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The President Takes Away The Republican’s Keys To The Car!

This is so freakin awesome. It crystallizes everything that’s happening in Washington in :54 seconds.

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May 14, 2010 - Posted by | Economy, Humor, Politics, President Barack Obama

13 Comments »

  1. President Obama is correct once again! The republicans are reckless with the American people’s property, but they want the Democrats to fix the mess, so they can drive our car back into the ditch!

    This is why part of me thinks it would be funny if the republicans blocked everything Obama did and then in 2012 if the republics get in the White House, THEY WILL BE STUCK WITH THEIR MESS THAT THEY REFUSED TO CLEAN UP FOR THE 12 YEARS PRIOR!

    Comment by KayInMaine | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’ve been wondering why I haven’t seen this video either here or over at Bob’s place. Fan-flippin’tastic, Obama!

    Comment by staci | May 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. Nice! Considering, however, that the car is an old raggedy-assed Studebaker, I’d like to see him bring out something more modern. Must be the liberal in me.

    Comment by William | May 16, 2010 | Reply

  4. For 3 1/2 years it has been the democrats at the wheel.
    I would like to see the administration accomplish something other than blame everything on someone else. Truman, a noted democrat, said the buck stops here, Obama says pass the buck, blame someone else be it the “rich”, the evil corporations, the banks and of course those conservatives.

    What has this beloved administration accomplished besides throw money at a problem and have no results except increase unsustainable debt. The healthcare “reform” is a joke, the bailouts are a joke and now he is trying to export jobs with his cap and trade.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | May 17, 2010 | Reply

    • It comforts me to know that someone still defends the “rich, the evil corporations and the banks”, do they look out for you as much as you look out for them, Ralph.

      Your rant is so much the opposite of reality, all I really have to say is “opposite”. What scares you and the right wing of this country is that progressive policies work, and then people remember and vote for democrats in the next cycle. The reason you all are getting so desperate is because President Obama’s policies are starting to bear fruit and work. You are personally just in denial, but other Republicans are starting to realize it and admit it. It should be an interesting election year if the economy continues to gain steam and jobs are created. Let’s revisit this in November, Ralph.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  5. Glad I could bring you some joy.
    You forgot to list Obama accomplishments.
    $900 billion healthcare reform for 13 million people. Oops that is now 1.3 trillion four years before it starts.
    Lower healcare premiums, oops it will cost more.
    GM paying back the bailout money, oops they paid it back with more bailout money.
    Financial reform, oops doesn’t address Fannie and Freddi who caused the mortgage meltdown. Oops they had democrats who provided oversight.
    Condemn Arizona illegal immigration law, Oops he hasn’t read it to see it parallels federal law which the federal government refuses to enforce.

    I’m like you, I can’t come up with anything positive he has accomplished either.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  6. I’ve posted about his many accomplishments before, here it is (http://extremeliberal.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/change-has-come/) but I’m sure you will either not read it or deny everything, you have that whole denial thing down to a science, Ralph. And that list is old, he’s done a shitload more since then. He’s been the most successful president we’ve had in a long time, maybe ever. He passed Health Care Reform, how do you like them apples? And it isn’t perfect, far from it, but it establishes the notion that America cares about the health of its citizens and I know that pisses you selfish Republicans (or independent, cough) off to no end. That’s just one of the reasons why I love it, the others are starting to take effect and over time will expand to help even more. It rocks! Sorry to rub salt in your wound.

    Comment by ExtremeLiberal | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  7. President Obama’s 2009 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/19/805925/-90-Accomplishments-of-Pres.-Obama-Which-The-Media-Fails-to-Report

    1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

    2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

    3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women

    4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

    5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

    6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information

    7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family

    8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act

    9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible

    10. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House

    11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

    12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

    13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

    14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

    15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

    16. New federal funding for science and research labs

    17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

    18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect

    19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

    20. New funds for school construction

    21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out

    22. US Auto industry rescue plan

    23. Housing rescue plan

    24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

    25. 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

    26. US financial and banking rescue plan

    27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

    28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

    29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

    30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

    31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

    32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

    33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

    34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

    35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

    36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

    37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

    38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales

    39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government

    40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

    41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program

    42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones

    43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

    44. Expanding vaccination programs

    45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

    46. Closed offshore tax safe havens

    47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

    48. 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

    49. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices

    50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

    51. Lower drug costs for seniors

    52. 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

    53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

    54. Improved housing for military personnel

    55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses

    56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

    57. Increasing student loans

    58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

    59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

    60. Established a new cyber security office

    61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

    62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

    63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness

    64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

    65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

    66. Improving benefits for veterans

    67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

    68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud

    69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

    70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

    71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

    72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

    73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive

    74. Making more loans available to small businesses

    75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare

    76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

    77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

    78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

    79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

    80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

    81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

    82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

    83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production

    84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

    85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

    86. Held first Seder in White House

    87. Attempting to reform the nation’s healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured

    88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform

    89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform

    90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

    Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office!

