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July 8, 2016

More distrust, more hatred and more killing... sigh...

Ever eager to stay focused on sentencing issues and  to blog only on topics related to my research expertise, I generally do not post about police-citizen encounters or mass shootings.  And I do not have anything especially insightful to say about the awful sequence of events this past week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas.  But maybe some readers have some thoughts to help everyone gain some extra perspective during a time when I just feel profound sadness about these recent events.

July 8, 2016 at 10:57 AM | Permalink


A tragic nature of this -- though it would be horrible no matter where it happened -- was that reports are (e.g., see Randy Balko's comment as things went on) the Dallas police are notably better in ways of openness and community relations and dealing with things generally than many places. And, better in recent years. It appears to be a model.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 8, 2016 11:09:51 AM

So, which is more important:

1. Making sure cops are 100% compliant with what the community thinks it wants, or...

2. Making sure cops are 100% compliant with what the US and state constitutions dictate?

If the first, it will result in the ultimate death camps. If the second, peace and freedome reign.


Posted by: Eric Knight | Jul 8, 2016 11:29:37 AM


I woke up this morning and looked at the news and just felt a profound sense of shell shock. Everyone is going to be pointing fingers, blaming others. All lives matter, black lives matter, blue lives matter, everyone with a political axe to grind. We should have more guns, less guns, more laws, less laws.

I don't pretend to have any answers, but only a prayer and a hope, as feeble as they may be, that we can just stop killing each other. That whoever the next person is to think that their answer lays in the bullets and the carnage and the tragedy, be they white or black, cop or civilian, can recognize the humanity that they share, that we all share, with the person on the other end of the barrel.

There's too many dead, and my heart just hurts.


Posted by: Guy | Jul 8, 2016 11:41:28 AM

Perhaps Obama should apologize for his incendiary comments about the Ferguson shooting, which his own DOJ concluded was justified. For years, Obama and 'rats have pinned nutcase shootings on rhetoric on the right--well, by that standard, he owns the Dallas cop massacre.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 8, 2016 11:42:47 AM

US Attorney Loretta Lynch addressed the shootings in Washington:

"After the events of this week, Americans across the county are feeling a sense of helplessness, of uncertainty and of fear. These feelings are understandable and they are justified. But the answer must not be violence. The answer is never violence...

Rather, the answer must be action: calm, peaceful, collaborative and determined action. We must continue working to build trust between communities and law enforcement. We must continue working to guarantee every person in this country equal justice under the law. We must take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them. We must reflect on the kind of country we want to build and the kind of society we want to pass on to our children."

Posted by: peter | Jul 8, 2016 12:33:35 PM

Lynch's comments are obnoxious. The country is good, and certainly doesn't need people like her talking about changing it. She believes in race-norming school discipline--about an unconstitutional practice as one can get. And equal justice under the law---tell that to those prosecuted for far less transgressions than Corzine, Clinton or Spitzer.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 8, 2016 12:36:48 PM

1. The sentencing story in the case of mass killings is that they demonstrate the limits of deterrence.

The clearance rate in mass killings is roughly 98% and is 100% for mass killings that are anything other than gang wars or robberies where a perpetrator happens to kill multiple victim. The perpetrators always either die in the act, or are promptly captured and then incarcerated for life either in prison or a mental institution. Some of those incarcerated subsequently kill themselves, are killed by fellow inmates, or are executed many years later.

Perpetrators with a cause (such as the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter, the Boston Marathon bombing co-conspirator, and a larger share of other terrorism prosecution suspects in the criminal courts), often proudly confess to their crimes if they are permitted to do so (with their lawyers fighting sanity as a primary issue). It is not uncommon for mass killing perpetrators to ask for maximum sentences or death sentences that allow them to be martyrs or to absolve their regret.

The bottom line is that prevention and criminal sanctions directed at people who could have intervened or prevented a crime in some way, as opposed to sanctions on the offenders which are swift, certain and absolute, are the only ways available to society to make a dent in these crimes.

2. Unlike the Boston Marathon case, Dallas is a forum where state court is almost surely a more favorable forum than federal court in terms of being skeptical of an insanity defense and in terms of imposing the death penalty. A Dallas jury finding African American offenders guilty of murdering multiple white cops will send the defendants to the gallows without a second thought (of course, one Dallas shooting victim is dead, and it isn't entirely clear what role any other suspects played - there is a lack of information and confusion on these points at this time), even on non-shooter involvement in a felony-murder count for example even by a woman who may have been involved.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Jul 8, 2016 1:01:48 PM


Posted by: federalist | Jul 8, 2016 3:29:58 PM

Haha. That's rich. Obama should apologize? Really? The apologies should cascade from all the sanctimonious prosecutors and authoritarian badge lickers who wear black robes who have established a legal superstructure (via decisions not to prosecute and case law) which fails to hold murderers with badges accountable. A substantial portion of the American citizenry does not believe the justice system is legitimate--and that is a very real problem. Where those who are aggrieved have no effective outlet to address those grievances, other outlets will appear. As night follows day, such incidents are foreseeable. We are apparently in the reaping phase now.

Posted by: MarK M. | Jul 8, 2016 4:39:30 PM

First of all, Mark, whether judges and prosecutors ought to apologize (and believe me, I have criticized police and prosecutor overreach in here) is irrelevant to whether that Obama ought to. And speaking of rich, isn't it rich that Obama has his own Praetorian Guard who will take your camera if you're in a restaurant with Michelle O. (Hmmm, wonder how that is consonant with the Fourth Amendment or the First). Those are his guys, but he'll whine about police tactics. Or what about the Gibson Guitar raid where jackbooted thugs stuck guns in the faces of wholly innocent employees. Or the FBI (once again Obama's police force) will take away your camera if youre near Clinton and Lynch.

But none of that's the point. Obama made the Brown shooting into a racial incident, when it was really an issue of self-defense. Did he ever apologize? Nope. And now, given the Sarah Palin standard, Obama should own the Dallas incident. He has stoked the BLM nonsense ("Hands up; don't shoot--a bald-faced lie.) He cares NOTHING for the thousands of innocent people stuck in traffic because these idiots decided to block an Interstate (should be 6 months in jail minimum) or jump on cars.

And Obama ignores the elephant in the room--the higher rate of criminality in the African-American community. When we start acknowledging that, then we can talk.

And speaking of thug prosecutors--check out the prosecution of the guys who showed up at the BLM protest in Minneapolis to film the protest.

And no, the shootings in LA and MN don't appear to be justified at all. I just don't see why that gives people the right to loot stores.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 8, 2016 5:43:57 PM

Federalist, always quick with the blame Obama bit. Were you a black man, getting stopped every ten minutes by white cops, getting frisked every ten minutes by white cops, getting humiliated in front of your wife and children every ten minutes, getting shot at by white cops, you'd be singing a different tune, a different tune indeed.

