Churlish Truths

United States

#49694 Jul 12, 2014
101. Ended the Iraq War.

102. Worked to keep our withdrawal from Afghanistan on track, despite GOP opposition. sF1 Reiterated that commitment in 2014.

103. Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates.

104. Through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split of Sudan into two countries, this allowing for the creation of an independent South Sudan.

A More Realistic Approach to “Defense” and National Security

105. Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.

106. Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.

107. Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.

108. Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty.

109. Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021.

110. Through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq.

111. Developed first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

112. Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country.

113. Negotiated a deal with Afghan govenment, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country.

114. Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world.

115. Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.

116. Took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple the despotic Khadaffy government and determine their own fate.

117. Got Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, to determine their own fate.

118. In 2011, reoriented American focus from the Middle East to the Asian-Pacific region by simultaneouly engaging China and crafting new alliances with Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior.

119. Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully.

120. Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast.

121. Has repeatedly beefed up border security

122. Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

123. Throughan executive order, established the Homeland Security Partnership Council, which will attempt to enhance the nation’s ability to “address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.”

124. Breaking with presidential tradition, especially recent tradition, instead of just attacking Syria in the wake of chemical weapons attacks on Syrians, Obama ordered a full report on the decision-making process, should he decide to order one.
Churlish Truths

United States

#49695 Jul 12, 2014
Returned Government to Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Dignity and Respect

125. Along with Congressional Democrats, not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it. Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.

126. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.

127. Provided active combat troops with better body armor.

128. Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care.

129. Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date.(personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one.)

130. Along with Congressional Democrats, supported and signed Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans.

131. Along with Congressional Democrats, ushered through largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, with money to go to improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities.

132. Created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs.

133. Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs.

134. Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.

135. Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty will be able to avoid state taxes in their temporary residence.

136. Issued an Executive Order to improve access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families.

Refocused the Federal Government on Education, Made Rational Reforms

137. Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process, thus us creating greater accountability.

138. Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.

139. Created a rating system for colleges, so that those applying for student financial aid know better what they’re paying for.

140. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.
Churlish Truths

United States

#49696 Jul 12, 2014
141. Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them.

142. Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide.

143. Oversaw major expansion in school construction.

144. Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start.

145. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0

146. Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low and middle income students to go to college.

147. Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.

148. Took major new steps to protec students from ineffective for-profit colleges through “gainful employment” measures, whereby schools have to demonstrate that its students actually find work to get federal aid.

149. With First Lady Michelle Obama, passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier.

150. In his continuing effort to make college more affordable and accountable, will begin rating colleges with regard to affordability and value.

151. Initiated a reform of federal job training programs, to make them more relevant to the current economy and the job market.

Took an Adult View on Science, Technology and Health Care

152. Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.

153. Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects.

154. Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

155. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs.

156. Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

157. Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers.

158. Obama EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics.

159. Conducted a cyberspace policy review.

160. Provided financial support for private sector space programs.
Churlish Truths

United States

#49697 Jul 12, 2014
161. Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.

162. Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco. As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

163. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.

164. Increased funding for community-based prevention programs.

165. Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

166. Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price.

167. Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million.

168. Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Democratic Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put increase on hold for two months.

169. Ushered through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to at least 30 million more people, ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established , so that taxpayers could keep up with developments.

170. Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.

171. Through the ACA, provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance.

172. Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level.

173. Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.

174. Provisions in the ACA have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The increase in 2011 was 4%, which is very low compared to the average 12% annual inflation rate during previous 40 years.

175. Created the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, to strengthen the government’s ability to respond to the continuing domestic HIV epidemic, after years of Republicans weakening the government’s ability to deal with the crisis.

176. Expanded space exploration and discovery options to include more players.

177. Through the Connect America Fund, pushed through and received FCC approval for a move of $8 billion in subsidies away from telephone landlines to assist lower-income rural families in accessing broadband.

178. In the wake of the West Fertilizer tragedy, in which an entire small town was devastated by an explosion at a fertilizer plant, in part because Republican negligence let the company do whatever it wanted, formed the Chemical Safety and Security Working Group, to work on measures to prevent another such event.

Strengthened the Middle Class and Families, and Fought Poverty

179. Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.
Churlish Truths

United States

#49698 Jul 12, 2014
180. Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor.

181. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families.

182. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.

183. Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.

184. Extended discounted health coverage under the COBRA health insurance law for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s also extended unemployment benefits more than a few times.

185. Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).

186. Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.

187. Included the Buffet Rule in his 2014 budget proposal, thus trying to fulfill a campaign promise, to make sure tax rates are fair between the rich and the middle class.

188. Used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000.

189. Increased protections for those who are unemployed and are seeking a government job.

190. Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA)

Concrete Steps to Improve The Environment and Address Our Energy Needs

191. Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards.

192. Fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade.

193. Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies.

194. Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history.

195. Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.

196. Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. (Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

197. Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers.

198. Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.

199. Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant.

200. Doubling federal spending on clean energy research.

201. Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.

202. Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.

203. Reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.”

Ocilla, GA

#49699 Jul 12, 2014
A couple of hundred more to go. LOL
Churlish Truths

United States

#49700 Jul 12, 2014
204. Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.

205. Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.

206. Improved siting, review and permitting stations for power plants, in an attempt to seriously improve the nation’s electric grid.

207. Following the neglect of Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic.

208. Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars.

209. Established a quadrennial review of our energy infrastructure, to encourage a modernization of the grid, and to encourage the transition away from fossil fuel use.

210. Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.

