sahil Kapur May 23, 2012, 6:03 AM 48982

A dominant theme of the national political discourse has been the crushing spending spree the U.S. has ostensibly embarked on during the Obama presidency. That argument, ignited by Republicans and picked up by many elite opinion makers, has infused the national dialogue and shaped the public debate in nearly every major budget battle of the last thee years.

But the numbers tell a different story.

The fact that the national debt has risen from $10.6 trillion to $15.6 trillion under Obama’s watch makes for easy partisan attacks. But the vast bulk of the increase was caused by a combination of revenue losses due to the 2008-09 economic downturn as well as Bush-era tax cuts and automatic increases in safety-net spending that were already written into law.

Obama’s policies, including the much-criticized stimulus package, have caused the slowest increase in federal spending of any president in almost 60 years, according to data compiled by the financial news service MarketWatch.

The chart shows that Presidents Reagan, both Bushes, and to a lesser extent Clinton, grew federal spending at a far quicker pace than Obama. Part of the reason for the slow growth is that Obama — unlike his Republican and Democratic predecessors — signed a law in February 2010 necessitating that new spending laws are paid for. In addition, Obama last year signed into law over $2 trillion in debt-reduction over the next decade.

Republicans argue that safety-net spending has crossed a critical threshold in recent years and Obama has been unwilling to address it. The two sides have jousted over who is to blame but the President has put hundreds of billions in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security on the table in deals that have been derailed, thanks in no small part to the GOP’s resistance to raising new tax revenues to help bridge the budget shortfall.

But that hasn’t quelled the attacks. Last week, Obama’s likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney accused Obama of lighting a “prairie fire” of spending and said he “added almost as much debt as all the prior presidents combined.

9 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:25 pm


Yep paid for with a check from China...

10 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:52 pm


any proof of that??

11 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:59 pm


How Much U.S. Debt Does China Really Own?
From Tom Murse
.How Much U.S. Debt Does China Really Own?

.The U.S. debt was more than $14.3 trillion during the so-called debt crisis of 2011, when the level of borrowing reached its statutory limit and the president warned of a potential default if the cap wasn't raised.

See also: 5 Presidents Who Raised the Debt Ceiling

So who owns all that U.S. debt?

About 32 cents for every dollar of U.S. debt, or $4.6 trillion, is owned by the federal government in trust funds, for Social Security and other programs such as retirement accounts, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury.

China and U.S. Debt
The largest portion of U.S. debt, 68 cents for every dollar or about $10 trillion, is owned by individual investors, corporations, state and local governments and, yes, even foreign governments such as China that hold Treasury bills, notes and bonds.

Foreign governments hold about 46 percent of all U.S. debt held by the public, more than $4.5 trillion. The largest foreign holder of U.S. debt is China, which owns more about $1.2 trillion in bills, notes and bonds, according to the Treasury.

In total, China owns about 8 percent of publicly held U.S. debt. Of all the holders of U.S. debt China is the third-largest, behind only the Social Security Trust Fund's holdings of nearly $3 trillion and the Federal Reserve's nearly $2 trillion holdings in Treasury investments, purchased as part of its quantitative easing program to boost the economy.

Criticism of China Owning U.S. Debt
To put China's ownership of U.S. debt in perspective, its holding of $1.2 trillion is even larger than the amount owned by American households. U.S. citizens hold only about $959 billion in U.S. debt, according to the Federal Reserve.

Other large foreign holders of U.S. debt include Japan, which owns $912 billion; the United Kingdom, which owns $347 billion; Brazil, which holds $211 billion; Taiwan, which holds $153 billion; and Hong Kong, which owns $122 billion.

See also: Debt Ceiling History

Some Republicans have expressed concern over the amount of U.S. debt owned by China. Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a 2012 presidential hopeful, joked that when it came to the debt "Hu's your daddy," a reference to Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Despite such joking, the truth is the bulk of the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt - $9.8 trillion in all - is owned by the American people and its government.

That's the good news.

The bad news?

That's still a lot of IOUs.

