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What Has President Obama Accomplished?

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on June 25, 2012

I stumbled on this blog post:

The Immoral Minority: Fifty two percent of Americans believe the President has not accomplished “very much.” Fifty two percent of Americans are morons.

I had to answer, but I suspect that my comment won’t be posted. Since it’s big enough to be a post of it’s own, I’m publishing my response here.

You say:

“Measured in sheer legislative tonnage, what Obama got done in his first two years is stunning.”

And then you list the things. And it sounds good but is it?

Many of my American friends are horrified at what “Health care reform” actually ended up being (not as advertised).

>>”The takeover and turnaround of the auto industry.”
. . .  I don’t know about this one, but if this is a good thing, why isn’t Michael Moore trumpeting it?

>>”The biggest economic stimulus in history.”
. . . was what, bailing out the banks with no strings?

The banks that went ahead and foreclosed on all those homes of taxpayers. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t the taxpayers who had culpability for the erosion of the laws that led to the current Global Depression.

(The same laws that were enacted after the last Great Depression, you know, to prevent it happening again.)

The banks, which *did* have culpability – were given pots of no-strings taxpayer ca$h.

If that bailout money had been given directly to the mortgagees, they would have been able to pay their notes and would still be productive members of society with a roof over their heads. Instead, they are on the streets, many of them in “Occupy” Camps.


>>Sweeping new regulations of Wall Street.
. . . Uh huh . . . why, then, is “Occupy Wall Street” striking such resonance?

>>A tough new set of consumer protections on the credit card industry. A vast expansion of national service.

. . . I don’t know about these, but in light of previous government largesse to banks, and the virulence of the Obama administration’s attempts to silence Wikileaks (which, oddly enough, promised bank revelations) I would guess this is more “appearance” than “substance”

>>Net neutrality.

. . .  this one I *do* know about, Just because you call it “Net Neutrality” doesn’t mean it *is* “Net Neutrality.” ACTA, TPP, SOPA, CISPA could not exist with actual Net Neutrality… not to mention strong arming the rest of the world to make American dictated laws?

>>The greatest increase in wilderness protection in fifteen years.

. . .  oh, really? What about the Enbridge pipeline deal? You know, *that* Enbridge ~ that just had a little accident.

>>A revolutionary reform to student aid. Signing the New START treaty with Russia. The ending of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

. . .  and lets not forget that while the soldiers who used innocent civilians for target practice walk free while a young man accused of leaking the Collateral Murder video langishes in jail . . .

. . . or that the President has assumed the authority to assassinate American citizens at will.

Okay, maybe, you’re right, perhaps President Obama has accomplished a lot.

Much more than George W. Bush, because Obama understands PR.

It’s kind of ironic that President Obama has done such a great job of fulfilling the Republican agenda. Before Obama, I thought that your two political parties were different. Your country (and mine, whose government panders to yours) is a lot closer to 1984 thanks to your President’s efforts.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a good thing.

Frighteningly apropos for George Orwell’s birthday.

The thing is, Orwell was warning us *against* doublespeak and all the rest.

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