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Old 06-09-2014, 11:10 AM  
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Obama Promised to Do 4 Big Things As President. Now He’s Done Them All.

Pretty interesting take on the Obama agenda as it stands after last week's announcements of the new EPA guidelines going forward. With those announcements, Obama has made significant strides in all four of his major policy planks from his Inaugural address:

1. Economic recovery measures.
2. Health care reform.
3. A response to climate change.
4. Education reform.

It's now more of a question of the quality of these advances compared to whether he was effective in getting anything done.

I think the article does neglect two other less-central-but-still-incredibly-important policy platforms, as well. The President wanted to end both wars and he wanted to pass immigration reform. The two wars will have concluded by 2017, and Obama's preferred immigration reform is either (a.) a few executive actions away, or (b.) will be passed within a decade in almost its entirety.

Of course, this is not to paint his administration as an unqualified success, as no doubt dozens of conservatives on the forum will willfully pretend I'm claiming. But the President has worked his bucket list down very effectively.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer...-promises.html

Obama Promised to Do 4 Big Things As President. Now He’s Done Them All.
By Jonathan Chait
June 8, 2014 9:20 p.m.

The conservative view of President Obama has straddled two difficult-to-reconcile portraits. One indicts him as a “Reagan of the left,” fundamentally (and, in their view, disastrously) altering the shape of the state. The other casts him as a hapless mediocrity, a Jimmy Carter redux. At the moment, the latter view is more in evidence — just in the last week, columns have appeared with headlines like “Is It Too Late for Obama to Rescue His Legacy?” and “The Failed Presidency of Barack Obama.”

On January 20, 2009, when Obama delivered his inaugural address as president, he outlined his coming domestic agenda in two sentences summarizing the challenges he identified: “Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many, and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.” Those were the four major areas of domestic reform: economic recovery measures, health-care reform, a response to climate change, and education reform. (To the justifiable dismay of immigration advocates, Obama did not call for immigration reform at the time, and immigration reform is now the only possible remaining area for significant domestic reform.) With the announcement of the largest piece of his environmental program last Monday, Obama has now accomplished major policy responses on all these things. There is enormous room left to debate whether Obama’s agenda in all these areas qualifies as good or bad, but “ineffectual” seems as though it should be ruled out at this point.

Certainly, when Obama unveiled his domestic ambitions, few thought to accuse him of setting the bar too low. In a speech before a joint session of Congress a month after his inauguration, which was the incoming president’s version of a State of the Union Address, Obama identified those same four priorities in more detail. This was about the time conservatives began to completely freak out; Charles Krauthammer, a voice of relative sobriety, called his speech “the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by a U.S. president.”

It was not that, but Obama did call for quite a lot to get done. 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; I predict Hillary Clinton will pick up the call for universal pre-K as a centerpiece of her 2016 domestic platform.

I’ve written quite a bit recently about Obama’s environmental agenda. One can question whether it will survive a legal challenge or successfully culminate in international cooperation, but there’s no doubt that it has fulfilled his original goal. 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:



And medical inflation has fallen to its lowest rate in half a century:



More insurers are planning to enter the markets, and the widespread price hikes conservatives confidently predicted appear unlikely. Republicans have slowly begun reconciling themselves to the law’s irreversibility. Republican pollsters are advising their candidates to soften their anti-Obamacare rhetoric; even as implacable a critic as Mitch McConnell has obscured his position on repealing the law.

All of Obama’s domestic reforms involved compromises and imperfections, a quality they have in common with every major accomplishment in history. Also like the major accomplishments of the past, Obama’s will undergo future revision. All will continue to generate some level of conservative recrimination — one can still find conservatives here and there determined to phase out Social Security or outlaw the U.S. income tax. Most of them will recede into the backdrop of the policy landscape and eventually serve as the baseline against which to portray future liberals as the true radicals, just as Republicans now embrace Medicare. It is also possible that the remaining two and a half years will envelop Obama in some kind of disaster, like Iran-Contra, Vietnam, or Watergate. What’s no longer possible is to imagine that historians will look back at Obama’s presidency and conclude not much got done.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:11 AM   #2
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:14 AM   #6
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I laughed so hard at the first one, I couldn't read the rest of the post. That's some good stuff there. I assume he went on to post about how Obama was going to improve race relations too which is another knee slapper
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:24 AM   #7
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Pretty interesting take on the Obama agenda as it stands after last week's announcements of the new EPA guidelines going forward. With those announcements, Obama has made significant strides in all four of his major policy planks from his Inaugural address:

1. Economic recovery measures.
2. Health care reform.
3. A response to climate change.
4. Education reform.

It's now more of a question of the quality of these advances compared to whether he was effective in getting anything done.
All of which are dismal failures or will be. It's pretty much established that what govt does isn't high quality.

Economic Recovery Measures
-- Slow to NO results and all at great expense with food costing more. It is economic fascism. He copied FDR and got a depression within depression just as FDR did prolonging the pain. But if you believe govt manipulated numbers then we know someone can be sold a bridge.

Health Care Reform
-- an EPIC FAIL that is despised except for those getting subsidies which are not the majority of people. And if it's true that SC Justices are being blackmailed due to NSA spying I have to wonder if that pertains to Chief Justice Roberts on his ruling as this is unConstitutional. It is also fascism.

Climate Change-- Scientists ripped Obama's Climate report apart. It is more economic fascism.

Education Reform -- Common Core nationalizes education curriculum which relies on bribery to get the states to use. It has both teachers and parents in an uproar. It dumbs students down even more and indoctrinates them in political ideology. It will fail despite the claimed success. It's also unConstitutional and centralized national education is a hallmark of fascism and socialism too. It also breaks down our federalist system.

You missed one BIG thing Obama hasn't done:
He has done nothing on civil liberties or restoring the Fourth Amendment, spying or the Patriot Act. He may be getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan but he got us into Libya, finances AQ-linked rebels in Syria and is building up a war machine on Russia's western border.

It's good to know that you like Obama's fascism ( indirect socialism where owners keep their property but it gets used for the state).

We know what your ideology is.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:32 AM   #8
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1. Increased socialism -check
2. Increased energy costs - check
3. Increased illegal immigration - check
4. Increased terrorist appeasement - check
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:01 PM   #11
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yeah, but those are bush's fault

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