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Circulating on the internet – Only in America

Circulating recently on the internet are the political hypocrisies that are happening in America – sort of a tongue in check exercise, but worth everyone’s consideration as to why America isn’t even greater than it could be.

1) Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich
at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund raising event.

2) Only in America could people claim that the government still
discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President,
a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is
black. 12% of the population is black.

3) Only in America could we have had the two people most responsible
for our tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury
Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means
Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher
taxes.

4) Only in America can we have terrorists kill people in the name of
Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims
might be harmed by the backlash.

5) Only in America would we make people who want to legally become
American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens
of thousands of dollars for the privilege while we discuss letting
anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just become American
citizens.

6) Only in America could the people who believe in balancing the
budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as
“extremists.”

7) Only in America could you need to present a driver’s license to
cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

8) Only in America could people demand the government investigate
whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas
went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company
(Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes
(Nike).

9) Only in America could the government collect more tax dollars from
the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillion
dollars more than it has per year for total spending of $7 million PER
MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

10) Only in America could the rich people who pay 86% of all income
taxes be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t
pay any income taxes at all.

Now you know why America is losing its position in the world!

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  1. EXCELLENT post Ted! Don’t worry though, I’m sure Carol F will be along soon to pour liberal kool-aid all over it and try to claim that your points are “skewed”. More likely she’ll outright call you a liar without supporting her emotional argument. lol

  2. So what Ted only in America we had eight years of crime and desception from two world criminals who will not show their face in Tampa.

  3. Why are you calling Obama and Biden “world criminals”?

  4. Only in America, you are not required to look for work if you live on welfare. You are permanently dependant. Reperations is the politically incorrect term.

  5. shawnnews

    “Only in America can we have terrorists kill people in the name of
    Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims
    might be harmed by the backlash.”
    Muslims have been in this country since its founding. When 12 Saudis from the political cult of Al-Qaeda fly a plane into a building, we know that it was a foreign attack done for political purposes regardless of whether or not they wore a religious cloak while doing it.
    We afford the pro-life terrorists who blow up clinics the fact they act outside of their groups. We don’t call them Christian terrorists because we see Christians follow the law every day. We don’t assume that Catholics sanction crimes against children because hundreds of cases against priests ate brought to court because we know our Catholic neighbors are fine to average people. Likewise we have to say the same for Muslims or whatever other religious group becomes a scapegoat for the actions of a few people.

  6. @ Shawn: You seem to forget all the Leftist media bias. Here are several examples:

    After James “The Joker” Holmes committed unspeakable acts of violence at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” last Friday, ABC’s Brian Ross — in what can only be described as a sloppy act of journalism — practically jumped at the chance to tie the shooter to the Tea Party.

    “There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, CO, uh Paige, on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last summer. We don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it is Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado,” Ross said.

    So, why didn’t ABC confirm the facts, before smearing an innocent man? Next…

    University of Alabama in Huntsville professor Dr. Amy Bishop on February 12, 2010, opened fire on 12 of her colleagues with 9-millimeter handgun, killing three and wounding three more. After the horrific incident, Reuters Foundation Fellow Jonathan Curiel pondered her motivation: “Does racism explain the tenure shooting and the tea party movement?”

    No, it doesn’t. Next…

    Armed with two starter pistols and an explosive device, 43-year-old eco-terrorist James Lee entered the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., on September 1, 2010, and took three people hostage. After a tense four-hour standoff, authorities shot Lee dead and freed the hostages.

    But when the story broke, Think Progress [of course] rushed to claim that Lee’s rambling, incoherent, and frightening eco-manifesto sounded, like, totally similar to certain conservative immigration reform groups.

    Therefore, he’s probably one of those crazy, right-wing extremists, right?

    Wrong. Next…

    Field Representative for the United States Census Bureau William Edwin “Bill” Sparkman’s nude body was found tied to a tree with the word “fed” scribbled across his chest on September 12, 2009, in Clay County, Kentucky. His government ID was taped his neck and his feet and hands were bound with duct tape.

