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Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 05:36 PM
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What your President has accomplished just 6 months into his first term
  • Signed executive orders to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year, ban torture and end the CIAs secret overseas prisons and define treatment of Detainees.
  • Reversed restrictions on stem cell research.
  • Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Reducing discrimination based on gender, age, religion, or race.
  • Signed an executive order reversing the ban that prohibits funding to international family planning groups that provide abortions. Gag rule revoked (Mexico City policy).
  • Creates the White House Council on Women and Girls "to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families."
  • Signed a Presidental Memorandum extending federal benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers and announced support for the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009.
  • Reverses U.S. position on LGBT Issues at the UN: At the "Durban Review Conference," U.S. supports language condemning all forms of discrimination and all other human rights violations based on sexual orientation.
  • Signed executive order requiring federal contractors to offer jobs to current workers when contracts change.
  • Reversed a Bush order requiring federal contractors to post notice that workers can limit financial support of unions serving as their exclusive bargaining representatives.
  • Signed executive order preventing federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses meant to influence workers deciding whether to form a union and engage in collective bargaining.
  • Created a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners.
  • Expanded eligibility for the refinancing portion of the Making Home Affordable plan to help Americans struggling with distressed mortgages refinance at lower interest rates, even if they owe up to 25 percent more than their homes are now worth.
  • Established a credit card "bill of rights".
  • Expanded loan programs for small businesses.
  • Extended and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch.
  • Expanded eligibility for State Children's Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP).
  • Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners.
  • Created a new White House task force on the problems of middle-class Americans, and installed Vice President Joe Biden as its chairman.
  • Appoints Vice President Joe Biden to Oversee Stimulus Plan Payouts.
  • Granted a reprieve to Liberian immigrants facing imminent expulsion.
  • Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq.
  • Allowing Caskets to be photographed when the return from Iraq with family approval.
  • Released nine previously secret internal Justice Department memos and opinions defining the legal limits of government power in combating terrorism.
  • On Arab TV Network, Obama Urges Dialogue.
  • Gave a speech in Cairo engaging the Muslim and Arab world.
  • Bars independent contractors from conducting interrogations of terror suspects.
  • Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba.
  • Ordered the release of nearly a quarter of a million pages of records from the Reagan White House that were kept from the public during a lengthy review by President George W. Bush.
  • Restored funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program.
  • Released presidential records.
  • Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.
  • Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors.
  • Invites gay families to the Easter Egg Roll as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities.
  • Created a White House Office on Urban Policy.
  • Increased funding for the NEA.
  • Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy.
  • Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps.
  • Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees.
  • Investment in all types of alternative energy.
  • Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars.
  • Support for high-speed rail.
  • Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes.
  • Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits.
  • Created the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers to help auto industry workers transition to new manufacturing opportunities, including jobs in alternative energy.
  • Stopped raids on medical marijuana dispensers.
  • Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic to ever serve on the Supreme Court.
  • Appointed more than 60 openly LGBT persons to positions in the executive branch.
  • Issues Presidential Proclamation for Pride, proclaiming June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
  • Signed a mercury reduction pact with 140 other nations.
  • Signed the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act to curb wasteful spending by the Pentagon. Intended to price contracts and budgets lower; may potentially save billions of dollars in defense.
  • Signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which serves to protect two million acres of land and creates a new system of land conservation for the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Phase out government payments to crop producers making more than $500,000 a year and eliminates subsidies for cotton storage to help trim the U.S. budget deficit.
  • Cut funding for a proposed U.S. nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain.
  • Restored Endangered Species Act Provision requiring U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.
  • Orders The Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration "to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of the Nation's largest estuarine ecosystem and the natural sustainability of its watershed."
  • Signed the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act designating two million additional acres of public wilderness areas the highest level of government protection from logging and other forms of commercial use and development.
  • Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act which will expedite the search for cures and treatments for millions of Americans living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, stroke, MS, Parkinson's and many other diseases and disorders.
  • Established The Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, a new system for updating medical records of servicemen and women both during and after their military careers.
  • Established the White House Office of Health Reform
  • Created new and stronger safety standards to safeguard the country's food supply.

    and

  • Got his daughters a new puppy!



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    Qutzupalotl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 05:47 PM
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    1. Now really... why would anyone unrec this?
    It's just the facts, people.
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    Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:58 AM
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    78. war is peace
    How Orwellian that his first act as president, choosing to keep Gitmo open for another year, is a good thing.
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    Qutzupalotl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 11:21 AM
    Response to Reply #78
    89. Unless it really takes that long to close it. nt
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    moodforaday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:35 PM
    Response to Reply #89
    102. It may take that long to close, fine.
    But there have been reports of continuing beatings and abuse. Stopping that would take exactly one phone call by Obama to the appropriate Gitmo commander. He is, after all, the commander of the armed forces. Just one phone call: no more beatings, no more interrogations, no more humiliation. Why wouldn't Obama make that call? It's not that he doesn't know.

    And then, what about Bagram and other prisons?

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    Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:10 PM
    Response to Reply #78
    157. You're confused..I'm
    sorry you're such a bitter deadender.
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    HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 05:48 PM
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    2. You forgot that he decriminalized homosexuality
    :)

    awesome list! I shall keep this!
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    ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:47 PM
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    22. and here I thought that Lawrence v Texas did that
    I'm so glad I learn new things on the internets every day.
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    SunsetDreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 08:19 AM
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    58. That's just one state.
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    ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:16 AM
    Response to Reply #58
    64. well then thank god Obama was able to decriminalize it in the other 49
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    Prism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:33 AM
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    86. The Supreme Court's ruling applies to all states
    I am rather befuddled by this assertion the President decriminalized homosexuality. I'm pretty certain had he done something of such a profound nature, the LGBT community would have taken at least passing note.

    I suspect this is some kind of baiting snark. Or rather, just another day on DU.
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    readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:06 PM
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    124. What the heck are you talking about? The Lawrence case decriminalized homosexuality in 2003.
    Obama just signed onto a UN statement condemning the execution of LGBT people worldwide. And he researched to make sure that the US wasn't obligated to change any US laws in favor of LGBT people before he signed--what a hero! The only nations refusing to sign were the US and a small group of hardcore Muslim nations. Obama didn't give LGBT any rights, he just corrected a foreign policy embarrassment.

    I'm glad that Obama is more progressive than Tajikistan and the Iranian clerics on LGBT issues. Wowzers!
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    HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 05:48 PM
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    3. Oh and you also forgot he took Michelle to see a Broadway play
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    pnorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 05:50 PM
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    4. THANKS, I was looking for such a concise summary! (" Got his daughters a new puppy!")
    n/t

    pnorman
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    Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 05:51 PM
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    5. He's really "dragging his feet" isn't he? I wonder when he's gonna buckle down
    and get something done!

    :sarcasm:

    and

    :fistbump:

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    The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:02 PM
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    7. Well... he hasn't even TOUCHED the most important issue of all yet;
    Every year, over a dozen Dachshunds dehydrate while playing in parks, backyards, and under Rush Limbaugh's hotel bedsheets in the Dominican Republic under circumstances too emotionally catastophic to describe.

    We need to fund a solution to this petidemic immediately.

