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    Feb 25th

    interesting 3 night show a biography of the tRUMP family!!


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    What channel?

    Originally Posted by nomaxim
    Sorry there ''ohein56', but it appears that 'Joecool44' does not have the position that you envision on this topic.

    'Joecool44' has, as a matter of routine, refuted most of your accusations
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    Some people have the ability to think critically, some do not. ohein obviously doesn't.

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    Originally Posted by nomaxim
    Sorry there ''ohein56', but it appears that 'Joecool44' does not have the position that you envision on this topic.

    'Joecool44' has, as a matter of routine, refuted most of your accusations
    Quote Originally Posted by Jax74 View Post
    Some people have the ability to think critically, some do not. ohein obviously doesn't.

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    as i recall she was AFRAID for his SAFETY!! nice try though!! very CONSIDERATE if you ask me!!
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    Proof facts are wrong!
    President Trump’s Accomplishments:
    The list:
    Economic Growth
    4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
    For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

    4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
    More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
    Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
    The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
    Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
    Unemployment claims at 50 year low
    African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.
    African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
    Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
    Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.
    Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.
    Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.
    Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.
    July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.
    Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.
    July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.
    Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
    Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
    Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
    Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”
    68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.
    Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
    Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.
    Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.
    Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.
    Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
    100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

    American Income
    Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
    Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
    Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
    Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
    Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
    Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.
    Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.
    Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

    American Optimism
    Small business optimism has hit historic highs.
    NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.
    SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.
    Manufacturers are more confident than ever.
    95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.
    Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
    12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
    Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

    American Business
    Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.
    Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.
    Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
    ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
    Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
    Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
    Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
    Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

    Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
    Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
    Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
    Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
    Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

    Tax Cuts
    Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law
    Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.
    Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.
    Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
    Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
    Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
    Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
    Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
    Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.
    9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
    More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
    Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
    Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
    Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

    Worker Development
    Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
    Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
    Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
    Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

    Domestic Infrastructure
    Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
    Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
    Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
    Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

    Health Care
    Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
    Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
    Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
    Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
    FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
    Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
    Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
    Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
    Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
    Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
    USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
    Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
    Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
    HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
    Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
    Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.

    Combating Opioids
    Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
    Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
    $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
    DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
    Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
    Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
    Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
    Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
    Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
    Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
    $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
    Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
    DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
    Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
    Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.

    Law and Order
    More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
    Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
    Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution
    Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
    Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
    Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
    Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
    Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
    Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
    $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
    Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
    Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
    Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
    Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
    Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
    New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.

    Border Security and Immigration
    Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
    Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
    Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.
    ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
    Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
    Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.
    Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.
    ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin.
    ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
    ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
    Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
    Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
    DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
    DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
    Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
    Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
    Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.
    These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.
    ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.
    ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.
    In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for
    Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.
    More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
    More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
    More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
    More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
    Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.
    Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
    More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.

    Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.
    Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides.
    Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
    Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
    Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
    Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
    Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
    Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.
    Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
    Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
    Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.
    25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
    Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
    Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies
    Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
    Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.
    Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
    Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
    Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
    Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
    Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century
    American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade
    OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.

    Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
    Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
    Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
    Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
    Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
    Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
    U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
    United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
    U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
    Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
    Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
    Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
    Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy
    Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.
    Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
    Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Foreign Policy
    Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
    Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
    Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force
    Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
    All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.
    Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
    The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress.
    North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
    Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.
    Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
    Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
    Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
    Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
    Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
    Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.
    New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.
    Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.
    Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.
    ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.
    ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
    All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.
    More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
    Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.
    Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA.
    Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
    Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
    Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
    Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
    Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.
    Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
    Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

    Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
    $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
    Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
    Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
    Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
    New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
    Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
    Released an America first National Security Strategy.
    Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
    Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.
    In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.
    Every member state has increased defense spending.
    Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
    NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
    Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.

    Veterans affairs
    Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
    Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.
    Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
    Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
    VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:
    Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs.
    Funding for the Veterans Choice program.
    Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
    Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
    Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
    Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.
    Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
    Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
    Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
    Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
    Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
    Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.
    Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.
    Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
    VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
    Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.

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    Re: Feb 25th

    OH OH cnance is pissed cuz i trespassed in his RELIGIOUS DOMAiN so he's over here SPAMMING AGAIN!!
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    The Obama Administration has done tremendous work in various areas and on multiple levels for our nation. With numerous political factions trying to demean his every move, distort as well as misrepresent the facts, and discredit the character of the President.