    Given the nature of his work and the fact that “fed” was written on his chest, it wasn’t long before the media started suggesting he was murdered by anti-government conservatives.

    When the Associated Press detailed Sparkman’s death, the lefty blogosphere blew up.

    Media’s True Crime Report blog cited the “rage against Washington . . . especially in the rural South,” and argued that Sparkman’s death had “all the makings of some anti-government goober taking his half-wit beliefs way too far.”

    “Trig Truther” Andrew Sullivan blamed “Southern populist terrorism, whipped up by the GOP and its Fox and talk-radio cohorts” and liberal talk-show host Stephanie Miller said the Tea Party was responsible for inciting violence.

    As it turns out, Sparkman killed himself and staged it to look like a murder so his family could collect the insurance money.

    Strike three.

    Read the rest at: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/six-moments-where-the-media-has-wrongly-blamed-conservatives-for-violence/

    BTW, when a story was recently done about Gov. Palin on CNN, guess what the lead-in music was? “Stupid Girls”, by Pink. To add insult to injury, this was CNN’s “apology”:

    “The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story,” a CNN spokesperson said. “We regret any perception that they were planned together.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/cnn-stupid-girls-song-sarah-palin-segment-a-poor-choice-article-1.1124985#ixzz22A7GRsMT

    Yeah, of course it wasn’t planned. Just like Rep. Bachmann’s lead-in on the Jimmy Fallon show, a snippet of the Fishbone song, “Lyin’ Ass B-.” (rhymes with “witch”)

    What would be comparable theme music for Obama? “You’re so Vain”, by Carly Simon?
    Better yet, The Great Pretender, by Queen.

    R

  7. JRM_CommonSense

    Only in America can you have a “professional” blogger copy someone else’s exact words not identify the real author except to say these are “Circulating on the internet”. Oh, that’s right, you left out 3 of his top 13 and reduced it to 10, so that makes it alright…..

    http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2012/04/10/20_only_in_america_ironies

  8. At least he doesn’t make up theories and slander people. That’s down the hallway. 10/13’s of the story doesn’t make it less true.

  9. monkey

    What say you, Ted? Why no source credit? I realize that you are a “community blogger” and not a paid RRS staffer, but a paid staffer would probably be fired for passing off a column like this w/o source credit. Hmmmm. . .

  10. Adam Faber

    Now that’s mature, Ted. Instead of responding with some explanation to JRM’s proof of plagiarism, you tell those who are informed enough to recognize it and who also have enough integrity to give credit to the original author to “get a real life”. You’re as classy as always.

  11. Adam Faber

    Ted’s post just above mine originally only had the first line, but now it has links and additional text.

    Ted likes to say that he does not have time for this. We’re seeing a pattern with this: Ted has plenty of time to be wrong, but never has time to research a subject or explain where he got the information he attempts to sell as factual. He’s always too busy saving local taxpayers money then.

  12. Adam, there’s n plagiarism here. I received the EXACT same list Ted posted in email a few weeks ago. There was no author listed there either. I knew my friend didn’t write it, so when I re-posted it on my personal web page (not one of the ones Ted listed above), I didn’t list an author either.

    Let me guess, I’m a dirty plagiarist too, right? Get a grip man. When Ted stated that it was circulating the internet, he OPENLY ADMITTED that he wasn’t the author. merriam-webster.com defines plagiarism as “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the source”. Ted IN NO WAY attempted to pass it off as his own work, and since he didn’t know the original source (due to multiple re-postings on the internet) he attributed it to “circulating on the internet”.

    Attempting to call that plagiarism as about is serious as calling everything that comes out of the mouth of Jay Carney “intelligent, completely factual and spin free”.

  13. Adam Faber

    Egyas, please pay attention to what I actually said and try not to confuse my point with what JRM and monkey said. They questioned Ted on his blogging while I pointed out his immature response. Ted habitually tells people to “get a life” or calls them an idiot or some other name and tries to change the subject when they make a comment that uses actual facts and solid rationale. This sort of immature name calling is entirely unbefitting of a newspaper columnist or blogger and especially inappropriate for an elected official.