Posted by: black man | Jul 8, 2016 6:06:08 PM

black man, why doesn't Obama deserve blame? His comments re: Ferguson were incendiary and wrong. Or do you defend them? Do you defend the ability to jump on cars? Do you defend the "afflict the powerful" movement? Do you defend the prosecution of the counterprotesters at the BLM Minneapolis protest?

Check out Laurelton, Queens. That's where I grew up. Chances are, where you grew up ain't anywhere close to being as hard.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 8, 2016 6:30:51 PM

Time to de-militarize the police and do more community based policing. The authorities need to start reconnecting with the civilians they police and revisit the adversarial training that's constantly be pushed out in the police academies while also revamping their recruit screening approaches.

Posted by: Randy | Jul 8, 2016 7:21:55 PM

"Time to de-militarize the police"

Yeah, I'm sure that's what the cops in Dallas are thinking right now.

Posted by: Steve | Jul 8, 2016 7:29:12 PM

Obama said:

"“There has been a vicious, despicable, and calculated attack on law enforcement,” he said. “Police were doing their jobs, keeping people safe during a protest.”

The president said the shooting highlights the need for a new debate on gun control laws.

“When people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic,” he said. “So, we’re gonna have to consider these realities as well.”

I for one agree with every word the Peesident said.

Posted by: Emily | Jul 8, 2016 8:30:37 PM

Federalist writes, "why doesn't Obama deserve blame?" Give me a break. Is he responsible for Tsunamis too?

I agree with Emily above.

Posted by: Dave from Texas | Jul 8, 2016 8:32:36 PM

Guys, perhaps you could try some reading comprehension. I am not blaming Obama in a vacuum--i am pointing out that under the Sarah Palin standard, he gets blame here. Dare to dispute that? Obama helped stoke the grievance mongering over Ferguson, when, in actuality there was no grievance since the shooting was justified. Officer Wilson did his job, and there is one less criminal on the streets. (No, I am not going to cry for Michael Brown. I am not glad he's dead, but I don't feel sorry for him either.) (And yes, I am aware of the other issues in Ferguson.)

Obama has helped fan the flames of anti-cop sentiment, and he's lectured the rest of us when his racial bona fides ("typical white person") quite frankly suck. He is divisive. So yes, he shares some blame, even without the Palin standard.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 8, 2016 10:01:30 PM

Federalist writes, "Obama helped stoke the grievance mongering over Ferguson." I disagree.

He also writes,"Obama has helped fan the flames of anti-cop sentiment, and he's lectured the rest of us when his racial bona fides ("typical white person") quite frankly suck." I disagree.

Posted by: Dave from Texas | Jul 9, 2016 12:03:10 AM

"Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), a former House Speaker whom presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is reportedly vetting for vice president, said Friday that black people in the U.S. “are substantially more likely to be in a situation where the police don’t respect you, and where you could easily get killed.”

“Sometimes, for white people, it’s difficult to appreciate how real that is,” Gingrich said during a Facebook Live conversation with former Obama administration official Van Jones. “It’s an everyday danger.”

“If you’re an African-American, then you’re raising your teenage boys to be very careful in obeying the police,” Gingrich said to Jones, who is black and the father of teenagers. “Literally, their lives are at risk [if they interact with police], and they can see that on television.”

Posted by: anon5 | Jul 9, 2016 12:05:47 AM

"Check out Laurelton, Queens. That's where I grew up. Chances are, where you grew up ain't anywhere close to being as hard."

Just out of curiosity, exactly how did you make it from Queens to Millsaps College? Nothing wrong with either one, mind you, they are both fine places.

Posted by: The Death Penalty Sucks. | Jul 9, 2016 12:07:03 AM

United Methodist Church (Millsaps College)
The Death Penalty
We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings. The United Methodist Church is deeply concerned about crime throughout the world and the value of any life taken by a murder or homicide. We believe all human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty (capital punishment), then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends. We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that the possibility of reconciliation with Christ comes through repentance. This gift of reconciliation is offered to all individuals without exception and gives all life new dignity and sacredness. For this reason, we oppose the death penalty (capital punishment) and urge its elimination from all criminal codes.

Posted by: peter | Jul 9, 2016 4:49:06 AM

Avoid the Turleyblog. It has scripts which will take over your computer.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jul 9, 2016 7:13:33 AM

I agree with federalist that Obama has been bad for race relations in this country. This is not surprising as it was predicted a decade ago:


(I link to the Free Republic because it doesn't appear the original article is on-line anymore)

Obama does not, has not and arguably never could understand racial relations in this country. Not only is he philosophically a law and order guy his background is as an internationalist. There isn't anything inherently wrong with either of those two traits but it isn't surprising that Obama doesn't have a good feel for the pulse of the black community in America.


So can we really stop pretending that Obama knows what he is doing when it comes to race relations in the country? It isn't true.

Posted by: Daniel | Jul 9, 2016 12:13:12 PM

Daniel, writes "So can we really stop pretending that Obama knows what he is doing when it comes to race relations in the country?"

I'm sure Daniel could do so very much better. Or perhaps Sarah Palin or Donald Trump, or Sean Hannity, or Rush Limbaugh. No, wait, Federalist would no how to handle the situation.

Posted by: anon5 | Jul 9, 2016 3:52:08 PM

Asking for a friend who thinks the answer may provide comic relief: what exactly is entailed by the term of art "the Sarah Palin standard?" Thanks, I'll hang up and listen.

Posted by: MarK M. | Jul 9, 2016 7:48:39 PM

Can I have another option to compare Obama with, anon5? Don't get me wrong. Not with the other people. But, if I DID want to critique Obama, I'd want more options to compare him with.

"More distrust, more hatred and more killing... sigh"


Posted by: Joe | Jul 10, 2016 12:44:28 AM

anon5, I don't know that in our system, POTUS "handles" the situation, I would start, however, by having a little more intellectual honesty than your President.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 10, 2016 4:36:38 PM

Federalist, your response to anon5 is telling. You write, "I would start, however, by having a little more intellectual honesty than your President. " By referring to Obama as "your president" and not "our" president, you exclude yourself from the citizenry that twice elected him as "our" president.

Posted by: black man | Jul 11, 2016 1:36:42 PM

I think Obama has done that himself. He is not my president. He ceased being my president when he handed over billions in unappropriated moneys to insurance companies to prop up Obamacare. See Art. I, Section 9.

But you're an idiot anyway---you can't defend your president. You can't defend his double standards on race. So you quibble. You're soft.

As for MarkM, you must be living in a box. remember when Congresswoman Giffords was shot--libs fell all over themselves to blame Palin. Well, let's apply that to Obama. He owns the Dallas shootings by that standard.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 11, 2016 3:36:00 PM

So sorry; only mildly amusing--not comedic. I guess I'm not plugged in to whomever "libs" are, and the description doesn't really lead to an identifiable person who was "all over" Palin; nor are any specific statements referenced. Close enough for government work, I'll reckon.

