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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 02:59 PM
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Check out this list of Bush policies that Prez Obama has already overturned --- please add to it!
This story was from 2 weeks ago, and granted there are a few policies President Obama is not acting to change as quick (or at all) as we on the left would like. Though on balance, given that he has only been president for 2.5 months --- there is real change to celebrate!

I prefer to look at the change glass as 1/2 full vs 1/2 empty. President Obama is not the perfect president nor will he ever be, but the change he has already brought is long over due and light years ahead of the neanderthal policies fashioned by his predecessor.

From Gitmo to Stem Cell Research, Obama Veers Away From Bush's Policies
ABC News 3/18/09



President Obama may not have changed the decor of the Oval Office, but he's quickly taking steps to overturn policies that marked the legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Soon after being elected last year, the 44th president advised his transition team to draft an executive order to close down the detainee center at Guantanamo Bay, a move assailed by former Vice President Dick Cheney. Since entering the White House, Obama has quickly taken action to revoke additional Bush-era policies.

The swift-moving president says he is trying to fulfill his campaign promises and supporters applaud his efforts. Critics say he could be trying to do too much too soon.

Here is a list of the Bush administration policies and laws that Obama has reversed so far:

compete story: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/President44/story?id=704...



List of changes to date (summated from above article):

Endorsing gay rights :applause:
Lifted ban stem cell research :applause:
Global gag rule on promoting safe family planning (contraception) :applause:
Provider Conscience Rule :applause:
Close Gitmo :applause:
Photo caskets :applause:
Troop Drawdown in Iraq :applause:
Enhance endangered species act :applause:
Expand designated wilderness areas by 2 million acres :applause:
Allow states set fuel efficiency standards :applause:
Labor laws --- level the playing field :applause:
Withdraw oil and gas leases :applause:

Please add more examples...

I wonder how many of these changes we would have seen from a President McCain? :think:



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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:04 PM
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1. Ended Bush policy of extraordinary rendition
:applause:
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:12 PM
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6. Lifted restrictions on funding for overseas abortion counseling
:applause:
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:14 PM
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8. Put a stay on cases pending in Bush's military tribunals
:applause:
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:06 PM
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2. K&R All in less than 100 days
:patriot:
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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 04:20 PM
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13. Imagine the next 1000 days --- lots of time to make more change!
Alas, it will take a generation to clean up Bush's clusterfuck; but IMO Prez Obama is off to a real good start. :hi:
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:06 PM
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3. K&R Nice list, though I would like to see his endorcement of gay rights be broadened to include
marriage.

Labor laws --- level the playing field

Are you referring to the increase of time concerning the statute of limitations a person can sue a company for pay discrimination?
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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:13 PM
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7. Yeah or broadened to stop putting people like this in postitions
of power:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Obama is doing an OK job. Certainly not as bad as some on DU make him out to be and certainly not as good as others make him out to be.
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:34 PM
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9. The list came out today, actually
Dungy's name isn't on it.
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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:52 PM
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11. Thanks... and thank god....
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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 04:05 PM
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12. from the man who said it...
Obama said:

Only ten days in office, Obama signed three executive orders that he said would "level the playing field" for labor unions and that would make unions easy to organize. Obama reversed a Bush order requiring federal contractors to post notice that workers can limit financial support of unions serving as their only bargaining representatives. Additionally, in undoing Bush's policies, Obama ordered that federal contractors offer jobs to current workers when contracts change and that federal contractors be prevented from being reimbursed for expenses meant to influence workers deciding whether to form a union and engage in collective bargaining.

Article linked in op.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:07 PM
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4. Good list of points. Thanks.
:) :hi:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:08 PM
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5. Calls for world without nuclear weapons while vastly improving
America's status in the world. :thumbsup:
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:45 PM
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10. No massage for Angela Merkel at the G20 summit
I'm sure she didn't feel neglected.
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thelordofhell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 04:22 PM
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14. Pissing off Dick Cheney
:woohoo:
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