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Netroots Nation 2011 And How President Obama Has Led!

I kept thinking about going to Netroots Nation 2011 this year because I knew that the organizers are very anti-Obama and I really wanted to get in their faces. I’m sure it would not have been a pleasant scene, not that I care, but unfortunately, I was not able to attend. I would have been that guy being dragged out of the session, singing a protest song or screaming “don’t taze me bro”. I probably would have screamed “Real progressives care about progress, not their fucking egos” or “You’re sore losers, get over Hillary’s loss” or maybe “How is hurting the Democratic Party going to help progressives?”. But like I said, it probably wouldn’t have been a pleasant scene, because I would have been a heckler at the Aravosis, Choi and Hamsher bitchfest. I would have made the biggest fucking scene, oh man.

When checking out the Netroots Nation 2011 website and seeing the agenda, it occurred to me once again, that President Obama is definitely the leader they should be rallying around. They have many panels and discussions about topics that President Obama has been a fierce leader on. It proves that President Obama is the most progressive president we’ve ever had. Here is a description of one panel on their schedule, followed by the many things President Obama has done on each topic.

Thu, 06/16/2011 – 4:30pm, M100 H

The issues progressives work on today have long and storied histories–ones that provide valuable lessons for today’s modern progressive movement. In this panel, progressive historians and scholars will explore brief histories of the key issues of our time, including labor, Social Security, the welfare state and safety net, women’s rights, immigration, the religious right, voting rights and equality.

So of course I immediately thought of all the great things that Obama administration has accomplished in those areas. Google President Obama and accomplishments and you will find many of them.

Labor

  • Established POWER Initiative – protects government workers, ensures reemployment, reduces worker’s comp claims and payments. ref
  • Restored funding to the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. ref
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Instituted equal pay for women. ref, ref, ref

Social Security

  • Social Security Disability Applicant Access to Professional Representation Act of 2010. ref
  • President Obama has been emphatic about his support for Social Security, here, here and here.

Welfare State and Safety Net

  • Expanded eligibility for Medicaid. ref
  • Provided $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. ref
  • Increased funding to expand community based prevention prog: rams. ref
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act // Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (March 2010). ref , ref
  • Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP). ref, ref

Women’s Rights

  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Instituted equal pay for women. ref, ref, ref
  • Presidential Memorandum extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. ref , ref , ref , ref
  • Established White House Council on Women and Girls (Executive Order 13506 ). ref
  • Financial agencies must establish Offices of Women and Minorities to promote more diverse hiring.
  • Established a New Patient’s Bill of Rights. ref
  • Increased funding to expand community based prevention prog: rams. ref

Immigration

  • Requested emergency funding of $600 million for Border Security. ref
  • Has supported and continues to support passage of the Dream Act which the congress has dropped the ball on.
  • President Obama continues to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to get the Dream Act passed.

Equality

  • Presidential Memorandum extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. ref , ref , ref , ref
  • Presidential Memorandum protecting gay and lesbian partners’ visitation/healthcare decision-making rights (4/15/2010). ref
  • Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to include gender, sexual orientation and disability. ref
  • Used the proper procedure for the permanent repeal of DADT, ending the Clinton era program that continued discrimination against GLBT service members.
  • Financial agencies must establish Offices of Women and Minorities to promote more diverse hiring.
  • Increased minority access to capital. ref
  • Signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ref
  • Increased Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (Exec Order)(celebrating 20th anniversary of the ADA). ref, ref
  • Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009. ref, ref
  • Tribal Law and Order Act. ref, ref, ref, ref

So as you can see, the President has been a great leader on all of those issues that were discussed in that panel at Netroots Nation 2011. I wasn’t there, but I’m sure they spent much of the time talking about all the great things the Obama administration has done and how they can help him continue to fight for those issues. I just know that is how the panel went, but like I said, I wasn’t there.

Source for much of the above accomplishments.

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5 Comments »

  1. Yet according to huffington post Progressives have left the democratic party. They (Cho and MIchael Moorei) and friends have had enough of Obama not being hardcore enough which means all progressives hate Obama and wont be voting for him in 2012.

    Seeing as Moore and Choi whoever that is speak for the entire progressive cause that means we’re in big trouble! I’m worried now.

    Comment by Jeff | June 18, 2011 | Reply

    • According to Gallup polling, over 40% of voters now claim to be “Independent” with 40% calling themselves “moderate”…about the same percentage of Democrats who call themselves “moderate”. In comparison less than a quarter of Republicans are brave enough to call themselves “moderate”. When you add in the many “conservative” Democrats in the Old South, Midwest farm states, Mountain West states, you find that “progressives” are a minority in the Democratic Party but many think they speak for all of us. I won’t get EVERYTHING I WANT from most Democratic politicians but will surely have a better chance of getting some benefits than by voting Republican.

      Good luck with getting one’s “progressive” viewpoints ALL accepted when the majority of Americans are moderate or conservative.

      Comment by grantinhouston | June 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. I’m sick of Jane Hamsher, Michael Moore and all the others who are forever downing President Obama, including Rachel Maddow. I call them the Tea Party of the Democrats, for that’s who they resemble with their radical ideology and blame-game. All they do is run their mouths to other radicals (just like the Tea Party), and I never see them going door-to-door or working for anybody except their own pocketbooks. How are they different than other radical assholes? Progressives, my foot.

    Comment by Rita in TN | June 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Maddow is okay but I find the others a bunch of assholes. I admit that Rachel does have some moments that steam me up but she is who she is. As far as Moore and Hamsher I wish all the ill of the world on them.

      Comment by Jeff | June 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. Our Sunday paper had a big story on Houstonian George Zimmer turning over his position as CEO of Men’s Wearhouse to a former Macy’s executive. Zimmer built one men’s clothing store in Houston in the 70’s to over 1200 hundred stores nation-wide. In the story, it reports that the stores are doing better than ever, 1st quarter profits this spring were DOUBLE what they were just last year. So people are spending for $200 to $600 men’s suits.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mens-wearhouse-profit-doubles-2011-06-08

    I keep reading similar story-after-story of a growing business economy YET to hear the right-wing talking, all they can do is paint a picture of “doom and gloom” under President Obama.

    Comment by grantinhouston | June 19, 2011 | Reply


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