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Michigan Voters Resoundingly Reject Proposal One Posted: May 06, 2015 1:51 AM EDTUpdated: May 06, 2015 1:51 AM EDT
By Cody Boyer, Reporter

It appears Proposal One failed in spectacular fashion. 

It wasn't the way voters wanted to pay for road repairs. 

Now, agencies like local road commissions and M-DOT are looking at where to go from here. 

"Throughout the campaign, we heard that most people agreed that more funding needs to go to our roads, but it seems that agreement wasn't on how to pay for it," said M-DOT Communications Representative, James Lake. 

Michigan's roads are in bad shape. 

Tuesday, the people of Michigan rejected the only plan out there to fix them. 

"Governor Snyder has said all along that there is no Plan B, there seems to be a universal acknowledgement that more investment needs to be made in the roads and bridges in Michigan so I would anticipate the legislature will get to work on that and we'll continue to work with state legislatures to help identify a viable funding solution."

For road commission managers, like Alan Cooper in Wexford County, the failure is one that hurts. 

"This is a good start. It's the best that we've seen in 10 years and to expect them to not pass this in their legislature, to come out and to have something that will be long lasting in time to help us with our roads... that doesn't look very good, in my opinion."

Governor Snyder said Tuesday, infrastructure is a top priority and he knows people want to fix roads, despite Proposal One's defeat. He supports finding another long term solution. 

Meanwhile, those who maintain roads will have to work with the resources they have. 

"Business as usual. Right now, we are in band aid mode. The roads that we can fix, where we get funding from the federal government for our primary roads, we'll still do those, but our local road system in Michigan is what's really hurting and I don't see where we can make any progress at all on our local roads without additional funding," said Alan Cooper. 

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from the start the thing, proposal 1, was received negatively.  it was never viewed favorably in any poll.  so now we get to plan B, that does win a majority in polling; pot treated like alcohol with taxation and a limited number of grow licenses and sales thru dedicated outlets.  this is how legalized recreational pot comes in the back door. pot for potholes, it's your turn.

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It'd sure as hell get people on board. All of that recirculating currency would be going to roads, schools, etc, just like it is in CO.  Nevermind, we live in Michigan, our state gov will do their damndest to line their own pockets.

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so what happened to all the previous monies taxed to fix the roads, lottery to save schools, etc? Why give up more? Detroit has the worst roads and we hear year after year of all the fleecing of the city funds by mayors and players. The citizens love it, they keep voting in the same people who keep ripping them off?  umm, okeeedokeee.


Never be so blind to think government will allow us to vote their wealth away.

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I have thought all along that the Republicans are letting the economy and the infrastructure go to hell to the point that people will cry "Uncle!" and let the Republicans do whatever they want just so that there is some relief for the common folk. They are literally holding us hostage until they get their way.


The Democrats (and most respectable economists) have been saying for years that the best way to jump start the economy is to invest a Trillion dollars in infrastructure - infrastructure HERE IN AMERICA, not in the Middle East. But the fknRepublicans do not want anything positive or good to come out of the Obama presidency, soooo... they make excuses for not fixing things. The best part is that they blame Obama for not doing anything! Holy shiite. How can people be so deaf, dumb, and blind?

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I was just talking to my wife about this.  If Mi were to legalize there would be a huge boom to tourism, so we could even get roads paid for by NYers' pennsylvanians, ohioans and people from all over.  The UP would be the next rockies.

Talk about self serving politicians with their head completely bound up their donkey!!!!!

Your right, they don't want ANYTHING good to happen in an Obama presidency or they don't want anything good to happen if it gives up even an inch of control.  They are trying for total domination or damnnation.

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Just curious but did Chauncey's Democrats and the respectable economists mention how they planned on paying for the infrastructure repairs those dratted Republicans avoided so the voters would elect more republicans.


As if electing Democrats would change anything.


Didn't do much good in 2008, did it? Maybe next time it will be different but I wouldn't count on that.


Sort of like immigration. Just what this country's impoverished poor needs is another ten million suddenly legal immigrants added to the dependency roles. I wonder if those respected economists can explain who pays for that?


Impossible unless they first overturn the Law of Supply and Demand.