  14. monkey

    Wow, hit a nerve there Ted, didn’t we? Here’s how you could have handled it in your original post, which would have taken about five seconds. “I read this list of political hypocrisies at NAME of WEB SITE” and you could have even paraphrased it or given your own take. Heck, you could have posted their language in quotes and then made your own comments. But, you didn’t, and now you’re all flustered because someone called you on it. For a column that bills itself as “fact-based,” I would have expected a bit more.

    Just because something is widely available on the ‘Net, doesn’t mean you can pass it off as your own thinking. That’s Research 101. Do I need to cite that the Golden Gate Bridge is in San Francisco? Nope, that’s universal knowledge. Do I need to cite the source of my data if I start writing about how many cars travel across it or what it costs to maintain, even though that info. might be available from more than one source. Yup, sure do.

    And, BTW, there was no personal attack in my comment. I merely asked a question as to why you didn’t source your material.

  15. If you dont like what Ted post, just attack him and make yourself look foolish.

    Get a life.

  16. Adam, I’m quoting you here. “JRM’s proof of plagiarism”

    In your own words, you said JRM provided PROOF of plagiarism, thus saying you agree that claim to be factual

    Proof: the cogency of evidence that compels acceptance by the mind of a truth or a fact.
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proof

    I DID pay attention to what you said. Maybe you need to a little more. ;)

  17. Monkey,
    “Just because something is widely available on the ‘Net, doesn’t mean you can pass it off as your own thinking. That’s Research 101. ”

    Point out WHERE Ted attempted to pass this off as his own work? He VERY CLEARLY stated that it was, as the TITLE of this blog says, “Circulating on the internet”.

    You want to attack, get the facts straight first.

    Now, since you and Adam will both no doubt refuse to agree with the proper definition of English words, instead choosing to employ the leftist tactic of “situationally variable definitions”, I’m done with you.

    Or as they say on the interwebs, “Begone Troll!”

  18. monkey

    Hey Egyas,

    Did you actually read what I wrote or is your full-throated defense of poor Ted blinding you to common sense? “Circulating on the Internet” is not a citation of where you got your information. By that standard, I suppose I could make up anything and then just say it was “circulating on the Internet.” Or, I could copy and paste a story from a media outlet and say it was “circulating on the Internet.” That’s absurd.

    Again, Ted could have simply cited the website where he found his list and we wouldn’t be having that conversation. Apparently, that’s too much for him and you to comprehend. Glad you’re “done with me,” too. I would expect nothing less from one of Ted’s mindless minions.

  19. Adam Faber

    Egyas, you’re hiding behind a minor point that monkey has already addressed and you have entirely failed to address the point of my initial posts: Ted’s conduct. Shall we presume from this that you favor name calling, belittling and trying to distract those who do not agree with you? From your “Begone Troll” remark, it would appear that you also eschew the conventions of polite behavior, but at least you’re not a Register Star-sanctioned blogger and elected official as Ted is.

  20. Speaking of “Circulating on the Internet”, see what I just found (and, yes, I WILL give the source).

    Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution
    July 30, 2012

    A federal court in Washington, DC, held last week that political appointees appointed by President Obama did interfere with the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the New Black Panther Party.

    The ruling came as part of a motion by the conservative legal watch dog group Judicial Watch, who had sued the DOJ in federal court to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to the the New Black Panthers case. Judicial Watch had secured many previously unavailable documents through their suit against DOJ and were now suing for attorneys’ fees.

    Read the rest at: http://washingtonexaminer.com/federal-court-finds-obama-appointees-interfered-with-new-black-panther-prosecution/article/2503500

    Isn’t interfering with a court case considered a felony?

