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The American Public gets another "D".Polling is as much a measure of the awareness, intelligence, and knowledge of those being polled as a measure of the subject of the poll. Polls are proof that the public can be counted on to perform badly.

Words that I have come to live by:

No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. Attributed to H. L. Mencken.

According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 41 percent of respondents approve of Obama’s performance as president, tied for the lowest point in his presidency. His approval rating on foreign policy sits at 37 percent, setting a new low.

A majority of voters — 54 percent — also said that they don’t believe Obama “is able to lead the country and get the job done,” compared with 42 percent who said they think he can. (Read more: http://www.politico.com/...)

Read the poll and several themes emerge from the poll takers:
1) Obama is not getting the things I want through Congress and I am unhappy about that.
2) Obama has let the Middle East get out of control and I am unhappy about that.
3) Obama really hasn't done much lately and I am unhappy about that.
4) The Media message is that Obama is not doing his job and I am unhappy about that.
5) I am really very busy with my life and I do not have the time or energy to keep up on current events.

John Adams wrote that the most important duty of a citizen is to stay informed. Being knowledgeable of how government works and participating in the Republic's life are essential tests of a democracy. Our public fails those tests regularly.

Studies of how much Americans understand the workings of the government at all levels show that most have only the vaguest idea of how bills become laws. Thus Obama's support among Hispanics has eroded because HE has not gotten immigration reform through Congress.  

Studies show that most Americans have only a rudimentary grasp of American History, of the role of leaders, of movements in political thought and social policy, or even of those they regularly vote for.

Oddly, nationwide surveys find that the coaxial and digital revolutions and attendant changes in news audience behaviors have had little impact on how much Americans know about national and international affairs. In fact, as compared to 25 years ago, the knowledge base has shrunk in no small part to the amount of misinformation absorbed by many for whom very simple formulas with a visceral edge are far more appealing than the nuanced approach that serious study requires.

So what has Obama done?

In 2009, Obama promised to “double this nation's supply of renewable energy in the next three years.” Since then, wind capacity has tripled and solar capacity increased 16-fold. He likewise called for “a market-based cap on carbon pollution,” which is exactly what the new power-plant regulations would create.

Health-care reform has been the most controversial initiative of Obama’s presidency. Conservative opponents of national health insurance, and left-wing critics who object to government subsidy of private insurance, can still object philosophically to Obamacare’s objectives, but there is no doubt that he is achieving them. Obama time and again defined two major goals for health-care reform: tamping down rising medical costs, and expanding access for those who couldn’t afford it. The uninsured rate is dropping significantly in states that have adopted the full ACA program and medical inflation has fallen to its lowest rate in half a century.

The response to the great recession included an $800 billion stimulus, a bank reorganization, the Dodd-Frank financial regulations, and the auto bailout. None of these measures completely satisfied anybody, but the failure of any of them might well have triggered a deep, Great Depression–like meltdown.

Obama’s education reforms, while significant, have had a more modest effect. His race-to-the-top grants, tucked into the stimulus, unleashed a wave of standards-based reform nationally. He has made more modest progress in bringing accountability and broader access to pre-Kindergarten and college education.

And, in foreign policy, he has taken the neocon fingers off of the trigger. Leaving Iraq when the Iraqi government would not agree to the most basic of provisions in a Forces of Arms Agreement; putting forth the extra effort in Afghanistan which the Bush administration would not/could not do while demanding the kind of government there that seems likely to cooperate with the U.S. after the draw down; refusing to rush in with a sizeable military commitment in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and making much greater use of diplomatic, cultural and economic pressure points in general (think Russia and Urkaine) has made the U.S. a more trustworthy player in the world's affairs.

There is a LOT more.

Below the fold please find a list of 245 Obama Accomplishments.

President Obama is Progressive.
Here Are 245 Accomplishments So Far


With thanks to http://pleasecutthecrap.com/...
It’s 2014, and once again, we have a very important election ahead of us. Yet, there are a lot of very loud progressives who have done nothing since President Obama was elected five years ago but complain, because he’s not perfect. They claim that he’s no progressive.

That’s a lie. What do these folks think “progressive” mean? The root word is “progress,” and we’ve seen a hell of a lot of progress since January 20, 2009. We have a national health care plan, for the first time in our history. We recovered from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression in quick order; we would be well on our way to a full recovery, except that Republicans in Congress are blocking everything anyone in the Democratic Party proposes, out of fear that the first black president may actually look good. Yet, with all of that blockage of progress, some progressives still spend all of their time going after Obama and Democrats.

In addition to health care and the economy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is history. Same-sex couples are getting married and enjoying the same benefits of other married couples. The marijuana prohibition is frittering away. The stock market has more than doubled. Manufacturing is starting to come back from Asia. The auto industry is not only whole again, but they’re producing a record number of hybrid and electric cars, and we’re on pace to double average vehicle gas mileage by 2020, even as the government both reduces our dependence on foreign oil and makes record investments in developing renewable energy sources.

Name a Republican – ANY Republican – who can boast of such a record, and perhaps then, you can complain about Obama not being “progressive” enough. He is as progressive as he can be, given that progressive complaints helped give him the current Republican House – A Republican House who can’t pass a universal gun background checks law that more than 90% of Americans support, including most gun owners. If you blame Obama or the minority Democratic Party for anything bad, you don’t understand how politics works. If you want progressive government, you can’t help elect the opposite to office.

That’s what makes this list so important. Every time someone complains that Obama’s not progressive, send them the link, or print it out and hand it to them. Every entry I started this list in late 2011, with about 140 entries. And you can see how it’s grown. And it’s grown despite the fact that Republicans are blocking everything. Given the obstacles, this President will leave a hell of a legacy. If we want to win elections – and in a democracy, that has to be our main goal – we have to make people want to vote for us. That means accentuating the positive, and talking about how great we are, especially compared to the alternative.

Is President Obama perfect? No, he’s human. Does he deserve some criticism? Of course (the sequester is a great example). But does he deserve the level of criticism that’s been leveled at him by self-proclaimed “progressives”? Hell no. He’s compiled a STELLAR record, given the circumstances.

