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Message Subject PRESIDENT OBAMA "has compiled a" STELLAR RECORD
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Thanks for all the work you put into this thread OP.

Lots of sheeple and bots on glp have their minds made up

for them.

Sad they won't even research the links. Ignorance at its finest.

Hope your keyboard gets well soon.
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His Administration Treated Soldiers and Veterans with Respect That Was Missing Previously

103. 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. [link to nyti.ms] [link to bbc.in]

104. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. [link to 1.usa.gov]

105. Provided active combat troops with better body armor. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

106. Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. [link to 1.usa.gov]

107. 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.) [link to nyti.ms]

108. 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. [link to 1.usa.gov]

109. 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. [link to 1.usa.gov]

110. Created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

111. Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

112. Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

113. 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. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

He Refocused the Federal Government on Education

114. Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

115. Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. [link to nyti.ms]

116. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. [link to 1.usa.gov]

117. Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

118. Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] ,

119. Oversaw major expansion in school construction. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

120. Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. [link to 1.usa.gov]

121. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

122. Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

123. Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. [link to 1.usa.gov]

124. 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. [link to 1.usa.gov]

125. With First Lady Michelle Obama, passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier. [link to 1.usa.gov]

He Pushed Through Improvements in National Safety and Security

126. Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

127. Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. [link to nyti.ms]

128. Has repeatedly beefed up border security [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

129. Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

Reoriented Government to an Adult View on Science, Technology and Health Care

130. Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making. [link to 1.usa.gov]

131. Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

132. Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to ti.me]

133. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. [link to nyti.ms]

134. Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

135. 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. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

136. Obama EPA reveresed research ethics standards which allowed humands to be used as "guinea pigs" in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

137. Conducted a cyberspace policy review. [link to 1.usa.gov]

138. Provided financial support for private sector space programs. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

139. Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

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

141. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

142. Increased funding for community-based prevention programs. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

143. Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to 1.usa.gov]

144. Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

145. 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. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

146. 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. [link to yhoo.it]

147. 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 healthcare.gov, so that taxpayers could keep up with developments. [link to www.healthcare.gov]

148. Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. [link to nyti.ms]

149. 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. [link to nyti.ms]

150. Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. [link to nyti.ms]

151. Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. [link to nyti.ms]

152. Provisions in theACA 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. [link to 1.usa.gov]

153. Through the ACA, expanded space exploration and discovery options to more players [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

154. 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. [link to lat.ms]

He Took Steps to Strengthen the Middle Class and Families, and to Fight Poverty

155. Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

156. 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. [link to nyti.ms]

157. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America's working families. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

158. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

159. Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

160. Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. [link to aol.it] [link to nyti.ms] [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

161. Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). [link to nyti.ms]

162. Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. [link to wapo.st]

He Took Concrete Steps to Improve Our Environment and Address Our Energy Needs

163. Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards. [link to nyti.ms]

164. 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. [link to politi.co]

165. Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

166. Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

167. Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. [link to 1.usa.gov]

168. Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. [link to reut.rs] (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

169. Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

170. Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

171. Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

172. Oversaw doubling federal spending on clean energy research. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

173. Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

174. 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. [link to 1.usa.gov]

175. 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.” [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to nyti.ms]

176. Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

177. Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

178. Following the neglect of Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

179. Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

180. Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to 1.usa.gov] [link to 1.usa.gov]

181. 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. [link to wapo.st] (Note: it took 20 years to get $1.3 billion for the Exxon Valdez spill. )

182. Oversaw and pushed through amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. [link to 1.usa.gov]

183. Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. [link to nyti.ms]

184. Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. [link to nyti.ms]

185. Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

186. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

187. Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

188. Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

189. 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. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

190. Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

191. Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. [link to 1.usa.gov]

192. 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 [link to 1.usa.gov]

But That's Not All...

193. Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

194. Oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations. [link to on.fb.me] [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

195. Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

196. Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices. [link to huff.to] [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

197. Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

198. Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

199. Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. [link to huff.to]

200. Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

201. Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure. [link to 1.usa.gov]

202. Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects. [link to 1.usa.gov]

203. Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first reponders. [link to DON'T_USE-THIS]

204. Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls. [link to 1.usa.gov]

205. Signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who had been cheated out of government loans and natural resource royalties in the past. [link to 1.usa.gov]

And Did You Know?

206. Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. [link to n.pr]
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