  21. Nellie Cat

    Item 1) Irrelevant
    Item 2) I don’t know that anyone is charging the government with discriminating against Blacks. I think that are lots of charges that the government discriminates against the poor, which a disproportionate number happen to be black. Honestly, I didn’t follow the point of number two, but I am immune to the conservative racist dog whistles anyway so that probably explains it.
    Item 3) Really? The tax code falls on Geithner and Rangel. Pretty sure all of congress is responsible and none of those guys pay taxes unless they have too. And yeah that is sickening. You wanna talk tax cheats, let’s talk about the real reason Romney can’t show more than a single tax return….
    Item 4) All Muslims are not terrorists but try explaining that to the red states…
    Item 5) Actually agree with this point.
    Item 6) Conservatives don’t get to pretend to be about balancing the budget until it happens when one of their guys is president [News Flash, it will be at least 4 more years before they get the chance]. Item 7) Seems reasonable enough, although the voter suppression measures of the GOP far exceed this simple concept.
    Item 8) That Oil/Nike comparison is a typical conservative “false equivalency”. They are both things people can buy, but that is about all they have in common from a business model and economic stand point.
    Item 9) See item 6…
    Item 10) When Mitt Romney pays less of a percentage in taxes for his ill-gotten gains than me, it is wrong. And 90% of all countries in the tax individuals higher than the USA.
    Moreover, none of these examples offer any insight as to why America is losing its position in the world. We are losing our position because of the extinction of the middle class, primarily at the hands of republican policies started by Reagan. I will say this much though Ted. I will give you a credit for being a government “insider”, one who knows about that of which they speak because they have been there first hand. Your 32 years at HS is pretty much the same thing as working at the Post office or DMV. Except that, the post office could support itself without government subsidies unlike HS.

  22. I also found this “Circulating on the Internet”:

    Bombshell revelation: Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at the urging of… wait for it… Valerie Jarrett

    At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.

    In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the “kill” mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time…

    Miniter, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, cites an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.

    Read more at: http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2012/07/bombshell-disclosure-obama-passed-on.html

  23. JRM_CommonSense

    For those who have read what they wanted to in my statement, I want to make it very clear here that I did not accuse Ted of plagiarism nor did I offer any “proof of Plagiarism”.

    I merely made this statement: “Only in America can you have a “professional” blogger copy someone else’s exact words not identify the real author except to say these are “Circulating on the internet”. Oh, that’s right, you left out 3 of his top 13 and reduced it to 10, so that makes it alright…..”

    It is a clear and fair statement that does not need to be “interpreted” by anyone. Take it at face value and understand what is being said, or write the accusations tha you want to make. It is very insanitary to put your words into someone elses mouth.

    • Ted Biondo

      To find any number of sources, as I pointed with the post title, all one had to do was place “Only in America Top 10″, in any search engine, to get multiple sources of the same topic. I didn’t plagiarize anything and clearly pointed that out in the title. God, some of you guys really don’t have anythng to do. At least, Nellie Cat made comments on each of the statements one by one and thanks to the others for pointing out the facts about the post, which was “circulating the Internet” as I posted not plagiarizm.

      I always thought that one reason why our species was on top on Earth was that we could discuss others ideas and thoughts. I guess we aren’t as far ahead of the other species as I thought, after some of these meaningless comments trying to make an issue out of something so insignificant.

      No wonder some humans are giving more an more rights to animals and special treatment to certain rare species on Earth, because with comments like these concerning plagiarism, one day the animals may be the master over people that simply try to pick out imperfections in others, instead of trying to solve the problems of their own species.

  24. @ nellycat.

    #2. The Obama regime’s Justice Dept is discriminating IN FAVOR OF African-Americans, not against them. See my post above on “Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution”

    #6. Conservative DO believe in a balanced budget, RINOs don’t.

    # 10. Can you PROVE that Romney’s income was “ill-gotten”? Otherwise, you are just libelling him.

    I’ll add more later, but for now, I have to keep working to help support all this excessive government spending

  25. A lot more sucklings feeding off the pig than 3 years ago, Wilson. More pork required.

  26. Other Obama “Firsts”:

    President Barack Obama’s Complete List of Historic Firsts [Updated]

    Yes, he’s historic, alright.

