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PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DONE MORE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS IN 18 MONTHS THAT BUSH/CHENEY DID IN 8 YEARS

Bob™ the Union Ironworker 2010/08/12 23:08:17
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Arts and Culture

Funded the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at the highest level since 1992.
Created an artist corps for public schools.
Championed the importance of arts education.
Promoted cultural diplomacy.

Banking and Financial Reform
The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act. ref, ref
Managed the Troubled Asset Relief Plan (TARP) ref; (Banks have repaid 75%, bringing the cost down to $89B.) ref
Played a lead role in G-20 Summit, which produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. ref
The Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. ref, ref
The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. ref, ref
Established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. ref1,
Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes. ref, ref, ref
Reformed Deferral Rules to curb tax advantages for investing overseas. ref
Permanently extended Research and Experimentation Tax Credit for domestic investments. ref
Established new Off-shore investment policy, which promotes in-sourcing. ref, ref
Reformed credit card swipe fees (via Amendment to H.R. 4173 – Sec. 1079) ref
New criminal penalties for mortgage fraud. ref
Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals. ref
Congress investigated Goldman Sachs for its role in subprime mortgage meltdown. ref
(U.S.) charges Goldman with subprime fraud. ref
(Treasury Department) Sold 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup at a profit. ref
(Pay Czar) Cut salaries for 65 bailout executives. ref
Issued compensation guidelines for bank executive salary and bonuses ref, ref
The biggest financial reform law since the Great Depression ref


Commerce, Trade & Communications
Expanded loan programs for small businesses. ref
The Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act. ref
The Credit CARD Technical Corrections Act of 2009. ref
Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009. ref
The Satellite Television Extension Act of 2010.ref
Established a credit card bill of rights. ref
Launched the National Export Initiative, with the goal of doubling US exports by 2015. ref, ref
Appointed the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer. ref
Launched piracy crackdown. ref
Promoted Internet Freedom as Part Of U.S. Foreign Policy. ref, ref, ref
Denied Federal contracts to tax delinquents. ref
(Senate Panel) Passed tougher rules on derivatives. ref
(Democrats) Unveiled Citizens United response bill. ref, ref ^roytoric
Proposed tougher meat industry antitrust rules. ref, ref