Rather like the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage might be good politics for someone courting uninformed voters but maybe not so good for the economy as a whole. And if ten bucks an hour is good and fifteen is better, why not make it twenty, thirty, or what the heck, let's think big and go for fifty. Or a hundred.


It is all sewage.


Chauncey is right about one thing; we're in deep kim chi and no one seems to have a clue why starting with those who naively think one party or the other has all the answers. In truth both are one-and-the-same.


Bad enough routine audits find government employees charging porn and casino visits to their government credit cards without any disciplinary action but bonuses? Bonuses for government employees? Government employees who already get pay and benefits way better than similar private sector jobs with unmatched job security.


I respect many here for their wisdom and opinions even though we often disagree philosophically. But any MMJ patient who would support Sander Levin over Fred Upton simply because Levin is a (Prohibitionist) Democrat (one-per enter) and Upton, a (compassionate) Republican (one-percenter and grandson of one of Whirlpool's three founders) has other priorities.

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Rather like the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage might be good politics for someone courting uninformed voters but maybe not so good for the economy as a whole. And if ten bucks an hour is good and fifteen is better, why not make it twenty, thirty, or what the heck, let's think big and go for fifty. Or a hundred.


The minimum wage of $1.60 an hour in 1968 would be $10.90 today when adjusted for inflation.


Why not index all wages and prices according to inflation so we could all easily see how worthless our currency has become.


As far as fixing the roads how about a simple increase in the fuel tax? Why the byzantine proposal that was presented to us?


Here is the official reason for not having money to fix the roads.



. . . the primary reason for decreased revenue lies within diminishing fuel tax receipts. This is caused by increases in vehicle fuel economy, which result in lower consumption, and inflation.The gasoline tax rate of 19 cents per gallon was set in 1997. Accounting for inflation, 19 cents in 1997 would equal roughly 28 cents today. Looked at another way, today's 19-cent gas tax would equal 13.5 cents in 1997 – meaning that the gas tax burden has effectively decreased since the last rate increase 18 years ago. As to fuel economy, the average fuel economy for a model 1997 vehicle was 24.6 miles per gallon, while the average fuel economy for a model 2014 vehicle was 31.6 miles

per gallon. This increase in fuel economy affects the amount of fuel consumed, and fewer gallons of gasoline consumed directly translate to less revenue for roads. The combination of inflation and decreasing fuel consumption has resulted in a significant drop in fuel tax revenue and buying power.


They don't have the money because they are taxing money that is not worth what it was when they set the tax rate. If everything was indexed for inflation we would have none of these problems.


Only riots because everyone would be so pissed about the economy.

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Off the top of my head, here are a few things We accomplished in spite of Racist, Bigoted, islamaphobic, homophobic opposition by the fknrepublicans


Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility


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


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


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


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


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/hOw1t1http://bit.ly/fz8GAd


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


Prevented a Bush Depression and Improved the Economy


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/ibiFSshttp://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk


The Bush-led Great Recession was costing the economy nearly 800,000 jobs per month by the time President Obama took office. But by the end of his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy by 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE


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/eA5jVShttp://bit.ly/eCNrD6


He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl


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


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 ofthe opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5This resulted in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx


Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf


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


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


Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw


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


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/dZgXXwhttp://bit.ly/gORYfL


Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses. http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b


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


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


Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7


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


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/ez30D


Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu


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


Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV


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


China’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, is building a large plant in Pennsylvania http://cnnmon.ie/1k7LT4S


Worked with Apple Computer to get them to build more product here, and thecompany is building two large plants to manufacture products here; one in Texas http://zd.net/1nkpt2O andone in Arizona http://bit.ly/1mXY5Vg


Oversaw increase of manufacturing jobs by more than 500,000 since 2010, and created an institute to invest in more manufacturing jobs in the technology fields of the future. http://nyti.ms/1egyXrV


Ordered all federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, leading the way to a national increase. http://wapo.st/1iaU5kd


Ordered the completion of the International Trade Data System, a digital trade record book, by 2016. This move will streamline and simplify the process through which small- and medium-sized businesses set up the export of US goods. http://bit.ly/1nwSRF4


Created a climate in which there have been 55 consecutive months of job growth, totaling more than 10 million jobs, which is roughly 10,000,000 more jobs than Bush created in eight years. http://1.usa.gov/1vBDeyCThisis also the longest stretch of private-sector job growth in US history. http://wapo.st/1w3J8Zy