Pass this list around to everyone you know, especially those who whine that Obama has done nothing. Then keep being positive, and encouraging people to vote. We can’t allow 2014 to be like 2010.

Here’s What He’s Done

Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility

1. Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.   http://1.usa.gov/...

2. Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.   http://n.pr/...

3. On his first full day, he froze White House salaries.  http://on.msnbc.com/...

4. He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending.http://www.cio.gov

5. He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems. To that end, he also signed the Democratic-sponsored Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, which attempted to put a stop to waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system.  http://bit.ly/...    http://bit.ly/...

6. Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/...

Prevented a Bush Depression and Improved the Economy

7. Pushed through and signed the Democratic-sponsored American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package.” The bill passed, even though only three Republicans voted for it. In a major departure from the previous administration, he launched recovery.gov, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act.   http://1.usa.gov/...   http://1.usa.gov/...

8. The Bush-led Great Recession was costing the economy nearly 800,000 jobs per month by the time President Obama took office. But by the end of his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy by  3.5%.  http://reut.rs/...

9. Not only did he completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, he also leaned on the banks and others, and recovered virtually all of the bail-out money. http://1.usa.gov/...  http://bit.ly/...

10. He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.  http://1.usa.gov/...

11. Oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/...

12. Along with Democrats, and almost no Republicans, implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs.  http://bit.ly/...   Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest.  http://bit.ly/... This resulted in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world.  http://lat.ms/...

13. Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency.  http://bit.ly/...

14. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.  http://abcn.ws/...

15. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/...

16. Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/...

17. Signed the Democratic-sponsored and passed Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/...

18. Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.   http://bit.ly/...   http://bit.ly/...

19. Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses. http://1.usa.gov/...

20. Created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.)   http://www.business.gov

21. Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.   http://nyti.ms/...

22. Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/...

23. Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books.  http://1.usa.gov/...

24. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.  http://1.usa.gov/...

25. Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/...

26. Along with Congressional Democrats, provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/...

27. Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.   http://on.msnbc.com/...

28. Crafted and signed an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/...

29. China’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, is building a large plant in Pennsylvania http://cnnmon.ie/...

30. Worked with Apple Computer to get them to build more product here, and thecompany is building two large plants to manufacture products here; one in Texas http://zd.net/...  and one in Arizona http://bit.ly/...

31. Oversaw increase of manufacturing jobs by more than 500,000 since 2010, and created an institute to invest in more manufacturing jobs in the technology fields of the future. http://nyti.ms/...

32. Ordered all federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, leading the way to a national increase. http://wapo.st/...

33. Ordered the completion of the International Trade Data System, a digital trade record book, by 2016. This move will streamline and simplify the process through which small- and medium-sized businesses set up the export of US goods.  http://bit.ly/...

Brought Much-Improved Transparency and Better Government

34. Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.  http://bit.ly/...

35. Signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years, and put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.   http://nyti.ms/...

36. Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/...

37. Became the first to stream every White House event, live.  http://1.usa.gov/...

38. Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.   http://www.serve.gov

39. Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/...

40. Issued an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. Provides the public with greater access to historic  White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.  http://1.usa.gov/...

41. Improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests.  http://1.usa.gov/...

Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

42. Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.  http://huff.to/...

43. Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.  http://bit.ly/...  http://bit.ly/...

44. Through Dodd-Frank legislation, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/...

45. Created rules that reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market.  http://bit.ly/...

46. Fashioned rules so that banks can no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers’ interests.  http://bit.ly/...

47. Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/...

48. Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.   http://bit.ly/...    http://bit.ly/...

49. Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks that now permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and  tax evaders.  http://bit.ly/...

50. Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, which closed many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore. http://1.usa.gov/...

51. Established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses.  http://bit.ly/...

52. Oversaw and then signed a Democratic bill constituting the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.  http://thedc.com/...

53. Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals usingmoney from the TARP and Stimulus programs.  http://bit.ly/...

54. Set up rules for banks in handling legal marijuana money. http://nyti.ms/...

Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination

55. Along with Congressional Democrats, advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.  http://bit.ly/...

56. Pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie in order to be eligible to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping.  http://bit.ly/...   http://bit.ly/...

57. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.  http://1.usa.gov/...

58. Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.  http://bit.ly/...

59. Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History.  http://bit.ly/...

60. Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing  bit.ly/9RxEnP

61. Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for same-sex marriage. http://bit.ly/...

62. Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/...

63. Wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/...   http://1.usa.gov/...

64. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill.   http://bit.ly/...

65. Signed two executive orders that mirror provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act, because the GOP Congress refuses to pass it. It makes is possible for employees to talk about their salaries without retaliation, and orders salary data collection. These measures will make it harder for employers to pay women less.   http://huff.to/...

66. Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/...

67. Under his guidance, National Labor Relations Board issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including all websites and intranets.  http://1.usa.gov/...

68. Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide.  http://lat.ms/...

69. Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples.   http://reut.rs/...

70. Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/...

71. Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/...

72. Established the White House Council of Native American Affairs, to improve government-to-government relations with Native American nations. http://1.usa.gov/...

73. Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system. http://wapo.st/...

74. As soon as the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, he moved to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples.   http://wapo.st/...

75. At a press conference August 9, 2013, gave up a small measure of executive power, promising to create adversarial process in FISA regarding NSA surveillance.  http://1.usa.gov/...

76. Shattered another glass ceiling by naming Janet Yellen chair of the Federal Reserve beginning Feb. 1, 2014. http://usat.ly/...

77. Appointed several prominent gay athletes and others, and plans to show US government’s commitment to gay rights to anti-gay Russia. http://on.cpsj.com/...

78. Ordered a review of capital punishment policies after several botched executions. http://nyti.ms/...

Major Improvements in Foreign Relations, American Status Around the World

79. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office.   http://bit.ly/...

80. As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration.http://nyti.ms/...

81. Helped to restore America’s reputation around the world as a global leader that does the “right thing” in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the world.   http://bit.ly/...   http://bit.ly/...

82. Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.  http://1.usa.gov/...

83. Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/...

84. Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/...