Economy, Employment and Labor
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA): A $789 billion economic stimulus plan. ref
Assigned a Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Act of 2009 . ref
Unveiled 33 Billion-dollar jobs package. ref, ref
Provided $5,000 tax credit for every new worker. ref
Provided a US Auto industry rescue plan. ref, ref
(HHS) Provided New Health IT Workforce Grants (under ARRA). ref
The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act. ref
The Jobs for Main Street Act (2010). ref
Established President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. ref, ref, ref
The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009. ref
Established FERA. ref
Established the National Export Initiative ref
A temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958. ref
The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. ref
Found $20 Billion in budget cuts. ref
Created an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to invest in peer-reviewed manufacturing processes. ref
Increased minority access to capital. ref
Established economic justification requirement tax changes. ref
Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes. ref
Extended and indexed the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch. ref
Created task force to fight deficit. ref
Restored funding to the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. ref
Established partnerships to share environmental technology with other countries. ref
More than doubled federal spending for research on clean fuels . ref
CBO found 3.7 Million jobs created by stimulus. ref
Raised the small business investment limit to $250,000 through the end of 2009. ref
Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits. ref ref
Made Haiti Donations Tax Deductible For 2009. ref
Equalized tax breaks with driving to promote public transit. ref
Provided National Export Initiative/Progress report and named President’s Export Council. ref, ref
Established POWER Initiative – Protects Government workers, ensures reemployment, reduces worker’s comp claims and payments. ref
Signed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act – establishes a Federal “Do Not Pay” list; aims for annual savings of $110 billion. ref
Education, Children, and Families
Signed largest reform of student aid in 40 years. ref
Expanded Pell grants for low-income students . ) ref
Expanded Pell Grants by eliminating private lender subsidies for student loans. ref
Established State Equalization Fund (Part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). New funds for school construction. ref
Reduced subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers. ref
Provided for students struggling to make college loan payments to have their loans refinanced. ref
Created the Race to the Top Fund ($4.35 billion) to reward States that create comprehensive education reform plans. ref
Provided over $2.3 billion in additional funding to Head Start and Early Head Start programs in 2009. ref
Eliminated Abstinence-Only Funding In Budget. ref
Recruited math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession. ref
Provided $77 Billion for reforms to to strengthen Elementary and Secondary education. ref
Provided $5 billion dollars for Early Learning Programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.ref
The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010. ref
Provided $12.2 billion in new funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Act through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ref
Roughly doubled the amount available in Federal Child Care Block Grants. ref
Established “Promise Neighborhood” Grants (modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone). ref, ref
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 . ref
Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers . ref
Fully funded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). ref
Provided affordable, high-quality child care. ref
Established school programs to highlight space and science achievements. ref
Helped rebuild schools in New Orleans. ref
Increased funding for land-grant college. ref
Provided funding for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools. ref
Proposed new rules for college recruitment ref
Unveiled fatherhood measures (“most important job”). ref
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Energy, Environment and Climate
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act. ref
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Amendments Act of 2009. ref
Increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. ref
Amended Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spil. ref
Issued Executive Order, October 2009 – Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. ref, ref
Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic. ref, ref
Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions. ref, ref
(Congress) Launched investigation into gas drilling practices. ref
Offered 17% US Emissions Cuts at Climate Summit. ref
Oil Spill Recovery Bill. ref
Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions. ref
(Senate Panel) Approved Lifting BP’s Liability Cap. ref
(White House) Endorsed Unlimited Liability Cap For Spill. ref
Fined BP subsidiary $5.2 million for false reporting. ref
Establishing bill allowing oil rig worker’s families to sue. ref
Opened Civil and Criminal Investigations into Gulf Oil Spill. ref, ref
Established New Drilling Agency with Investigative Arm. ref
(US) Mandated new safety rules for offshore drilling. ref
Launched new Climate Service. ref
(EPA) Sharply Limited Mountaintop Mining. ref
(U.S.) Lead Effort To Phase Out Whaling. ref
(EPA) Announced Historic Plans to Regulate Coal Ash. ref
Required electric utilities to produce 20% of their electricity demand from renewable energy sources by 2020. ref
Raised fuel economy standards. ref
Established tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars. ref, ref
(Federal Government) Purchased 5,000 Hybrids. ref
(US Government) provided for 28% cut in greenhouse emissions. ref
(DOL) Announced Green Jobs Training Grants. ref
(NIST) Completed first release of Smart Grid framework. ref
Created a “Green vet Initiative” to promote environmental jobs for veterans. ref
Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production–also part of ARRA. ref
Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations and reports. ref
Established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. ref
(EPA) ordered BP to use less toxic dispersant. ref
(FTC) Toughened Anti-Greenwashing Rules. ref
Highlighted vision for clean energy economy. ref
(EPA) Barred Texas’ authority to issue refinery operating permits. ref
Established an Energy Partnership for the Americas. ref
Encouraged water-conservation efforts in the West. ref
Created Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage). ref
Established the Biofuels Working Group to develop a comprehensive approach to alternative fuels. ref
Implemented renewable fuels mandate of 36 billion gallons by 2022. ref
Established Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. ref
Pursued a wildfire management plan. ref
Increased funding for national parks and forests. ref
Encouraged farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient. ref
Ordered removal of more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires. ref
Encouraged more controlled burns to reduce wildfires. ref
Established program to convert manufacturing centers into clean technology leaders. ref
Worked toward deploying a global climate change research and monitoring system. ref
Invested $2 Billion in Solar Power, Hailed New Jobs. ref, ref, ref
Set national standards for fuel economy and first ever greenhouse gas emission levels for passenger cars and light trucks. ref
Set aside $60 Billion in spending and tax incentives for renewable and clean energy. ref
Additional measures to advance clean energy/solar investments and job creation (part of Recovery Act). ref
Invested in all types of alternative energy. ref
Pledged more than $8 billion for new nuclear reactors. ref
Closed loophole that allowed drilling in Rockies without environmental review. ref
Ordered inspections of mines with troubling safety records ref
Doubled funding for bicycling, walking projects ref, ref
(EPA) Set Smog Limit: New strict proposal to replace Bush-era rule. ref
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. ref, ref
(EPA) Put health first by limiting mercury emissions. ref
Created job training programs for displaced workers in clean technologies. ref
Required states to provide incentives for utilities to reduce energy consumption. ref
(EPA) Regulated greenhouse gases for large industrial sources. ref
Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes. ref
Increased funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. ref
Instituted “Cash for Clunkers” to spur auto sales and promote fuel efficiency. ref, ref
Issued Executive Order 13508 – Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. ref, ref
Permitted states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards. ref
Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government. ref
(US) created offshore drilling safety review board. ref
Issued Executive Order – Stewardship of the Ocean (National Ocean Council: protecting our Coasts and the Great Lakes). ref
Expanded greenhouse gas reduction targets for Federal operations -13% reduction from indirect sources by 2020. ref