    My proposal to create "Waterslides for Weinerdogs" all over this nation (and the Dominican Republic) MUST be the very next thing he addresses, or else!
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    L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 07:15 AM
    Response to Reply #5
    49. YES HE IS, on the DoJ reform front. Why all the Bush USAs?
    Why not a list of the things he has not yet accomplished?
    I think it would be far more revealing of his politics!
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    jeff47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:19 PM
    Response to Reply #49
    99. Because Congress F'ed it up.
    He's left with the Bush USAs because Congress botched investigating the Bush DoJ.

    Since they didn't force Rove, et al. to testify until Obama was in office, there was no conclusion to the investigation. So now, if Obama does the normal thing and fire all the USAs, the Republicans will continuously scream that Obama's politicizing the DoJ.

    If Pelosi and Reid had spines, they'd have finished the investigation long before the 2008 election, and Obama would have a freer hand to deal with the USAs. But since Pelosi and Reid had no spines, Obama is now hamstrung by the politics.
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    L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 09:43 AM
    Response to Reply #99
    150. Wow, you really don't have this issue straight at all!
    Every President EXCEPT Obama fires almost every USA on day one!
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    babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 05:55 PM
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    6. Thanks for this, and bookmarked to shove in
    the face of a naysayer when necessary. :hi:
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    George II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:52 PM
    Response to Reply #6
    24. Excellent idea (the bookmark thing) - amazing how a post like this brings out the REAL positive Dems
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    Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:07 PM
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    8. The dog's still not paper trained....
    Edited on Mon Jul-20-09 06:07 PM by Jeff In Milwaukee
    Epic Fail.
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    HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:12 PM
    Response to Reply #8
    10. LOL
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    Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:12 PM
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    9. thank you
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    Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:24 PM
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    11. PT, don't forget about the expansion of health insurance for children under CHIP
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    Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 08:33 PM
    Response to Reply #11
    16. He's done so much I knew I'd forget something!
    Thanks for the reminder! :)
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    Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:38 PM
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    12. Thank you, I used this the other day.....
    ..... when a Freeper friend of mind challenged me about just what the President had done so far.

    Then when I posted it, they said it was ........... "scaaarrrrryyyyy" eeeek! lol

    Yeah, I bet it's scary.
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    zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 05:56 AM
    Response to Reply #12
    43. when I think about what scares a freeptard ... it makes me change my mind
    about having them volunteer for the military ...

    anybody burping within 50 feet of them would have them pee their pants ... the cleaning bill for their uniforms would be tremendous ...
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    YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 08:51 AM
    Response to Reply #12
    60. They fear change.
    They also fail to understand that the status quo is unsustainable...despite the fucking insurmountable proof of this in their faces.
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    ChimpersMcSmirkers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:48 PM
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    13. He's going too fast!
    No wait, he's going too slow. I mean, no, he's going the wrong direction... I guess what I mean is...

    He's f*cking kicking ass...
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    Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:50 PM
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    14. He did not "ban" torture.
    You simply can't "ban" something that's been a war crime for generations. Worse, claiming the power to "ban" torture by definition claims the power to "unban" it at will.

    Similarly with "closing" Gitmo. The problem is not the place. Shifting detainees to Bagram and proposing "preventative detention" makes things worse, not better.

    I too wish he had chosen instead to abide by and enforce the laws and treaty obligations our greater generations fought and died to forge. But he didn't.

    Torture remains his Steroids Problem.

    ==
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    George II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:29 PM
    Response to Reply #14
    20. Leave it to someone to find something negative and critical of that EXCELLENT post! Damn!!!!
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    Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:12 AM
    Response to Reply #20
    32. Find something?
    It was first and foremost. And false.

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    George II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 04:54 PM
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    133. You missed this, only three days after taking office.....
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 04:55 PM by George II
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    Cali_Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:51 PM
    Response to Reply #14
    23. How about......"Obama stopped the Bush Crime Family's torture program"
    Better now? You do agree that Obama put a stop to Bush's torture policies, right?

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    zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 08:10 AM
    Response to Reply #23
    56. Except he didn't
    The torture had stopped, years ago, because predominately the folks committing acts of torture began to get nervous that maybe they'd get prosecuted some day. Repeated assurances from above did not matter. Ultimately, the Bush administration stopped all "enhanced interrogations" and at the end of their term, they withdrew the memos authorizing torture. It was over before Obama ever showed up. Obama declared it should stay stopped, but reserved the authority to start it up again if he saw fit.

    Gitmo isn't closed. Congress isn't willing to close it yet. The commissions he set up to formulate plans to close it have just asked for extension of 2 - 6 months to even write their reports. The odds are that by next January Gitmo will still be there. Furthermore, the only plans in place are to physically move them to the mainland. Indefinite detentions, without trial, are still planned.

    As the above example demonstrates, it is the threat of being charged, convicted, and jailed that stops the torture. My going over to the CIA and saying he "had their backs" undermines the very mechanism that made them stop in the first place.

    Obama has enough accomplishments that we shouldn't have to make any up.
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    RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 11:23 AM
    Response to Reply #14
    90. Wrong.
    When Bushco adopted the position that we CAN torture that could only be answered by taking a public position that we do NOT abide torture. That being stated, FROM THIS POINT ON ANYONE WHO TORTURES WILL FACE THE FULL WEIGHT OF THE US JUSTICE SYSTEM. Nothing he said rules out future prosecutions of those who did torture - despite the many who would spin it that way - and particularly those who created the torture policies.

    As for closing Gitmo, it was created as an extra-national facility over which US courts have no jurisdiction. Closing it is a clear sign of a change in 1) putting the detainees under US courts jurisdiction, or 2) treating the prisoners as legitimate prisoners of war. Indefinite detention of prisoners of war is SOP with EVERY nation in the world. IOW, those who can be tried for specific acts of international terrorism will be charged in federal courts. Those who cannot be identified as terrorists will be considered enemy soldiers, and be dealt with accordingly. The biggest problem is determining who, after all this time, was falsely charged and handed over to us because of local feuds, who was an actual terrorist, and who was just a Taliban footsoldier.
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    Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:02 PM
    Response to Reply #90
    138. Very wrong. And non-responsive.
    So you agree that Obama has arrogated to himself the power to "unban" torture?

    The torturers never "adopted the position that we CAN torture." In fact, the bushkid "banned" it too, while claiming it wasn't happening.

    Obama "taking a public position," without prosecuting, is at best impotent rhetoric. Non-prosecution is de facto legalization which sends the very clear message that he does "abide torture." He's been "abiding" it for literally years. And even his "banning" declaration (temporarily?) exempted the CIA (you know, the one's who do the torture).

    That being said, VERY LARGE LETTERS do not transform his impotent words into "concrete actions," which have been limited to taking advantage of opportunities to release the obviously innocent. He has taken no action to enforce our laws and treaty obligations, in fact he may well have committed a crime himself.

    As for transferring detainees to Bagram, which is "an extra-national facility over which US courts have no jurisdiction," in order to close Gitmo. That is the opposite of "putting the detainees under US courts jurisdiction."

    There are no "legitimate prisoners of war" in an illegitimate, permanent "war on terror." No one is talking about "Taliban footsoldiers." Nearly all detainees were not detained during armed conflict on a battlefield. And simply doling out "Former Enemy Combatant" t-shirts does not change anyone's Geneva status.

    The "indefinite detention of prisoners of war" wrongly states what is being proposed. "Paranoid detention" is being proposed for those "rendered" unprosecutable due to torture. For those "we know are dangerous," but can't demonstrate that claim in any court.