Posted by: Mark m. | Jul 11, 2016 4:54:33 PM

Federalist, tell the truth: Obama ceased being your President the day he was elected. No matter what he does, you think it's wrong. Consider the following list of accomplishments, and tell me if there is anything you approve of.

Staved Off a Bush Depression, Improved the Economy
Pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus package.” He also launched recovery.gov, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSshttp://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk
By the end of his first year, the economy created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy by 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE
He created the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced banks and other entities to pay back virtually all of the bailout money. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVShttp://bit.ly/eCNrD6
He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl
In 2010, more jobs were created than had been created during Bush’s eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY
He pushed through and implemented an auto industry rescue plan that saved as many as 1 million jobs and possibly the entire auto industry. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr http://bit.ly/gj7mt5
Through his investment in GM, returned to the company to its place as the premiere car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx
In February 2016, GM was in such good financial shape, they gave a share of the profit to each worker, with checks up to $11,000. http://detne.ws/1mk7Jry
Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf
Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw
Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which helped millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures and provided $2.2 billion to combat homelessness and stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/eEpLFn
Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects. http://1.usa.gov/GHxaYt
Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/gORYfL
Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost. http://1.usa.gov/ez30D
With Congressional Democrats, provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR
China’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, is building a large plant in Pennsylvania http://cnnmon.ie/1k7LT4S
Worked with Apple Computer to get them to build more product here, and thecompany is building two large plants to manufacture products here; one in Texas http://zd.net/1nkpt2O and one in Arizona http://bit.ly/1mXY5Vg
Created an institute to invest in more manufacturing jobs in the technology fields of the future. http://nyti.ms/1egyXrV
Ordered all federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, leading the way to a national increase. http://wapo.st/1iaU5kd
Ordered the completion of the International Trade Data System, a digital trade record book, by 2016. This move will streamline and simplify the process through which small- and medium-sized businesses set up the export of US goods. http://bit.ly/1nwSRF4
Specific Examples of Economic Improvement
As of January 2016, a record 64 consecutive months of overall job growth. http://on.msnbc.com/1TKFCPQ
As of January 2016, Unemployment drops below 5% for the first time in eight years and without a significant bubble. 4.9% http://on.msnbc.com/1TKFCPQ
As of April 2016, there have been 74 consecutive months of private sector job growth. http://1.usa.gov/1Xhizho
In April 2016, new unemployment claims hit their lowest level since Nov. 1973. http://nyti.ms/1YhZEBk
Since February 2010, when job numbers hit their lowest point, 14.6 million non-farm private sector jobs have been created. http://1.usa.gov/1Xhizho
Oversaw a reduction in the federal budget deficit by two-thirds since taking office. http://bit.ly/1xKMmjY
Reduced the federal budget deficit from 9.8% of GDP in Fiscal Year 2009 under Bush, to 2.9% of GDP in FY 2014. http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45653
Scolds Congress and gets passed a $305 billion highways bill, which will have the added benefit of created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and creating incentives for green cars. http://bit.ly/1NsL2Zq
Addressed Wrongdoing in the Financial Sector
Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown. http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7
Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq
Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/hWCPg0http://bit.ly/geHpcD
Created and implemented rules to reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market. http://bit.ly/MDnA1t
Created and implemented rules so banks can no longer use depositors’ money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against depositors’ interests. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfB http://bit.ly/eG4DPM
Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks permitting the US government to gain access to bank records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/htfDgw
Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, closing many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore. http://1.usa.gov/bd1RTq
Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inflation in the healthcare sector dropped to its lowest point in 50 years. http://on.wsj.com/1E6cYjF
Improved Conditions for Consumers and Small Businesses
Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS
Guided the housing market all the way back from total collapse, which led to a rally for housing starts. http://reut.rs/1NTAOVU http://reut.rs/1NTAOVU
Brought airline industry back to their highest profitability since before the recession. http://lat.ms/1O8H1iE
Blocked a monopolistic merger of Staples and Office Depot, to preserve at least some competition. http://bit.ly/1kcY2Kv
Stock market has reached record highs, restoring most of the economic losses felt during the Bush Recession. http://bit.ly/1z4FAtL
Created and Implemented the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG http://bit.ly/fnTayj
Consumer confidence continues to inch up to its highest level more than a decade. http://bit.ly/1PZLRcK
Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses. http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b
Created business.gov, to allow online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.) http://www.business.gov
Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7
Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV
Crafted and signed an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE
Oversaw the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://thedc.com/gxkCtP
Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals using money from TARP and Stimulus programs. http://bit.ly/SLTcSa
Set up rules for banks in handling legal marijuana money. http://nyti.ms/1b80o2K
Added greater protections to consumer financial transactions to reduce identity theft. http://1.usa.gov/1pjfUFq
Took steps to prevent pirate fishing and protect fish populations, and ordered stricter labeling requirements on labeling of seafood products in stores. http://1.usa.gov/1BYhTUn
Signed the RAISE Act, which should encourage more people to open small businesses and help improve the economy. http://bit.ly/1QhTqkF
Signed a bill that allows low-volume vehicle manufacturers that will increase entrepreneurship among small car manufacturers, who often build replicas of classics but who often build green vehicles. http://bit.ly/1QhTqkF
Signs an Executive Order to strengthen cooperation with regard to global entrepreneurship. http://1.usa.gov/294u5eI
Signs a law to allow “ordinary investors” to help a company start up through crowdfunding. http://n.pr/299eZEn
Signs a bill to strengthen American economic competitiveness. http://bit.ly/2932zfA
Strengthened the Middle Class and Fought Poverty
Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F
Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8
Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP
Extended discounted health coverage under the COBRA health insurance law for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s also extended unemployment benefits more than a few times. http://aol.it/evtVxDhttp://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz
Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM
Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8
Included the Buffet Rule in his 2014 budget proposal, in order to fulfill a campaign promise to make sure tax rates are fair between the rich and the middle class. http://1.usa.gov/19PkdQo
Used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000. http://onforb.es/17zYg3u
Increased protections for the unemployed who are seeking a government job. http://1.usa.gov/1jgXATu
Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) http://1.usa.gov/1iGDO8e
Signed and implemented the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, to improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier. http://1.usa.gov/GAXkSk
To make college more affordable and accountable, will begin rating colleges with regard to affordability and value. http://bit.ly/14Dn7UL
Initiated a reform of federal job training programs, to make them more relevant to the current economy and the job market. http://1.usa.gov/1kZLQHG
Under Obama, the bottom 95% of taxpayers pay lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, or either Bush. http://bit.ly/1w1W8Ns
Signed a presidential memorandum authorizing six weeks paid leave for all federal employees with a new baby and encouraged Congress to do the same for all workers. http://bit.ly/18613XA
2014 marked the first time since 1984 that unemployment dropped in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 1.usa.gov/1E25u0C
Took steps to improve workplace safety by creating an Advisory Board to study workers’ exposure to toxic substances. http://1.usa.gov/1M4s8IG
Changed overtime rules to make it far more difficult for employers to avoid paying overtime to workers. http://politi.co/1KHfiBe
Changed rules for federal contractors, guaranteeing that all workers earn paid leave; this should affect about 300,000 workers. http://1.usa.gov/1LcHZWl
Negotiated a law to finally replace “No Child Left Behind” and remove much of the onerous government “oversight” that caused children to stagnate, not improve, academically. http://bit.ly/1Up9pMl
Addressed Civil Rights and Equality
Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system. http://wapo.st/16K0D
Created a Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department that has become a very strong voice for Black people. http://bit.ly/1ObO7TI
At a press conference August 9, 2013, gave up a small measure of executive power, promising to create adversarial process in FISA regarding NSA surveillance. http://1.usa.gov/1dQmnyQ
Proposed rules to enhance Fair Housing Laws, to give HUD and other enforcement agencies more enforcement power. http://bit.ly/1qkz4uQ
Ordered a review of capital punishment policies after several botched executions. http://nyti.ms/RDJp58
Approved $1.2 billion discrimination settlement with black farmers who had proved USDA bias. http://huff.to/1Nol9Ab
Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0
Concentrated immigration enforcement on those who commit crimes, and vowed to stop breaking up families. http://1.usa.gov/1uTZ8gV
Streamlined the visa process, to make it more responsive and humane for those who want to be here legally. http://1.usa.gov/1tgDRti
Took steps to tighten the reins when it comes to providing local law enforcement agencies with military-style equipment and exercising more control over the equipment they receive. http://1.usa.gov/1ATWV3K
Changed fair housing rules to make more affordable housing available to more people. http://cnn.it/1JcR3qB
Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8
Created a Policing Task Force to deal with the problems that led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. http://nbcnews.to/1T17PON
His Justice Department investigated the Ferguson Police Department twice and slammed them for their racism and exploitive practices. http://nbcnews.to/1q9jTpf
Established the White House Council of Native American Affairs, to improve government-to-government relations with Native American nations. http://1.usa.gov/1cIEeEv
Limited local police acquisitions of military-style equipment, to reduce the likelihood of overkill. http://n.pr/1NGkBjT
Signed Blue Alert Law, which provides police officers with more information when they are threatened. http://bit.ly/1NGksga
Blocked the sale of Apache tribal land to foreign mining company, over Republican objections. http://bit.ly/1RYpmfihttp://bit.ly/1RYpmfi
Settled with the City of Cleveland over civil rights and excessive force violations. http://nbcnews.to/24GRQNw
Reviewed the practices of the Philadelphia Police Department and made 91 recommendations to prevent civil rights and excessive force violations. http://on.msnbc.com/1q9ktmX
Signed a law to modernize the way the federal government refers to minorities, removing certain archaic terms from the vocabulary. http://bit.ly/291BeIL
Signed a law to better protect children in tribal foster care. http://strib.mn/293Gyky
Improved Workers’ Rights
He issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including all websites and intranets. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ
Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified and strengthened rules prohibiting discrimination against pregnant workers. http://alj.am/1mo0kjV
Required companies who bid on federal contracts larger than $500,000 to publicly disclose all previous violations of labor law, including unpaid claims for back wages. http://1.usa.gov/V54qY3
Made it illegal for federal contractors with more than $1 million in contracts to force employees into arbitration in workplace discrimination accusations. http://1.usa.gov/V54qY3
Vetoed Republican bill that would have blocked new NLRB rules that were designed to speed up the time it takes workers to unionize. http://reut.rs/1agujMO He also added a Memorandum of Disagreement to make his reasons for the veto clear and made a major statement in support of unions. http://1.usa.gov/1NG7RuA
Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor. http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj
Signed law that bans imports of goods produced through forced labor. http://nbcnews.to/1RuJu2y
Protected the Rights of LGBT People
Signed and implemented the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http://bit.ly/gsMSJ7
Oversaw and implemented the repeal of the reprehensible “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. http://bit.ly/fdahuHhttp://bit.ly/mZV4Pz
Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj
Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D
Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History. http://bit.ly/58zUp7
Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide. http://lat.ms/pQe1RS
As soon as the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, he moved to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples. http://wapo.st/1avDjue
Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples. http://reut.rs/llNJek
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Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for same-sex marriage. http://bit.ly/JsiFKp
Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT
Appointed several prominent gay athletes and others, and plans to show US government’s commitment to gay rights to anti-gay Russia. http://on.cpsj.com/1fckN9h
Department of Agriculture propagated new rules to better enforce non-discrimination when it comes to USDA investigations and to extend non-discrimination to gender identity. http://bit.ly/1yChJhi
Banned all federal contractors from discriminating against gay workers. http://1.usa.gov/1ok1gfH
Persevered with his campaign to turn “gay marriage” into “marriage” and won in the Supreme Court. http://cbsloc.al/1M4qLKb
Improved Conditions for Women
Establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/e1puTk http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM
Implemented the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg
Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF
Improved the Paycheck Fairness Act, making it possible for employees to talk about their salaries without retaliation, and ordering salary data collection, so as to make it harder for employers to pay women less. http://huff.to/1nwVOWf
Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls. http://1.usa.gov/MHTRVU
Shattered another glass ceiling by naming Janet Yellen chair of the Federal Reserve beginning Feb. 1, 2014. http://usat.ly/1gqMBfk
Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x
Ordered companies with 100 employees or more to disclose pay data based on race and gender, to address the pay gap. http://theatln.tc/1Q04XPL
Signs law restoring Arlington Cemetery burial rights for women pilots in World War II. http://bit.ly/293rmjb
Addressed Criminal Justice Failings and the Gun Culture
Made significant reductions in drug sentencing guidelines for current prisoners. http://n.pr/1mWBLkM
Oversaw the first drop in the federal prison population in 32 years. http://bit.ly/1B5h8rW
Increased his use of clemency to release thousands of non-violent drug offenders from prison. http://nyti.ms/1KE8DJG
Ordered a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons. http://bit.ly/20ObRzA
Took executive action to promote smart gun technology, to make them safer. http://1.usa.gov/1RhK1tU
After a failure by Congress to act, proposed executive orders to create more background checks and to fully staff the background check system. http://cnn.it/1JXmUg6
Relaxed HIPAA rules enough to allow for more information to be available to the background check system. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ
Ordered the tracing of guns as part of criminal investigations to provide data to researchers. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ
Order the Justice Department to look at the categories of mental health problems prohibited from owning guns to make sure people aren’t falling through the cracks, getting guns. http://onforb.es/1nUAGw3
Expanded the definitions of gun dealers and expanded the information available and required in background checks for firearm purchases. http://bit.ly/1K5aXee
Set up a task force to figure out what other measures can be taken to limit gun violence in the wake of Congressional inaction. http://1.usa.gov/1QjYMGJ
Signed bill to improve protections for correctional officers and their families. http://bit.ly/1SMCi4W
Changed the playing field on criminal justice reform by commuting sentences of low-level criminals and signaling a more practical footing. http://1.usa.gov/1YclW7f
Signaled major shift away from the failed “Drug War” by promising to commit more than $1 billion to combat addiction. http://2wsb.tv/1SMBQUv
Improved Treatment of Soldiers and Veterans
Provided active combat troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h
Created a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order http://abcn.ws/1ghLrEshttp://abcn.ws/1ghLrEs to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW
Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q
Signed and implemented Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, making more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1
With Congressional Democrats, oversaw largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, for improved medical and extended care facilities for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x
Implemented the Green Vet Initiative, which provides special funding to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY
Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/b48coi
Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX
Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty can avoid state taxes in their temporary residence. http://bit.ly/1Gh0NX
Ordered improvements to access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families. http://1.usa.gov/TP7PVZ
Got Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons without military firing a single shot or dropping a single bomb. http://nyti.ms/1lVEkU7
Along with Congressional Democrats, not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it. Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers. http://nyti.ms/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA
Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo
Signed into law a bill that provides support, counseling, and breastfeeding supplies to military moms who are covered under TRICARE, the health insurance provided to veterans. http://bit.ly/1yNxL8O
Signed into law a bill that makes it easier for military dogs to retire at home with their handlers. http://bit.ly/1J78Y2U
Improved America’s Reputation Around the World
Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda
As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g
Made a speech at a US mosque to demonstrate his commitment to religious rights and send a message to Muslims around the world. http://cnn.it/1PGU1uI
Restored America’s reputation around the world as a global leader. http://bit.ly/h743y7http://bit.ly/ho4TCr
Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj
Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l
Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe
Pushed forward the first realistic Middle East peace strategy in more than a decade, without abandoning the two-state solution. http://wapo.st/1avyste
Pushed for military to emphasize greater development of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV
Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, while calling on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh
Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK
Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, although blocked by Congress. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF
Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy and prohibited the use of “enhanced interrogation.” http://bit.ly/g6MTuC
Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax
Released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0
On his second day in office, banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies and put the US in full compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zvehttp://nyti.ms/hzWWys