Foreign Affairs & International Relations
Returned the rights of Americans to visit and assist their families in Cuba. ref, ref, ref
Restored international engagement by visiting more countries and world leaders than any first year president. ref
Re-established the United States standing in the world. ref, ref, ref
Appointed envoys to the Middle East and AFPAK affirming the power of American diplomacy . ref
Authorized President Bill Clinton’s mission to secure the release of two Americans held in North Korea. ref
Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Webb to secure the release of an American held captive. ref
Renewed loan guarantees for Israel. ref
Pledged $400 million in aid to Gaza civillians. ref
Pressured Israel To End Gaza Blockade ref
Refused to give Israel a “green light” to strike Iran, augmenting Mid-East stability. ref
Told Israel that continued settlements damages prospects for peace. ref, ref
The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009. ref
Negotiated nuclear arms agreements with Australia (5/5/2010), India (5/4/2010), and Russia (5/10/2010). ref, ref, ref, ref
Nuclear arms agreement with Russia. ref, ref
Issued Executive Order to address factors contributing to instability in Somalia. ref
Launched an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA). ref
Created a rapid response fund for emerging democracies. ref
Bolstered the military’s ability to speak different languages. ref
Iran Sanctions Act ref
Agreement with Switzerland to bolster tax information exchange ref, ref
Renewed import restrictions under Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. ref
Government Spending and Waste
Established the President’s Management Advisory Board. ref
Ordered federal agencies to study and recommend ways to cut spending. ref, ref
Cut salaries of senior White House aides. ref
Provided that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011. ref, ref, ref
Eliminated F-22 fighter jet program after lobbying Senate vote to strip financing for more jets from a defense funding authorization bill. ref, ref, ref
Canceled contract for new Presidential helicopter fleet (28 helicopters, $11.2 billion). ref
Streamlined and modernized government to save taxpayer dollars. ref
Enhanced payment accuracy through a “Do Not Pay” list. ref
Returned taxpayer monies for refurbishment of White House offices and living quarters. ref, ref

Health Care and Medicine
The Patient Protection and Affordable Coverage of 2010, signed March 23, 2010. ref, ref
Established a New Patient’s Bill of Rights. ref
Required insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. ref, ref
Increased regulation of drug manufacturers. ref, ref
Preserved Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010. ref
Cut prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients by 50% and began eliminating the plan’s gap (“donut hole”) in coverage. ref
Required children to have health insurance coverage. ref
Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP). ref, ref
Expanded eligibility for Medicaid. ref
Eliminated the higher subsidies to Medicare Advantage plans. ref
Expanded vaccination programs. ref, ref
The TRICARE Affirmation Act. ref
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. ref
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. ref
Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare. ref
The Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009. ref, ref, ref, ref
The Social Security Disability Applicant Access to Professional Representation Act of 2010. ref
Offered tax credits to those who need help to pay health premiums. ref
Required large employers to contribute to a national health plan. ref
Provided $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. ref
Provided $500 million in expanded funding for Health Professions Training Programs. ref, ref
Established the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council . ref, ref
The Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009. ref, ref, ref, ref
The Social Security Disability Applicant Access to Professional Representation Act of 2010. ref
Provided minimum essential health care coverage by Veteran’s Affairs. ref
The TRICARE Affirmation Act. ref
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. ref
Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners. ref
Provided funding to strengthen hospital preparedness and emergency response ref
Implemented a National HIV/AIDS Strategy 7/13/10 ref
Engaged global efforts on HIV/AIDS issues. ref
Established President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. ref
Established Standards For Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment. ref
Established Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. ref
Increased funding to expand community based prevention prog: rams. ref
(DHHS) Questioned Prestigious Hospitals in Electronic Health Records Probe (DHHS). ref
Established Patient Safety and Medical Liability Demonstration Projects. ref, ref Arnie
Established HealthCare.gov – A web portal for determining and comparing all consumer health insurance and health care options ref, ref Arnie
Banned sale of “light” cigarettes. ref
(FDA) to discuss stricter guidelines for tanning beds due to skin cancer. ref
Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients. ref, ref, ref
FDA now regulating tobacco. ref, ref
Issued new guidance limiting antibiotic use in cattle to preserve efficacy in humans (6/28/2010) ref
Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules. ref
Reconsidered safety of Bisphenol A, initiates study. ref
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) subsidies to provide laid-off employees with financial assistance to continue health insurance coverage. ref, ref, ref
Executive Order Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (celebrating 20th anniversary of the ADA). ref,ref