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    Richd506 Donating Member (576 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 07:35 PM
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    15. Just think, he's done all this in half a year.
    Another 3 and a half years and Glen Beck will end up like this!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YersIyzsOpc
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    firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 08:36 PM
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    17. Thanks! Rec'd n/t
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    onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:22 PM
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    18. Imagine what he would have gotten done if he was an American Citizen.
    Staying one step ahead of the birthers takes up 90% of his time.
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    George II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:27 PM
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    19. Great post!!!!! Glad to see someone recognizes what GOOD things Obama has done! Thanks.
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    McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:30 PM
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    21. Amen! I am so sick of the Karl Rove scripted "Obama breaks his promises" fairy tale
    that many mainstream media types (and more than a few DUers) are pushing.
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    bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:12 AM
    Response to Reply #21
    62. why is Karl Rove still walking around free?
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    usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 10:16 PM
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    25. kickable
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    DUlover2909 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 10:30 PM
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    26. And the repukes say health care is his Waterloo. Hmmph.
    Take that punks. Thanks for posting.
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    Saynt Donating Member (55 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 10:45 PM
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    27. It IS his Waterloo...
    ... but I'm pretty sure he's speaking english...
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    HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:41 AM
    Response to Reply #27
    45. That's a great comeback! welcome to DU
    Sadly 90% of Americans wouldn't understand your reference.
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    Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:17 PM
    Response to Reply #27
    158. Yes, I had to think
    on that one! :fistbump:
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    Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 11:24 PM
    Response to Reply #26
    29. So long as he's Blucher or Wellington, fine by me. nt
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    Aviation Pro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:31 AM
    Response to Reply #29
    85. Agree, not a good day to be Marshal Ney....
    ....
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    AllTooEasy Donating Member (540 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:43 PM
    Response to Reply #85
    104. But he didn't repeal "Don't ask, Don't Tell"

    We are still in Irag, Bush hasn't been put the firing squad, I'm still not potty trained", whaaaa, whaaaaaaaa!

    F'cking, impatient cry babies.
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    Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 10:49 PM
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    28. Great list.
    Thanks a bunch!

    Take THAT you naysayers, complainers and malcontents!
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    akbacchus_BC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 11:30 PM
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    30. Thank you for this. K&R and bookmarking for reference when talking
    with my Republican relatives who live in Florida.
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    Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 11:37 PM
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    31. KnR and Bookmarked. Thank you. Btw, my unicorn pony is doing fine...
    :fistbump:

    Hekate


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    mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:14 AM
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    33. Thanks for the list; it's nice to keep track
    :hi:
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    wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:18 AM
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    34. +86
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    Mrs. Overall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:24 AM
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    35. George W. Bush spent nearly 42% of his first six months on vacation.
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    boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:48 AM
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    36. WHERE"S MY PONY.
    He's just another capitalist tool, shafting labor and the middle class, for the benefit of his corporate cronies.

    :sarcasm:
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    ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:05 PM
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    139. He decriminalized it, apparently
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:48 AM
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    37. Well....
    # Signed executive orders to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year, ban torture and end the CIAs secret overseas prisons and define treatment of Detainees.

    Guantanamo's still open and not likely to close anytime soon. He still hasn't called for repeal of the Patriot act, the Military Commissions Act...still wants to hold on to the cheney/bush "powers". As for torture, the bushies stopped the overt stuff, the waterboarding, etc. years ago. The unofficial shit still goes on...and on...and on...in Guantanamo, foreign USAmerikan Prisons and every fucking prison and jail in this barbaric country.

    # Reversed restrictions on stem cell research.
    That is very refreshing...Way to Go, Barack!

    # Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Reducing discrimination based on gender, age, religion, or race.
    In the works before he got there -- he just gets to pretend he "did it". Hell, Bush might have signed that one.

    # Signed an executive order reversing the ban that prohibits funding to international family planning groups that provide abortions. Gag rule revoked (Mexico City policy).
    Good idea. Simple to do. Never said he wouldn't change the tone, just that he won't change the SUBSTANCE...

    # Creates the White House Council on Women and Girls "to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families."
    Way to go, Barack. Now that didn't cost you any political capital, did it?

    # Signed a Presidental Memorandum extending federal benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers and announced support for the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009.
    And order cessation of enforcement of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"? And push hard for Repeal of DOFA? <crickets>

    # Reverses U.S. position on LGBT Issues at the UN: At the "Durban Review Conference," U.S. supports language condemning all forms of discrimination and all other human rights violations based on sexual orientation.
    And withdrew the U.S. delegation FROM the Durban Review Conference!

    # Signed executive order requiring federal contractors to offer jobs to current workers when contracts change.
    # Reversed a Bush order requiring federal contractors to post notice that workers can limit financial support of unions serving as their exclusive bargaining representatives.
    # Signed executive order preventing federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses meant to influence workers deciding whether to form a union and engage in collective bargaining.
    How about cutting the war machine and its contractors. Oh, but that would be something substantive...never mind...

    # Created a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners.
    That can barely be accessed since he left it in the hands of the banks to implement...and most haven't. Instead of allowing the republican he appointed to Treasury shovel money at the banks he could have financed independent renegotiation of mortgages...

    # Expanded eligibility for the refinancing portion of the Making Home Affordable plan to help Americans struggling with distressed mortgages refinance at lower interest rates, even if they owe up to 25 percent more than their homes are now worth.
    See previous comment.

    # Established a credit card "bill of rights".
    You've got a link to that? That was Congress, right... Did he push for Judge's mark-down of mortgages in Bankruptcy...or just sign the bill without.

    # Expanded loan programs for small businesses.
    Ooooh.

    # Extended and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch.
    Congress again...

    # Expanded eligibility for State Children's Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP).
    Congress again...

    # Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners.
    Congress again...

    # Created a new White House task force on the problems of middle-class Americans, and installed Vice President Joe Biden as its chairman.
    Ooooh. That ought to fix it -- another commission...

    # Appoints Vice President Joe Biden to Oversee Stimulus Plan Payouts.
    Ooooh. Watch that foot in mouth, Joe.

    # Granted a reprieve to Liberian immigrants facing imminent expulsion.
    Aaaachooo.

    # Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq.
    We're fucking waiting! He could have ORDER them to put the troops on a bunch of ships and sail their tired asses back home. He could also be a little creative and stay out of another quagmire in Afghanistan. Afghanistan will be OBAMA'S WAR now...

    # Allowing Caskets to be photographed when the return from Iraq with family approval.
    How about the caskets that will be coming back from Afghanistan...

    # Released nine previously secret internal Justice Department memos and opinions defining the legal limits of government power in combating terrorism.
    And keeping the rest secret so he doesn't allow the precedent of a rogue, terrorist, fascist USAmerikan government being prosocuted -- keep his powder dry so to speak.

    # On Arab TV Network, Obama Urges Dialogue.
    Ooooh.

    # Gave a speech in Cairo engaging the Muslim and Arab world.
    A speech, a speech! My kingdom for a speech!

    # Bars independent contractors from conducting interrogations of terror suspects.
    No, he doesn't. He's arguing to allow CIA contractors to continue to interrogate right now! He's a goddamn corporate capitalist, he ain't gonna cut into the great god Private Commerce...

    # Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba.
    What about the rest of us? I'm going to have to embellish to get to go to Cuba this year.

    # Ordered the release of nearly a quarter of a million pages of records from the Reagan White House that were kept from the public during a lengthy review by President George W. Bush.
    Big whoop! What about the bush I, clinton, bush II crimes?

    # Restored funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program.
    Big Whoop. Just what we need more fucking lawyers! And prosecutors at that!

    # Released presidential records.
    Whose? Was that Bush's LP of the greatest hits of Ronald Reagan? Or did "My Pet Goat" come out on an LP read by Robin Williams?

    # Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.
    Oh, that'll end corruption... Meanwhile he fills his cabinet with hacks due to their political affiliations...

    # Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors.
    That's a good one. But as for DADT and DOMA...<crickets>

    # Invites gay families to the Easter Egg Roll as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities.
    ??? You're really reaching now...

    # Created a White House Office on Urban Policy.
    Ooooh, another commisssion...

    # Increased funding for the NEA.
    Congress again.

    # Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy.
    Bush had one of them... I seem to remember him appointing a republican Fox (Goldman Sachs) to guard the henhouse and a PUKE to run the war department. I wouldn't go into his (dis-)appointments if I were you...

    # Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps.
    Ooooh.

    # Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees.
    And then hired a lobbyist. From fucking Raytheon -- the evil war contractor that has my town by the balls!!!

    # Investment in all types of alternative energy.
    Congress again.

    # Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars.
    Congress again...while they are passing a give-away to the polluters and nukes that takes away the best weapon we have against King Coal.

    # Support for high-speed rail.
    Ooooh. I'm waiting.

    # Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes.
    Ooooh.

    # Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits.
    Uh, Congress again, remember.

    # Created the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers to help auto industry workers transition to new manufacturing opportunities, including jobs in alternative energy.
    He should have ordered Chrysler and GM to stop building killer cars and build mass transit instead. As long as we continue to fuck around with polluting privatized vehicles we're fucked!

    # Stopped raids on medical marijuana dispensers.
    A good thing.

    # Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic to ever serve on the Supreme Court.
    Not sure that's a good thing yet. I want to see how she rules. I doubt that she'll rule against the real enemy, the corporations...since she was a prosocuter, corporate lawyer and judge -- never a defender.

    # Appointed more than 60 openly LGBT persons to positions in the executive branch.
    Ooooh.

    # Issues Presidential Proclamation for Pride, proclaiming June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
    Ooooh. DOMA, DADT -- reminder...

    # Signed a mercury reduction pact with 140 other nations.
    Which Congress will ignore. Needs Senate ratification no doubt.

    # Signed the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act to curb wasteful spending by the Pentagon. Intended to price contracts and budgets lower; may potentially save billions of dollars in defense.
    SHOULD CUT THE FUCKING WAR DEPT. BY 50% to pay for Universal Health Care! We don't need to spend no fucking Trillion Dollars a year for fucking war!

    # Signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which serves to protect two million acres of land and creates a new system of land conservation for the Bureau of Land Management.
    A good thing...Way to go, Barack. Glad someone voted for ya'.

    # Phase out government payments to crop producers making more than $500,000 a year and eliminates subsidies for cotton storage to help trim the U.S. budget deficit.
    Congress again...

    # Cut funding for a proposed U.S. nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain.
    Another good thing...Way to go, Barack.

    # Restored Endangered Species Act Provision requiring U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.
    And is prepared to sign away protections against coal polluters. I guess you'd call that a wash until the Earth becomes as habitable as Venus is now.

    # Orders The Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration "to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of the Nation's largest estuarine ecosystem and the natural sustainability of its watershed."
    Nice, nice.

    # Signed the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act designating two million additional acres of public wilderness areas the highest level of government protection from logging and other forms of commercial use and development.
    Didn't you already trot this one out?

    # Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act which will expedite the search for cures and treatments for millions of Americans living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, stroke, MS, Parkinson's and many other diseases and disorders.
    A good thing. Thanks, Congress.

    # Established The Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, a new system for updating medical records of servicemen and women both during and after their military careers.
    It would be better to abolish the activity that maims them -- the permanent war economy.
    He should support HR676 -- do the same with ALL medical records.

    # Established the White House Office of Health Reform
    Doing what exactly?

    # Created new and stronger safety standards to safeguard the country's food supply.
    Link?

    and

    # Got his daughters a new puppy!
    Oh, that's a big one. I'll have to reconsider and vote for him next time. A doggy...oh, wait, I'm a cat person...WHY NOT A CAT...DAMN...almost got me but....

    ---------------------------------

    But he did say to ignore his first 100 days and look at his first 1000 days. Hmmm...that's convenient. We're waiting for something substantive...still waiting.
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    bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:41 AM
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    70. maybe has to do with Malia's allergies, no cat choosen
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    hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:43 AM
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    72. at least you did some work to analyze the list
    instead of just cheering. But I don't agree with all of your assessments. Ledbetter, for example, I think had been killed in the Senate previously. Just read on Wiki that McCain opposed it, so I am not sure Bush wouldn't have vetoed it. He vetoed SCHIP twice.

    and this one
    "# Established a credit card "bill of rights".
    You've got a link to that? That was Congress, right... Did he push for Judge's mark-down of mortgages in Bankruptcy...or just sign the bill without."

    was considered to be too weak by much of DU. Because of the defeat of the interest rate cap, among others.

    this one

    "# Extended and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch.
    Congress again..."

    is not exactly the height of progressivity, being mostly a tax cut for rich people, especially the "extended" part. I certainly would not brag about it. "Thank goodness we elected Obama or those rich people wouldn't have gotten that tax cut."

    But your standard refrain of 'Congress again' is weak, particularly against the insinuation that Obama is "just like Bush"

    "# Expanded eligibility for State Children's Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP).
    Congress again..."

    Bush vetoed that twice. and McCain probably voted against it three times. Thus many of the "Congress again" things are things that are happening becaue Obama got elected instead of McCain.

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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:53 PM
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    114. I'm sure a couple slipped through
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 01:54 PM by ProudDad
    I was in a hurry...

    I mentioned Congress to show that Obama would have to push on them (hammer on them) more than he has or knows how to do (he's no Lyndon Johnson in that regard)...

    As for Congress, as usually happens the party in power becomes as bad as the one they replace in terms of pandering to the rich and powerful and ignoring the rest -- as you've ably chronicled in your post...interest rate cap removed, Alternative Minimum Tax ("whatever happened to the Guaranteed annual income", he asked rhetorically) and as for SCHIP -- with HR676, we wouldn't need it. (And if I hear Obama say, "If we were starting from scratch, we would do Single-Payer." I'll SHIT! NOBODY ELSE STARTED FROM SCRATCH, asshole! (except Taiwan))

    Of course a few things, tinkering with the deck chairs, will pass and be signed into law due to Obama's election (over McCain's; damned with faint praise), but when it comes to important issues of corporate power and the war machine -- same old shit, different container.

    I remain waiting for the Final Collapse and working locally with my brothers and sisters building a lifeboat. :hi:

    www.transitionus.org
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    bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:19 AM
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    81. Thanks for taking this Point by Point.
    BTW: Obama got a lot of PR mileage out of saying he was going to get a "Shelter Dog" ("a mutt like me"), but wound up getting a very expensive Pure Bred. I only give him 1/2 points on that one.