In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9
Ended the F-22 program, saving $4 billion. Though the 187 aircraft cost $358 million each to build, it had never flown a combat mission. http://slate.me/PYzmzT
Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war and encourage the Iranian government to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb
Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS
Worked to keep our withdrawal from Afghanistan on track, despite GOP opposition. http://reut.rs/1cIOsF1 Reiterated that commitment in 2014. http://nyti.ms/1exnmRF
Conducted a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz
Through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split of Sudan into two countries, creating an independent South Sudan. http://reut.rs/qzE0Tj
Helped make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY
Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP
Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U
Established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde
The new policies in Cuba led to thawed relations and the first US Embassy in Cuba in more than 55 years. http://abcn.ws/1ghLrEs
Became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in more than 80 years. http://bit.ly/1qlKwbi
Negotiated a deal with Iran that will prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon anytime soon, without firing a shot or invading the country. http://cnn.it/1M3Hpvv
As a result of the Iran agreement, Iran shipped pretty much all of it nuclear material to Russia. http://nyti.ms/1PrzLty
Became the first US President to visit Jamaica in more than 30 years, worked to restore relations with the country and signed a natural gas distribution agreement with the country. http://bit.ly/1JtpFqi
Signs law extending some privacy protections to US allies, a reversal of the Bush practice of spying on people like Angela Merkel and the like. http://bit.ly/1VZza6w
Instituted Power Africa, an initiative to bring electrical generation to greater parts of the African continent. http://bbc.in/1QtYVud
Changed US Approach to “Defense” and National Security
Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE
Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2
Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i
Signed and got ratification of a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw
Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will stay in force until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4
Committed the US to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ
Developed a comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda, the withdrawal of most troops and the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs
Re-focused on Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing troops from the country. http://bit.ly/lNXUna
Negotiated a deal with Afghan government, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country. http://bit.ly/K362an
Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6
Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn
Worked with NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that Libyans could topple the despotic Khadaffy government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj
Got Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, to determine their own fate. http://f24.my/efvgNZ
In 2011, reoriented American focus from the Middle East to the Asian-Pacific region by simultaneously engaging China and crafting new alliances with Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior. http://bit.ly/RGlMDi
Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z
Increased border security http://bit.ly/1JQDGz9
Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw
Established the Homeland Security Partnership Council, to enhance the nation’s ability to “address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.” http://1.usa.gov/VJjLXO
Signed agreement with Afghanistan to end war, turn security over to Afghans. http://nyti.ms/1xSjgBd
Breaking with recent presidential tradition, instead of just attacking Syria in the wake of chemical weapons attacks on Syrians, Obama ordered a full report on the decision-making process. http://cbsn.ws/184RFgu
Instead of holding hearings and creating a political football, he quietly captured a suspect who actually committed the Benghazi terrorist attack. http://wapo.st/1jFlmzv He is also getting a lot of useful information from the suspect. http://nyti.ms/UfE2Ka
Instituted rules to order sanctions against individuals and groups that threaten national cybersecurity. http://1.usa.gov/1HWcGMG
Instituted tougher new sanctions against North Korea after threats of nuclear attack and several tests. http://cbsn.ws/1L8L5hW
Took concrete steps to improve our counter-terrorism efforts. http://bit.ly/1RATjAh
Making great strides in defeating the Islamic State without committing hundreds of thousands of troops or carpet bombing civilians, against Republican objections. http://bit.ly/1TxBK5e
Improved Education and Educational Opportunities
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr
Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them. http://bit.ly/NHtZ7L
Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide. http://bit.ly/fNDcj3
Oversaw major expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/fYwNrV
Signed an executive order that expanded recognition and funding for historically black colleges and universities. http://on.thegrio.com/1rD50gc
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr
Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0, to improve veterans’ access to education. http://bit.ly/hPhG7J
Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low and middle income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz
Signed and implemented the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. http://1.usa.gov/dQvtUe
Took major new steps to protect students from ineffective for-profit colleges through “gainful employment” measures, whereby schools have to demonstrate that its students actually find work to get federal aid. http://1.usa.gov/jkzQe2
Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process, thus us creating greater accountability. http://bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq
Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt
Created a rating system for colleges, so that those applying for student financial aid know better what they’re paying for. http://bit.ly/14Dn7UL
Led a bipartisan effort to reform the federal approach to education and essentially repeal “No Child Left Behind.” http://cbsn.ws/2780qXu
Restored the Adult View on Science and Technology
Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making. http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw
Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. http://nyti.ms/fTs9t7
Obama EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/bKgqdS
Conducted a cyberspace policy review. http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC
Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr
Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/dNTRyP
Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/ecQSgA
Increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3
Expanded space exploration and discovery options to include more players. http://1.usa.gov/13qmZpm
Through the Connect America Fund, pushed through and received FCC approval for a move of $8 billion in subsidies away from telephone landlines to assist lower-income rural families in accessing broadband. http://lat.ms/vhRUEs http://bit.ly/129V3SY
In the wake of the West Fertilizer tragedy, formed the Chemical Safety and Security Working Group, to work on measures to prevent another such events. http://1.usa.gov/18kHSlA
Established a Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, a recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission, to coordinate efforts to fight cyber-crime and terrorism. http://1.usa.gov/1A0aEoS
The Obama FCC, with his leadership, adopted strong net neutrality rules, to keep the Internet open and equal for everyone. http://fcc.us/1MhTlIA
Ordered rules to speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure. http://1.usa.gov/M7rVpe
Set up a National Strategic Computing Initiative, to “maximize benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment.” http://1.usa.gov/1IN3FZa
Ordered a federal level change in national earthquake standards. http://1.usa.gov/1T5wGoR
Signed executive orders designed to strengthen government cybersecurity and prevent hackers from getting in. http://usat.ly/1R0saIt
Took steps to combat the effects of climate change by committing the U.S. to developing long-term drought resilience measures. http://1.usa.gov/1SMCuRY
Started the road to greater exploration of space by signing bill to encourage mining on asteroids and clarifying property rights in space. http://bit.ly/1RV2la9
Improved Our Health
Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSOhttp://ti.me/edezge
Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/fOi2rb
Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc
Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco and order tobacco companies to disclose their ingredients and to ban cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.” http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB
Has overseen a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9
Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b
Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/fDEzGv
Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. http://yhoo.it/e8Tj9C
Pushed through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage greatly and ended many detrimental insurance company practices. He also established healthcare.gov. http://www.healthcare.gov/
Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
Through the ACA, provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
Through the ACA, millions of people receive help in paying their health insurance company premiums. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo (Note: except for those states whose Republicans refused to take the extra money.)
By 2014, the Affordable Care Act dropped the number of uninsured Americans by 22.3%, which amounts to more than 10.3 million people with insurance who didn’t have it before. Only 13.9% of Americans are uninsured, a drop from 18.9% in 2013. http://on.msnbc.com/1r4kjGn
The Affordable Care Act has increased the life expectancy of Medicare greatly. http://on.wsj.com/1yuNco6
Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
Medicare costs actually declined slightly, for the first time in decades in 2011, according to the Congressional Budget Office. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh
Since passage of the ACA, health care inflation is at its lowest level since 1960. http://1.usa.gov/1vXR0Ld
Created the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, to strengthen the government’s ability to respond to the continuing domestic HIV epidemic, after years of Republicans weakening the government’s ability to deal with the crisis. http://1.usa.gov/1iLED0t