Housing
$275 billion dollar Housing Plan ref
Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, helping millions avoid foreclosure . ref, ref
Established the Making Home Affordable Plan, which will provide for the refinance or loan modification for $9 Million homeowners. ref
The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. ref
Provided $510 Million for the rehabilitation of Native American Housing. ref
Provided $2 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization Program . ref SPC
Provided $5 billion for Weatherization Assistance Program for low income families. ref
Established “Opening Doors” – A Federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. ref, ref

Humanitarianism & Civil Rights
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Instituted equal pay for women. ref, ref, ref
Presidential Memorandum extending benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Federal Employees. ref, ref, ref, ref
Presidential Memorandum protecting gay and lesbian partners’ visitation/healthcare decision-making rights (4/15/2010) . ref
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. ref
Awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom to Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King. ref
The Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, advancing press freedom and safety for journalists. ref, ref,
The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to include gender, sexual orientation and disability. ref
Established White House Council on Women and Girls (Executive Order 13506 ). ref CAFalk
Awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. ref
The Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009. ref, ref
Accelerated tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for Haiti earthquake relief. ref
Signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ref
The Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009. ref
Appointed an American Indian policy advise r. ref
Supported Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, as Pentagon continues to review the policy. ref
(EPA) Reversed Controversial “Human Guinea Pig” Rule. ref
Immigration
Requested emergency funding of $600 million for Border Security. ref
Deployed more drones on Mexico border. ref
Established Panel to Control Immigrant Workers. ref
Deported higher numbers of Illegal Immigrants. ref
Infrastructure
Recovery Act Funded 10000th Highway Project. ref
Opened 500 MHz of wireless spectrum over next 10 years to expand wireless/mobile broadband use. ref
Initiated modifications to Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) regulations. ref , ref
Announced additional $800 million to fund rapid rollout of Rural Broadband Expansion (7/2010). ref
Introduced plan to expand broadband Internet across U.S. ref, ref
Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program. ref
Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps. ref
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expands the senior Corps volunteer program. ref, ref
Awarded $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion. ref
Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect. ref
Commenced 10,000th road project, Columbus, OH (part of ARRA); June 2010. ref, ref
The Airport and Airway Extension Act. ref
Invested $13 Billion (ARRA: $8B + $1B 5-year federal budget) in high speed rail projects in 13 major corridors ref, ref, ref
Invested in Public Transportation. ref
Created a Social Investment Fund Network. ref
Announced $290 million in funding for 53 grants to “fund new streetcars, buses, and transit facilities.” ref

Law and Justice

Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court. ref, ref
Restored funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program. ref
Matthew Sheppard Act. ref
Emphasizeed Prevention, Treatment Over Old Drug-War Tactics. ref
New Federal Drug Control Policy. ref
Established special crime prevention programs for the New Orleans area. ref
Ordered review of mandatory minimum sentences. ref
Settlement of the Black Farmers Lawsuit against USDA . ref, ref
Ordered checks of “troubling” mines. ref
The DTV Delay Act. ref
The Criminal History Background Checks Pilot Extension Act of 2009. ref
The Tribal Law and Order Act. ref, ref, ref, ref