    The Cut and Paste list LOOKS long, but taken point by point, there are many caveats and qualifiers. Most of the significant claims are actually accomplishments of Congress.
    The Cut & Paste list IS misleading at best.
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    truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:01 PM
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    94. + 1.
    As we enter an era where the debt now owed for various bailout strategies rises to 24 trillion bucks, according to Neil Barofsky, it may be that not much else can happen. And much will be un-done when the looming spectre of inflation hits.

    Even if the health care reform bill is decent reform, will we as a nation have money to implement it?
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    vincenzoesq Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:21 PM
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    110. Are you the prince of darkness?
    Shrub and company left a huge pile of merda. It is going to take awhile to clean it up. Our president hit the ground running, and yes, there is still much to do. Instead of griping, put on your big boy pants and grab a shovel.
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:57 PM
    Response to Reply #110
    117. Same old shit, different container
    He's still a creature of war and corporate power...

    I work locally...the Great Collapse is coming and Obama's not doing anything to forestall it...so I work with my brothers and sisters here building a lifeboat.

    That's probably a good thing. Evolution's failed experiment with big-brained bipeds was bound to fail...let it fail before it takes the good Earth with it.
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    vincenzoesq Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 03:19 PM
    Response to Reply #117
    129. Back when I was a kid
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 03:21 PM by vincenzoesq
    the gloom and doom folks built bomb shelters. What is your lifeboat? A spaceship perhaps? Seriously, it
    must be depressing to see everything in negatives. You don't have to be a Pollyanna to notice there are
    decent folks trying to do the right thing. I happen to think our prez is one of them.
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    Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 05:15 PM
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    134. Thanks for your post.
    It really MUST be depressing - and to go to all that work to discredit the OP, as well. That seems both angry and depressing. It's no secret that the poster doesn't care for our President, but all that negativity depresses ME. I happen to agree with your last 2 sentences, and am also in touch enough with reality to know that some things will take more time than I want them to.

    I'm happy with the direction we're going in - maybe above poster will finally be happy when his lifeboat is done....but somehow, I doubt it.
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:30 AM
    Response to Reply #134
    143. The OP did a FINE job of discrediting him/her self
    by trying to pass of mostly fluff, a couple of good predictable items and NO SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE as all those wonderful things your little tin god has done...

    You're happy with Iraq and Afghanistan and, hell, the whole fucking war budget (that Obama's republican War Secretary just increased) making nearly everything else impossible?

    You're happy with Obama putting the same bastards who fucked up the "economy" in charge of fixing it? Hell, you were happy with that bullshit economy built on bubbles and the wealth created by workers going to the sociopaths at the top?

    You're happy with the Corporations in charge and Obama their newest, shiniest tool?

    I'm not.

    But I know that in a bullshit capitalist dominator hierarchy, that's all you're gonna get.

    ====================================================

    As for me personally, I have a happier life than you could even conceive of -- I control my own destiny, I don't wait for some little tin god to do it for me...
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    Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 12:45 PM
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    154. No, I'm not happy with those things.
    I AM in touch with reality, though. Your thinking is interesting, but I'm not sure I could say reality was your strongest point.

    If you indeed have a "happier life than" I could even conceive of, why does it seem you spend most of your time on here posting countless negative posts? David Crosby had your same idea back in the early 70's (See "Wooden Ships"). He grew up. I was always a bigger fan of Jackson Browne who answered Crosby with the song "For Everyman".

    As for me, I think most people would say I'm quite a happy person, despite living with awful chronic pain - I don't wait for any "little tin God" to do anything for me - I do what I can to fix what I can, and most of all, try to keep a positive attitude. It's surprising you have any energy at all (if you do), with all that negativity eating you up. And, well - if you're a happy person, it sure doesn't come across at ALL in the many, many posts I've seen by you. In fact they stand out with their constant negativity. If that's happiness, I don't want it.
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    bos1 Donating Member (997 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 02:48 AM
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    146. you shouldn't take it seriously. Look at the Caps on the "Great Collapse". Sure sign of kook. nt
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    Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 12:46 PM
    Response to Reply #146
    155. Thanks - I really don't.
    The "happiest life" thing kind of tickled me, though. :)
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:23 AM
    Response to Reply #129
    142. When you were a kid
    if you were a kid in say, 1962...

    The world WAS nearly blown to shit by JFK and Khrushchev. Luckily, Khrushchev came to his senses and talked Kennedy into stopping it with him.

    So those bomb shelters damn near became needed...

    Today, it's fossil fuel caused global warming and the collapse of a bullshit economic "system" that's going to finish the "world as we know it." (and about fucking time)...

    So, instead of wasting our time with your infantile gibes and your slavish worship of yet another ubber-capitalist, my community of decent folks and I are working to build a different economic system, to relocalize our economy and resources and prepare a sustainable framework for our future.

    Other than worshiping at the feet of your idol and waiting for him to save you, what are you doing?

    And what makes you think I see "everything in negatives"? You don't know shit about me, especially through the beam in thine own eye...
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    Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:21 PM
    Response to Reply #117
    159. Look who's talking about the same shit.
    I feel sorry for all you bitter deadenders.

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    Grinchie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:27 PM
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    127. Thank you for that breakdown which parallel's my view of Obama
    A lot of that is merely fluff to pad out a pretty superficial basket of token actions in order to puff up the so called Accomplishments of the Obama administration.

    Your choice of the word "Substantive" is key in relating why so many of us are so terribly disappointed and digusted with the way this Administartion has thrown the Progressive left under the bus in order to court the DLC/Center/Repug-lite base.

    Thank you for taking the time to rate each point, and I agree with your rating of each.

    This continual shoveling of money into the Military black hole is unacceptable, and it goes to show that the American Economony is based on the creation of weapon systems for internal use and export purposes.

    Our food is still poisoned, and we still don't have GMO Food that we eat identified on the label. We are nothing more than unwitting guinea pigs for the benefit of Monsanto if we survive, and Monsanto is immune if we don't. A nationion of malnourished, incrementally poisoned, overmedicated, mentally deficient guinea pigs that look at token gifts like they are mana from heaven, while the planet hurls toward ecological collapse and population overshoot.

    People are fully committed to the belief that somehow Obama shapes our policy, and that is where the Corporation behind his affable personality, media representation, and the cleverly orchestrated dance between his allies and enemies prevail in shaping opinion and convincing the public and the world that things are in control.

    They are not in control, and people need to wake up and honestly grade such "Accomplishments" in regards to the health of the Planet and not just themselves.

    People need to realize that we are all made of the same stuff as an Earthworm, and forget about personal differences if we are to survive. The Earthworm creates valuable castings, the Human create Toxic Sewer Sludge.

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    lexanman Donating Member (401 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:53 AM
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    38. This is all awesome stuff
    some of which I didn't know about. Awesome for Obama.


    As for millions of people out of work and living in tent cities with no job prospects, not so good.

    Neither for the war crimes and torture that continue to be unasnwered and continued aerial bombing in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Cheney and Bush and the cabal still walk freely thumbing their nose.

    Summers and Paulson and Geithner still in positions of influence with the stimulus still completely misdirected to CEO frauds and financial criminals who are still in control at said companies.

    Hundreds of Thousands of job still lost every month because of continued support of outsourcing, H1B, and money flowing into bankers hands who still refuse to lend at any type of reasonable rate
    Credit card companies jacking up millions of cardholders rates to usuary levels and getting away with it.