Signed bill that will provide health insurance premium support to workers who lose their health insurance due to foreign competition. http://bit.ly/1evvVDF
In response to the confusion triggered by the asinine Hobby Lobby decision, which essentially declared that corporations could have “religious rights” and lord them over employees, created new rules to give all women with insurance the right to free birth control. http://on.wsj.com/1O44a1t
Implemented the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2015-2020, which is a follow-up to the first such strategy in US history, which he implemented in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/1IXknHm
Signed and will implement new child safety standards for e-cigarettes. http://bit.ly/1XaFCIS
Set up a White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, in order to implement ways to develop a cure for cancer. http://1.usa.gov/20AeKY4
Took steps to improve detection and treatment of mental health problems. http://1.usa.gov/25HEDp5
Signed Trevor’s Law, which will allow for better tracking and study of cancer and disease clusters. http://bit.ly/297uFJK
Signed a memorandum of understanding with Cuba to share healthcare information. http://bit.ly/29mCojf
Addressed the Environment While Dealing with Energy Needs
Doubled federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE
Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y
Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. http://1.usa.gov/fgfRWq
Reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.” http://bit.ly/dX6Vj3 http://bit.ly/fE2PxK http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv
Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO
Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P
Under Obama, our dependence on foreign oil has dropped to its lowest rate since 1985, and continues to drop. http://1.usa.gov/1p6kTUy
Meanwhile, oil consumption is way down because of reduced driving and higher mileage standards. http://ti.me/1z4HFG8
Improved siting, review and permitting stations for power plants, in an attempt to seriously improve the nation’s electric grid. http://1.usa.gov/1l8zNqn
Reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/fzQUFO
Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid and electric vehicles. http://bit.ly/glCukV
Established a quadrennial review of our energy infrastructure, to encourage a modernization of the grid, and to encourage the transition away from fossil fuel use. http://1.usa.gov/1nx2oMo
Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c http://bit.ly/h5KZqy
Encouraged BP to pay $20 billion to establish Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to reduce the need for taxpayer funds to be used for compensation and clean up. http://wapo.st/ds2BxT (Note: it took 20 years to get $1.3 billion for the Exxon Valdez spill. )
Oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo
Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. http://nyti.ms/bxjDi3
Became the first President to simply say “Climate Change is a fact,” and set up the first federal government protocols for dealing with the impacts of climate change. http://1.usa.gov/1b7V67B
Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a
Asserted federal legal supremacy to bar Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own.http://bit.ly/ww8eMd
Set up new, stricter standards limiting power plant emissions. http://1.usa.gov/1mML2M3
Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/hscjsH
Strengthened protection for wildlife, and expanded enforcement of laws against wildlife trafficking. http://1.usa.gov/1fce1Ai
Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt
Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/fBuWd2
Through new EPA regulations, he created a pretext for closing the dirtiest power plants in the country, by limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic gasses. http://bit.ly/rQCIgA
Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/fbJPjY
Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K
Signed a bill that allowed for increased regulations of a large number of chemicals and other toxic materials, allowing the EPA to make the use of certain toxic materials more transparent. http://usat.ly/2911hA4
Announced a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg in 2010 to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025 http://1.usa.gov/qtghsW
Facilitated investment in industrial energy efficiency to create jobs and strengthen US manufacturing while saving businesses $100 billion over a decade. http://1.usa.gov/WsIgbx
Set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to oversee Gulf Coast restoration efforts after the 2010 BP oil spill. The money to fund the restoration efforts comes from fines against BP. http://1.usa.gov/Rxjb29
Engaged in the most comprehensive plan to combat climate change in a generation. http://bit.ly/13lXhET
Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p
Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R
Guided a 418% increase in solar power capacity between 2010 and 2014. http://bit.ly/1rHkWJC
As of May 2015, 74% of new electrical capacity was provided by solar and wind power. http://bit.ly/1T5r0LC
Bypassed Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5
Oversaw a tripling in the use of wind power to generate electricity. The US now leads the world in increased wind power capacity. http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5448
Ordered the federal government to incorporate climate resilience and climate science into all international development in which the United States engages. http://1.usa.gov/YV1EpW
Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x
Fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in more than a decade. http://politi.co/hiaPKM
Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y
Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL
Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu
Obama EPA ruled that excess CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN
Closed a deal with China to limit carbon emissions to slow down climate change. http://nyti.ms/1xzyS8K
Blocked all oil and gas drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the most pristine environments in North America http://lat.ms/13xUVFD
Signed an Executive Order to improve environmental efforts in the Arctic region and to combat climate change by better coordinating the efforts of the 23 federal agencies operating in the area. http://usat.ly/ZEzLzE
Vetoed a bill to fast track construction of the parallel Keystone XL pipeline. http://nbcnews.to/1DVDFo7
Expanded clean water regulations to more stringently protect all of the nation’s waterways, even when states fail in their duty. http://bit.ly/1RdQpTc
Signed an Executive Order committing the federal government to lead the way in building a sustainable economy. It’s his fifth doing just that. http://1.usa.gov/1EzO2ne
Banned the use of antibiotics in food served in US Government-run cafeterias and ordered agencies to only use antibiotic-free meat. http://bit.ly/1G1vUxi http://bit.ly/1KHkl4N
Developed new rules to address climate change and to create a significant boost to clean energy. http://bit.ly/1UnQcuR
Negotiated and signed a virtually Republican-Proof global agreement on climate change, with 190 countries signing on. http://bit.ly/1RkjVG8
Became one of 196 countries that signed onto a UN Framework on Climate Change. http://unfccc.int/2860.php
Ordered a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal land, and they will examine the whole leasing process. http://wapo.st/23Q6en8
Signed a bill to better protect pipelines and to authorize greater oversight. http://bit.ly/291woja
Signed into law a measure directing the Department of Transportation to issue guidelines for minimum standards for underground storage of natural gas. http://bit.ly/291AdjL
There’s a Lot More!
Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices. http://huff.to/eOChg6http://bit.ly/i02wgP
Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB
Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j
Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/idgQH5
Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first responders. http://bit.ly/o7cWYS
Placed major restrictions on the ivory trade in a bid to prevent the wholesale slaughter of elephants in Africa. http://ti.me/292Z4Gg
Signed a bill that will seriously curb the use of animal testing and establish alternative testing methods. http://bit.ly/28Z5AuS
Signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who had been cheated out of government loans and natural resource royalties in the past. http://1.usa.gov/dGppUa
To help those communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, issued an executive order setting up the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and asked Congress to approve $60 billion in supplemental assistance to aid in storm recovery. http://1.usa.gov/134L7hl
Produced 23 Executive actions designed to make it easier for law enforcement to identify those who shouldn’t have guns, thus helping them enforce the law. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ
Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements in trade pacts like NAFTA. http://bit.ly/etznpY
Oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during budget negotiations. http://on.fb.me/fD0EVO http://bit.ly/ff5Luv
Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.http://bit.ly/dFb8qF
Expanded the authority of Customs to improve enforcement of trade and customs laws and to better coordinate said enforcement among various agencies. http://bit.ly/1S5pun7
And Did You Know?
Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY
And of course…
Despite the odds, became the first black president and then, was reelected by a wide margin.
Changed the Culture of the Executive Branch
Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5
Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1
On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx
He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending and efficiency. http://www.cio.gov
He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, in an attempt to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1http://bit.ly/fz8GAd
He created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books. http://1.usa.gov/Lpo5bd
Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu
Banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN
Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV
Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX
Became the first president to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5
Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov
Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them. http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb
Improved the Freedom of Information Act and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2
Streamline the Department of Education’s procurement policies and made them more transparent. http://bit.ly/1r9oQvh
Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7
Signed a law to completely reform NSA Data Collection program and keep phone records in the hands of the phone company. http://bit.ly/1dG34vD

