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Change Has Come!

In an effort to counter the “Republic party” and faux-progressive assault on our president as a failure, here is a partial list of some of the accomplishments he has either started or has implemented.  Many of them happened in the first 100 days, but many more have slipped under the radar of the MSM over the entire 11 months of his presidency.   I know many bomb throwers will deny that many of them really happened, I guess that’s the political environment we now find ourselves in, just deny it or lie about it.  Feel free to add to this list in the comments.  Many thanks to bacalove at Daily Kos.

  • Reversed Bush ban on federal funding of stem cell research.
  • The 787 billion dollar stimulus package provides hundreds of billions
    of tax cuts and helps fund state programs already in place
  • the stimulus package helps repair a decayed infrastructure
  • The education secretary has five billion of Discretionary spending to improve education
  • is much more science friendly with the energy secretary being a scientist
  • reversed Bush global gag rule on doctors and provided funding for international family planning groups

…there is a lot more after the break

  • required interrogators to follow the procedures of the army field manual when questioning prisoners
  • removed the ban on photographing caskets returning from Iraq
  • the Equal Pay for Equal Work bill was passed and enacted in January
  • in March, the President signed an act requiring full scientific review of projects which may endanger species of plants or wildlife
  • allowing states to set their own stricter fuel efficiency and pollution standards
  • the White House has put under federal protection more than two million acres of wilderness, thousands of miles of river and a host of national trails and parks
  • Froze the salaries for top White House staff members. This is a largely symbolic act, but might be an important one.
  • Signed a detailed executive order to ban torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners.
  • Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
  • The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
  • Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
  • Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
  • New federal funding for science and research labs
  • Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
  • The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
  • The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
  • Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
  • The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
  • Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
  • Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
  • Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
  • Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
  • Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales
  • Announced plans to purchase fuel-efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
  • Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
  • Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
  • Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
  • Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
  • Expanding vaccination programs
  • Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
  • Closed offshore tax safe havens
  • Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
  • Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices
  • Lower drug costs for seniors
  • Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
  • Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
  • Improved housing for military personnel
  • Increasing student loans
  • Established a new cyber security office
  • Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
  • Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
  • The FDA is now regulating tobacco
  • Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
  • Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
  • Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
  • Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
  • Making more loans available to small businesses
  • Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
  • Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
  • New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
  • Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
  • Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
  • Held first Seder in White House
  • Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform

Now that is just some of what he has done. For all the so-called progressives who are calling him a failure, you might notice that there is a trend in his actions (that he has control over), they are progressive!  Now obviously, trying to pass laws with the makeup of the senate as it is, that’s a different story as we have witnessed all too starkly with health care reform. I’m sure there will be more in the new year, but we progressives have to be realistic in our expectations of what he can accomplish, LIEberman, Nelson, Carper, Landrieu, McCaskill and other moderate dems aren’t going away anytime soon. So we better adjust our expectations accordingly. I don’t think you can read the above list without saying “Change has come.”

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January 3, 2010 - Posted by | Politics | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Right on! Of course, those who supported Hillary & Sarah will never believe this list. There’s a big black scary guy in the White House as far as they’re concerned so they must concentrate on the Pants On Fire Christmas Day Bomber and No Public Option just to hate him! See?

    Comment by KayInMaine | January 4, 2010 | Reply


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