    • First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government

    • First President to Violate the War Powers Act

    • First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels

    • First President to issue an unlawful “recess-appointment” while the U.S. Senate remained in session (against the advice of his own Justice Department).

    • First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

    • First president to intentionally disable credit card security measures in order to allow over-the-limit donations, foreign contributions and other illegal fundraising measures.

    • First President to Defy a Federal Judge’s Court Order to Cease Implementing the ‘Health Care Reform’ Law

    • First President to halt deportations of illegal aliens and grant them work permits, a form of stealth amnesty roughly equivalent to “The DREAM Act”, which could not pass Congress

    • First President to Sign a Law Requiring All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party

    • First President to Spend a Trillion Dollars on ‘Shovel-Ready’ Jobs — and Later Admit There Was No Such Thing as Shovel-Ready Jobs

    • First President to sue states for requiring valid IDs to vote, even though the same administration requires valid IDs to travel by air

    • First President to Abrogate Bankruptcy Law to Turn Over Control of Companies to His Union Supporters

    • First President to sign into law a bill that permits the government to “hold anyone suspected of being associated with terrorism indefinitely, without any form of due process. No indictment. No judge or jury. No evidence. No trial. Just an indefinite jail sentence.”

    • First President to Bypass Congress and Implement the DREAM Act Through Executive Fiat

    • First President to Threaten Insurance Companies After They Publicly Spoke out on How Obamacare Helped Cause their Rate Increases

    • First President to Openly Defy a Congressional Order Not To Share Sensitive Nuclear Defense Secrets With the Russian Government

    • First President to Threaten an Auto Company (Ford) After It Publicly Mocked Bailouts of GM and Chrysler

    • First President to “Order a Secret Amnesty Program that Stopped the Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Across the U.S., Including Those With Criminal Convictions”

    • First President to Demand a Company Hand Over $20 Billion to One of His Political Appointees

    • First President to Terminate America’s Ability to Put a Man into Space.

    • First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places

    • First President to Have a Law Signed By an ‘Auto-pen’ Without Being “Present”

    • First President to send $200 million to a terrorist organization (Hamas) after Congress had explicitly frozen the money for fear it would fund attacks against civilians.

    • First President to Arbitrarily Declare an Existing Law Unconstitutional and Refuse to Enforce It

    • First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory

    • First President to refuse to comply with a House Oversight Committee subpoena.

    • First President to File Lawsuits Against the States He Swore an Oath to Protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN, etc.)

    • First President to Withdraw an Existing Coal Permit That Had Been Properly Issued Years Ago

    • First President to Fire an Inspector General of Americorps for Catching One of His Friends in a Corruption Case

    • First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies Disclose Their Political Contributions to Bid on Government Contracts

    • First President to Preside Over America’s Loss of Its Status as the World’s Largest Economy (Source: Peterson Institute)

    • First President to Have His Administration Fund an Organization Tied to the Cop-Killing Weather Underground

    • First President to allow Mexican police to conduct law enforcement activities on American soil

    • First president to propose budgets so unreasonable that not a single representative from either party would cast a vote in favor (“Senate unanimously rejected President Obama’s budget last year in 0-97 vote”, Politico, “House Votes 414-0 to Reject Obama’s Budget Plan”, Blaze)

    • First President to press for a “treaty giving a U.N. body veto power over the use of our territorial waters and rights to half of all offshore oil revenue” (The Law Of The Sea Treaty)

    • First President to Golf 90 or More Times in His First Three Years in Office

    Source: http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/06/president-barack-obamas-complete-list.html

  27. Thanks for that, Snuss.

    Here’s a list, with citations included for easy reading, of just a few things the President has done since inheriting the Bush trainwreck. My apologies if the links aren’t active. This was a cut and paste job after a little digging.