Posted by: anon15 | Jul 11, 2016 5:57:48 PM

anon15, if he's so great, why is the labor participation rate at historic lows?

Posted by: federalist | Jul 12, 2016 9:17:46 AM

"He created the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced banks and other entities to pay back virtually all of the bailout money."

Huh? TARP was adopted before he took office.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 12, 2016 12:39:13 PM

Federalist asks, "anon15, if he's so great, why is the labor participation rate at historic lows? "

In large part because baby-boomers (like me) are retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day!

Posted by: anon 15 | Jul 12, 2016 3:40:15 PM

Federalist writes: ""He created the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced banks and other entities to pay back virtually all of the bailout money."

Huh? TARP was adopted before he took office. "

Federalist, you are correct on that one! My bad.

Posted by: anon 15 | Jul 12, 2016 5:13:03 PM

Anon15 is largely correct about the retirements of the baby boomers explaining the low job participation rate. See following article from somwhere:

Baby Boomers' Impact on Participation Rate Big, Expected
Retirements account for nearly half of the fall in the participation rate, a White House report shows.
Aging baby boomers, those Americans born between 1946 and 1964, account for approximately half of the drop in the labor force participation rate since 2007, according to a report released Thursday from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The remaining decline stems from “cyclical factors” fairly typical of historic economic recessions and more difficult-to-explain “residual factors” from the crisis.
The participate rate, which is the portion of adults employed or looking for a job, is “one of the most puzzling and for many people [most] misunderstood parts of the labor market,” according to Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a co-author of the report. At 62.8 percent, it is the lowest it’s been since 1978 and has fallen 3.1 percentage points since 2007, a year before the oldest baby boomers turned 62 and become eligible for early Social Security benefits. Baby boomers' retiring accounts for about 1.6 percentage points of the fall.

Courtesy of White House Council of Economic Advisers
While older adults participate more in the labor market now more than previous generations, both men and women decrease their participation by at least 40 percentage points in the decade leading up to age 65, the report showed. This trend will continue, as the Social Security Administration predicts that by 2029 about a quarter of the population will be at or above retirement age.
“We wouldn’t expect the participation rate to return to its pre-crisis levels and in fact, we weren’t expecting that even prior to the crisis,” Furman said at a forum on labor market challenges hosted by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project Thursday in Washington.
The participation rate started rising in the early 60s as women entered the labor force and later as baby boomers hit their prime working ages, reached a peak of 67 percent in 2000 and since then has generally fallen. It’s been dragged down by a leveling off of female participation, the retirements of baby boomers and shocks of the financial crisis.
With improvement of the labor market, the cyclical drag on the participation rate should wane, the report showed. Since 2007 through the second quarter of this year, it has accounted for about 0.5 percentage points of the total participation rate fall. When an economy operates “below its full potential,” participation falls and unemployment rises. This is typical of economic downturns, yet the most recent crisis was especially severe and has resulted in a bigger constraint on participation.