Military and National Security
Increased pay and benefits for military personnel. ref
Supported Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, as Pentagon continues to review the policy. ref, ref
Began restructuring the military to reflect present day threats and technology. ref
Caught more Taliban Leaders in one month than Bush/Cheney did in six years. ref
(House) panel supported 1.9% pay raise for military. ref
Established new cyber security office following extensive policy review. ref, ref
Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan. ref, ref
Began gradual troop withdrawals from Iraq . ref
Set troop pullout in Afghanistan set for next summer. ref, ref
Increased US Navy patrols off Somali coast. ref
Ordered SEAL operation that resulted in killing of three terrorists, and the release of US captain held by Somali pirates. ref
Refocused attention and troops on the source of the 9/11 attacks and stabilization of that region. ref
Established Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing, prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices. ref
Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date. ref
Closing secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. ref, ref
Recommitted the U.S. to a policy of “no torture” and full compliance with the Geneva Conventions. ref
Cut the missile defense program by $1.4 billion in 2010. ref
Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks, building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols. ref
The Defense Production Act Reauthorization of 2009. ref
Provided $1.1 Billion for improving airport security. ref
The Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act. ref
The Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act. ref
New Start Treaty and Protocol with Medvedev. ref
Signed Executive Order Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the US. ref
Ordered military to withdraw fast food joints from Afghan bases. ref
Military Veterans and Families
Provided for the expenses of families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB.ref
Improved benefits for veterans. ref, ref, ref, ref, ref
Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information. ref, ref, ref, ref
Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses. ref, ref
The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act. ref
Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans. ref
The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 improving care for millions of veterans. ref
The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009. ref
Improved housing for military personnel. ref (Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House). ref
Provided minimum essential health care coverage by Veteran’s Affairs. ref
Established the Blinded Veterans Association. ref
Established the Major Charles R. Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center. ref
The Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009. ref
The Korean War Veterans Recognition Act. ref
Promoted a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (“WASP”). ref
Established the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development . ref
The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009. ref
The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009. ref
Worked to clear the backlog of Veterans claims to streamline benefits to those who served. ref
Made it easier for Veterans with PTSD to receive the benefits and treatment they need. ref Arnie

Natural Disasters and Emergencies
Ordered an extensive review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness. ref, ref
Provided $210 Million for building and upgrading Fire Stations. ref
Ordered $20 billion escrow fund by BP to reimburse lost incomes in Gulf, and $100 million to compensate those hurt by drilling moratorium. ref
The Haiti Economic Lift Program Act of 2010. ref
The Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act of 2010. ref
The Emergency Aid to American Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake Act. ref
Memorandum on the Long-Term Gulf Coast Restoration Support Plan ref
National Service
National service legislation; expanded national youth service program. ref
Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps. ref
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act — Expands the senior Corps volunteer program. ref, ref
Government awarded $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion. ref
Created a Social Investment Fund Network. ref

Scientific and Medical Research


Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research. ref, ref, ref
Provided Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research. ref
Provided new federal funding for science and research labs. ref
Provided grants to early-career researchers. ref
Extended the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. ref, ref
Supported Landsat Data Continuity Mission to Enhance earth mapping. ref
Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy. ref
Optimized the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the United States ref

Space Exploration & Space Station
Added another Space Shuttle flight ref
Used the private sector to improve spaceflight ref
Worked with international allies on space station ref
Partnered to enhance the potential of the International Space Station ref
Opened door to space arms treaty. ref, ref
Used the International Space Station for fundamental biological and physical research ref
Determined whether International Space Station can operate after 2016 ref
Conducted robust research and development on future space missions ref
Increased spending to prepare for longer space missions ref
Supported commercial access to outer space ref

