No, really, what has Obama done??

What has Obama really done? 

I normally steer clear of politics on my blog but since so many people around me seem to be on this big Obama and Democrats good and Republicans bad kick*, I figured I would take a look at some of these wondrous things Obama has done so far…

  • Added 4.6 billion dollars to the US Veterans Administration to recruit and retain more mental health professionals. 
    • This is sorely needed. There are far too many coming back from deployments with PTSD and not enough being done about it.   
  • Expanded Medicaid to all individuals under the age of 65 with income levels 133% of the federal poverty level.
    • A decent start.  
  • Require Insurance companies to disclose how much of the premium actually goes to patient care.
    • Just because they disclose it doesn’t mean a) it’s true – is anyone going to check up on them? and b) that anything changes as a result.  
  • Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act. 
    • I didn’t like the VAWA too much when it was first enacted. Victims of domestic violence are not all women, many are men! If anything it should be the Domestic Violence Act or the Violence Against Persons Act. We really need to accept the fact that men can and are being abused by their significant others as well.  
  • Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island.
    • I don’t see the harm in this.  
  • Increased funding for parks and recreation 10%.
  • Significantly expanded Pell Grants which help low income students pay for college.
    • This has potential.  
  • Expanded hate crime laws in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act. 
    • Never cared much for the “Hate Crime” law. To me, if you kill someone – especially violently – that’s most likely a hate crime. But then, I’m one of those crazy people who don’t think that killing a cop should guarantee life or the death penalty, either. I belive all people are people – each worth just as much as the next – and I find it appalling to say that one person’s life is worth more just because they are a cop/gay/female/minority. 
  • Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interest of everyday Americans.
    • The government looking out for the interest of everyday Americans? Honey, if you believe this, I’ve got a bridge to sell ya.  
  • Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%.
    • Not a bad thing.  
  • Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of Federal Employees.
    • Not bad. What about non-married opposite gendered partners, though? Or do we just not give a shit about them?  
  • Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history.
    • So, were the officials he appointed actually right for the job, or were they hired simply so that he could brag that he’s hired more openly gay officials than any US president ever?  
  • Provided stimulus funding to boost private sector spaceflight programs
    • Well, surely the private sector can’t do worse than NASA.   
  • Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system
    • Yes, ’cause they’re the only part of the government that plays fast and loose with funding. 
  • Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB.
    • Awesome. 
  • The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: a $789 billion economic stimulus plan 
    • Yes, because this worked oh-so-well. Unemployment is down and… what? Unemployment is UP? Oh, drat. I guess it’s just another bullshit piece of legislation by another full-of-himself pol. 
    • Wait a sec. Wasn’t this the same thing with all the “too big to fail” companies?? Again, I call bullshit!!  
  • Issued executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay 
    • I love how ppl still tout this as a big damn deal. C’mon, ppl. Are you really naive enough to think that there aren’t other prisons just like Gitmo out there?? Again, this one just looks pretty. 
  • Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than 1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans.
    • Have you been to the VA Hospital lately? I’ll believe this when I see it.  
  • Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Re-authorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million children  – 4 million of whom were previously uninsured.
    • Again, much potential. I’m just concerned with all this mandatory insurance stuff.  
  • Repealed Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    • Eh, I’m a bit iffy on this one.  
  • Ended Bush administration’s CIA program of ‘enhanced interrogation methods’ by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorist interrogation.
    • Okay, whoopie! We don’t use torture anymore. But yanno what happens to those prisoners that we don’t torture now? We send them to other countries for them to torture. It’s all just semantics, really. 
  • Established Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers.
    • I’ll have to see if I can find where I read it but this, too, is bullshit. The bill doesn’t really do much for consumers at all. It just looks real pretty.   
  • Health Care Reform Bill, preventing insurance companies from denying insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition. 
    • Wow. Where do I begin here? Let’s see, the health care bill requires everyone to have insurance which, I’m pretty sure according to our country’s own Constitution I should have a right to refuse.
    • For the record, the whole thing about preventing insurance from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions sounds good but there’s nothing about the amount. Sure, they’ll have to accept you, but what’s to say that they won’t put the rates sky-high?   
  •  Health Care Reform Bill, allowing children to remain covered by their parents’ insurance until the age of 26
    • Again, I have a problem with a free country requiring its citizens to carry insurance. There really are many people who would actually pay more per month in insurance than they would ever use. It should be an option available for any/all who want it. 
    • I have no problem with allowing parents to continue coverage for their children up to age 26. That enables the adult children to get through college and get on their own feet before the coverage would end.  
  • Tax credits for up to 29 million individuals to help pay for health insurance
    • And, let’s see… how many people are there estimated to be without health insurance right now?? I’m willing to bet that 29 million is a fraction of the number who could use the tax credits. And, really, how long do those credits last? Indefinitely? I doubt it. Most likely one year.  
  • Tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee health care coverage.
    • Obama is going to oh-so-generously give 3.5 million small businesses tax breaks when they are forced to provide insurance for their employees even though they may not be able to afford to in the first place. Whaddya bet we won’t be on that list to get a tax break?? This is bullshit, pure and simple.   

I think that pretty well covers it.

*For the record, I am pretty conservative overall. No, I do not identify with the Republican party. I find them ridiculous for allowing the religious right to lead them around by the nose as they do. I identify much more strongly with the Libertarian party, who is much more like what Republicans used to be. Unlike today’s Republicans, I like my government small. The GOP may decry big government but what do you think they want when they want to tell us that we are a Christian nation, even though a large percentage of the population is not, and expect us to behave as such and allow them to dictate our morals to us?