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Old 06-09-2014, 10:10 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.

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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 06-17-2014, 09:14 AM   #61
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No Child Left Behind, the Bush tax cuts which have contributed to our ridiculous deficit, allowing the single largest terrorist attack on American soil, invading Afghanistan with a woefully undermanned force, then the Iraq War.

Yeah, he was doing great.
Bush pissed off a lot of conservatives thus is an easy target, but you still managed to identify yourself as a retarded dumbass by targeting almost all the wrong shit.

1, Tax cuts - those cuts keep most American families functioning. Want to decrease the deficit? Then cut spending. Tax cuts for families are MUCH better options than handouts.

2. Clinton had a chance to kill that SOB and didn't - start there.

3. Undermanned in Afghan war? Interesting take, given that the death tolls rose drastically since Obama took office.

4. WTF is so hard to understand about Iraq breaking sanctions? Or that we were the only ones with the balls to hold them accountable? Or that all reports showed they had WMDs that they intended to use and moved to Syria during the "we're warning you" phase? Every time a libtard labels the Iraqi war as a 'Bush mistake', the country loses an IQ point.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:16 AM   #62
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They've both contributed to the modern day quagmire. Arguing about who is better is one of the dumber things I've heard.

Neocons and modern liberals have both had their 8 year runs, and both caused more harm than good.

Time for some parties that actually have the people in mind rather than their lobbyists and themselves to gain some traction.

Too bad most people are too stupid to see that both of these party policies are total failures.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:52 AM   #63
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It would have been better for Obama to do one of these things well than to have done all four of them so poorly.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:04 PM   #64
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It would have been better for Obama to do one of these things well than to have done all four of them so poorly.
Totally agree.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:53 PM   #65
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:56 PM   #66
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They've both contributed to the modern day quagmire. Arguing about who is better is one of the dumber things I've heard.

Neocons and modern liberals have both had their 8 year runs, and both caused more harm than good.

Time for some parties that actually have the people in mind rather than their lobbyists and themselves to gain some traction.

Too bad most people are too stupid to see that both of these party policies are total failures.
100% this. we've eaten dog shit for 20 years. (or will have with Obama is done). These guys don't work for us. the work for the lobbyists who keep their gravy train rolling
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:35 PM   #67
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Being unable to distinguish between the two and their wildly different contributions to the situation is one of the dumber things I've heard.
Who said I couldn't distinguish?

Having Cancer and AIDS kills you differently, but you're still going the same place.

If you want to play 'my wart isn't as ugly as your wart' have a blast.
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Who said I couldn't distinguish?

Having Cancer and AIDS kills you differently, but you're still going the same place.

If you want to play 'my wart isn't as ugly as your wart' have a blast.
The trite "pox on both houses" whining that's all too common around here wears thin.
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Now he's sending US combat troops into Iraq days after saying he would not put boots on the ground. The guy just flat out deceives people.
I think he speaks on his own before his string pullers move his mouth like a puppet.
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Now he's sending US combat troops into Iraq days after saying he would not put boots on the ground. The guy just flat out deceives people.
I don't think he's deceiving anyone anymore.
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The trite "pox on both houses" whining that's all too common around here wears thin.
I think what needs to be distinguished is rhetoric versus actions. At the grassroots level the right is sincere. The right wing politicians pander to that though. They sometimes act on it but often don't. Some are worse than others. But the right under Bush was pathetic!

However, if the Rs did too much, spent too much and got tossed out. It's likely the Ds will be thrown out of the WH next.
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The trite "pox on both houses" whining that's all too common around here wears thin.
So does the partisan hackery. Stop being a baby.
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So does the partisan hackery. Stop being a baby.
Offer some intelligent commentary.
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