    In keeping with the new philosophy of actually citing sources, I found this list at http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/what-has-obama-done-since-january-20-2009.html

    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/dUvbu5
    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/hcgBn1
    3. On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx
    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/hOw1t1 http://bit.ly/fz8GAd
    6. Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
    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/ibiFSs http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk
    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 economyby 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE
    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/eA5jVS http://bit.ly/eCNrD6
    10. He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl
    11. Oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY
    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/ibhpxr Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5 This resulted in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx Willard Romney, on the other hand, advocated for the entire industry to go belly-up. http://nyti.ms/k0zp
    13. Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf
    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/g18Fe7
    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/gIaNcS
    16. Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw
    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/eEpLFn
    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/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/gORYfL
    19. Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.
    http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b
    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/gHlgp5
    22. Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7
    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/Lpo5bd
    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/ez30Dc
    25. Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu
    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/g0IKWR
    27. Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV
    28. Crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE
    29. Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN
    30. 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/gOrznV
    31. Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX
    32. Became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5
    33. Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov
    34. Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7ttV
    35. 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/gUetLb
    36. 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/gjrnp2
    37. Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq
    38. 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/hWCPg0 http://bit.ly/geHpcD
    39. Through Dodd-Frank legislation, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG
    40. Through Dodd-Frank, the Executive Branch fashioned rules that reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market. http://bit.ly/MDnA1t
    41. 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/fnTayj
    42. Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    43. Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfB http://bit.ly/eG4DPM
    44. 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/htfDgw
    45. 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/bd1RTq
    46. Established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    47. Oversaw and then signed a Democratic bill constituting the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://thedc.com/gxkCtP
    48. 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/SLTcSa
    49. 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/gsMSJ7
    50. 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/fdahuH http://bit.ly/mZV4Pz
    51. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj
    52. Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D
    53. Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History. http://bit.ly/58zUp7
    54. Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing bit.ly/9RxEnP
    55. Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for the right to enter into a same-sex marriage. http://bit.ly/JsiFKp
    56. Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT
    57. 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/e1puTk http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM
    58. 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/fT3Cxg
    59. Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x
    60. 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 websites and intranets, beginning November 2011. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ
    61. Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide. http://lat.ms/pQe1RS
    62. Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples. reut.rs/llNJek
    63. Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0
    64. Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8
    65. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda
    66. As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g
    67. 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/h743y7 http://bit.ly/ho4TCr
    68. Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj
    69. Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l
    70. Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe
    71. Pushed for military to emphasize devlopment of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV
    72. Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh
    73. 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/xVmSZK
    74. Worked with Democratic Congress to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY
    75. Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP
    76. Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U
    77. 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/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde
    78. Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF
    79. 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/g6MTuC
    80. Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax
    81. Released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0
    82. 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/dL6Zve http://nyti.ms/hzWWys
    83. 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/zfmGv9
    84. Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb
    85. Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS
    86. Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz
    87. Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE
    88. Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2
    89. Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i
    90. Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw
    91. Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4
    92. Through the Defense Authorization Act, reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ
    93. 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/ee4Xcs
    94. Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country. http://bit.ly/lNXUna
    95. Negotiated a deal with Afghan govenment, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country. http://bit.ly/K362an
    96. Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6
    97. Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn
    98. Took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj
    99. 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/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA
    100. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo
    101. Provided active combat troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h
    102. Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW
    103. 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/e2YQ7Q
    104. 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/fN4ur1
    105. 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/gY8O3x
    106. Created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY
    107. Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/b48coi
    108. Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX
    109. 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/1Gh0NX
    110. Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http://bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq
    111. Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt
    112. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr
    113. 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/NHtZ7L
    114. Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/fNDcj3 ,
    115. Oversaw major expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/fYwNrV
    116. Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr
    117. Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/hPhG7J
    118. Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz
    119. 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/dQvtUe
    120. 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/h8Xj7z
    121. 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/efBO7B
    122. Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i
    123. Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw
    124. Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making. http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw
    125. Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U
    126. Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSO http://ti.me/edezge
    127. 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/fTs9t7
    128. 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/fOi2rb
    129. 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/jRRRJc
    130. Obama EPA reveresed research ethics standards which allowed humands to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/bKgqdS
    131. Conducted a cyberspace policy review. http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC
    132. Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr
    133. Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/dNTRyP
    134. Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco. http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”
    135. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/ecQSgA
    136. Increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3
    137. Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9
    138. Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b
    139. 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/fDEzGv
    140. 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/e8Tj9C
    141. 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/
    142. Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    143. 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/fNB26V
    144. Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo
    145. 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/fNB26V
    146. Provisions in theACAhave 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/oMxpTh
    147. Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS
    148. 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/fOGLcj
    149. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F
    150. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8
    151. Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP
    152. Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. http://aol.it/evtVxD http://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz
    153. Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM
    154. Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8
    155. Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x
    156. 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/hiaPKM
    157. Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y
    158. Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL
    159. Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu
    160. 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/fV155p (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)
    161. Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R
    162. Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5
    163. Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN
    164. Oversaw doubling federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE
    165. Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y
    166. 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/fgfRWq
    167. 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/dX6Vj3 http://bit.ly/fE2PxK http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv
    168. Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO
    169. Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P
    170. 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/fzQUFO
    171. 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/glCukV
    172. 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/h5KZqy http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk
    173. Oversaw and pushed through amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo
    174. 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/bxjDi3
    175. Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a
    176. Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/ww8eMd
    177. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/hscjsH
    178. Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt
    179. 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/fBuWd2
    180. Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/fbJPjY
    181. Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K
    182. 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/qtghsW
    183. Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/etznpY
    184. 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/fD0EVO http://bit.ly/ff5Luv
    185. Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF
    186. 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/eOChg6 http://bit.ly/i02wgP
    187. Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB
    188. Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF
    189. Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j
    190. Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/idgQH5
    191. Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure. http://1.usa.gov/M7rVpe
    192. 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/GHxaYt
    193. Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first reponders. http://bit.ly/o7cWYS
    194. 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/i3d7cY