Courtesy of White House Council of Economic Advisers
The residual effects that the other declines in participation can’t account for are the decline for prime-age working men – those 25 to 54 – since the 1950s and for prime-age working women since the 1990s. This “residual” portion also includes the share of long-term unemployed and makes up about 1 percentage point of the total decline, or about a third.
A notable drag on the declining overall male participation is black male participation, which has fallen more than 10 percentage points since the mid 1970s. This drop has been consistent across all education levels. During the past decade, the rise in incarceration of young black men has deteriorated participation even further, and jail time weakens later employment prospects.
“There’s an old saying that the best anti-poverty program is a job,” Furman said. “One important lesson looking at this economic recovery is that when you are strengthening the overall economy, you are bringing the unemployment rate down for everyone at roughly the same pace.”
The residual 1 percentage point is “a very, very big deal” that shouldn’t be ignored from a policy standpoint, said economist Alan Blinder, a professor at Princeton University and former Fed vice chairman who also served on Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Family-friendly policy changes noted in the report include paid and sick leave, high quality day care and support for part-time work. The absence of such policies in the U.S. could explain about a quarter of the decline in women’s participation between 1990 and 2010.
As more people start filling open job positions, the unemployment rate declines and participation rises – therefore removing so-called “slack” in the labor market – the economy will reach full employment. Blinder says this could be when the unemployment rate falls to 5.25 or 5.5 percent, down from its current 6.1 percent. This would put downward pressure on wages, providing a boost to low-income individuals.
Besides the fact U.S. businesses have added 1.4 million jobs this year, the best six months since 1990, Furman said, a full recovery is “not there yet.”

Posted by: Dave from Ohio | Jul 12, 2016 5:19:39 PM

So Dave, you prove my point--the labor participation rate sucks, and a lot of that falls on Obama.

No one here defends Obama's Ferguson comments. They were based on incorrect info, and Obama hasn't done squat to correct the record.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 14, 2016 9:54:14 AM

federalist, if the US economy continues to grow at a slow-and-steady rate while more Americans enjoy retirement/leisure, I struggle to understand "sucks" about the labor participation rate. (Indeed, every financial services commercial I see while watching golf seems to suggest getting out of the labor force while still young and healthy, rather than into it, is the new "American dream.")

I say this not to defend Obama, but rather just to highlight that folks eager to criticize the "Obama economy" by stressing the labor participation rate (instead of impressively low unemployment rate) need to help me better understand the "ideal" labor participation rate. in modern America. (Notably, in my household, the rate is now 50% and will dip to 25% in coming years as my kids and monies head to college. And that is, for now, the Berman family ideal.) Notably, in addition to the aging of the US population, the modern focus on the importance of post-high-school education, which results in many more in the 18-25 age-group being out of the labor force while getting educated, is also an important factor in current labor participation stats. I generally think, especially given correlations between education level and crime rates, that it is better for society for more older teens and 20-somethings to be in school rather than in the labor force during their "crime prone" years. (And, also of importance in this context is the reality of automation/technology which helps shift labor away from "low-end" activities to the collective benefit of society as a whole.)

Again, I bring all this up not as a means to defend the "Obama economy," but rather to reveal that simplistic efforts to criticize politicians (on both sides of the aisle) based on simplistic data often gets under my skin. And, in case anyone is interested in returning to a criminal justice conversation, I do think Prez Obama would often be wise to encourage everyone (himself included) to avoid making any potent comments about controversial cases unless and until there has been a thorough and thoughtful exploration and exposition of disputed and undisputed facts.

Posted by: Doug B. | Jul 14, 2016 12:07:31 PM

The unemployment rate is "impressive" only if you don't count all the people who have simply given up. The labor participation rate reflects their suffering. As for the economy--the recovery is anemic at best--"slow and steady"? Nah, just slow. And is the fact that so many Millenials are living in their childhood bedrooms an example of Americans enjoying leisure? The labor participation rate sucks. And yes, the aging of the population does contribute to that, but so what? Simple, maybe? But simplistic, no. The general suckiness of the labor participation rate shows the weakness of the economy, and it shows a massive amount of suffering--which the unemployment rate masks (and I am not getting into the part-time job issue). So Doug, maybe you ought to justify your reference to the "impressively low unemployment rate" (which masks discouraged workers and those who have simply dropped out of the labor force). And the focus on post-secondary education has been a long long long time coming.

Your whining about simplistic data also really could be directed at your president. How simplistic was his "economic growth" via "Cash for Clunkers"? And not only simplistic--just plain wrong. Last I checked, the idea that destroying valuable assets created wealth and economic growth was debunked by French economists. Plus, it jacked up the price of used cars (which kept even older cars on the road), so there were likely zero (or even negative economic benefits) and it screwed over poorer Americans.

"Again, I bring all this up not as a means to defend the "Obama economy," but rather to reveal that simplistic efforts to criticize politicians (on both sides of the aisle) based on simplistic data often gets under my skin. And, in case anyone is interested in returning to a criminal justice conversation, I do think Prez Obama would often be wise to encourage everyone (himself included) to avoid making any potent comments about controversial cases unless and until there has been a thorough and thoughtful exploration and exposition of disputed and undisputed facts."

That's a pretty mild criticism of Obama. He helped inflame a false narrative. Is that remotely OK? Of course not, and simple humility (and honesty) should lead him to correct the record. I got a question--which group has a higher per capita rate of hate crimes--African-Americans or whites?

Posted by: federalist | Jul 15, 2016 4:23:40 PM

economic benefits s/b environmental benefits---plus, keeping older cars on the road meant less safe cars on the road, which put people at risk.

Bravo Barack!

Posted by: federalist | Jul 15, 2016 4:24:50 PM

Federalist, Obama has led as out of the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Your carping notwithstanding, all economic indicators are pointing up. Slow but sure. Some economic forces are out of anyone's control, but in general, especially given the handcuffs imposed by the most dysfunctional and obstructionist Congress in history, Obama has done remarkably well. You've just never gotten over the fact that the American people elected him and reelected him. Well, I sugges you get over it. And prepare for Hillary!!

Posted by: anon3 | Jul 15, 2016 4:56:36 PM

anon3, compare the Reagan Recovery to the Obama "Recovery" . . . .

Obama really didn't lead--TARP was passed under the Bush Administration, and that stopped the bleeding, and what entities caused a lot of the bleeding, Fannie and Freddie, and the 'rats ran the show there.

the "stimulus" didn't stimulate squat, the debt pile-up has been massive, and anon, you guys had 60 and then 59 senators--could have passed anything you wanted.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 15, 2016 5:30:59 PM

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