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  •  218 Reasons to vote for Obama (32+ / 0-)

    None of which would have happened under President Grampy McInsane.

    Also, too, on November 6, you should definitely do some bong hits for Jesus, then go write-in Ron Paul, because that will go a long way toward enacting Progressive policies.

    Here's the list, from no less of a liberal rag than Forbes.com...

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    1. Extended child tax credits and marriage-penalty fixes
    2. Created an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to invest in peer-reviewed manufacturing processes
    3. Required economic justification for tax changes
    4. Implemented “Women Owned Business” contracting program
    5. Changed standards for determining broadband access
    6. Established a credit card bill of rights
    7. Expanded loan programs for small businesses
    8. Extended the Bush tax cuts for lower incomes
    9. Extended the 2007 Alternative MinimumTax patch
    10. Closed the “doughnut hole” in Medicare prescription drug plan
    11. Expanded the Senior Corps volunteer program
    12. Required insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions
    13. Gave tax credits to those who need help to pay health premiums
    14. Required large employers to contribute to a national health plan
    15. Required children to have health insurance coverage
    16. Expanded eligibility for Medicaid
    17. Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)
    18. Required health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care
    19. Established an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information
    20. In non-competitive markets, forced insurers to pay out a reasonable share of their premiums for patient care
    21. Eliminated the higher subsidies to Medicare Advantage plans
    22. Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners
    23. Increased funding to expand community based prevention programs
    24. Reinstated executive order to hire an additional 100,000 federal employees with disabilities within five years.
    25. Increased the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals
    26. Expanded the Veterans Administration’s number of “centers of excellence” in specialty care
    27. Appointed a special adviser to the president on violence against women
    28. Fully funded the Violence Against Women Act
    29. Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq
    30. Began removing combat brigades from Iraq
    31. Created a military families advisory board
    32. Ended the abuse of supplemental budgets for war
    33. Made U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional on anti-terror efforts
    34. Opened “America Houses” in Islamic cities around the globe
    35. Allocated Homeland Security funding according to risk
    36. Created a real National Infrastructure Protection Plan
    37. Increased funding for local emergency planning
    38. Extended monitoring and verification provisions of the START I Treaty
    39. Appointed a White House Coordinator for Nuclear Security
    40. Initiated a grant and training program for law enforcement to deter cyber crime
    41. Improved relations with Turkey, and its relations with Iraqi Kurds
    42. Launched an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA)
    43. Created a rapid response fund for emerging democracies
    44. Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba
    45. Restored funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program
    46. Established an Energy Partnership for the Americas
    47. Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers
    48. Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.
    49. Provided affordable, high-quality child care
    50. Recruited math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession
    51. Reduced subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers
    52. Encouraged water-conservation efforts in the West
    53. Increased funding for national parks and forests
    54. Increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
    55. Encouraged farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient
    56. Expanded Pell grants for low-income students
    57. Pursued a wildfire management plan
    58. Removed more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires
    59. Expanded access to places to hunt and fish
    60. Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors
    61. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy
    62. Restored funding to the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
    63. Reformed mandatory minimum sentences
    64. Created a White House Office on Urban Policy
    65. Fully funded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
    66. Established program to convert manufacturing centers into clean technology leaders
    67. Established ‘Promise Neighborhoods’ for areas of concentrated poverty
    68. Worked toward deploying a global climate change research and monitoring system
    69. Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps
    70. Created a Social Investment Fund Network
    71. Bolstered the military’s ability to speak differentlanguages
    72. Appointed the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer
    73. Provided grants to early-career researchers
    74. Worked to overturn Ledbetter vs. Goodyear
    75. Created a national declassification center
    76. Appointed an American Indian policy adviser
    77. Created new financial regulations
    78. Increased funding for land-grant colleges
    79. Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees
    80. Signed a “universal” health care bill
    81. Created new criminal penalties for mortgage fraud
    82. Required 10 percent renewable energy by 2012
    83. Released oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve
    84. Raised fuel economy standards
    85. Invested in all types of alternative energy
    86. Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars
    87. Asked people and businesses to conserve electricity
    88. Required more energy-efficient appliances
    89. Created a ‘Green Vet Initiative’ to promote environmental jobs for veterans
    90. Created job training programs for clean technologies
    91. Required states to provide incentives for utilities to reduce energy consumption
    92. Supported high-speed rail
    93. Supported airline service in small towns
    94. Invested in public transportation
    95. Equalized tax breaks for driving and public transit
    96. Considered “smart growth” in transportation funding
    97. Shared environmental technology with other countries
    98. Doubled federal spending for research on clean fuels
    99. Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes
    100. Increased funding for the Environmental Protection Agency
    101. Raised the small business investment expensing limit to $250,000 through the end of 2009
    102. Extended unemployment insurance benefits and
    103. temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits
    104. Supported network neutrality on the Internet
    105. Reversed restrictions on stem cell research
    106. Killed Osama bin Laden
    107. Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program that encourages manufacturing efficiency
    108. Included environmental and labor standards in trade agreements
    109. Created an international tax haven watch list
    110. Made permanent the Research & Development tax credit
    111. Required automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans
    112. Required automatic enrollment in IRA plans