85. Pushed forward the first realistic Middle East peace strategy in more than a decade, without abandoning the two-state solution. http://wapo.st/...

86. Pushed for military to emphasize devlopment of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/...

87. Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence.  http://bit.ly/...

88. Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program, and thus avoid another war that Republicans wanted.  http://bit.ly/...

89. Worked with Democratic Congress to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/...

90. Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.   http://1.usa.gov/...

91. Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/...

92. Established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them.  http://n.pr/...  http://nyti.ms/...

93. Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow through.  http://bit.ly/...

94. Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual.  http://bit.ly/...

95. Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/...

96. Released the Bush torture memos.  http://bit.ly/...

97. On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all  Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/...    http://nyti.ms/...

98. In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/...

99. Ended the F-22 program, saving $4 billion. Though the single-seat, twin-engine, fighter aircraft cost $358 million each, and the military had 187 built, the F-22 never flew a combat mission. http://slate.me/... (Just as an aside, that “fiscally conservative” Republican Party fought to keep it.)

100. Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war and encourage the Iranian government to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/...

101. Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/...

102. Worked to keep our withdrawal from Afghanistan on track, despite GOP opposition.http://reut.rs/... Reiterated that commitment in 2014. http://nyti.ms/...

103. Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/...

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.   http://reut.rs/...

A More Realistic Approach to “Defense” and National Security

105. Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/...

106. Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/...

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

108.  Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty.  http://bit.ly/...

109. Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021.  http://1.usa.gov/...

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

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.  http://wapo.st/...

112. Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country. http://bit.ly/...

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

114. Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/...

115. Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.  http://1.usa.gov/...

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. http://aje.me/...

117. Got Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, to determine their own fate.    http://f24.my/...

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.    http://bit.ly/...

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

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

121. Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/...

122. Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.  http://bit.ly/...

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.” http://1.usa.gov/...

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.  http://cbsn.ws/...

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.  http://nyti.ms/...   http://bbc.in/...

126. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.  http://1.usa.gov/...

127. Provided active combat troops with better body armor.  http://bit.ly/...

128. Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order  to improve the quality of their medical care.  http://1.usa.gov/...

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.) http://nyti.ms/...

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. http://1.usa.gov/...

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.    http://1.usa.gov/...

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

133.  Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs.  http://bit.ly/...

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

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.   http://bit.ly/...

136. Issued an Executive Order to improve access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families.  http://1.usa.gov/...

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.   http://bit.ly/...   http://bit.ly/...  http://bit.ly/...

138. Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.  http://nyti.ms/...

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

140. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.   http://1.usa.gov/...

141.  Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them.   http://bit.ly/...

142. Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide.   http://bit.ly/...

143. Oversaw major expansion in school construction.  http://bit.ly/...

144. Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/...

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

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

147. Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.  http://1.usa.gov/...

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.  http://1.usa.gov/...

149. With First Lady Michelle Obama, passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier.   http://1.usa.gov/...

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

151. Initiated a reform of federal job training programs, to make them more relevant to the current economy and the job market.   http://1.usa.gov/...

Took an Adult View on Science, Technology and Health Care

152. Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making. http://1.usa.gov/...

153. Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/...

154. Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.   http://bit.ly/...    http://ti.me/...

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

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

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.http://bit.ly/...

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.  http://bit.ly/...

159. Conducted a cyberspace policy review.   http://1.usa.gov/...

160. Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/...

161. Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.   http://bit.ly/...

162. Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco.  http://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.”

163. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.  http://bit.ly/...

164. Increased funding for community-based prevention programs.  http://bit.ly/...

165. Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/...   http://1.usa.gov/...

166. Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/...

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.  http://bit.ly/...

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.    http://yhoo.it/...

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 healthcare.gov, so that taxpayers could keep up with developments.  http://www.healthcare.gov/

170. Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.  http://nyti.ms/...

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. http://nyti.ms/...

172. Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/...

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

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.http://1.usa.gov/...

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.  http://1.usa.gov/...

176. Expanded space exploration and discovery options to include more players.  http://1.usa.gov/...

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.   http://lat.ms/...  http://bit.ly/...

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.  http://1.usa.gov/...

Strengthened the Middle Class and Families, and Fought Poverty

179. Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.  http://bit.ly/...

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.   http://nyti.ms/...

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

182. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.  http://bit.ly/...

183. Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/...

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.  http://aol.it/...   http://nyti.ms/...   http://bit.ly/...    http://bit.ly/...

185. Provided  a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/...

186. Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/...

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. http://1.usa.gov/...

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.  http://onforb.es/...

189. Increased protections for those who are unemployed and are seeking a government job.   http://1.usa.gov/...

190. Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA)  http://1.usa.gov/...

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.    http://nyti.ms/...

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.   http://politi.co/...

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

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

195. Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.    http://1.usa.gov/...

196. Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/...  (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. http://bit.ly/...

198. Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.   http://bit.ly/...

199. Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/...

200. Doubling federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/...

201. Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.   http://bit.ly/...

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.   http://1.usa.gov/...

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.”  http://bit.ly/...  http://bit.ly/...  http://nyti.ms/...

204. Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.  http://bit.ly/...

205. Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.  http://bit.ly/...

206. Improved siting, review and permitting stations for power plants, in an attempt to seriously improve the nation’s electric grid.   http://1.usa.gov/...

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

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

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.  http://1.usa.gov/...

210. Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.   http://bit.ly/...  http://1.usa.gov/...    http://1.usa.gov/...

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.   http://wapo.st/...  (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.  http://1.usa.gov/...

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

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.  http://1.usa.gov/...

215. Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  http://nyti.ms/...

216. Asserted federal legal supremacy to bar Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/...

217. Set up new, stricter standards limiting power plant emissions.  http://1.usa.gov/...

218. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act.  http://bit.ly/...

219. Strengthened protection for wildlife, and expanded enforcement of laws against wildlife trafficking.  http://1.usa.gov/...

220. Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/...

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

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.  http://bit.ly/...

223. Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%  http://bit.ly/...

224. Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards.  http://1.usa.gov/...

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   http://1.usa.gov/...

226. Issued an Executive Order to facilitate investments in industrial energy efficiency that will help create jobs, while strengthening US manufacturing. Increased efficiency could save businesses $100 billion over the next decade.  http://1.usa.gov/...