    Comment by KayInMaine | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  8. Thanks Kay, I’m sure ole’ Ralph will deny most of them and twist the rest. Ignorance is bliss, so they say, but I still don’t like going there. :) Some do!

    Comment by ExtremeLiberal | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  9. I don’t deny these things but many of them or not accurate.
    10/11 BS although he did offer several lobbyists jobs in his administration.

    He did move troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan.
    Close Gitmo – not
    Even you lock steppers have to admit the bailout plan has done nothing to create jobs. Even Obama changed the words because he knew jobs would not be created. He has successfully administered the longest running, highest unemployment rate since the great depression, I guess that would be an accomplishment.

    Pushed through healthcare reform that he never read and the majority of citizens didn’t want and now insurance premiums are headed up because of it.

    Most of the items are created a study, recommended, etc. That is not action on anything.

    He did go after off shore investments which is one accomplishment he can take credit for, the rest is a joke.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  10. I would lay the unemployment rate at Bush’s doorstep, just look at the lovely graph on the right side of my main page. The unemployment rate is a result of Bush’s stupid policies.

    I assume you are confusing the stimulus with the bailout, both of which worked very well. And just a reminder, the bailout was a Bush Administration plan that Obama went along with. Most of the money has been paid back, some with interest and some with profits to the government, if you can still call that a failure, you are deeper in your denial than I originally thought.

    The stimulus worked too, it helped save hundreds of thousands of teacher jobs and other state jobs too. It stopped the bleeding from the mess Bush left us and it actually has the economy growing at a nice rate. I’m really sorry to inform you of your ignorance, but I suspect instead of being ignorant, you are blatantly lying like the rest of the right-wingers.

    The great thing about progressive policies is that they work and the results are easy to see by those who aren’t blinded by their partisanship. Unlike the Republicans who had to try to sell their people that black is white and white is black when their policies failed miserably. Us progressives have the truth on our side and it’s pretty awesome.

    Comment by ExtremeLiberal | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  11. I tried to read your graph but it small. I think it pointed out the decline was in January 2008 when the democrats had control. The crisis was caused by the banks under Dodd and Fannie under Frank so who is really to blame. The bailouts were passed by Bush at the controlling parties insistence, that would be the democrats.

    As to the stimulus working, why is unemployment up if it worked. Thats right, it would have been worse without it I forgot.

    GM did pay back the money but they paid it back with bailout money. Thats like borrowing money on you house and paying off your mortgage than saying you paid off your house. BTW I assume you saw where delinquent mortgages are at an all time high and foreclosures are rising.

    We need to take a hint from Greece and admit that socialism doesn’t work. 50% of the people paying taxes cannot support 100% of the people and that is what is happening now.

    The great thing about progressives is they will always be in favor increasing taxes they don’t have to pay.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  12. If you click on the graph it gets bigger…a little. You might notice that the loss of jobs bottomed out in January of 2009, when Obama took office. It then steadily climbs and we are now producing more jobs each month. Now I’m not going to oversimplify like a lot of people like to do and give credit or blame to either Bush or Obama. There are a lot of factors that influence our economy and when people start pointing to one thing or another and saying “this caused that to happen”, it’s always much more complicated than that. Politicians like to take credit or assign blame for the economy and I’m sure that will never change.

    Having said that, the stimulus package worked very well. My niece kept her job because of it, she’s an adult education teacher. And the great thing is that the stimulus is still working, I see it everyday here in Michigan. People are going back to work, we have a lot of road construction going on that is employing hard working Americans. I probably pass 5 different road projects on my commute to work, which is about 30 miles. It is a direct result of the stimulus funds, Michigan is hurting budget-wise, so without it, all those people I’m seeing working would be unemployed, not paying their bills, not paying taxes, not feeding their family. Man I love that stimulus package.

    GM just reported a billion dollar profit in the last quarter, I’m pretty sure that’s what I heard. They are getting back on track and will pay back the money soon….it’s awesome, President Obama saved the American auto industry. Now I sense that a lot of folks like you, Ralph, don’t want the American auto industry to survive. It seems kind of unpatriotic to me, why would you want an American industry to fail? Why would you WANT all those workers to lose their jobs? Why? I don’t get it.

    Really, Ralph, you need to broaden your perspective, read some different newspapers or blogs. Do you really think Greece’s problem is from socialism? Give me a break? How many definitions are there for socialism anyway? It seems to be bandied about like it is a label for everything. I suppose you think we should get rid of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare? How about the prescription drug benefit? Pitch it? President Obama and the current democratic party are so far from socialists, it’s just laughable when you all trot out that overused, misunderstood word. Under most conservatives definitions we are already a socialist country, social security, medicare, medicaid, those are pretty socialistic programs.

    Comment by ExtremeLiberal | May 19, 2010 | Reply


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