    Green jobs supposed to turn things around going nowhere.


    These issues, in my opinion, are 20 times more important than an egg roll, with all due respect, support and congradulations to the LGBT community.

    More important on appointments or committies, which all presidents do.

    More important than expanding loans and subsidies, when states and companies are not hiring and cutting back benefits for millions of low income, elderly and disabled people anyway.

    Contradictory to many others such as expanding stronger safety standards in the food industry, when Obama appoints lobbyists to important positions in the food industry. Same with financial reforms when the same damn people are in place.

    Same with environmental reforms with he gives logging companies rights on designated protected land, and strip coal mining is still allowed and encouraged.

    I guess Im one of those supporters that thought the direction of the country and policy was going to make a fundamental change back to fairness, getting rid of stooges and criminals, and most importantly with the economy. Instead of nudging a little to the left. We have a Democratic President. We have a House of Repesentatives that can put through most anything it wants with a solid Democratic majority. And Now a Senate that even with a few blue dogs we can and should be getting major legislation passed in a fairly rapid manner.


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    lexanman Donating Member (401 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:55 AM
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    39. Oh, and a big K and R for the good things Obama has done
    so far. Here's hoping now for some fundamental and major reforms and policies in the right direction too.
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    gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:39 AM
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    40. Thank you.
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    JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:48 AM
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    41. Now if Congress will only get with the program on healthcare and AG Holder
    will only investigate and if necessary indict, we'll have something to brag about.
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    bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:14 AM
    Response to Reply #41
    63. exactly.
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 09:14 AM by bdamomma
    congress is one of our biggest problems.
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    caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:06 AM
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    42. Great list. Thanks for compiling it. k&r

    It's good we have a president who actually shows up to work and does work.
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    JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:09 AM
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    44. K&R for the whiners
    :toast:
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    Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:52 AM
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    46. But people here think that's not good enough
    I am so happy with Obama I can't stop smiling.
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    vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 07:17 AM
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    50. Ain't that the truth. You have people here who think he's weak. n/t
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    Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:54 AM
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    47. But all of this, especially the stimulus package that focuses on education, health care, public
    housing, public transit, and infrastructure, are all things that the Republicans would have done. /sarcasm
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    shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 07:06 AM
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    48. Don't forget he also pushed the moon in front of the sun
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 07:20 AM by shadowknows69
    in order to rob Nuclear Man of his power source.
    I think he also killed Voldemort, Megatron and Satan.
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    vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 07:18 AM
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    51. See, that should be no.1 on the list. He took out Mumra too. n/t
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    shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 07:21 AM
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    52. He once beat Godzilla in a game of hoops.
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 07:22 AM by shadowknows69
    But "The Dude" did kick his ass in bowling.
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    kjackson227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 07:37 AM
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    53. And... some here at DU would have you believe he hasn't done...
    a damned thing. Thanks for this post. K&R
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    shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 07:47 AM
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    54. And absurd statements like that are why we call some of y'all cheerleaders.
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 07:48 AM by shadowknows69
    I highly doubt that anyone who wasn't a troll in the first place on DU has suggested he hasn't done anything or hasn't done enough given the time. Why can't you get that it is the direction of some of his policies that some are critical of and not the man. But of course, if you don't praise the President always, you must be against him. I thought that stopping blind loyalty in our leaders, more than anything, was the change we voted for. Sorry, but until Bush/Cheney are behind bars President Obama can never quite be a "10" to me. He's hovering at about an 8.0 right now.
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    redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:10 AM
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    61. No, when Turley said he was just Bush with the ability to speak coherently,
    people here agreed with him, and defended that remark.

    You may just write dozens of active, long-term DUers off as trolls... others don't.
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    kjackson227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:19 AM
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    66. thank you!
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    shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:07 PM
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    96. Let's see
    Bush= Not following the rule of law in his administration
    Obama= Not enforcing the rule of law against the last criminal administration.

    Not exactly the same, but Obama does still talk better. That I concede.
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    kjackson227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:17 AM
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    65. You can DOUBT all you want, but I still say otherwise...hmmm- must've hit a nerve...
    but guess what, I don't mind being called Obama's cheerleader cause that's exactly what I am- no shame in my game. Also, it matters a damn to me whether you praise him or not, he gets plenty of that from his CHEERLEADERS, anyway.
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    shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:09 PM
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    97. You're the one who decided to engage in sweeping hyperbole
    So I thought I'd call you on it and actually join you in it in a post about two above this one.
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    Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:27 PM
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    100. Deleted sub-thread
    Sub-thread removed by moderator. Click here to review the message board rules.
     
    uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 07:56 AM
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    55. DU response: He aint it his hair on fire so..../sarcasm
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    jules1962 Donating Member (446 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 08:13 AM
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    57. AND, He made us proud to have an intelligent and smart
    POTUS after 8 long years of having a dumbass that embarrassed us whenever he opened his mouth. We no longer need to hang our head in shame. This time Americans didn't vote for "Someone they would like to have a beer with", but rather "Someone that speaks in complete sentences". :applause:
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    SunsetDreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 08:22 AM
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    59. K&R thank you :)
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    Hutzpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:25 AM
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    67. Not according to this poster
    these are the kind of troll that have inundated DU, I call them adaptive troll
    check this pricks idea of Obama not dong anything;


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



    :banghead: :banghead:
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:02 PM
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    120. Pricks are those who cannot properly use apostrophes...(n/t)
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    Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:40 AM
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    68. Just sent this list & link to one of my far-lefty friends who just blasted Obama on our peace board
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 09:45 AM by Hekate
    Oh,yeah, and I hit Reply All, too (our mutual board was not the only one in the header, needess to say).

    Thank you again.

    Hekate


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    JohnWxy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:40 AM
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    69. signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - did you mention that one?

    colloquially referred to as the stimulus package.

    Kind of a biggie.

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    Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:15 PM
    Response to Reply #69
    109. Sheesh! How could I have forgot to add that?
    Thanks for the reminder, I will add it to the list.
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:03 PM
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    121. Oh, that's a great one!
    Here in my town the CC is using it to build more fucking roads we don't need for cars we don't need that just pollute the atmosphere so that their cronies in the asphalt-industrial complex can line their pockets.

    Great stimulus...the money moves out of town...
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    JohnWxy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 05:27 PM
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    161. Yeah, much better to do nothing and have the Great Depression II
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    bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:43 AM
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    71. all these stupid right wingers saying he is doing too much
    at least he is doing his job, and he can multi task!!!!!!!!!!!
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:04 PM
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    123. all these stupid right wingers saying he is doing too much
    damned with faint praise...
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    Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 05:25 PM
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    135. I sure hope that lifeboat's done soon
    and you find some happiness. So much negativity, all the time, can't be good for you.
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:34 AM
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    144. You and your community could build one of your own
    Check it out: www.transitionus.org

    It's a much better idea than waiting for either of the two right-wings of the corporate big business party to come riding into town on their (of course) white horse to save you...
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    invictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:44 AM
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    73. Obama's big accomplishment was to put an end to Bush Republicanism which was a creeping form of fasc
    Obama's big accomplishments to date are putting an end to Bush Republicanism which was a creeping form of fascism and bringing US government policy back to something more normal and comparable to previous American presidents of the late 20th century. Obama's policies have by no means been progressive. They only seem progressive because American politics have shifted so far right since Reagan-Bush Sr., getting a major shift right during the Clinton administration, and then turned a radical fascist right during Bush jr. post 9/11. Hopefully Obama will be a transformative president who can tilt the direction of American politics back towards the left as it had been moving from FDR up to LBJ.
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:07 PM
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    125. Wow, way to go Barack
    Banishing the specter of Fascism by hiring the same fascists to run the war machine and the economy...