Transparency and Accountability

Established new classification standards for accelerated declassification in support of the Freedom of Information Act. ref
Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible. ref
Released presidential records. ref
Imposed limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House. ref,ref
Imposed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administratio n. ref
Closed lobbyist loopholes with respect to the Recovery Act ref
Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees. ref
Provided more town halls and media access than previous administration. ref, ref
Required health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care. ref
Established an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information. ref
Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliations or contributions. ref, ref
Established a uniform standard for declassifying, safeguarding and classifying national security information (12/29/2009). ref
Created a national declassification center. ref
(DOD) Opened access to social media sites (Air Force News). ref
(DOD) Will film all interrogations. ref
Unveiled “open government” plans. ref
Signed Order Cracking down On Tax Cheats. ref
Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, cutting ties between industry and government. ref, ref
Introduced Federal IT Dashboard, “a website enabling federal agencies & the public to view details of information technology.” ref
Established the USA.gov portal connecting people to the services they require ref
White House Voluntary Disclosure Policy – Visitor Access Records/450,000 records to date ref, ref
Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act. ref, ref
Recovery, Progress and Change
March payrolls surge by 162,000 US says . ref
Financial reform has ‘strongest consumer financial protections in history.’ ref
Wall St Reform will end taxpayer bailouts. ref
Six-month report card: exports in the first four months of 2010 were 17 percent higher than in the first four months of 2009 . ref
682,370 jobs created under the Recovery Act Between January 1 — March 31,2010. ref, ref, ref
Job loss exploded under Bush, improves under Obama. ref
New jobless claims tumble. ref
March jobs data showed biggest growth in three years .ref
U.S. economy added 90000 jobs in April . ref
Tax refunds up 10 percent due to stimulus . ref
Federal deficit shrunk 8% year-on-year. ref
Jobless rates dropped in 34 states and DC (AP). ref
U.S. Economy: Manufacturing grew by most since 2004. ref
Economy grew 5.9% in 4th quarter. ref
U.S. GDP up 3.2% in first quarter, consumer spending showed biggest rise in 3 years . ref
Orders for most durable goods rose. ref
New-home sales saw biggest jump in 47 years. ref, ref
Wholesale inventories and sales rose in March. ref
Tax bills hit lowest level since 1950 . ref
Good news: Foreclosures fall 2%. ref
Consumer confidence highest in 2 years. ref
Start-Up activity now higher than it was during the dotcom boom. ref
Study: Almost 5 million charging stations by 2015. ref
Wind power growth up 39% due to government stimulus. ref
Poll: World’s opinion of U.S. has “improved sharply” under Obama.ref
47 nations rise to Obama’s challenge at US nuke summit and agree to four years of non-proliferation efforts.ref
U.S. jail population declined for first time in decades. ref
Miscellaneous
Expanded access to places to hunt and fish. ref
Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government. ref
Got his daughters a puppy! ref
Held first Seder in White House. ref, ref
Appointed at least one Republican to the cabinet. ref
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off anti-obesity effort. ref
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  • bacon bits 2010/08/13 01:46:26
    bacon bits
    +114
    This is way too funny, Bob, Bob, Bob! You really believe that don't you?!
    "Signed Order Cracking down On Tax Cheats. ref" You're kidding right???? Tell that to Rangle and Geitner.

    obama is a confused little Muslim man, who has divided this country like never before.

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  • sketchbone 2011/04/03 18:04:51 (edited)
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    Laughable: That awfully LONG LIST of SPENDING initiatives is EXACTLY THE PROBLEM. He's SPENDING MONEY WE DON"T HAVE, running the nation into an UNPRECEDENTED DEBT. The only way to pay for this crap is to STEAL FROM OUR CHILDREN or TAX US TO DEATH. Get a clue, sister, TAX AND SPEND DOESN'T WORK !
  • Slade 2011/04/03 17:14:46
    Slade
    This list is only considered accomplishments if you're a commie.

    Here is what 0vomit has accomplished.

    Worst. Jobs. President. Ever And Let's Not Forget The $14 TRILLION Deficit
    Barack Obama continues to set records although the jobs report was not as disappointing as usual this month.

    More Americans now work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.

    americans work government manufacturing farming fishing forestry mining combined

    Meanwhile, Gallup reported that underemployment rose to 20.3% in March.

    forestry mining combined gallup underemployment rose 20 3 march obama deficit chart

    Give it up 0vomit is a disaster to America!
  • joann 2010/09/18 03:10:57
    joann
    +2
    I really agree with all this but what about the Illegals????
  • DJ 2010/09/11 15:12:04
    DJ
    +4
    I most certainly agree with this this article.. I would like to take it even further and say President Obama has done more for this country in 18 months than the past 5 Presidents combined.
  • molliebea 2010/09/11 13:50:07
    molliebea
    +2
    This is a wonderful testament to everything this young President has done in just 2 years in office. I knew President Obama had done a lot, but not this much until I saw it illustrated like this. What a contrast to the "do-nothing but vacation in Texas" previous president -if you can call him that! Keep up the good work President Obama. We love and appreciate you!
  • s+j=love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2010/09/06 20:04:47 (edited)
    s+j=love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    +1
    no he hasent he has not done crap for this country! this question should be taken off this website. he said he will do so much for this country. answer this question, how many of thoes things has he done? NONE! http://www.waynepac.org/Image...
  • Bob™ th... s+j=lov... 2010/09/08 03:49:08
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    English please. If you are going to post please use English.
  • JL 2010/09/04 11:09:20
    JL
    +1
    Man you are crazy! All He's done is move us closer to a socialist state! The sooner He's gone the better!
  • Bob™ th... JL 2010/09/04 15:20:32
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    +1
    HEY EVERYONE LOOK IT IS A SOCK AND A PARROT

    hey sock parrot

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  • Slade Bob™ th... 2011/04/03 17:17:54
    Slade
    Looks like you're a sock too, your profile hasn't moved.
  • Bob™ th... JL 2010/09/04 15:21:55
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    +2
    Tea Party Republicans:

    These Republicans are a dumbed-down combination of the previous 2 groups of Republicans. They think Sarah Palin is intelligent and it's the media filter's fault that she looks so stupid. They think Reagan was fiscally Conservative even though he tripled the deficit. They watch Fox News religiously, and think Glenn Beck is credible. They don't understand why people think they're racist while they're standing next to people holding racist signs. They protest higher taxes even though taxes have gone down for 95% of working families.