    Ordered the White House and all federal agencies to respect the Freedom of Information Act and overturned Bush-era limits on accessibility of federal documents (2009)
    Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible (2009)
    Placed limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House (2009)
    Placed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration (2009)
    Signed a measure strengthening registration and reporting requirements for lobbyists (2009)
    Ordered that lobbyists must be removed from and are no longer permitted to serve on federal and White House advisory panels and boards (2009) * Note: After saying he would not hire lobbyists, a few have been hired in the Administration
    Companies and individuals who are delinquent on their taxes or owe back taxes are no longer allowed to bid for federal contracts (2009)
    Initiated the “e-Rulemaking Initiative” (in cooperation with Cornell University) to allow for online public “notice and comment” of federal laws and initiatives (2010)
    Issued the “Open Gov Directive” ordering all Cabinet departments to promote transparency and citizen participation in their policies (2010)
    Signed extensions on banning lobbyists from serving on agency boards (2010)
    Developed the “Don Not Pay List” with data on contractors and recipients of federal funds who are deemed to be ineligible because of fraud and abuse (2010)


    The White House website now provides information on all economic stimulus projects and spending, along with an unprecedented amount of information on our government (2009)
    Ended the Bush-era practice of circumventing established FDA rules for political reasons (2009)
    Ended the Bush-era practice of having White House staff rewrite the findings of scientific and environmental regulations and reports when they disagreed with the results (2009)
    Limited the salaries of senior White House aides (salaries cut to $100,000) (2009)
    Has urged Congress to adopt “Pay-Go” (whereby each dollar of spending is offset by a dollar in cuts or revenues, which was used in the `90s but abandoned in the `00s) (2010)
    Has been holding open meetings with Republican leaders, although they complain of a lack of access and information (2010)
    Signed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (2010) * Note: To curb wasteful spending
    Tasked federal agencies to develop plans for disposing of unneeded real estate and then to eliminate unnecessary or non-economical lands, properties, etc. (2010)

    National Security

    Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane (which wasn’t even used in Iraq/Afghanistan) and other outdated weapons systems (2009)
    Announced his intention to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay (2009) * Note: The closure has been delayed due to massive opposition but it remains on the agenda.
    Stated his interest in housing terrorists at a new federal “super max” facility in the US (2009) * Note: this has been delayed in the face of massive opposition but it remains on the agenda
    Cut the expensive Reagan era missile defense program, saving $1.4 billion in 2010 (2009)
    Cancelled plans to station anti-ballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic (2009)
    Replacing long-range, expensive missile systems with more efficient smaller systems (2009)
    Increased US Navy patrols off the Somali coast in response to pirating (2009)
    Established a new cyber security office and appointed a cyber security czar (2009)
    Ordered the first nation-wide comprehensive cyber threat assessment (2009)
    Instituted a new Nuclear Posture Review, revising US nuclear deterrence policy to encourage more nations to join the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (2010) * Note: Components of the policy include: a pledge to stop nuclear testing; a pledge to not build a new generation of nucs; identifying nuclear terrorism, rather than a launch from another nuclear state, as the major threat; a pledge to not use nucs on a non-nuclear state in a conventional conflict; etc.
    Executive orders to block payment, transfers, exports, etc… of individuals and organizations support the regimes of North Korea, Iran, Somali pirates, and other foreign threats (2010)
    Presidential Memoranda to extend certain provisions of The Trading with Enemies Act which was to expire in September 2010 (2010) * Note: This includes freezing assets and banning trade that benefits the Cuban regime; however further efforts at normalizing travel to Cuba are supported
    Signed bill for southwest border security and increased funds and agents on the Mexican border (2010)
    Signed the Comprehensive Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act to deal with foreign regimes like Iran and North Korea (2010)