Led the country to 64 consecutive months of economic expansion, eclipsing Saint Reagan’s record, by far. http://onforb.es/1sxJ2by


Oversaw a reduction in the dollar amount of the federal budget deficit by two-thirds since taking office. http://bit.ly/1xKMmjY


Reduced the federal budget deficit from 9.8% of GDP in Fiscal Year 2009 under Bush, to 2.9% of GDP in FY 2014. http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45653


Under Obama, the stock market has reached record highs, restoring most of the economic losses felt during the Bush Recession, when it reached record lows, adjusted for inflation. http://bit.ly/1z4FAtL


Brought Much-Improved Transparency and Better Government


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


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


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


Became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5


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


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


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


Proposed rules that would streamline the Department of Education’s procurement policies and make them more transparent. http://bit.ly/1r9oQvh


Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7


Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection


Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq


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/hWCPg0http://bit.ly/geHpcD


By signing Dodd-Frank legislation, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG


Created rules that reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market. http://bit.ly/MDnA1t


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


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


Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfBhttp://bit.ly/eG4DPM


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


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


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


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


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


Set up rules for banks in handling legal marijuana money. http://nyti.ms/1b80o2K


Signed Executive Order to add a number of further protections to consumer financial transactions, to further limit instances of identity theft. http://1.usa.gov/1pjfUFq


Took steps to prevent pirate fishing and protect fish populations, and ordered stricter labeling requirements on labeling of seafood products in stores. http://1.usa.gov/1BYhTUn


Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination


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


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/fdahuHhttp://bit.ly/mZV4Pz


Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj


Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D


Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History. http://bit.ly/58zUp7


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


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


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


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/e1puTkhttp://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM


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


Signed two executive orders that mirror provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act, because the GOP Congress refuses to pass it. It makes is possible for employees to talk about their salaries without retaliation, and orders salary data collection. These measures will make it harder for employers to pay women less. http://huff.to/1nwVOWf


Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x


Under his guidance, National Labor Relations Board issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including all websites and intranets. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ


Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide. http://lat.ms/pQe1RS


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


Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0


Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8


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


Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system. http://wapo.st/16K0D


As soon as the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, he moved to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples. http://wapo.st/1avDjue


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


Proposed new HUD rules that would enhance Fair Housing Laws, to give HUD and other enforcement agencies more teeth in enforcing them. http://bit.ly/1qkz4uQ


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


Appointed several prominent gay athletes and others, and plans to show US government’s commitment to gay rights to anti-gay Russia. http://on.cpsj.com/1fckN9h


Ordered a review of capital punishment policies after several botched executions. http://nyti.ms/RDJp58


Obama’s Department of Agriculture propagated new rules designed to better enforce nondiscrimination when it comes to USDA investigations. These rules also extended nondiscrimination to gender identity. http://bit.ly/1yChJhi


Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified and strengthened rules prohibiting discrimination against pregnant workers. http://alj.am/1mo0kjV


Banned all federal contractors from discriminating against gay workers. http://1.usa.gov/1ok1gfH


Created a requirement in which companies who bid on federal contracts of more than $500,000 must publicly disclose all previous violations of labor law, including unpaid claims for back wages. http://1.usa.gov/V54qY3


Made it illegal for federal contractors with more than $1 million in contracts to force employees into arbitration to settle workplace discrimination accusations. http://1.usa.gov/V54qY3


The Obama Department of Justice made significant reductions in drug sentencing guidelines for current prisoners, thus releasing thousands from US prisons. This is the first step in 30 years toward reducing the US prison population, which is the highest in the world. http://n.pr/1mWBLkM


Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inflation in the healthcare sector dropped to its lowest point in 50 years. http://on.wsj.com/1E6cYjF


Through a Presidential Memorandum, changed the rules to concentrate immigration enforcement on those who commit crimes, and voed to stop breaking up families. http://1.usa.gov/1uTZ8gV


Through another Presidential memorandum, President Obama streamlined the visa process, to make it more responsive and humane for those who want to be here legally. http://1.usa.gov/1tgDRti


Took steps to tighten the reins when it comes to providing local law enforcement agencies with military-style equipment and exercising more control over the equipment they receive. http://1.usa.gov/1ATWV3K