    They parrot Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin talking points. When you discredit one thing they say they immediately move on to the next subject. Anyone that doesn't agree with them is a socialist, even though they can't give you the actual definition of socialism. Many of them are on Medicare while protesting "socialism". They have never met a socialist, so they have no idea what socialists believe. They think liberals are socialists and socialists are Nazis.

    What to Remember when debating them:

    They have no idea what they're talking about. Ask them to prove what they are saying. If you ask them a question and they respond with a question refuse to answer their question until they answer yours. Don't back down. Remind them that taxes have...
    Tea Party Republicans:

    These Republicans are a dumbed-down combination of the previous 2 groups of Republicans. They think Sarah Palin is intelligent and it's the media filter's fault that she looks so stupid. They think Reagan was fiscally Conservative even though he tripled the deficit. They watch Fox News religiously, and think Glenn Beck is credible. They don't understand why people think they're racist while they're standing next to people holding racist signs. They protest higher taxes even though taxes have gone down for 95% of working families.


    They parrot Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin talking points. When you discredit one thing they say they immediately move on to the next subject. Anyone that doesn't agree with them is a socialist, even though they can't give you the actual definition of socialism. Many of them are on Medicare while protesting "socialism". They have never met a socialist, so they have no idea what socialists believe. They think liberals are socialists and socialists are Nazis.

    What to Remember when debating them:

    They have no idea what they're talking about. Ask them to prove what they are saying. If you ask them a question and they respond with a question refuse to answer their question until they answer yours. Don't back down. Remind them that taxes have actually been lowered for 95% of working families. If debating them in public be careful because they are known to carry guns in places they don't need them, like public parks and bars and churches.
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  • Todd Bob™ th... 2010/09/19 16:03:53
    Todd
    +1
    Yes you are right about Reagan, but you failed to mention the success with the spending ! and his spending lasted for years to come Clinton balanced the budget because everyone was working.
  • Bob™ th... Todd 2010/09/20 01:50:51
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    lol reagan gets no credit there
  • Todd Bob™ th... 2010/09/19 16:07:49
    Todd
    +1
    Yes you are right about Reagan, but you failed to mention the success with the spending ! and his spending lasted for years to come Clinton balanced the budget because everyone was working.
  • Dave PO... Bob™ th... 2011/04/03 17:29:50
    Dave POTL-PWCM-JLA
    That sounds like a Bill Maher rant, except your funnier. Your "brain" is programmed just like this windows xp my laptop operates on. Your LSM inserts the disk, and out comes your putrid opinions. The only reason your funnier than Bill Maher is because your a nobody whos opinion doesnt matter at all....then again, Bill Maher doesnt matter either.
  • ALofRI JL 2010/09/04 17:34:26
    ALofRI
    Just about every country in Europe is closer to a "Socialist State" than WE are. YOU WILL NOTICE, however, they are still, and never WILL BE Socialist countries! Democracy is NOT a PERFECT system, just better than the rest. That means we can take the BESTof OTHER systems and incorporate them without worry of becoming them. That is, of course, if we protect our freedoms, like freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom to vote without someone dictating HOW we vote. Obama does NOT want to make America a "socialist country", he just wants the best for the American people....regardless WHAT the "Boss", the Beckster and the others say!
  • RetSarg 2010/08/29 03:28:01
    RetSarg
    +1
    What a bunch of garbage. He hasn't stopped campaigning or taking vacations long enough to do most of this. The rest of it he didn't even read before he signed!!!!
  • Bob™ th... RetSarg 2010/08/31 07:53:28
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    +1
    blah blah blah bush was on vacation for 3 out of 8 years fact did you read it. the post he read the bill but you just parroted. typical
  • ALofRI RetSarg 2010/09/04 17:38:19
    ALofRI
    +2
    Bush took more vacations than ANY previous President, and he didn't HAVE to campaign, He just "raised the threat level" and all the sheeple followed him....to the oblivion we have today.
  • La 2010/08/27 08:34:25
    La
    +1
    Hahaha "Got his daughters a puppy!"
    Heaps helping out the country there