    It's brilliant, I tells ya', brilliant...

    :sarcasm: in case you need it...
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    scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:49 AM
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    74. Post of the freaking year
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    LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:50 AM
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    75. Forgot appointing chair to the NLRB and nominating 2 labor reps to NLRB
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    Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:13 PM
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    108. Thanks, I will add that to the list! n/t
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    Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:51 AM
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    76. This is my own addition to you OP.. thanks
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    Unca Jim Donating Member (405 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 09:52 AM
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    77. Predicted reactions:
    Haters: Nothing substantive here! Obama still sucks!

    Lovers: I'm totally vindicated! Obama still rules!

    Anyone who honestly looks over this list and the other stuff the President has been working on: Not bad for a start, but plenty more to go.
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    frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:19 AM
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    80. yep
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    vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:18 PM
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    98. The Matthew Sheperd Act can be added to the list. n/t
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    agentS Donating Member (922 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:10 AM
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    79. Not a perfect list, but he is only 1 man, 6 months into the job.
    He's been a busy President. While this list doesn't have all the things we on the Left would want to see (like HR 676, FISA pulled back, Bush in prison, etc) it does have a lot we wanted to see. Could he have done better? Certainly. Your criticism is justified. But, if McCain had been in office, would we have seen the same results? Most likely, nope.

    BUT A LOT OF Y'ALL ARE MISSING THE IMPORTANT PART- WE NOW KNOW WHERE THE ROADBLOCKS TO CHANGE ARE.
    WE KNOW WHO'S HOLDING UP THE AGENDA.
    WE KNOW WHO'S THE OPPOSITION AND THE MEN BEHIND THE CURTAIN.

    If you want real change, you have to remove the roadblocks. Sitting around complaining about the president not doing this or that isn't going to get the job done. The problem stems from the American mindset, among other things. Changing that will take a very long time, but in the meantime, your biggest enemies are Wall St, K St, and C St. Neutralize their ability to influence legislation and you'll have the change you want.
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    Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 05:29 PM
    Response to Reply #79
    136. Thanks for this post! n/t
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    defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:23 AM
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    82. Congratulations on all of that -- and cheers!!! However . . .
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 10:25 AM by defendandprotect
    We still have two wars raging and it looks like they're creating a framework for
    an attack on Iran --

    The wars are bankrupting our Treasury -- no less treason than when Bush was doing that

    Took the trade agreements -- the reason for our high job loss and unemployment -- "off the table."

    Increased funding for abstinence only sex education by $25 million.

    Created a higher level coverup for wiretapping.

    Failed to immediately overturn Bush's tax cuts on the rich

    Continues to say that he will have the most transparent government ever, but continues to
    side with those who want to cover up government corruption and government crimes --
    especially re torture.

    Increased government subsidies to religious organizations, begun by Bush -

    Also continues to pretend that in health care we are reinventing the wheel --
    simply remove age restrictions from MEDICARE --

    Cutting $313 BILLION FROM MEDICARE/MEDICAID

    Eloped with the corporate-DLC/Emmanuel and other DLCers into the White House -

    And, I could go on, of course . . .


    AND this is hilarious -- !!!

    Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.

    If that meant anything, Obama wouldn't be in the White House!

    END Campaign finance BRIBERY -- !!!!

    ************************************
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    midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:24 AM
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    83. I'm excited for these changes to be implemented, and even
    more excited to read that President Obama will repeal the TARP bailouts! Provide housing for everyone who wants one.
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    barbiegeek Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:27 AM
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    84. Copy this and email it to all your friends
    I just did to defeat the Repugs lies
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    and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 10:52 AM
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    87. K&R!!!
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    Kweli4Real Donating Member (792 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 11:16 AM
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    88. Yeah, but ...
    He hasn't cured cancer! :sarcasm:
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    uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:09 PM
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    107. ...or leaped a tall building in a single bound...without that he jus like Bush /sarcasm :)
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    Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 11:38 AM
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    91. Wow - what a list!
    Great to see the list of all of the accomplishments -- especially since more are surely to come.
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    Umbral Donating Member (969 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 11:40 AM
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    92. So a Democrat won the election...
    Now, imagine what could have been accomplished given commanding majorities in both houses of congress and an electoral mandate to institute change? What a list that could have been.
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    Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 11:50 AM
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    93.  K and R and Bookmarked.
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    Jester Messiah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:03 PM
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    95. K&R, Great post! [nt]
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    wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:34 PM
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    101. rec'd & bookmarked!
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    druidity33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:42 PM
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    103. not to be a downer
    but quite a few of those bulleted points have disturbing caveats... i'll rec the thread though because it's better to be edging forward in increments than it is to be standing still or moving backwards.

    :shrug:

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    zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:37 PM
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    111. Yup
    I wrote a whole response that went into a bit more detail, including the disturbing parts, as well as added some things that he has actually done, but wouldn't be all that popular around here under Bush. But it got lost in a computer meltdown. I did respond to the silly "bought a puppy" item with 2 words. RICK WARREN.
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    readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:59 PM
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    118. Shh. They want to note the "two steps forward" not the "two steps backward"
    that come after or the poison pills deliberately written into many of these bills.

    It's pretty damn sad.
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    Stellar Donating Member (251 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:59 PM
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    105. This is a list I'm going to keep...
    and share. Thank You for posting!!!
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    RBInMaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:07 PM
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    106. KPOW ! Damn straight ! GO OBAMA !! Great post. Support OUR president !!
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    AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:38 PM
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    112. Credit card bill of rights has largely been declared (even on DU) a joke
    I know he's done a lot, but the things I consider most important are not happening. He's not made the government transparent (more transparent then Bush's was easy...anyone could make it MORE transparent). We will be adding 22K troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Don't Ask Don't Tell is still going strong. We'll be clearcutting parts of the Tongass.

    Hope he gets somewhere with health care. He's on board, but this miserable Congress is not.

    Sorry...not unrecing or recing, but I'm kind of fed up with how things are going right now.
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    Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:49 PM
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    113. ** UPDATES ** (A few I forgot to add)
  • Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Signed the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2009 expanding health coverage for 250,000 children.
  • Rescinded a Bush administration directive that effectively made it impossible for states to raise their eligibility limits under the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) above 250 percent of the poverty level.
  • Named Wilma Liebman as the next chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). As an NLRB member over the past eight years, Liebman challenged the Bush administrations war on workers.
  • Nominated Mark Pearce, a member of the New York State United Teachers union, and Craig Becker, current associate general counsel for the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, to the to the National Labor Relations Board.

    -----

    Thanks to the good DUer's who pointed out my omissions!


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    readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:56 PM
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    115. You forgot preventative detention, expanding Bagram torture theatre, bombing Pakistan,
    researching to make sure that the US wasn't bound to take action on LGBT discrimination before signing the anti-discrimination declaration (making sure it's just all talk!), strengthening DOMA, continuing DADT, the bank bailouts, and so much more.