    Iraq & Afghanistan

    Began the phased withdrawal of US troops from Iraq (2009); continuing the withdrawal (2010)
    Changed the US military command in the Afghan conflict (2009)
    Tasked the Pentagon to reorganize US policy in Afghanistan; the new policy includes 30,000 additional troops deployed, priority training of Afghan forces, developing agriculture and infrastructure, limiting aerial bombing, etc. (2009)
    Ordered the Pentagon to send additional helicopters to assist US Marine units and Special Forces in Afghanistan (2009)
    Increased unmanned drone strikes on Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in Afghanistan (2009)
    Ended the Bush-era “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date (2009)

    Military & Veterans

    Ordered the Pentagon to cover expenses of families of fallen soldiers if they wish to be on site when the body arrives back in the US (2009)
    Ended the Bush-era “blackout” imposed on media coverage of the return of fallen US soldiers (2009) * Note: The media is now permitted to cover the story pending adherence to respectful rules and with the approval of the fallen soldier’s family
    Ended the Bush-era “black out” policy on media coverage of war casualties (2009) * Note: Full information is now released for the first time in the War on Terror
    Ordered better body armor to be procured for US troops (2009)
    Funding new Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles (2009) * Note: The old Hummers were very vulnerable to roadside explosives and an alarming percentage of our soldiers lost in Iraq were on account of IEDs
    Working to increase pay and benefits for military personnel (2009)
    Improving housing for military personnel (2009)
    Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses (2009)
    Ordered that conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other neglected military hospitals be improved (2009)
    Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military to a post-Cold War, modern fighting force (2009) * Note: Bush announced in 2001 his intention to do this but backed off the reforms after 9/11, which include: new procurement policies; increasing the size of Special Ops units; deploying new technologies; creating new cyber security units; etc.
    Ended the Bush-era practice of awarding “no-bid” defense contracts (2009)
    Improving benefits for veterans as well as VA staffing, information systems, etc. (2009)
    Authorized construction of additional health centers to care for veterans (2009)
    Suspended the Bush-era decision to purchase a fleet of Marine One helicopters from suppliers in favor of American made helicopters (2009)
    Ordered a review of the existing “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military (2010)
    New GI Bill for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan (2009)
    Signed bill providing assistance for caregivers of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan (2010) * Note: The omnibus bill does the following: Training, funding, and counseling for caregivers; promoting pilot childcare programs for women vets under treatment at the VA; independent oversight to prevent abuse; readjustment counseling for National Guard and reservist units; etc.
    Eliminated co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled (2010)
    Fulfilled campaign promise to have combat troops (90,000) out of Iraq by August 31, 2010 (2010)
    Established a new interagency task force to assist veterans owning small businesses (2010) * Note: The efforts include promoting federal contract opportunities, improve access to loans and capital, mentor assistance programs, etc.
    Signed The Families of Fallen Heroes Act, which covers the moving costs of immediate family members of those lost in service (military, intelligence, and security personnel) (2010)