    Nah s'ok I like Obama.
    PS: America is crazzzzzzzy.
  • Bob™ th... La 2010/08/27 12:25:45
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    +1
    Some you pick out the touch of humor and cuteness in the piece and cut it down over that. The rest I have no idea what you are talking about. Englich please
  • La Bob™ th... 2010/08/27 15:18:24 (edited)
  • kevildawg Bob™ th... 2011/04/30 13:26:28
    kevildawg
    "Some you pick out...."??? "Englich please"??? Seems that you need to learn how to speak and write in English.
  • BIGK27 2010/08/16 23:31:16
    BIGK27
    +6
    Union Bob Please wake up your dreaming that Communist Bastard is destroying America. Take a look at what your Communist Party is doing to the people in Arizona.
    WE THE PEOPLE Are taking back our Country IN NOVEMBER 2010. bye bye now.
  • Bob™ th... BIGK27 2010/08/17 01:48:47
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    +5
    you mean you the white bigoted evangelical minority are going to lose again in november, it is OUR country you self centered foul mouth person
  • La Bob™ th... 2010/08/27 08:42:52
    La
    I think you pretty much have to share it with the religious folks. Man, if I could go back in time to the thirteen colonies, I'd kill all the anglicans :)
  • ALofRI La 2010/09/08 19:08:29
    ALofRI
    Very "Christian" of you.
  • La ALofRI 2010/09/11 01:48:47
    La
    Sarcasm duly noted. I'm not Christian, so it's not insulting....
  • Slade Bob™ th... 2011/04/03 17:21:45
    Slade
    Looks like you were wrong about that the Dems got their ass handed to them.

    wrong dems ass handed stoopid
  • ArtFunk420 BIGK27 2010/08/28 19:27:40
    ArtFunk420
    Idiots shouldn't comment.
  • SamFox 2010/08/16 04:30:26
    SamFox
    +2
    You mean he has done more TO the USA. Socialism 101.

    Yo, Faye, give us a run down on how much on the list is Constitutional, wouldja please.

    Hardly any thing on the list is given to the fed govt to do by the Const. Most of the list is states rights only. But hey, progs never have liked the Const. so why would 0 be any different??

    If the HC thing is so great, why are 0 & Congress exempt????

    Transparency? Hardy har har!! II didn't see any glass on the closed doors used to hide the discussions & workings on the HC take over. Then we gotta ask, if 0 is doing FOR the USA, why all the tax evaders, Marxists, radicals & communists as czars??? These guys were & are still, doing TO the USA nor for us.

    Afghanistan is NOW 0's war. 0 is the POTUS NOW, not GWButt. If Afghanistan is not 0's war, why is he still doing the thing?

    SamFox
  • Bob™ th... SamFox 2010/08/17 01:49:47
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    lol tenther goodbye
  • Bob™ th... Bob™ th... 2010/08/17 01:50:22
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    and a sock sock
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  • Bob™ th... Bandolier 2010/08/16 02:27:23
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    yes it is good but not the best
  • La Bandolier 2010/08/27 08:43:45
    La
    So true :D
  • Bobbi 2010/08/15 16:03:30
    Bobbi
    +3
    Bob...

    if you are going to copy and paste a copyrighted hit piece you should at least include the ref part. otherwise most people will see this as just more BS from the left.
  • Bob™ th... Bobbi 2010/08/16 02:28:07
    Bob™ the Union Ironworker
    I did it is incomplete I am still working on it but alll accurate
  • JL Bobbi 2010/09/04 11:11:35
    JL
    That's exactly what it is! BS! Tell him to take a vacation, that's all Obama can do!
  • Pieter Joubert 2010/08/15 13:16:34
    Pieter Joubert
    +3
    This I like, you did a hell of lot of research. Trust me, you will be getting a lot of flack from people who are a lot less informed than you. Most of those critics are so closed minded that even a suicide bomber crawling up their nose won't be able to blow open their minds. I sincerely hope there are a large number of american that bothered to also read up on whats happening around them. Most I am afraid are sitting in their trailer parks watching Nascar and drinking beer in between visits to the social security office collecting money from a government they hate.
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