What have the Democrats done for America in the year & a half they have held complete power?

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    Mull this over, amigo:

    "Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies

    Lynn University

    I am always being asked to grade Obama's presidency. In place of offering him a grade, I put together a list of his accomplishments thus far. I think you would agree that it is very impressive. His first six months have been even more active than FDRs or LBJs the two standards for such assessments. Yet, there is little media attention given to much of what he has done. Of late, the media is focusing almost exclusively on Obama's critics, without holding them responsible for the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without holding the previous administration responsible for getting us in such a deep hole. The misinformation and venom that now passes for political reporting and civic debate is beyond description.

    As such, there is a need to set the record straight. What most impresses me is the fact that Obama has accomplished so much not from a heavy-handed or top-down approach but from a style that has institutionalized efforts to reach across the aisle, encourage vigorous debate, and utilize town halls and panels of experts in the policy-making process. Beyond the accomplishments, the process is good for democracy and our democratic processes have been battered and bruised in recent years.

    1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

    2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

    3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women

    4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

    5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

    6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information

    7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family

    8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act

    9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible

    10. Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House

    11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

    12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

    13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

    14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

    15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

    16. New federal funding for science and research labs

    17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

    18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect

    19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

    20. New funds for school construction

    21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out

    22. US Auto industry rescue plan

    23. Housing rescue plan

    24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

    25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

    26. US financial and banking rescue plan

    27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

    28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

    29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

    30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

    31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

    32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

    33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

    34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

    35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

    36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

    37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

    38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales

    39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government

    40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

    (list runs to 90 - visit link for the other 50).. ooops, add in Unemployment, financial reform and laws for going after Gov't-contract defrauders.... Man-On-Fire.

    Source(s): look within.


    Enough for any cupcakes out there?

    Will you say ‘Uncle’ yet?


  • Rose
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Oil from shale is more expensive to obtain and the quality is usually bad. I think that resorting to that would increase the price of oil, the oil companies would push the cost to setup oil shale mining on the consumers. They'd also have to follow much stricter environment regulations, which further increases cost of production. I don't think this is a good solution.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    have lunch with the republicans they all are suppose to have the same view to protect the constitution. there to busy giving us entertainment from what i see.democrats and republic are goverment people and americans why are they making us choose a side i did not ask for the healthcare bill im a healthcare administrator and do you know when this through how long it will be before you can see a doctor and they can turn you down o by the way the electronic files in 2014 by law all hospitals clinics ex, theyll be changing there they get your info its called the microchip rfid and its in the new drivers lisc. the 1300 page healthcare act says in there about chipping people

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Health care reform. Stopped the economic collapse from our Bush administration. Pissed off a lot of racists. Drawn down in Iraq and focused on Afghanistan.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They have managed to split this nation with their lies.

    I hate their version of America! I want my country back, and let's trash the liberal crap that is causing so much anguish and pain on every level: financially, economically, morally, spiritually, etc...

    Enough is enough!

    2010: Kick the bums out!

    2012: Do it again!

  • 1 decade ago

    Reformed Wall Street, Reformed Health Care, and had the Government help people out Employed or unemployed and helped out College students so all in all they are helping people out.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    what has either party done over the last 50 years to secure your freedom


    vote 3rd party to save america

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Complete power ? wow ! Smoke another bowl.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    pleased the bleeding heart liberals and created a monumental debt that will cause chaos for future generations.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


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