227. Through an executive order, set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which will to oversee Gulf Coast restoration efforts in the wake of the 2010 BP oil splll. The money to fund the restoration efforts comes from fines against BP.  http://1.usa.gov/...

228. Through executive actions and bypassing the ineffectual Rublican Congress, announced the most comprehensive plan to combat climate change in a generation. http://bit.ly/...

But That’s Not All…

229. Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA.  http://bit.ly/...

230. 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.   http://on.fb.me/...    http://bit.ly/...

231. Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/...

232. 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.  http://huff.to/...  http://bit.ly/...

233. Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.   http://bit.ly/...

234. Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/...  http://bit.ly/...

235. Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.   http://huff.to/...

236. Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.   http://bit.ly/...

237. Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure.  http://1.usa.gov/...

238. Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects.  http://1.usa.gov/...

239. Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first responders.  http://bit.ly/...

240. Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls.  http://1.usa.gov/...

241. 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.  http://1.usa.gov/...

242. To help those communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, issued an executive order setting up the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and asked Congress to approve $60 billion in supplemental assistance to aid in storm recovery. http://1.usa.gov/...

243. Produced 23 Executive actions designed to make it easier for law enforcement to identify those who shouldn’t have guns, thus helping them enforce the law.   http://on.wsj.com/...

And Did You Know?

244. 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%.   http://n.pr/...

And of course…

245. Despite the odds, became the first black president and was reelected by a wide margin.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

    by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 09:41:19 AM PDT

  •  Totally agreed (7+ / 0-)

    it's so frustrating but the vast majority of Americans are so disengaged from what's really going on ... they just vaguely know things aren't happening and they blame the President for that ... because they aren't paying enough attention to see the fact that the Republicans are blocking tons of things he would be doing otherwise that are very popular. It's extremely frustrating. I can't even imagine how exhausted he must be having to deal with the Republican's constant BS and a lethargic disengaged public.

    •  The stenopool no longer communicates FACTS... (5+ / 0-)

      ...the armchair stenographers are more concerned 'bout who is saying what rather "...what is true,...it is true...was it true..."

      1 + 1 = 5 and...5 - 1 = 0

      This poll is a disaster for the president...essentially the public is saying, 'your presidency is over'...

      — chuck todd...

      This is definitely a HOT List Worthy post...!!!

      My name is Gladiator...I am... (a) father of a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and...I shall have my vengeance in this life or...the next.

      by 2questions on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:16:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Sadly the post has not gotten the attention I (1+ / 0-)
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        would have hoped it would get....indeed there is a lot of push back here which  am now addressing.

        I thank you for your words of support.

        "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

        by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:04:47 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I suggest you (re)post this piece, but... (1+ / 0-)
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          murphthesurf3

          ...consider using another focus i.e.

          Previewing it as a study reference through 4 - 6 parts

          1.  What our government [the Obama years] has done for U.S. (us)
           > part 1: the executive branch led by Mr. Obama
           > part 2: the Congress critters "efforts"
           > part 3: the less than supreme court $higady
           > part 4: Agency(s) & Bureau(s)

          2. The role the steno-pool plays in (re)shaping information

          3. Our ("...we the people") failure to require more and better...

          4. Your post was beyond excellent...great work.

          My name is Gladiator...I am... (a) father of a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and...I shall have my vengeance in this life or...the next.

          by 2questions on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:48:28 PM PDT

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          •  That's a complete re-write but I probably will.... (1+ / 0-)
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            2questions

            take you up on the broader idea. I just finished responding to every comment. It is what I do. If the usual happens, about half of those will reply back. I will respond again. A 1/3 of those will reply etc.

            I believe in the power of serious and substantive conversation.

            I very much admire your profile bio: Navy Frogman (Seal Team), Nam Vet [1461 wake ups; "disabled"]...Proud Progressive; Husband, Father...7th Generation Descendant of Zulu Warriors, Carolina slaves, field Negro(s), farmers, and...teachers

            Rec'd.

            "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

            by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:27:54 PM PDT

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            •  1. I've added you to my "follow" list... (1+ / 0-)
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              murphthesurf3

              2. ...sent your post en masse' throughout my social media & address book
              3. ...I know others have also.

              Do NOT dismiss the reach of your post.  Some very important / notable people have read it.

              "...and, but too also therefore such as..."
                                            -- s. palin [0912.08]

              (snip...)...I just finished responding to every comment. It is what I do. If the usual happens, about half...(...snip)
                                -- murphthesurf3
              Many appreciate the interplay and...interaction.  It is rare, but...always very valuable (on many fronts).

              Please (re)consider...(I'll be reading you again on the other side)...audii

              My name is Gladiator...I am... (a) father of a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and...I shall have my vengeance in this life or...the next.

              by 2questions on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 02:21:39 PM PDT

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              •  I am working with another Kossack right now (1+ / 0-)
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                2questions

                On an analysis of the polling sample It is very fishy. That will be part of this as well. I appreciate your suggestions and your adding me to your own network. Honored. Let's keep in  touch. I will add you to my own follow list.

                "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

                by murphthesurf3 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 02:55:23 PM PDT

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    •  and I agree with you... (0+ / 0-)

      I live in Missouri and it is a place where misery does indeed love company. Our GOP legislature has blocked ACA Medicaid expansion AND managed to engage in a PR campaign that seeks to convince the working poor (those most affected by this) that Obama is keeping them from getting good medical care because he will not let the states design their own "state-based common sense, competitive inter-state system."
      and it is working....

      I belong to a group, backed by a former veteran Senator and the Chamber of Commerce, that is working to get our Assembly and Senate to reconsider and we are making no headway against the most transparent of lies and the tissue thin explanations offered by GOP....

      folks do not want to believe....they do not want to think otherwise...so they embrace the absurd.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:03:20 PM PDT

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  •  like clockwork.... (6+ / 0-)

    why don't they understand how awesome Prez O is?

    •  Speaking of (6+ / 0-)

      clockwork.....David Mizner quickly moves to denigrate the President.....on the ball there, David.

