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Patti Schmidt: List of Obama’s failures is long

2012-09-17T00:15:00Z Patti Schmidt: List of Obama’s failures is longBy Patti Schmidt | La Crosse La Crosse Tribune
September 17, 2012 12:15 am  • 

A recent letter touted the President Barack Obama’s steady leadership. Unfortunately, the letter left out a few accomplishments. They include:

  • Unemployment is over 8 percent.
  • The United States debt is $16 trillion.
  • No budget has been passed during his term.
  • A new entitlement passed that is now forecasted to cost more than $1.7 trillion during the next 10 years.
  • 46 million people are receiving food stamps.
  • A decrease in the net worth of almost all Americans.
  • No plan submitted to save Social Security or Medicare.
  • 14 million people are projected to lose their employer-sponsored health care.
  • Gas prices are approaching $4 a gallon.
  • College tuition is up over 8 percent in 2011.
  • Foreign policy that has created a Middle East crisis and puts the United States at risk.
  • $26 billion IOU to taxpayers from General Motors, that will likely never be paid.

Four more years? I don’t think so.

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  1. Maerzie
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    Maerzie - September 19, 2012 11:45 am
    Thanks, "lookout"! Unfortunately, facts don't make a dent in the brains of people who don't want to THINK! They have to starve, lose their OWN jobs, or contract an expensive illness before they even START to think: "Gee, maybe that "lookout" guy was right!" Facts aren't enough for idiots! They need the PAIN!
  2. Maerzie
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    Maerzie - September 19, 2012 11:41 am
    Remember, Bush's revenge war ("Saddam Hussein tried to kill MY DADDY!", and his futile Afghanistan search for Osama binLaden and steal oil, cost tons of millions AND lives, and Bush hadn't budgeted a CENT for either of them. Also, his generous, outrageous tax cuts for only the highest portion of wealthy, also cost TRILLIONS, and Mr. "conservative" GENEROUS was also handing out THAT money without budgeting a cent. So it was ALL charged to OUR credit cards! So WE and Obama got stuck with the bills! And, now, the ones with the MOST money barely pay ANY taxes, and that leaves US, to pay for ALL of it. WE even get to pay the BALANCES of THEIR taxes that the super-wealthy get OUT of paying ftrom all their ridiculous deductions!
  3. Maerzie
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    Maerzie - September 19, 2012 11:33 am
    Me too, "Celtic Man"! Romney-Ryan just can't seem to show people their lies and their incompetence quite frequently enough. It's like a little third-grader fight for some (the ones who never take an interest and only believe the multi-millions of dollars of corporate propaganda ads)! "My Daddy can beat up YOUR Daddy!" They don't understand that our democracy is being destroyed and stolen, REALLY, by the moneyed people, even though these nincompoops have no REAL money themselves, compared to a corporation! After it's too late, they MIGHT figure it out, when everything that was good is gone forever! Our forefathers would never comprehend or believe such unpatriotic behavior and laziness!
  4. Maerzie
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    Maerzie - September 19, 2012 11:25 am
    Right! It took Bush EIGHT (8) YEARS to put us into this mess, and now the Republicans would LOVE it if Obama would take Bush's blame, just because the devastation created was SOOO horrendous! They're so ashamed of Bush, they didn't even invite him to their convention.
  5. Wisdom of Solomon
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    Wisdom of Solomon - September 18, 2012 4:38 pm
    You mean like Governor Walker and his cronies like to do things right here in Wisconsin? Yeah, I agree it is pretty despicable when an elected leader tries to circumvent the democratic legislative process and the judicial system that was put in place as part of the system of checks and balances that our forefathers so wisely thought to establish lest one or another of the three branches runs amok!
  6. lostinparadize
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    lostinparadize - September 17, 2012 10:02 pm
    Grandpa S; "high five, dude" ? Really? Act your age, 64 I believe; we aren't playing drums in the Mark IV anymore. "DUDE"
    The lists look great until you delve into the specifics of some of them. They are not all O's single handed accomplishments. Last time I checked, congress make laws and the executive branch either vetos or signs them into law; although this prez seems to like circumventing congress when he isn't getting his way via executive orders.
  7. The Veteran
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    The Veteran - September 17, 2012 9:22 pm
    ROMNEY RYAN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. The Veteran
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    The Veteran - September 17, 2012 9:20 pm
    ROMNEY RYAN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. The Veteran
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    The Veteran - September 17, 2012 9:18 pm
    ROMNEY RYAN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Wisdom of Solomon
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    Wisdom of Solomon - September 17, 2012 8:10 pm
    Yeah that is about all you can say about him apparently.
  11. GrandpaS
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    GrandpaS - September 17, 2012 7:48 pm
    To lookout: High five, dude. Excellent list, and thanks to greatgeneration for adding his list. Want to know how this president is doing I all else fails, try the obvious. Read the lists of what he's done. You've just been given two of them, folks.
  12. retiredone
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    retiredone - September 17, 2012 5:09 pm
    We can't survive four more years of NObama.
  13. retiredone
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    retiredone - September 17, 2012 5:07 pm
    He's "intending to do stuff" Sure takes lotas time huh? By the way, your list provides no proof-only your assertions. That's pretty easy
  14. TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls
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    TeapartiesR4L'ilGirls - September 17, 2012 12:52 pm
    Retired one