    • Ted Biondo

      Congrats Monkey on one of the longest single comments ever! However, what you think is great with Obama, I’m sure most of them will be bad as far as smaller government is concerned. I never said that Obama hasn’t done a lot of things, just that most of it is usually more government control of our lives.

  28. 195. Executive order to repeal “Welfare to work”. Deadbeats never, ever have to work again, just sit on the porch when they aren’t making illigitimate babies….and they vote…..often….. with no ID required.

  29. Our Founding Fathers feared what we may see come to pass, if we don’t evict the Obama Regime:

    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”-Benjamin Franklin

    “A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”-Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

    “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”-Thomas Jefferson to Charles Hammond, 1821.

    “…[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”-James Madison

    “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions.” James Madison, “Letter to Edmund Pendleton,”-James Madison, January 21, 1792

    What they describe as “an indefinite one (government) subject to particular exceptions”, is fascism.

  30. JRM_CommonSense

    From Wikipedia:

    “Fascism was founded during World War I by Italian national syndicalists who combined left-wing and right-wing political views.[6][7] Fascists have commonly opposed having a firm association with any section of the left-right spectrum, considering it inadequate to describe their beliefs,[8][9] though fascism’s goal to promote the rule of people deemed innately superior while seeking to purge society of people deemed innately inferior is identified as a prominent far-right theme.[10] Fascism opposes multiple ideologies: conservatism, liberalism, and the two major forms of socialism — communism and social democracy, and denounce them as representatives of sectarian interests rather than the community as a whole.[11] To achieve its goals, the fascist state purges forces, ideas, people, and systems deemed to be the cause of decadence and degeneration.[12]”

  31. Adam Faber

    Ted said: “I always thought that one reason why our species was on top on Earth was that we could discuss others ideas and thoughts.”

    Ted, you are the last person who can espouse a willingness to discuss the thoughts of others. When one disagrees with you, even when their position is supported by actual facts, you either delete their post, call them a derogatory name or try to change the subject. These are all sophomoric behaviors of one who is unqualified to conduct any serious, public discourse.

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