      •  If people would just see that (6+ / 0-)

        list, their wages and quality of life would improve.

        We can debate how much blames Prez O deserves for the continued crappiness of the economy but about the continued crappiness there can be no disagreement. Blaming people for pols' lack of popularity is a moral and practical failing.

        •  cuz... (0+ / 0-)

          triangulation is way better!

          "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

          by JackND on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:12:16 AM PDT

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        •  Ah....I see why others pounce on you.... (0+ / 0-)

          Sorry, but when the people do not do due diligence, do not take their citizenship seriously, do not regard their vote as the ultimate clout....then the liars win and win easily.

          Polling supports those lies and you, in making your argument, do not challenge the underlying disengagement, distraction and indolence in service to the fear, anger and anxiety that motivates so much of their political lives and  that gives propaganda its power.

          "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

          by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:14:22 PM PDT

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      •  I see why you criticized him.... (0+ / 0-)

        My response was this:

        When the people do not do due diligence, do not take their citizenship seriously, do not regard their vote as the ultimate clout....then the liars win and win easily.

        Polling supports those lies and he, in making his argument, does not challenge the underlying disengagement, distraction and indolence in service to the fear, anger and anxiety that motivates so much of their political lives and  that gives propaganda its power.

        "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

        by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:16:22 PM PDT

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    •  It seems that some replying to you think that (0+ / 0-)

      you are engaging in snark here....are you?

      I went to your profile page and read two of your diaries. We seem to exist on the same ideological plane.

      And yes, I find Obama awesome in many ways, and failed in others, but I am a realist and I accept that all greatness is flawed.

      And he has stood strong against a tsunami of opposition.

      I recall how broken Jimmy Carter was in the second half of his first term and stand in wonder at how people like Clinton and Obama managed to not just survive but thrive.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:10:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Tick Tock, Tick Tock..... (5+ / 0-)

    The rate of uninsured in this country has dropped by 25% despite congressional attempts to repeal Obamacare 52 times.
    Each one of those repeals cost this country $1.5 MILLION dollars.

    I wouldn't call that 25% "awesome"..... I'd call it a freaking miracle.

    •  I agree and so much more could have happened... (0+ / 0-)

      I live in Missouri and it is a place where misery does indeed love company. Our GOP legislature has blocked ACA Medicaid expansion AND managed to engage in a PR campaign that seeks to convince the working poor (those most affected by this) that Obama is keeping them from getting good medical care because he will not let the states design their own "state-based common sense, competitive inter-state system."
      and it is working....

      I belong to a group, backed by a former veteran Senator and the Chamber of Commerce, that is working to get our Assembly and Senate to reconsider and we are making no headway against the most transparent of lies and the tissue thin explanations offered by GOP....

      folks do not want to believe....they do not want to think otherwise...so they embrace the absurd.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:18:31 PM PDT

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  •  He doesn't have the knack for engaging (4+ / 0-)

    Unlike Reagan and Clinton, he doesn't relish on-going engagement with the public.  He can do it when his staff gets him in campaign mode but it's not his natural style and his staff is apparently not geared up to force him to do what he doesn't want to do.  

    Don't blame the public.  He's not talking to them and they're ready to move on.  By the midterms of the second term if he doesn't have their attention, he isn't going to get it.

    •  "Don't blame the public" (8+ / 0-)

      How about blaming the disloyal opposition.
      The Republican Party through their propaganda arm - Fox - has waged a relentless, scorched earth campaign against this president; the likes of which we have never seen before. After 911, Bush's approval rating went up. Up! This despite the fact that Bush and co were warned that this attack would be coming and they did absolutely nothing.
      The Republicans have diligently worked to turn every negative event into a personal failing for the president, and ever positive event into a negative.
      Fox - the cancer that it is - has influenced how other news organization report the news. CNN has become Fox-lite - which is even more dangerous because it had the reputation of being a news organization, and MSNBC, what can one say about MSNBC?
      This morning, Joe Scarborough and Chuck Todd used their shows to talk about their negative poll findings and it was all negative. Nothing new there, of course.
      I am shocked that Obama's numbers are even in the thirties.

      Maya Angelou: “There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

      by JoanMar on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:14:38 AM PDT

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      •  Brainwashing works. (3+ / 0-)
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        Sister Havana, JoanMar, Jon Sitzman

        It really does.  

        the dog you have, is the dog you need. - Cesar Millan

        by OregonWetDog on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 11:46:26 AM PDT

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      •  Two comments (1+ / 0-)
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        The first I left for greenbell:
        "I worked for two years on his campaign traveling through five states. In the early days when he had no chance (said most people including his own staff who saw 2008 as the opportunity to introduce him to the nation setting up a full run in 2012 if Hillary failed in her first term or in 2016 if she got two) it was that ability to relate, to engage, to animate and to inspire that kept us moving.

        He is an introvert. Absolutely. His energy arises from within but he is also not satisfied with the quick walk bys. He wants to really meet you."

        You could not be more wrong."

        The second I leave for you:

        I just rec'd your post. You have a very clear vision of this. Let me add that the secret meeting on inauguration day 2009 of a GOP cabal set to destroy Obama and the McConnell statement in month one that the GOP had one goal- to deprive BO of a 2nd term....was and remains despicable.

        AND YES, I am very hard on the public...very hard...

        When the people do not do due diligence, do not take their citizenship seriously, do not regard their vote as the ultimate clout....then the liars win and win easily.

        Polling supports those lies and he, in making his argument, does not challenge the underlying disengagement, distraction and indolence in service to the fear, anger and anxiety that motivates so much of their political lives and  that gives propaganda its power.

        I am going to go to your profile page now to see if you are as impressive in the wider scale as your are in this moment..........yep, you are. I have just followed you and invite you to follow me. I want to keep in touch....

        Bravo....

        "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

        by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:53:55 PM PDT

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    •  I do not believe this for a second... (1+ / 0-)
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      I worked for two years on his campaign traveling through five states. In the early days when he had no chance (said most people including his own staff who saw 2008 as the opportunity to introduce him to the nation setting up a full run in 2012 if Hillary failed in her first term or in 2016 if she got two) it was that ability to relate, to engage, to animate and to inspire that kept us moving.