    113. Created a consumer-friendly credit card rating system
    114. Created a $60 billion bank to fund roads and bridges
    115. Required full disclosure of company pension investments to employees
    116. Provided easy-to-understand comparisons of the Medicare prescription drug plans
    117. Invested in electronic health information systems
    118. Phased in requirements for health information technology
    119. Required that health plans utilize disease management programs
    120. Required providers to report measures of health care costs and quality
    121. Held hospitals and health plans accountable for disparities in care
    122. Implemented and funded proven health intervention programs
    123. Prevented drug companies from blocking generic drugs
    124. Allowed Medicare to negotiate for cheaper drug prices
    125. Worked with schools to create more healthful environments for children
    126. Improved recruitment of public health workers
    127. Mandated insurance coverage of autism treatment
    128. Fully funded the Combating Autism Act and Federal Autism Research Initiatives
    129. Doubled federal funding for cancer research
    130. Increased participation in cancer-related clinical trials
    131. Fully funded the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    132. Set a national goal to provide re-screening for all 2-year-olds for developmental disorders
    133. Commissioned a study on students with disabilities and their transition to jobs or higher education
    134. Set goals and timetables for implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act
    135. Created a best practices list for private businesses in accommodating workers with disabilities
    136. Launched educational initiative for employers on tax benefits of hiring employees with disabilities
    137. Reduced the threshhold for the Family and Medical Leave Act from companies with 50 employees to companies with 25 employees
    138. Provided a $1.5 billion fund to help states launch programs for paid family and medical leave
    139. Required employers to provide seven paid sick days per year
    140. Streamlined the Social Security disability approval process
    141. Expanded Veterans Centers in rural areas
    142. Established standards of care for traumatic brain injury treatment
    143. Made the Veterans Administration a national leader in health reform
    144. Reduced the Veterans Benefits Administration claims backlog
    145. Instituted electronic record-keeping for the Veterans Benefits Administration
    146. Expanded housing vouchers program for homeless veterans
    147. Launched a supportive services-housing program for veterans to prevent homelessness
    148. Expanded the Family Medical Leave Act to include leave for domestic violence or sexual assault
    149. Fully funded debt cancellation for heavily indebted poor countries
    150. Created a fund for international small and medium enterprises (SME)
    151. Launched robust diplomatic effort with Iraq and its neighbors
    152. Provided $30 billion over 10 years to Israel
    153. Limited Guard and Reserve deployments to one year for every six years
    154. Ended the “Stop-Loss” program of forcing troops to stay in service beyond their expected commitments
    155. Fully and properly equipped troops
    156. Created a Civilian Assistance Corps that would organize private sector professionals to help in times of need
    157. Included humanitarian international missions in long-term budgeting
    158. Reviewed weapons programs
    159. Modernized ships and invested more in small vessels
    160. Set standards for when the government should hire defense contractors
    161. Restored the government’s ability to manage contracts by rebuilding our contract officer corps
    162. Created a system of incentives and penalties for defense contracts
    163. Establish a Global Education Fund
    164. Strengthened the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) aimed at stopping spread of weapons of mass destruction
    165. Organized successful Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2010
    166. Expanded federal bioforensics program for tracking biological weapons
    167. Developed a comprehensive cyber security and response strategy
    168. Mandated standards for securing personal data
    169. Required companies to disclose personal information data breaches
    170. Worked to persuade the European Union to end credit guarantees to Iran
    171. Seek to negotiate a political agreement on Cyprus
    172. Restructured and streamlined USAID
    173. Increased the size of the foreign service
    174. Urged China to stop manipulation of its currency value
    175. Pressed China to end its support for regimes in Sudan, Burma, Iran and Zimbabwe
    176. Created a public “Contracts and Influence” database
    177. Required Cabinet officials to host Internet town hall meetings
    178. Conducted regulatory agency business in public
    179. Promoted more pre-school education
    180. Expanded Early Head Start and Head Start
    181. Reformed No Child Left Behind
    182. Doubled funding for Federal Charter School Program and require more accountability
    183. Addressed the dropout crisis by giving schools incentives for more dropout prevention
    184. Created Teacher Residency Programs that will send teachers to high-need schools
    185. Expanded teacher mentoring programs and provide incentives for more planning time
    186. Promoted innovative ways to reward good teachers
    187. Simplified the application process for financial aid
    188. Increased the number of high school students taking college-level courses
    189. Created incentives for tree planting and promote carbon sequestration
    190. Improved water quality
    191. Regulated pollution from major livestock operations
    192. Strengthened federal environmental justice programs
    193. Increased funding for organic and sustainable agriculture
    194. Partnered with landowners to conserve private lands
    195. Created a community college partnership program
    196. Increased funding for progams that conserve lands and habitat for select species such as the Osceola turkey
    197. Supported wetlands protection
    198. Promoted economic development in Mexico
    199. Supported repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
    200. Vigorously pursued hate crimes and civil rights abuses
    201. Signed the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act into law
    202. Supported regional innovation clusters
    203. Helped low-income areas get phone and Internet service
    204. Created a Homeowner Obligation Made Explicit (HOME) score for mortgage comparisons
    205. Increased the supply of affordable housing throughout metropolitan regions
    206. Invested in transitional jobs and career pathway programs
    207. Fully funded the COPS program
    208. Improved emergency response plans
    209. Capped interest rates on payday loans and improve disclosure
    210. Expanded public/private partnerships between schools and arts organizations
    211. Improved climate change data records
    212. Supported improved weather prediction program
    213. Offered prizes for advances in consumer technology
    214. Encouraged contests and programs to interest students in science
    215. Increased research opportunities for college students
    216. Strengthened the levees in New Orleans
    217. Directed revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to increased coastal hurricane protection
    218. Shook loose federal money for rebuilding the Gulf Coast

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