211. Got BP to cough up $20 billion to establish Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to reduce the need for taxpayer funds to be used for compensation and clean up. (Note: it took 20 years to get $1.3 billion for the Exxon Valdez spill.)

212. Oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

213. Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills.

214. Became the first President to simply say “Climate Change is a fact,” and set up the first federal government protocols for dealing with the impacts of climate change.

215. Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

216. Asserted federal legal supremacy to bar Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own.

217. Set up new, stricter standards limiting power plant emissions.

218. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act.

219. Strengthened protection for wildlife, and expanded enforcement of laws against wildlife trafficking.

220. Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year.

221. Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans.

222. Through new EPA regulations, he created a pretext for closing the dirtiest power plants in the country, by limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic gasses.

223. Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%

224. Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards.

225. Announced a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg in 2010 to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025

United States

#49702 Jul 12, 2014
was when President Obama:

Beat the snot out of McCain
Beat the snot out of Romney
Beat the snot out of OBL

If he hadn't done or don't do anything else then that was the very dang best.
wondering out loud

Alpharetta, GA

#49703 Jul 12, 2014
jeb stuart wrote:
<quoted text>What's that you say- the POTUS is breaking in line at a restaurant ! OMG, this definitely call for an immediate congressional inquiry! I also think that they should ground Air Force One and make him fly coach class on commercial airlines- just like all the previous republican presidents did!!!LMAO
Your posts show you're not too smart. You must be a fluffer like Freud.
jeb stuart

Fitzgerald, GA

#49704 Jul 12, 2014
@ using national guardsmen or other military on southern border: Sounds good, huh? But, just exactly what orders would they be given? Let's assume that we could position soldiers shoulder- to -shoulder for the whole extent of the U.S./Mexico border. When these illegal women and children attempt to cross should they be shot or just thrown back into the river? just curious....

Cornelia, GA

#49705 Jul 12, 2014
wondering out loud wrote:
<quoted text>
Your posts show you're not too smart. You must be a fluffer like Freud.
You ARE and idiot like rename.
jeb stuart

Fitzgerald, GA

#49706 Jul 12, 2014
wondering out loud wrote:
<quoted text>
Your posts show you're not too smart. You must be a fluffer like Freud. sorry to disappoint, you, on the other hand, seem to have a knack for brilliant posts and imaginative little words. When I grow up I want to be just like you! Go suck a flutter, you little wimp.

Cornelia, GA

#49707 Jul 12, 2014
rename wrote:
<quoted text>
WB's link to blinders is appropriate for Pelosi...... the middle name you have given Pelosi... Very appropriate ..,,
I like the word appropriate...., a word to tie things together neatly.....
Not like Libroids tying things together with sorry baling wire..... That has useless purpose,.....,
Facts have no need to be tied together, they stand alone reputing every other word that comes from you warped and obviously damaged mind. The damaged mind you have might explain why you don't do anything but post and look for more stupid things a stupid mind can understand. Did you once actually get out of the home and have a paying job, or have you always been on the public tit like you are now.

Rochelle, GA

#49708 Jul 12, 2014
Obama hostile toward Bible & Christianity...

Rochelle, GA

#49709 Jul 12, 2014
ButTheBest wrote:
was when President Obama:
Beat the snot out of McCain
Beat the snot out of Romney
Beat the snot out of OBL
If he hadn't done or don't do anything else then that was the very dang best.
Thanks to millions of kool aid drunk, low income voters, riding on the promise of hope.. you embarass only yourself. I didn't vote for the loser, you did.

Rochelle, GA

#49710 Jul 12, 2014
^ of hope & change... those Obama phones really got your kind worked up & to the polls, didn't they? You poor folks were duped & too blind & dependent to see it or believe it.
jeb stuart

Fitzgerald, GA

#49711 Jul 12, 2014
General Robert E Lee wrote:
Here comes the judge! Here comes the Judge! CB is back, just like old times.
Looks like your "judge"(OMTE) finally came out of his drug induced coma and went to work- happy now, genny? lol
Churlish Truths

United States

#49712 Jul 12, 2014
silverfox wrote:
^ of hope & change... those Obama phones really got your kind worked up & to the polls, didn't they? You poor folks were duped & too blind & dependent to see it or believe it.
WARNING! Rabid fox!
Everyone must get from street! Everyone must get from street!

Rochelle, GA

#49713 Jul 12, 2014
jeb stuart wrote:
@ using national guardsmen or other military on southern border: Sounds good, huh? But, just exactly what orders would they be given? Let's assume that we could position soldiers shoulder- to -shoulder for the whole extent of the U.S./Mexico border. When these illegal women and children attempt to cross should they be shot or just thrown back into the river? just curious....
I'll tell you how it works in Europe, you go through customs & show your PASSPORT every time you cross a border. Hop Eurail, they check it before you get on the trains & again during your journey, if you've misplaced your PASSPORT, they stay with you & WAIT until you find your PASSPORT. Then, if you can't find your PASSPORT, they tell you you WILL NOT be allowed to cross the border into the next country until you find your PASSPORT. There are armed guards & policemen everywhere, at ALL border crossings. They don't shoot travelers & toss them in the river... they simply tell you, you ARE NOT allowed to cross the border if you can't provide your PASSPORT. It's not rocket science, jeb. European countries and ALL other countries have strict PASSPORT rules. See how easy it could be??

Since: Jan 10

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#49714 Jul 12, 2014
“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

Margaret Thatcher

Sounds like the tactics of the clueless and uneducated libroids in this thread. Don't like the message, attack the messenger or the source...

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