    Don't try to strain yourself.
  15. retiredone
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    retiredone - September 17, 2012 12:33 pm
    All I can say is BO Stinks
  16. greatgeneration
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    greatgeneration - September 17, 2012 8:59 am
    The only list longer than his failures is the one with his excellent accomplishments: Here is a fine list with citations for verification - http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/09/01/a-long-list-of-president-obamas-accomplishments-with-citations/

    What is even more amazing is that the President accomplished so much good with the Congress whose GOP members made their number one priority his defeat, starting on day one of his presidency. Well done, Mr. President. Four more years!
  17. lookout
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    lookout - September 17, 2012 8:51 am
    Here's the real list if you think you can read it all.
    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 theGeneva 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 bySomali 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
    41. Signed national service legislation; expandednational youth service program
    42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
    43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
    44. Expanding vaccination programs
    45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
    46. Closed offshore tax safe havens
    47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
    48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
    49.. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices
    50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
    51. Lower drug costs for seniors
    52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
    53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
    54. Improved housing for military personnel
    55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
    56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
    57 Increasing student loans
    58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
    59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
    60. Established a new cyber security office
    61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
    62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
    63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness
    64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
    65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
    66. Improving benefits for veterans
    67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
    68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud
    69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
    70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
    71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
    72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
    73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
    74. Making more loans available to small businesses
    75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
    76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
    77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
    78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
    79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
    80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
    81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
    82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
    83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
    84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
    85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
    86. Held first Seder in White House
    87. Attempting to reform the nation’s healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured
    88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
    89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform
    90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform
  18. Napoleon
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    Napoleon - September 17, 2012 8:25 am
    This is a list of Bush failures, not Obama failures... it's not possible to clean up all that Bushmess in three and a half years.

    " In Tampa, the Republican argument against the President’s re-election was pretty simple: we left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in." - Bill Clinton

    "Both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan attacked the President for allegedly robbing Medicare of 716 billion dollars. Here’s what really happened. There were no cuts to benefits. None. What the President did was save money by cutting unwarranted subsidies to providers and insurance companies that weren’t making people any healthier. He used the saving to close the donut hole in the Medicare drug program, and to add eight years to the life of the Medicare Trust Fund. It’s now solvent until 2024." - Bill Clinton

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can’t afford to double-down on trickle-down." - Bill Clinton
  19. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - September 17, 2012 6:55 am
    I don't think you can blame all of the 16 trillion dollar debt on Obama.

    "•14 million people are projected to lose their employer-sponsored health care" Yup, and maybe if Repubs would quit fighting A National healthcare program these 14 million people would remain insured.

    "•Foreign policy that has created a Middle East crisis and puts the United States at risk."
    I am guessing here but hasn't there been "Middle East Crisis" well before Obama took office? (And there will continue to be even after he is No longer president)
  20. Seriously Now
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    Seriously Now - September 17, 2012 6:25 am
    He Vet, thanks for your service, but how about saying something, not pasting a bumper sticker here? This is a d-i-s-c-u-s-i-on forum.
  21. The Veteran
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    The Veteran - September 17, 2012 5:35 am
    ROMNEY-RYAN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  22. CelticMan
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    CelticMan - September 17, 2012 5:09 am
    OK, well let's look at this list:

    1. Unemployment has gone down, and this is certainly tied to the economy. Republicans blocked his jobs bill, yet have voted 33 times to repeal his healthcare bill.

    2. All 16 trillion dollars were accumulated because of Obama? How many terms has he served?

    3. Obama works in Congress also?

    4. Don't know what she's talking about, unless it is the ACA, which will save money over the next 10 years.

    5. Yes, people are hurting. Cutting food stamps is not the answer.

    6. First, my "net worth" has nothing to do with my house, it is my character. I lost money in my pension, etc., but that was Wall Street and the banks that the Republicans want to further deregulate. And, the crash happened before Obama took office, didn't it?

    7. Lots of plans floated, all blocked from debate in the Senate by the filibuster-happy Republicans.

    8. OK, but 35 million will get health insurance (including those 14 million) on the open market, something Republicans think will always save us.

    9. Even Newt (and Bill O'Reilly, Hannity, etc.) say that the President (when its a Republican President) can't control gas prices.

    10. Yes, and he wants to increase college aid, not take it away.

    11. And the Middle East was a like a calm pond on a sunny day for the last 40 years, until this Muslim, un-patriotic, foreign-born, black guy was elected, right?

    12. Don't know what she's talking about on this one, most of the entire TARP has actually been repaid.

    Four more years? I sure hope so.
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