Oversaw the first drop in the federal prison population in 32 years. http://bit.ly/1B5h8rW


Vetoed Republican bill that would have blocked new NLRB rules that were designed to speed up the time it takes workers to unionize. http://reut.rs/1agujMO Healso added a Memorandum of Disagreement to make his reasons for the veto clear and made a major statement in support of unions. http://1.usa.gov/1NG7RuA


Major Improvements in Foreign Relations, American Status Around the World


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


As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration.http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g


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/h743y7http://bit.ly/ho4TCr


Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj


Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l


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


Pushed forward the first realistic Middle East peace strategy in more than a decade, without abandoning the two-state solution. http://wapo.st/1avyste


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


Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh


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


Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF


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


Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax


Released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0


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/dL6Zvehttp://nyti.ms/hzWWys


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


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


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


Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS


Worked to keep our withdrawal from Afghanistan on track, despite GOP opposition.http://reut.rs/1cIOsF1Reiteratedthat commitment in 2014. http://nyti.ms/1exnmRF


Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz


Through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split of Sudan into two countries, this allowing for the creation of an independent South Sudan. http://reut.rs/qzE0Tj


Worked with Democratic Congress to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY


Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP


Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U


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


Negotiated the framework for an agreement with Iran that would end their nuclear weapons program. http://bit.ly/1y5aD97


Became the first US President to visit Jamaica in more than 30 years and worked to restore relations with the country, and signed a natural gas distribution agreement with the country. http://bit.ly/1JtpFqi


A More Realistic Approach to “Defense” and National Security


Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE


Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2


Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i


Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw


Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4


Through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ


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


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


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


Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6


Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn


Took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple the despotic Khadaffy government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj


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


In 2011, reoriented American focus from the Middle East to the Asian-Pacific region by simultaneouly engaging China and crafting new alliances with Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior. http://bit.ly/RGlMDi


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


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


Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i


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


Established the Homeland Security Partnership Council, which will attempt to enhance the nation’s ability to “address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.” http://1.usa.gov/VJjLXO


Signed agreement with Afghanistan to end war, turn security over to Afghans. http://nyti.ms/1xSjgBd


Breaking with presidential tradition, especially recent tradition, instead of just attacking Syria in the wake of chemical weapons attacks on Syrians, Obama ordered a full report on the decision-making process, should he decide to order one. http://cbsn.ws/184RFgu


Instead of holding hearings and trying to create a political football, quietly captured a suspect who actually committed the Benghazi terrorist attack. http://wapo.st/1jFlmzv Heis also getting a lot of useful information from the suspect. http://nyti.ms/UfE2Ka


Signed an executive order allowing sanctions against individuals and groups that threaten national cybersecurity. http://1.usa.gov/1HWcGMG


Returned Government to Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Dignity and Respect


Provided active combat troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h


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


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


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


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


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


Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/b48coi


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


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


Issued an Executive Order to improve access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families. http://1.usa.gov/TP7PVZ


was able to get Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons without military firing a single shot or dropping a single bomb. http://nyti.ms/1lVEkU7


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


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


Signed into law a bill that provides support, counseling, and breastfeeding supplies to military moms who are covered under TRICARE, the health insurance provided to veterans. http://bit.ly/1yNxL8O


Refocused the Federal Government on Education, Made Rational Reforms


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


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


Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide. http://bit.ly/fNDcj3


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


Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr


Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/hPhG7J


Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low and middle income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz


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


Took major new steps to protect students from ineffective for-profit colleges through “gainful employment” measures, whereby schools have to demonstrate that its students actually find work to get federal aid. http://1.usa.gov/jkzQe2


Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process, thus us creating greater accountability. http://bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq


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


Created a rating system for colleges, so that those applying for student financial aid know better what they’re paying for. http://bit.ly/14Dn7UL


An Adult View on Science, Technology and Health Care


Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making. http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw


Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U


Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSOhttp://ti.me/edezge


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


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


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


Obama EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/bKgqdS


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


Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr


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


Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco. http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB Asa result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”


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


Increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3


Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iqhttp://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9


Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b


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


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


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/


Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V


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


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


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


Provisions in the ACA have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The increase in 2011 was 4%, which is very low compared to the average 12% annual inflation rate during previous 40 years. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh


Since passage of the ACA, health care inflation is at its lowest level since 1960. http://1.usa.gov/1vXR0Ld


Created the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, to strengthen the government’s ability to respond to the continuing domestic HIV epidemic, after years of Republicans weakening the government’s ability to deal with the crisis. http://1.usa.gov/1iLED0t


Expanded space exploration and discovery options to include more players. http://1.usa.gov/13qmZpm


Through the Connect America Fund, pushed through and received FCC approval for a move of $8 billion in subsidies away from telephone landlines to assist lower-income rural families in accessing broadband. http://lat.ms/vhRUEs http://bit.ly/129V3SY


In the wake of the West Fertilizer tragedy, in which an entire small town was devastated by an explosion at a fertilizer plant, in part because Republican negligence let the company do whatever it wanted, formed the Chemical Safety and Security Working Group, to work on measures to prevent another such event. http://1.usa.gov/18kHSlA


By 2014, the Affordable Care Act dropped the number of uninsured Americans by 22.3%, which amounts to more than 10.3 million people with insurance who didn’t have it before. Only 13.9% of Americans are uninsured, a drop from 18.9% in 2013. http://on.msnbc.com/1r4kjGn


The Affordable Care Act has increased the life expectancy of Medicare greatly. http://on.wsj.com/1yuNco6


Established a Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, a recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission, to coordinate efforts to fight cyber crime and terrorism. http://1.usa.gov/1A0aEoS


The Obama FCC, with his leadership, adopted strong net neutrality rules, to keep the Internet open and equal for everyone. http://fcc.us/1MhTlIA


Strengthened the Middle Class and Families, and Fought Poverty


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


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


Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F


Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8


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


Extended discounted health coverage under the COBRA health insurance law for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s also extended unemployment benefits more than a few times. http://aol.it/evtVxDhttp://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz


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


Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8


Included the Buffet Rule in his 2014 budget proposal, thus trying to fulfill a campaign promise, to make sure tax rates are fair between the rich and the middle class. http://1.usa.gov/19PkdQo


Used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000. http://onforb.es/17zYg3u


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


Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) http://1.usa.gov/1iGDO8e


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


In his continuing effort to make college more affordable and accountable, will begin rating colleges with regard to affordability and value. http://bit.ly/14Dn7UL


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


Under Obama, the bottom 95% of taxpayers are paying lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43. http://bit.ly/1w1W8Ns


Signed a presidential memorandum authorizing six weeks paid leave for all federal employees with a new baby, and encouraged Congress to do the same for all workers. http://bit.ly/18613XA


2014 marked the first time since 1984 that unemployment dropped in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 1.usa.gov/1E25u0C


Concrete Steps to Improve The Environment and Address Our Energy Needs


Doubling federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE


Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y


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


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/fE2PxKhttp://nyti.ms/hfeqvv


Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO


Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P


Under Obama, our dependence on foreign oil has dropped to its lowest rate since 1985, and continues to drop. http://1.usa.gov/1p6kTUy Meanwhile,consumption is way down because of reduced driving and higher mileage standards. http://ti.me/1z4HFG8


Improved siting, review and permitting stations for power plants, in an attempt to seriously improve the nation’s electric grid. http://1.usa.gov/1l8zNqn


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


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


Established a quadrennial review of our energy infrastructure, to encourage a modernization of the grid, and to encourage the transition away from fossil fuel use. http://1.usa.gov/1nx2oMo


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/h5KZqyhttp://1.usa.gov/fLWq5chttp://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk


Got BP to cough up $20 billion to establish Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to reduce the need for taxpayer funds to be used for compensation and clean up. http://wapo.st/ds2BxT (Note:it took 20 years to get $1.3 billion for the Exxon Valdez spill. )


Oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo


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


Became the first President to simply say “Climate Change is a fact,” and set up the first federal government protocols for dealing with the impacts of climate change. http://1.usa.gov/1b7V67B


Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a


Asserted federal legal supremacy to bar Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own.http://bit.ly/ww8eMd


Set up new, stricter standards limiting power plant emissions. http://1.usa.gov/1mML2M3


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


Strengthened protection for wildlife, and expanded enforcement of laws against wildlife trafficking. http://1.usa.gov/1fce1Ai


Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt


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


Through new EPA regulations, he created a pretext for closing the dirtiest power plants in the country, by limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic gasses. http://bit.ly/rQCIgA


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


Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K


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


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


Through an executive order, set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which will to oversee Gulf Coast restoration efforts in the wake of the 2010 BP oil splll. The money to fund the restoration efforts comes from fines against BP. http://1.usa.gov/Rxjb29


Through executive actions and bypassing the ineffectual Republican Congress, announced the most comprehensive plan to combat climate change in a generation. http://bit.ly/13lXhET


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 (Republicansare trying hard to kill it.)


Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R


guided the country into a 418% increase in solar power capacity between 2010 and 2014. http://bit.ly/1rHkWJC


Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5


Oversaw a tripling in the use of wind power to generate electricity. For the third year in row, the United States led the world in increased wind power capacity. http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5448


Ordered the federal government to incorporate climate resilience and climate science into all international development in which the United States engages. http://1.usa.gov/YV1EpW


Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x


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


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


Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL


Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu


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


Closed a deal with China to limit carbon emissions to perhaps slow down climate change. http://nyti.ms/1xzyS8K


Blocked all oil and gas drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the most pristine environments in North America http://lat.ms/13xUVFD


Signed an Executive Order to improve environmental efforts in the Arctic region and to combat climate change by better coordinating the efforts of the 23 federal agencies operating in the area. http://usat.ly/ZEzLzE


Vetoed a bill to fast track construction of the parallel Keystone XL pipeline. http://nbcnews.to/1DVDFo7


Signed an Executive Order committing the federal government to lead the way in building a sustainable economy. It’s his fifth doing just that. http://1.usa.gov/1EzO2ne


But That’s Not All…


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/eOChg6http://bit.ly/i02wgP


Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB


Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF


Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j


Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/idgQH5


Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure. http://1.usa.gov/M7rVpe


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


Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first responders. http://bit.ly/o7cWYS


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


Signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who had been cheated out of government loans and natural resource royalties in the past. http://1.usa.gov/dGppUa


To help those communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, issued an executive order setting up the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and asked Congress to approve $60 billion in supplemental assistance to aid in storm recovery. http://1.usa.gov/134L7hl


Produced 23 Executive actions designed to make it easier for law enforcement to identify those who shouldn’t have guns, thus helping them enforce the law. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ


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


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


Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.http://bit.ly/dFb8qF


And Did You Know?


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


And of course…


Despite the odds, became the first black president and then, was reelected.


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What have the repubs/tarty done for us




Militearized the Police


War. Hate, Bigotry, Patriot act, Citizens united, outsourced the middle class,


wasted $$$$$$ on birthed issue, fighting ObamaCare, holding up appointments, shutting down the gov.


Those fknrepublicans Ain't the same AT ALL..they appear to be a war mongering subhuman aticompasionate life form.......Take Cruz for example and literally Please!


Those repubs is what left you "outsideinthecold"

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Completely untrue outside.


 They are not the same at all.


I am reading nonsense talking points from you that go on retarded bumper stickers.


Are Rick Jones and Jeff Irwin the same?


If republicans hadn't killed unions...


You assume all immigrants are dependents?


Ridiculous argument for opposing minimum wage increases.


I didn't realize bigotry was your modus operandi.


And Fred Upton?  Comcast Fred?  The guy bought and sold and willing to strangle the freedom of the internet?   The guy who feels he should control my ladies vagina? The guy who is against my sister being married because she is gay?  The guy who has tried to take healthcare away from my family 60 times now,  the guy who wants to cripple medicare and social security, the guy who voted against ROAD FUNDING and infrastructure funding 72 times, voted to allow Comcast to maintain a monopoly and not allow competition,  voted against lowering interest rates on student loans, voted to put the ten commandments in public buildings, voted for mandatory drug testing,  AND VOTED AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN D.C.!!,


 And.... Sander and Fred never ran against each other for anything.  So there is no supporting one over the other.  Why didn't people support Paul clements who actually ran against Fred Upton and had waaaay better support for mmj patients. Or voted for Mike Obrien over Fred upton? 



 I simply do not get your comparison ....


I don't like Sander either. I think he is a spineless jellyfish.  But Fred Upton? Really?  That is your example ?

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