      He is an introvert. Absolutely. His energy arises from within but he is also not satisfied with the quick walk bys. He wants to really meet you.

      You could not be more wrong.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:46:33 PM PDT

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  •  I think Obama has been great. (10+ / 0-)

    I don't think I've ever been happier with a President's performance in my lifetime.

    He's doing the big things and you don't get credit for that on a near term basis. I think that will start happening next year.  

    He saved the US economy, recovered the jobs, fixed health care, got us out of 2 wars, isn't starting a 3rd, is moving the country to deal with climate change, opened the way for green jobs, has put money into infrastructure development. He has also changed the culture of this country to open the door for marriage equality and respect for minorities in general.  

     

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    by khyber900 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00:52 AM PDT

    •  Very much in agreement (0+ / 0-)

      His accomplishments are all the greater for the opposition in the Congress, from state governments, from Fox, the right wing internet, the Murdoch newspaper empire, talk radio and the Big Money Machine.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:55:55 PM PDT

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  •  I shall be making good use of this list - (4+ / 0-)

    thank you for that!

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    by Mopshell on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:01:41 AM PDT

    •  And I thank you for the kudo your plan implies! (0+ / 0-)

      REC'D.

      P.S. The site from which that came is a very interesting one. I have been trying to get its principal writer to blog over here. So far, no luck.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:57:28 PM PDT

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      •  Keep trying... (0+ / 0-)

        Have you suggested that they cross-post from their blog to Daily Kos? I'm guessing you have and it's a good idea!

        Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

        by Mopshell on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 06:17:16 AM PDT

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  •  This will come as a relief for 2014 Democratic (5+ / 0-)

    candidates. New Slogan: Who you going to believe, this list or your lying eyes?"

  •  Putting the... (3+ / 0-)
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    poll question after the humongous list of acccomplishments qualifies it as a push poll, but I'll totally excuse it ;)

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:10:55 AM PDT

    •  It is and that is obvious. Folks on our side of (0+ / 0-)

      these issues can do this as well...as I think you agree.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:59:24 PM PDT

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  •  Um, Copyright? (1+ / 0-)
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    The 245 accomplishments are © 2014 - The PCTC Blog.
    Unless you are the author or have permission to republish, this is a problem.

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    by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:25:30 AM PDT

    •  Yep....and I had the ok (0+ / 0-)

      That is why all of that info is there. Interesting that you seem to have assumed that there was a problem.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:01:44 PM PDT

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      •  Trouble only if you didn't (0+ / 0-)

        It wasn't clear.

        You did thank the source, but it would be better if you explicitly stated "with permission" or something like that.

        Without permission, you can always link to the original source and provide snippets that fall within fair use provisions. Copying the whole thing is definitely not fair use. For that, permission or having the right is required.

        In no way did I assume there was a problem. My question was conditional. Violating copyright law is a sure-fire way to get banned from this site. It happens from time to time Some people just don't know...

        "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:40:05 PM PDT

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        •  Clarification helped. (1+ / 0-)
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          I happen to be a support of the site and a promoter of it...I work to get others to spend time there. Its founder and principal writer is a very fine researcher and I have asked him if I could "seed" his work at other blogs before. I really wish he would cross post here.

          I can adopt the form you suggest readily.

          I now fully appreciate your inquiry.

          "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

          by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:49:48 PM PDT

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  •  I wonder how much difference it would make.... (4+ / 0-)

    If the national media actually reported what goes on in Washington accurately.

    Intead of

    The President's (or Senate Dems) proposal to do x failed to get sufficient votes to pass today.

    The more accurate:

    The President's (or Senate Dems) proposal got 58 votes in the Senate, but failed to pass because the Republicans only agreed to allow the measure to be considered (ever) if the Democrats agreed that 60 votes (instead of 51) would be required for passage.

    Maybe most people would ignore the extra level of detail, but maybe just enough would begin to get more of a clue as to what is going on.

    •  precisely so, absolutely accurate, rec'd (1+ / 0-)
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      Instead the press, the media, plays into the narrative that make the most smoke because that is what creates drama and that is what draws readers, watchers and listener which is the true goal of most of their work...they have to make money to cover the costs, to pay the bills, and I get that.....still it is a shame that the truth does not sell as well as the lie.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:04:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Never again should (2+ / 0-)
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    anyone take seriously BO supporters' claims that he can't do this and can't do that because he is being blocked by those mean republicans.

    And I base this conclusion on your list above.

    If he is such an achiever, as posters on this site frequently argue, then he ought to be able to 'accomplish'  a few of the things that we BO detractors have posted about for years.

    So no more whining about how BO 'can't' do this or that or making excuses for him.

    Am I right?

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    by dfarrah on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:33:32 AM PDT

    •  Of course, because if he can do something... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...then he can do anything, right?

      Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

      by Jon Sitzman on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 11:28:42 AM PDT

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      •  My reply to dfarrah (1+ / 0-)
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        The list of the 245 plus my narrative is my case that he has done precisely what you suggest he has not.

        So, no. You are dead wrong.

        If you would like to name something that he has not gotten done and could have....name it and I will take on the debate.

        Bring it on!

        SO....he has managed to do a lot well....something which I think you would agree with, yes?

        "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

        by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:08:07 PM PDT

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        •  ...huh? (0+ / 0-)

          I'll be honest.  My post was snark.  I don't believe PBHO is anything close to perfect.  I also don't believe he is a corporatist c**k-polisher for the 1%, which seems to be the usual criticism (no intent to strawman you, Murphthesurf3, I'm not saying these are your words - just that they are said).  I'd like to say I fall in the middle on my opinions, but I'm self-honest enough to realize that I find PBHO more favorable than unfavorable.  I'm also self-honest enough to recognize that quite a bit of that is probably due to my own privilege levels in our brutally unequal society.  (I.e. if I were suffering more I might like him less, in overly simple terms.)