    Foreign Policy

    Closed the Bush-era “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe (2009)
    Ended the Bush-era policy allowing “enhanced interrogation” (torture); the US is again in compliance with Geneva Convention standards (2009) * Note: Obama has permitted some controversial interrogation techniques to continue
    Restarted international nuclear non-proliferation talks and reestablished international nuclear inspection protocols (2009) * Note: Bush withdrew from non-proliferation talks and dismantled the inspection infrastructure
    Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic (2009) * Note: These were suspended under Bush
    Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions (2009) * Note: These were suspended under Bush
    Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office (2009)
    Banned the export of cluster bombs (2009)
    Overturned Bush-era plans to increase the US nuclear arsenal (2009)
    Authorized the Navy SEALS operation that freed by force the US shipping captain held by Somali pirates (2009)
    Restored the US commitment to the UN population fund for family planning; overturned the ban on providing funds internationally for family planning (2009) * Note: The family planning efforts were suspended under Bush
    Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit families (2009)
    Extended an offer of engagement (free from sanctions and penalties) to Iran through December 31, 2009 (Iran did not accept the offer) (2009)
    Sent envoys to the Middle East and other parts of the world, reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy (2009)
    Authorized discussions with North Korea and the private mission by former president, Bill Clinton, to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons (2009)
    Authorized discussions with Myanmar and the mission by Senator Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive (2009)
    Renewed loan guarantees for Israel (2009)
    Signed the USIFTA trade agreement with/for Israel (2009)
    Authorized a $550m advance for Israel (six months prior to the scheduled date) in order to accommodate Israeli’s economic and financial needs (2009)
    Continued agreements with Israel for cultural exchanges, immigration, etc. (2009)
    Spoke on Arab television, spoke at an Egyptian university, and met with Arab leaders in an effort to change the tone of US-Arab relations (2009)
    Ordered the US to finally pay its dues to the United Nations (2009)
    Attended the Summit of America’s meeting in Trinidad and Tobago (2010)
    Invited the Israeli Prime Minister to Washington; met with him (2010)
    Dispatched several envoys and initiated talks with numerous nations (2010)
    Signed a nuclear limitation treaty with Russia (2010) * Note: The agreement calls for both countries to reduce their nucs by one-third (1,500) and launch systems by half (800)
    Hosted nuclear non-proliferation summit for several nations (2010)
    Executive Order to establish support offices in the State Department to assist the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan (2010)
    Presidential Memoranda to continue drug interdiction support with Columbia (2010)


    Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) (2009) * Note: Bush was the first president since Herbert Hoover to not make infrastructure a priority
    Authorized the US auto industry rescue plan and two GMAC rescue packages (2009)
    Authorized the housing rescue plan and new FHA residential housing guarantees (2009)
    Authorized a $789 billion economic stimulus plan (2009) * Note: 1/3 in tax cuts for working-class families; 1/3 to states for infrastructure projects; 1/3 to states to prevent the layoff of police officers, teachers, etc. at risk of losing their jobs because of state budget shortfalls
    Instituted a new rule allowing the public to meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (in as quickly as one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying (2009)
    Authorized a continuation of the US financial and banking rescue plans initiated at the end of the Bush administration and authorized TARP funds to buy “toxic assets” from failing financial institutions (2009)
    Authorized the “Cash for Clunkers” program that stimulated auto sales and removed old, inefficient, polluting cars from the road (2009)
    Convened a “jobs summit” to bring experts together to develop ideas for creating jobs (2009)
    Ordered the FDIC to beef up deposit insurance (2009)
    Ended the Bush-era policy of protecting credit card companies (2009) * Note: In place of the old policy, new consumer protections were instituted and the industry’s predatory practices were banned
    Authorized the federal government to make more loans available to small businesses and ordered lower rates for federal loans to small businesses (2009)
    Placed a 35% tariff on Chinese tires and a few other products such as pipes after China was found to be illegally “dumping” exports below cost (2009) * Note: Clinton, Bush I, and Reagan all refused to “get tough” on China’s predatory trade practices; Bush II refused four times during his presidency
    In November 2009, Obama extended unemployment benefits for one million workers and expanded coverage for some existing homeowners who are buying again (2009)
    Called on Congress to deliver a “Jobs bill” (2010)
    Credit card companies are prohibited from raising rates without advance notification or arbitrarily if customers are paying bills on time (2010)
    Signed a bill to extend unemployment benefits set to expire (2010)
    Signed historic Wall Street reform bill (2010) * Note: Designed to reregulate and end abusive practices and promote consumer protections
    Signed the HIRE Act to stimulate the economic recovery (2010) * Note: The bill includes: tax cuts for small businesses who hire someone unemployed for at least two months; small businesses can write off their investments in equipment this year; etc.
    National Export Initiative established to enhance federal support (technical assistance, training, trade missions, etc.) and coordination efforts to help US businesses export products and services (2010)
    Initiatives to promote a “Wireless Broadband Revolution” (2010) * Note: Among other things, broadband is finally being considered as necessary infrastructure, with efforts to expand use, access, and spectrum…
    Expanded agricultural credit to farmers during current economic crisis (2010)
    Signed bill – US Manufacturing Enhancement Act (2010)
    Signed bill – Single Family Housing Mortgage Insurance (2010)


    Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks to permit the US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals (2009)
    Ended the Bush-era policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs (2009) * Note: The new policy promotes in-sourcing investments to brings jobs back to the US
    Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provides small tax cuts for 95% of “working families” (2009) * Note: The tax cuts were not as big as was suggested during the 2008 campaign
    Convened an advisory board that is looking into simplifying the tax code (2009)
    Ordered the closing of offshore tax safe havens (for individual and business tax evaders) (2009)
    Reduced taxes for some small businesses to stimulate the economic recovery (2009)
    Extended the Home Buyers Credit for first-time home buyers (2009)
    Proposed doubling the child tax credit (2010)
    Called for the repeal of the capital gains tax for small businesses (2010)
    Proposed rolling back the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans (2010) * Note: This would be for families earning over $250,000/year and would return their tax rates to the 1990’s level


    Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut federal spending (2009)
    Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify wasteful spending and practices (2009)
    Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient (2009)
    Overturned the Bush-era practice of not listing certain federal programs in the federal budget (2009) (2010) * Note: Bush did this (so did Reagan) in an effort to hide programs and make the budget look smaller; such “off budget” items are now included in the annual budget
    Full appropriations for war are now included in the budget (2009) (2010) * Note: Bush did not list many of the appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, and War on Terror
    Funds for emergency appropriations are now included in the budget (2009) (2010)
    Proposed a three-year freeze on federal discretionary spending beginning in 2011 (2010)
    Is in the process of cutting 120 federal programs identified as either wasteful or unnecessary (2010)
    Established a bipartisan commission on fiscal responsibility, staffed by House and Senate members and private citizens, tasked with submitting proposals to balance the budget (2010) * Note: In the face of Republican opposition, the powers of the commission were watered down
    Established a bipartisan commission on the future of Social Security, tasked with submitting proposals to preserve and strengthen Social Security (2010) * Note: In the face of Republican opposition, the powers of the commission were watered down
    Cut $20 billion from federal budget and has pledged to cut at least this much every year (2010)
    Ultimately decided to cancel planned new presidential helicopter fleet and stick with marine One (2010)
    Freezing all discretionary spending for next three years, except on national security (2010)
    Presidential Memoranda to freeze discretionary awards, bonuses, etc. for federal political appointees (2010)
    Beginning to use “Pay-As-You-Go” (Pay-Go) to offset budget expenditures with budget cuts or revenue enhancements (2010)


    Removed Bush era restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research (2009)
    Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research (2009)
    Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children (2009)
    Established an independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare (2009)
    Reversed some of the Bush-era restrictions that prevented Medicare from negotiating with pharmaceutical firms for cheaper drugs, allowing government to again competitively bid (2009) * Note: Obama had promised to lift all restrictions but, while he did negotiate with drug companies for them to lower their costs the deal only lifted some restrictions
    Expanding government vaccination programs (2009)
    Issued new disease prevention guidelines and priorities for the CDC (2009)
    Authorized the FDA to finally begin regulating tobacco (2009)
    Tasked federal labs to prioritize research on and deployment of H1N1 vaccines (2009)
    Asked multiple congressional committees to bring forward a healthcare reform bill; held dozens of public hearings and town halls on the issue (2009) (2010)
    Established a new council on National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health to be chaired by Surgeon General and charged with promoting healthy lifestyles and integrative healthcare (2010)
    When accusations to the contrary arose, an Executive Order was signed to reaffirm that federal funds are not to be used for abortion services (2010)
    Historic healthcare reform bill signed – $940 billion over 10 years (2010) * Note: 32 million additional Americans will receive healthcare coverage and costs will be lowered for most Americans, but many of the goals are phased in over four years
    Components of the bill

    Prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals/family members with pre-existing health conditions; a temporary plan is being developed to cover high-risk individuals with pre-existing conditions until the full reforms go into effect in 2014
    Prevents insurance companies from placing lifetime limits on benefits
    Bans “rescission” so insurance companies can’t cancel coverage if individuals keep their policies current or if they become ill
    An individual’s out-of-pocket healthcare expenses are capped
    Closes the “donut hole” (Part D) for Medicare prescription drug coverage (under Bush, Medicare helped pay for drugs up to $2,600 and above $4,550, but individuals had to pay 100% of the costs in between these amounts); now Medicare helps cover costs irrespective of the amount – seniors will now pay only 25% of drug costs up to $4,550 and only 5% of drug costs above that amount
    In 2010, an emergency provision will offer seniors a $250 rebate on the costs incurred within the “donut hole”
    Individuals living at or below the poverty line were eligible for healthcare under Medicaid, but by 2014 individuals/families living slightly above (making up to $14,404/$29,327) the poverty line will also be eligible for benefits
    Individuals/families making less than $43,320/$88,200 per year will qualify for government subsidies to help purchase health insurance
    All individuals must have health insurance or face a government fine; all large (over 50 employees) employers must offer health insurance to employees or pay a fine
    Small businesses can get a tax credit if they offer health care
    There are hardship exemptions if individuals can’t afford health insurance
    Families can keep their children in college on their plans through age 26
    Promotes health insurance “exchanges” so consumers can buy “wholesale”
    Creates consumer assistance offices to help consumers file complaints or appeal decisions from insurance companies; beginning in 2011, insurance companies can no longer make excessive rate hikes without justification and approval, and those doing so may be barred from participating in new health insurance exchanges
    Funding sources:

    Large employers (over 50 workers) that don’t offer health benefits will be charged a $2,000/worker fee; if the employer offers coverage but employees instead purchase federally subsidized insurance the fee is $3,000/worker receiving federal subsidies or $750/worker (whichever is lower)
    Annual fees on pharmaceutical companies ($27 billion), health insurance companies ($60 billion), and medical device-makers ($20 billion)
    Annual penalties on individuals who do not have health insurance (up to a maximum of $695/person)
    Increase in the Medicare payroll tax from 1.45% to 2.35% for individuals making $200,000+ and families making $250,000+
    3.8% tax on unearned income for millionaires
    Insurance companies will be subject to a tax on each high-end insurance plan (so-called “Cadillac” plans) they offer


    Illegal immigrants are not eligible for insurance or subsidies
    By Executive Order, such federal funding can’t be used for abortion
    The federal government will assist states by covering all of the increased expenses of expanding Medicaid coverage (90% of costs after 2020)
    Energy & Environment

    Removed a ruling that now allows individual states to enact automotive fuel efficiency standards above federal standards (2009)
    Offered attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles (2009)
    Overturned Bush-era rule that weakened the Endangered Species Act (2009)
    Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government (2009)
    Ended the Bush-era policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions (2009)
    Signed a measure requiring energy producing plants to begin producing 15% of their energy from renewable sources (2009)
    Announced that the federal government would reengage in the long-delayed effort to clean up “Superfund” toxic waste sites (2009)
    Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production (2009) * Note: Much of Obama’s energy reform was killed by Senate Republicans
    Proposed a new refuge for wild mustangs (2009)
    Cancelled several Bush-era mountain-top removal and mining permits (2009)
    Reengaged in international treaties and agreements to protect the Antarctic (2009) * Note: Bush had withdrawn from such efforts
    Asked Congress for an energy reform and “cap and trade” bill (2009) * Note: The Congress failed to pass such a bill
    Developing plan to lease US coastal waters for wind and water-current energy production (2009)
    Overturned Bush-era policies that allowed uranium mining near national parks such as the Grand Canyon (2009)
    Expanded the Petrified Forest National Park (2009)
    Signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act that protects millions of acres of scenic, historic, and recreational lands and trails (2009)
    Requiring that government buildings and facilities be retrofitted to save energy costs (2009) * Note: These green retrofits are moving very slowly
    Authorized studies in several western states to determine how to support large-scale solar installations (2009)
    Attended the Copenhagen talks and, after the talks were stalled, negotiated an international (voluntary) agreement on reducing carbon emissions and raising funds to assist developing nations in offsetting carbon emissions (2009)
    Banned importation of pythons in response to a growing population of pythons damaging the Florida Everglades (2009)
    Committing the federal government to increasing research and use of renewable, clean energy sources such as wind, biomass, etc. (2009)
    Executive orders establishing a federal initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all federal operations (2009) (2010)
    Called for exploring the possibility of additional off-shore oil drilling in the Gulf, Atlantic, and off Alaska (but not in ANWR) (2010)
    Agreed to consider increases in nuclear energy production and requested a study on the feasibility of nuclear power plant construction (2010) * Note: Nearly all energy initiatives were defeated by Republican opposition in Congress
    Increased investment in clean energy projects (2010)
    Executive Order to develop a new strategy for and commitment to ocean and lake resources, and for scientific research on water quality (2010)