    Triangulators take two steps forward, two steps back. No one is denying that he takes steps forwards before he reverses himself.
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    FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 01:56 PM
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    116. Excellent Commentary!
    Which in this case is all action, not opinion!

    Thank you for this!
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    Tommy_J Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:01 PM
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    119. + 210
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    Grinchie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:04 PM
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    122. A lot of this is just common sense,
    But the truly important issues that we are all concerned about remain.

    FISA Immunity
    Corporate Sellout
    DLC Infestation
    Clear Cutting in Alaska
    50 Billion to Nuclear, while at the same time Yucca Maountin is scaled back
    1 trillion dollars for war machine
    Monsanto Michael Taylor back in the USDA
    Vilsack
    Retained Secrecy for current Government
    Failed to Prosecute BUSHCO
    Abu Ghraib photo secrecy
    Federal Reserve Cronyism
    Goldman Sachs Cronyism
    Mortgage assistance that isn't working
    Tax Cuts for people with no jobs
    No money for rail projects.
    Same old Corruption in Politics.
    Remote control killing of Pakistani's
    Backpedalling on the legalization of Cannabis or Hemp
    Clean Coal

    But his daughters have a new puppy! Wheeee!
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    readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:13 PM
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    126. Business as usual with a few poison-pill political maneuvers and a little showboating.
    I'm sure the freepers ran a list of Bush's liberal achievements like "The Clean Air Act" and "No Child Left Behind". Sure Obama has done some tepid half-measures and signed onto some good legislation (like Lily Ledbetter) that other people fought for. But let's be serious people.

    And I find it insulting and ridiculous to say that the man has done a goddamn thing for LGBT people. He simply hasn't.
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    Grinchie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:49 PM
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    128. I have a very simple philosophy on life -- Remove emotional tethers and face the facts.
    If more people were able to discard the Socially enforced mentality of "Drama", and focused more on logical and analytical thinking coupled with the knowledge that there is a true spiritual world, then I think more people would be actually able to judge for themselves without distortion.

    But there is a Mass Plague of comformity and the desire to be member of a group, despite the obvious signs that the Group may not always be right, that forces people to cling to unhealthy views, and go along like sheep.

    I do a lot of research, and I find it remarkable how intelligent and instructive books written in the 1900's to 1930's are compared to today. It's written in languege unfettered with jargon and legal phrases designed to obfuscate and distract. Our forefathers had no qualms about reviewing basic theory in text, whereas now, we see footnotes directing us to some other document requiring a university degree, along with access to that Universities Library in order to digest it all.

    The legal system has devolved into a complicated mess, where given enough motivation, any simple statement can be twisted to the benefit of an interested party. This applies to the Tax code as well.

    The Constitution is still under attack, and getting more wages is nothing compared to that loss, especially considering the that entire U.S. Economy is a Fraud, being propped up artificially with Tax money that is based all our future labor.


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    Boomerang Diddle Donating Member (566 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 03:42 PM
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    130. "One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done."
    Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 03:42 PM by Boomerang Diddle
    -Marie Curie

    Or in Obama haters translation: Where's MY pony?


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    mullard12ax7 Donating Member (500 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 03:56 PM
    Response to Reply #130
    131. Odd, I didn't see anywhere in the post you are responding to...
    that the person is an "Obama hater". I did see the poster describe your post exactly, before you even posted it.
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    Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:56 PM
    Response to Reply #131
    141. The poster he was responding to's hate of the President is so tangible Stevie Wonder could see it.
    But I kind of get the feeling that you already know that. lol
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    Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:48 PM
    Response to Reply #122
    160. Your "truly important issues" are
    full of shit..more of the same whining from the same ol deadenders.

    And, all you can say about the positive action that's been taken by Pres Obama is that his daughters have a new puppy..wheee?

    You fucking exposed yourself.
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    XanaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 04:20 PM
    Response to Original message
    132. Thank you for this
    Recommended, too.
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    Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 05:34 PM
    Response to Original message
    137. K&R'd just in time! n/t
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    Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:51 PM
    Response to Original message
    140. Oh no, PT! The unrecommends got to you!!
    Instead of 235 recs, you only wound up with 231!!!!!!! However will you live with the shame???!!
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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    ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:40 AM
    Response to Original message
    145. To those shallow individuals who can't tell the difference
    Edited on Wed Jul-22-09 01:42 AM by ProudDad
    between criticism and "hate"...

    You're fucking idiots!

    I HATE fucking idiots... :grr:

    :evilfrown: :mad: :argh: :nuke:



    Seriously, your pResident is charming and articulate. It's almost a pleasure to hear him pull the same old shit with such eloquence.

    I like the guy, that's why it's doubly disappointing to see him do much the same crap as the last dozen or so...

    Not surprising...Hell I didn't vote for him, I voted for a Progressive...but still a little sad...













    :sarcasm:
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    bos1 Donating Member (997 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 02:55 AM
    Response to Reply #145
    147. LOL "Great Collapse". Repent the End is Near!!! this ^ kooktroll goes on ignore.
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    bos1 Donating Member (997 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 03:02 AM
    Response to Original message
    148. Adding one more big one: Reversing USA's negative global image in one fell swoop
    This should not be underestimated. Remember the crowds in Berlin for Obama? Germany is just one example of a place where people were totally anti-USA before this and with good reason.

    I live abroad and I saw the USA go from maximum appreciation and support (especially after 9/11) to being pitied and reviled. Obama has turned all that upside down like maybe no other politician could, to an extent unimaginable just a couple years ago.
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    Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 04:42 AM
    Response to Reply #148
    149. Deleted message
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    Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 12:34 PM
    Response to Reply #148
    153. Very true! I'll add that! n/t
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    Kind of Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 09:51 AM
    Response to Original message
    151. Ratz! Too late to Rec.
    Edited on Wed Jul-22-09 09:53 AM by Kind of Blue
    But I glad you've got plenty.
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    WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 10:31 AM
    Response to Original message
    152. too late for me to recommend but he has done a great deal and deserves credit.
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    Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 01:07 PM
    Response to Original message
    156. Glad to see this Political Tiger..I was
    offline for two whole days due to getting a new Windows XP installed and missed this when I was looking for interesting OPs when I got back on, yesterday!

    You go, PT! :fistbump: :patriot: :party: :bounce:
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    TheBigotBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 07:57 PM
    Response to Original message
    162. Largest increase in veterans funding
    more than the VA had actually asked for.
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    Curtland1015 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 03:40 PM
    Response to Original message
    163. Love it. Love the list! I was actually looking for something like this to email to a co-worker.
    Thanks for writing it all up!

    :thumbsup:
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    Leo The Cleo Donating Member (352 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 04:10 PM
    Response to Original message
    164. The Puppy!
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    Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 04:13 PM
    Response to Original message
    165. obviously he is a political incompetent.
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    Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 04:32 PM
    Response to Original message
    166. I read the list again
    I love this list so much I had to read through it again. It's been an outstanding six months, and there is more to come. And one of the greatest acts of the Obama admin (healthcare reform) is right around the corner.

    Not all has been perfect. For example, I would like to see more progress made to achieve equality for GLBT folk. But even still, we're moving forward as a body politic. So much of what Obama has done benefits everyone, which I appreciate.

    I would rec this list a hundred times if I could.

    :bounce:
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