          My snark may have been off-base if I misinterpreted your post.  I thought you were saying that since this list of BHO's accomplishments exists, he has no reason NOT to have gotten done at least some of the things his detractors have called for him to get done during his tenure.  My response was meant to snarkily say, just because he has been able to do SOME things does not mean he can do ALL things, or even MANY things he might like to do.  That probably sounds like (more) excuse-making from your perspective - again if I interpret you correctly, apologies if not - and I won't duck that pillow.

          I would say he has managed to do a surprising amount surprisingly well, given the circumstances.  That's not the same thing as saying he's done a lot well.  Just that given the hand he was dealt, he took a lot more books than he might have done.  He may also have taken less books than he could have.  I'd rather celebrate the accomplishments than belittle the failings.  He's got more than enough criticism (a very polite word for it) to be going on with from what I can see.

          Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

          by Jon Sitzman on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:01:12 AM PDT

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          •  Ahhhh....clarification is a wonderful thing.... (1+ / 0-)
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            Your comment fell in the midst of a number of ones that had the same tone but were not anywhere near as nuanced as you intended yours to be.

            I am a frequent critique of Obama but that is as a result of my belief that he is capable of being and doing more than he has BUT I regard him as an extraordinarily able public servant and a fine leader who has been hobbled by the meanness of spirit, narrow-mindedness and outright greed for power and money of his opposition.

            In spite of this, he has had a remarkable history of successes especially in his first two years and now in his last four when he has accepted that Congress cannot work with him.

            "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

            by murphthesurf3 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 11:53:17 AM PDT

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    •  The list of the 245 plus my narrative is my case (1+ / 0-)
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      that he has done precisely what you suggest he has not.

      So, no. You are dead wrong.

      If you would like to name something that he has not gotten done and could have....name it and I will take on the debate.

      Bring it on!

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:06:29 PM PDT

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  •  flux, media empires gain from his diminishment. (1+ / 0-)
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    they hate the majority of minorities whom they believe elected and support him. many of us have criticisms, too. but I would not give him a failing grade; considering everything, and where his term of office started from. I think these attitudes could change back to positive. I think they will.

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:46:54 AM PDT

    •  Your signature line is the truth... (0+ / 0-)

      The press, the media, plays into the narrative that make the most smoke because that is what creates drama and that is what draws readers, watchers and listener which is the true goal of most of their work...they have to make money to cover the costs, to pay the bills, and I get that.....still it is a shame that the truth does not sell as well as the lie.

      Further, much of the media (virtually all of talk radio, a lot of the most bankrolled internet, Fox - and CNN a lot, and oddly MSNBC too much, and a whole raft of newspapers) are so associated with corporatocracy and BIG Money they have managed to create an impression of HIS failure when it is Congress under the GOP that has failed because Big Money wants to set its agenda in place despite the will of the majorit or the good of the nation.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:12:03 PM PDT

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  •  If I were Obama (0+ / 0-)

    I would give Congress,the MSM and a large part of the public the middle finger when I left the WH. But that's just me.

  •  Great president or greatest president ever? (2+ / 0-)
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    Those should be the only two options in presidential polls. Because people who cannot see the awesomeness of President Obama are clearly too dumb to have their opinions count... even if those people represent 60% of the population.

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

    by HairyTrueMan on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:59:38 AM PDT

    •  Ridiculous, read my responses to other posts like (0+ / 0-)

      yours. My point is simple: any examination of the Obama presidency reveals many accomplishments in the face of overwhelming opposition....matched by a public largely unaware of this, or how government works. Your response plays right into that.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 05:36:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I skipped the 245 accomplishments of the President (0+ / 0-)

    but the part of the diary you wrote was good.  Thanks!

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    by amyzex on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 11:23:04 AM PDT

    •  It was below the fold for a reason. (0+ / 0-)

      The 245 makes a powerful case from a creative researcher at an interesting site which I happen to support and promote.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:13:37 PM PDT

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  •  This poll shows that average people are unhappy (3+ / 0-)
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    The economy sucks unless you are a 1%er
    as long as people are struggling they will blame the guy in charge.

    •  BAM. Nailed it: (1+ / 0-)
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      as long as people are struggling they will blame the guy in charge.
      The quick and easy way out is to point at the President and say, "HIS FAULT!"

      Our government doesn't work like that.  It was designed not to work like that.  But, as has been pointed out above, not everyone cares about that level of detail or learns about it.  It's much easier to just point at the top public figure and decry that if something bad happens or something good doesn't happen, it's his/her responsibility.

      Intellectual laziness will trump study and effort more times than not.

      Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

      by Jon Sitzman on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 12:07:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I am confused. (1+ / 0-)
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        Your post makes very clear that radmul did not hit the nail on the head at all....he missed it entirely and smashed his own thumb.

        You clearly agree with my perspective.

        My reply to radmul was this: "And the unhappy public is moaning in the wrong direction, about the wrong person and playing into the hands of those who will hurt them a lot more if they get the chance (by winning the Senate for example).
        You defend this? Really? Ignorance is not bliss. It is a blight."

        I think you agree with that, do you?

        "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

        by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:17:42 PM PDT

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        •  *blinking rapidly* (1+ / 0-)
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          Erm, I thought that was what I said.

          Yes, I agree that the public is blaming the wrong figure(s).  Most American citizens, I believe, do not engage in more than a minor level of learning about the American system of government (separation of powers, checks/balances, &c) and know those terms only in a buzzword fashion.  It's thus easy for people to believe that everything really rests at the President's feet, and if things are bad in the country it's ultimately his/her fault.  This perspective is foolish and incorrect.  Our government does not work that way and was not designed to; the President is neither a dictator nor empowered with unlimited authority to make any changes s/he desires.  Our President represents the highest office (but not the only office) of ONE branch of our THREE branch federal government.  It doesn't help that the RW hate-media machine regularly accuses President Obama of not being "leaderly" enough, or whatever bullshit term they're using at the moment.

          Pardon any didacticism, it isn't intended.

          My reading of Radmul's post was that he was lamenting the same intellectual laziness on the part of much of the general populace as were you.  I was just adding my own concurring sentiment.

          Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

          by Jon Sitzman on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 07:41:14 AM PDT

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          •  Ah...clarfication is a great thing.... (1+ / 0-)
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            That is what puzzle me.....We are so clearly on the same page in this.