    Instituted enforcements for equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Bill) (2009)
    Appointed Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina, to the Supreme Court (2009)
    Held the first Seder in White House (2009)
    Appointed a diverse Cabinet and diverse White House staff (2009)
    Spoke at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization (2009)
    Signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation that includes acts of violence against gays under the list of federal hate crimes (2009)
    Reversed the Bush-era practice of politicizing Justice Department investigations and prosecutions against political opponents (2009)
    Pushing for some of the 9/11 perpetrators to be tried in federal court (2009) * Note: The process has moved at a snail’s pace and, in the face of opposition, Obama has remained quiet
    Signed an extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Bill to provide federal research and support for treating the disease (2009)
    Allowed the State Department of offer same-sex benefits for employees (2009)
    Proposed that the Pentagon repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy; placed a “freeze” on current efforts to remove alleged homosexuals from the military (2009)
    After eight years of neglect, the Justice Department and EEOC are again enforcing employment discrimination laws (2009)
    Convened the White House Tribal Nations Conference, inviting representatives from 564 federally-recognized Indian tribes (2009)
    Provided increased school projects for Indian lands and increased funds for the Indian Health Service (2009)
    Signed an Executive Order mandating that his Cabinet develop plans to work with and consult Indian tribes on issues impacting Indian lands (2009)
    Commissioned a study to develop alternatives to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (2010)
    Called for federal agencies to look into recognizing gay partnerships in terms of benefits (2010)
    Signed an Executive Order for the President’s Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)
    Increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)
    Signed Executive Order to promote the federal government as a “model employer” when it comes to hiring the disabled (2010) * Note: This includes new efforts to increase the recruitment, hiring, and training for the disabled
    Programs to assist Spanish speakers with the US Census (2010)
    Elena Kagen appointed to Supreme Court (2010)
    Tasked all federal agencies to develop new strategies to address HIV/AIDS (2010)
    After organizing studies on the topic in 2009, tasked the Pentagon to eliminate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (2010)
    Signed Fair Sentencing Act (2010) * Note: The Administration continues to deescalate marijuana interdiction and raids; increased dramatically the amount of cocaine one must possess to be sentenced to jail; eliminated mandatory sentencing for first-time drug abusers and simple possession


    Authorized construction funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access in K-12 public schools (2009)
    Increased funding for school construction (2009)
    Increased funding available for student loans (2009)
    Expanded the national youth service program (2009)
    Streamlined the federal student loan process to save $87 billion over the next 10 years (2009)
    Changed the rule to allow students struggling to make college loan payments to refinance their loans (2009)
    Beginning discussions with Congress for education reform (2009) * Note: Much of Obama’s education reform has been sidelined by opposition in Congress
    Initiated a “Race to the Top” competitive federal grant program for states who develop innovative policies (2009)
    Instituted a “judgment review” allowing families with student loans to petition to have their current financial status determine the loan rather than the previous year’s finances (2009)
    Launched “Educate to Innovate,” a public/private partnership making $236 million available for science, mathematics, and technology education programs (2009)
    Proposed capping the maximum amount students must pay on student loans (as percentage of their income) (2010)
    Proposed reducing student loan obligations for individuals going to work in community and public service jobs (2010)
    The federal government will offer direct student loans, cutting out the cost of private banks (“middle man”) who increase the costs in order to make a profit (2010)
    Increased investment in technologies for schools/education (2010)