12 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:04 pm


well with all of romeny/bain outsourcing we sure don't want him president..
plus tour article shows nothing that my article stated as Obama being the least spending president,if you click on the link it gives you a chart of what presidents spent .

13 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:16 pm


So worried about Bain, but you ignored the list of US companies with foreign ties. I guess any hope is better than none to make Obama look good. Just think if he wins , look at the mess he inherits and he can't blame Bush any more.

14 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:42 am


no I didn't ignore anything your biggest spenders were republican president's
the republican congress never whined when bush spent 5.6 trillion surplus that Clinton left, charged two wars to America 's Credit card that Obama is having to pay for. again George and republicans are mostly the blame for this catastrophe. Obama has moved us forward these 31/2 years with no help from congress.. Bush will go down in history as our worse president. republican congress is at an all time low on popularity with the people.

15 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:24 pm


Obama jobs chief -- the CEO of GE -- pays no corporate taxes

By David Jackson, USA TODAY Updated 2011-03-25 4:28 PM
President Obama and Jeffrey ImmeltCAPTIONBy J. Scott Applewhite, APSome corporate embarrassment today for President Obama.

The chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness -- also the CEO of a billion-dollar company -- paid no corporate taxes in 2010.

General Electric, led by Obama appointee Jeffrey R. Immelt, reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion last year -- with $5.1 billion coming from U.S. operations -- but had no American tax bill, and claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion, The New York Times said.

The Times reported that GE "has been cutting the percentage of its American profits paid to the Internal Revenue Service for years, resulting in a far lower rate than at most multinational companies." The story cited "an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore."

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama still has confidence in Immelt, and also supports corporate tax reform.

"He's committed to corporate tax reform because it's right for growth, it's right for job creation," Carney said. "And, you know, he will have that conversation going forward."

Hot topic since GE has over 300,000 jobs but only 123,000 in the US and Obama places a CEO in such a high position knowing he is involved in a huge outsourcing .

16 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:48 pm


so this guy leads GE? that means he is the head of GE?

General Electric led by Obama appointee Jeffrey T Immelt

GE didn't pay taxes when bush was president because the bush tax cuts
support them ,like the tax cut did all big corporations. he is trying(Obama) to turn this around, but congress pugs keep filibustering it you need to watch live on the floor of the white house where they vote this stuff as law,


17 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:14 pm


Obama appointed him chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in 2010 knowing GE which he is responsible for running was outsourcing jobs. Not a good choice especially when this country is fighting to keep jobs here, nor a good statement for Obama and his concern for keeping jobs here.

18 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:39 pm


this Jeffrey is running GE? I thought ceo and president,board's do that!!

they ge was out sourcing jobs when bush was president, as i said you need to watch live congress and white house channel. Also Obama has a bill in the congress to stop this outsourcing,been there for months ,congress isn't going to improve anything to help this country, Period! they just want to get rid of the Black President,I think most all republicans are racist.

19 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:54 pm


That statement is so pathetic , when all else fails pull the race card. Now I see your mind frame, I am done with any type of discussion with you from now on . You are just sad.

20 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:25 pm


truth hurts! Good! thanks! Have a glorious day! bless you.

21 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:56 pm


Good grief, that is far fetched to say most all republicans are racist.

SSC, just cool off Gypsy will see that she as wrong in saying that.

Gypsy tell SSC you didn't mean that and start fresh.

22 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:08 pm


Really! start fresh? umm I need to hear this from SSC. I am always game to be nice..and start over.

23 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:15 pm


Well look, there ain't a whole lot of people posting right now, things are at an all time slow, I'm trying to pick things up with new members but its hard to do. So you two need to be on a posting basis with each other to keep things rolling until we get more members.

24 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:23 pm


I will always respect this forum.
I have bent over backwards,everything I post she has a negative response even when I prove it wrong~I believe she owes me an apology,I will extend one to her also. Maybe post something beside political

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25 Re: A long list of Obama's accomplishments on Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:25 pm


Ok, thats a start.

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