Daily Archives: December 22, 2009

What has Obama & His Administration accomplished in his First Year…

I found this great list posted by “ljc” on HuffPo. We’re so used to hearing that Obama has done nothing that we don’t even realize what has actually happened this year.
Look at these below:

Stem cell order reversed.
SCHIP passed and signed into law
Ledbetter Fair Play Act passed and signed into law.
Major Green energy initiatives started.
EPA rules revised to address Climate Change.
Executive order signed to protect large areas from drilling.
Car emission standards revised.
National Science Foundation funding boosted.
Stimulus bill passed, and already helping revive the economy.
Gitmo closing ordered.
Most CIA secret prisons closed.
T0rture banned.
Iraq troop withdrawal ordered.
Afghanistan approach revised.
Direct negotiations with Iran on the way.
Negotiations with Syria in progress.
Disarmament talks with Russia re-started.
Travel restrictions lifted and normalization of relations with Cuba on the table.
Energy/Climate Change legislation passed the House, soon to be passed by Senate.
Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act
Small Business Act Temporary Extension
Omnibus Public Lands Management Act
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act
Helping Families Save Their Homes Act
Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act
Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009
Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
Hate Crime Bill
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Major extension of unemployment benefits
$3.2 billion to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
Restored the National Endowment for the Arts’ funding to its highest level since 1992
$6 billion over five years to expand volunteerism in the United States.
Signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Created Office on Urban Policies.
EPA revises smog regulations to comply with scientific panel
FAA stops calling airlines its “customers”
Congressional Ethics Enforcement Commission Act (S. 2259)
Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act (S. 2261)
Curtailing Lobbyist Effectiveness through Advance Notification, Updates, and Posting Act (The CLEAN UP Act) (S. 2179)
Destroying Surplus and Unguarded Conventional Weapons
Violence Against Women Act (S. 1197)
Greater Funding for Veterans Health Care
Expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Increased Funding for Public Education
Early Head Start Funding for Children
Expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit
Increasing the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit
Tax Credits For College Students
Financial Support for Renewable Energy Companies
Electric Grid Infrastructure Package
Supreme Court Associate Justice Confirmed.
Ordered rescue of Captain Phillips off Somalia.
Plus a tax cut for the middle class
Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009
Iran agrees to send Enriched Uranium to Russia
Text messaging banned in Federal Vehicles
Brokered the release of Current TV journalists in North Korea
Winner of the 2009 Noble Peace Prize
Reduction in TARP executives pay
Brokered Deal in Copenhagen
Jobs bill passed in the House
Allocating 30 billion to small business
Federal Funding of needle exchange ban lifted.

From: The Malicious Malefactors of Mistruths, an article by Eugene Elander

Mr. Elander wrote this very good evaluation of the Republican Senators’ deceptive behavior in the current Senate debate on the Health Care Bill. I read it in OpEd News while watching the live C-Span2 coverage of the next stage of debate and voting on the Reid amendment to the plan.

Here’s a clip… but go and read the whole thing HERE:

clipped from www.opednews.com
I was struck by the duplicity of Republican senators, including even those like John McCain for whom I had once had some respect. After reading carefully-selected portions of Obama campaign speeches on health care, McCain quoted a biased columnist to the effect that most of the American people deplore health reform.
But worse than those misrepresentations were the mistruths of many Republican Senators who whined endlessly about how the President had not consulted them on health care legislation. They need a lot of treatment for memory lapses, as early in the process of designing an improved health care system, the President courted Republicans on many occasions, including special invitations to the White House to provide their input. Some one hundred and sixty one amendments to the evolving health care bills were based on that Republican input.
That is much more consultation than they ever gave the Democrats on anything, when the Republicans controlled Congress for many years.
blog it