    Disaster Response

    Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness (2009)
    FEMA once again reports directly to the president (2009) * Note: Bush removed FEMA (prior to the Hurricane Katrina disaster) from this status
    Demonstrated an immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters (2009)
    Ordered that funds be released and red tape be streamlined for the ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in the Gulf Coast (2009)
    Timely and massive relief effort in response to the January 2010 earthquake and ensuing humanitarian crisis (2010)

    Components of the responses:

    The FBI’s National Center for Disaster Fraud was tasked to look into possible fraud with organizations soliciting funds for relief
    Announced the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund
    Established an emergency Haiti Task Force in the State Department
    Established a website with information, resources, and a posting of a “person finder” online to help families and friends to locate loved ones
    Joint aid and relief planning with the U.K.
    Sponsored a resolution in the UN Security Council for additional security and police forces in Haiti
    Dispatched the US Navy floating hospital (USNS Comfort) and, within 5 days, 9 naval and relief ships, 5 Coast Guard cutters, 8 Coast Guard aircraft, and 12,000 US military personnel
    Initial dispatch of several ships and cargo planes full of humanitarian aid and supplies, 6 search/rescue teams (500 personnel), and 265 Department of Health & Human Services personnel for emergency medical and aid support
    Established a mobile US air traffic control center at the destroyed airport in Port-au-Prince
    After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a freeze was placed on new deep water projects (2010)
    Executive Order to establish new security measures to minimize accidental release of bio and chemical agents; new strategies for public health and bioterrorism response (2010)
    Established a national commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon spill to examine facts and report a plan of action; new efforts to prevent offshore spills (2010)
    After a slow start in responding to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the White House is promoting a long-term plan to reconstruct the damaged Gulf and negotiated with BP the establishment of a multi-billion dollar trust fund for victims of the spill (2010)
    Extended national flood insurance program for those in need during current economic crisis (2010)

    Other Initiatives

    New federal funding for science and research labs (2009)
    Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program (2009)
    Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program (2009)
    Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud (2009)
    Ordered the DEA to stop raids on medical marijuana usage (2009)
    Ordered a review of existing “mandatory minimum” prison sentencing (2009)
    Signed an order to limit airport tarmac delays and the time passengers had to sit in the plane/on the tarmac during delays (2009)
    Restored the EPA to “Cabinet level” status (2009) * Note: Bush removed the EPA from this status
    Beginning discussions with Congress for comprehensive immigration reform (2010) * Note: Much of Obama’s immigration reform had been stalled by opposition in Congress
    Commissioned expert panels and reports from NASA; announced a new direction for human space flight that involves funding a new heavy lift-launcher and jettisoning the Ares 1 program; boosting NASA’s budget by $1 billion in 2011 (2010)
    Ordered a ban on text-messaging for all commercial truck and bus drivers (2010)
    Signed bill – FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (2010)
    P.S. In Case You Were Wondering…

    The Obamas paid for the renovations of the private living quarters in the White House with their own money rather than using the funds provided to all new first families (2009)
    The Obamas reused many Christmas ornaments from previous White House trees rather than buy new ones (2009)
    The Obamas used LED energy-saving lights on White House Christmas tree (2009)
    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; donated the award money for the prize to several charities (2009)
    Planted a garden for the White House’s vegetables and flowers (2009)
    Installed a swing set/playground for the Obama daughters and children of White House employees (2009)
    Held over 150 public town halls, press conferences, interviews, etc. in first year in office (2009) * Note: Official numbers are not available on such things, but this seems to be a new record high
    Less than 30 days of vacation in first year in office (2009) * Note: Official numbers are not readily available on such things, but this seems to be a new record low
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