            Thanks.

            This is radmul's post:

            This poll shows that average people are unhappy. The economy sucks unless you are a 1%er as long as people are struggling they will blame the guy in charge.
            I saw radmul as excusing the behavior you outline so well in your reply to me- a pattern of willful ignorance- but I now see that you regard radmul's reply as an explanation.

            Excuse vs. Explanation.

            Got it. Thank you. rec'd the comment.

            "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

            by murphthesurf3 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 11:58:25 AM PDT

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            •  Online is good, online is bad. (1+ / 0-)
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              So easy to misunderstand even something the "speaker" thinks is clearly stated without body language, vocal tone, &c.  However, too often serious misunderstandings often occur in face to face speech too.  I still think in-person conversation tends to be more easily understood.

              Glad everything made sense to everyone at the end of the day.  :D

              Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

              by Jon Sitzman on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:04:53 PM PDT

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    •  And the unhappy public is moaning in the (1+ / 0-)
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      wrong direction, about the wrong person and playing into the hands of those who will hurt them a lot more if they get the chance (by winning the Senate for example).

      You defend this? Really? Ignorance is not bliss. It is a blight.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:15:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  All that really matters in most low info voters... (0+ / 0-)

    All that really matters in most low info voters' minds (and truly that is most voters by far....we are political hobbyists/junkies, most of the country might devote 10 minutes a week to the research and study of current events/political issues) is whatever is happening in their home and within their families.

    If they are struggling everyday to get supper on the table or struggling everyday to keep a job or they think this years tax burden was too much for their pocketbook or they just think this country is going to hell in a hand basket....well, they blame whoever they perceive to be running the country. Right now that person, in most people mind, is President Obama. They don't care what process is holding things up or who is more to blame for those processes that most don't even understand and they certainly don't want to hear that the other guy running the place almost a decade ago was really the villain. All they know is that their lives suck today and getting worse by the hour and whoever is living at the White House needs to fix it.

    That's the reality of it. It has always been that way.

    •  Ignorance is not bliss. It is a blight. (0+ / 0-)

      You make the argument that the thinking of those who lay their anger at Obama's door is misplace but then you seem to excuse it. I am confused.

      The unhappy public is moaning in the wrong direction, about the wrong person and playing into the hands of those who will hurt them a lot more if they get the chance (by winning the Senate for example).

      You defend this? Really?

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:19:49 PM PDT

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  •  Or maybe (0+ / 0-)

    People are mad because he made lots and lots of promises and has done so little. Typical.

    You best believe it does

    by HangsLeft on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 02:52:32 PM PDT

    •  I provided a list of 245 promises fulfilled... (0+ / 0-)

      my narrative contained 6 MAJOR initiatives which cut across his administration and somehow you missed it all....typical.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:20:57 PM PDT

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  •  Any black, public figure is going to have a "low (1+ / 0-)
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    ceiling" with regard to public polling.  Obama's in a tough spot.  He's automatically going to lose conservatives and 60% of white voters.  Furthermore, the "Far Left" will give him negative marks because he hasn't been"the liberal George W. Bush".  To crack 40% he must be doing a damn good job.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 03:25:39 PM PDT

  •  President Obama approval. (1+ / 0-)
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    Well to say the least his and the dems policies have brought the USA out of a Hugh recession.
    Bush 2 the NYSE 7000 Obama 16000 and fairly stable.
    If you did not sell and stay your course of investments you gained all the money you lost and 1/3 more.
    the gain also gave corporations revenue to invest. THey have made record profits which has brought up the citizens 401 k's and IRA , my 3 times as much.
    the military and he got Ben laden and the Benghazi guy.
    He brought back the last military guy to the US. Always we leave no one behind. Obama kept us out of wars spending only millions instead of billions. We are supposed to be broke and that save a whole lot of spending. HE was successful with ACA in spite of all the blockage. YA so blame him for immigration but never got a bill to sign. Obstruction by the TP/GOP has cost the USA 500 billion in filibusters and delays. Blame the GOP!! Obama has used very little veto's. If any expensive bills got thru the GOP filibuster proof senate the GOP approved them!! Have someone and avg citizen follow him around for 3 days and see how hard is job is. Remember you are on duty every hour 365 days of the yrs.
    Last people want money out of politics, Obama is THE POOREST president in history. He makes a little less the a million a yr net and a total value of 12 million.
    Tiny compared to all the rest. There is a list 174 points long on what he has done. Obstructed all 5 yrs!!
    YA 41 point is not that low and if you average out over time. it is 55% or greater.
    Polls are small slices in time and NOT very accurate although they say they are. 3000 against 250 million is not even trust worthy. Also the correct questions must be asked. If you listed his accomplishment over 174 point and greater he would have a very good rating.
    Also He can not run again. IN 2014 are state elections worth little about passing laws. If the gop pulls of the biggest fantastic dream of 51 senators the GOP still can pass a bill. IN other words all the can do is obstruct again.
    IN 2016 the GOP has such a small chance at winning there will be another democrat for at least 4 yrs to 16 yrs. The GOP is not big enough now to elect a president.
    Unless they get rid of the TP all together they will lose for 50 yrs!!      

    •  Your list, my list, your thinking, my thinking... (0+ / 0-)

      why we are on the same page!  Rec'd.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:22:53 PM PDT

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      •  President Obama approval (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks fine friend.

        If the people where to grad or read and check which ones they liked all those accomplishments, Obama would have a very big approval rating!!

        long life!!

        •  I wonder if a scale coud be created... (0+ / 0-)

          Give each item a rating from 1 to 3

          1 - not an accomplishment
          2- a minor accomplishment
          3- a major accomplishment

          Add up your numbers. 400 or more points indicates that you are an Obama backer.

          Item based quantification ---- interesting idea.

          "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

          by murphthesurf3 on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 07:11:20 AM PDT

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  •  K&R nt (0+ / 0-)

    "In ceremonies of the horsemen; Even the pawn must hold a grudge"

    by tweeternik on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 10:25:22 AM PDT

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