Do you ever get the feeling that Tea Party Republicans see the phrase “Ignorance Is Bliss” as a Mission Statement?


Are We Better Off Than Four Years Ago?

You’re Damn Right We’re Better off;   
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The Party Of NO!
September 4, 2012 By

‘How quickly we forget’ should be the theme of this year’s attacks on President Obama. Accomplish after accomplishment goes unrecognized and/or forgotten so the time has come to refresh your memory. Are we better off than we were four years ago? Simple answer is: You’re damn right we are.

(This list should be printed out and shared with every elderly person you know who doesn't have access to a computer because they STILL believe this is their fathers Republican Party!-Mem)

Hundreds of reasons listed!  (The List)

Yes Mitt, we are better off. But, you already knew that.
  • Auto Industry saved
  • Got North Korea to stop enriching uranium
  • Iraq war ended
  • Bin Laden dead
  • Nuclear weapons reduced by 1/3 in US & Russia
  • Stock market more than doubles
  • Creamed Bush in turning around job loss – [See GRAPH]

  • U.S Gross Domestic product went from steady decline to increasing every ¼ of the Obama Presidency [See graph]

  • Ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  • Settled Libya problem in 60 days with no American casualties or ground troops
  • Got more Taliban leaders in 30 days than Bush/Cheney did in 6 years
  • Insurance companies must cover pre-existing conditions
  • Kids stay on their parent’s insurance until 26 under certain conditions
  • Requires health plans to disclose how much of premium goes to patient care
  • Prevents children from being denied health insurance coverage
  • Cut prescription drug cost for Medicare recipients by 50%
  • Requires large employers to contribute to a national healthcare plan
  • Spending growth under Obama lower than that of both Bushes, Nixon, Carter & Reagan
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  • Temporally suspended taxes on Unemployment benefits
  • Jail population decline for first time in decades
  • Wind power growth up 39%
  • Instituted the toughest Wall Street reform since Great Depression
  • Passed health reform: Others tried & failed over the last 60 years
  • Insurance companies can no longer drop you when you get sick
  • Stimulus Plan which brought us out of the brink of financial collapse
  • Amped budgets at NASA & National Science Foundation
  • Expanded state run health insurance to cover additional four million kids
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – Equal pay for equal work
  • Global initiative keeping nuclear material out of hands of terrorists
  • Hate crimes prevention act (Matthew Shepard Act)
  • FDA for first time allowed to regulate tobacco
  • Eliminated scandal plagued Mineral Management Services
  • Overhauled the astonishing stupidity of the student loan system
  • Cancelled bloated weapons program including useless F-22
  • Stopped Russia supplying $1 billion of high-tech missiles to Iran promised by Bush
  • $14 billion in federally funded loans to stimulate job creation
  • Taxes cut for 95% of working families
  • Passed 16 different tax cuts for American small business owners
  • Fought GOP for Health benefits for 9/11 responders – He didn’t forget
  • Consumer spending increase
  • Orders for durable goods increase
  • Ryan White AIDS Treatment Act
  • Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president
  • Expanded loan program for small businesses
  • Increased funding for National Parks and Forests
  • Led effort to phase out whaling
  • Funding for high speed broadband internet access to students K-12
  • $26 billion to states saving 160,000 teacher jobs among other things
  • Helped rebuild schools in New Orleans
  • Doubled research funds for cleaner fuel
  • $2 billion to solar power
  • Raised fuel economy standards
  • Cash for clunkers
  • Limited mercury emissions
  • Eliminated oil company liability caps for oil spills
  • Ordered BP to provide $20 billion liability fund for damages from spill
  • Mandated new safety rules for offshore drilling
  • World opinion of US improves significantly since Obama takes office
  • Return rights of Americans to  visit and assist their families in Cuba
  • Renewed loan guarantees to Israel
  • Pressured Israel to end Gaza blockade
  • Nuclear arms agreement with India
  • Agreement with Switzerland to bolster tax information exchange
  • Cut salaries of senior White House officials
  • Prevented congress from receiving cost of living pay raise
  • Established a Patient’s Bill of Rights
  • Expanded vaccinations program
  • Same-sex partners assured visitation & healthcare decision rights
  • $8 billion to establish smart power grid
  • $13 billion for high-speed rail in 13 major US corridors
  • Major expansion of AmeriCorps
  • Committed US to almost 5 million charging station by 2015
  • Expanding broadband internet
  • Improved benefits for veterans
  • New and improved hiring policy for veterans
  • Ended media blackout on war casualties
  • Increased access to PTSD treatment for soldiers and veterans
  • Reconstruction of military to reflect modern-day threats & technology
  • Ended torture
  • Recommitted the U.S. to full compliance to the Geneva Conventions
  • Cut missile defense system by $1.4 billion
  • Increased pay benefits to military personnel
  • Began draw-down of war in Afghanistan
  • Ordered Seal operation to free US captain held by pirates
  • Negotiated nuclear arms agreement with Australia, India, & Russia
  • Increased Navy patrol of Somali coast
  • Provided $210 Million for building and upgrading fire stations
  • Ordered extensive review of hurricane & natural disaster preparedness
  • Edward Kennedy Serve America Act: Expands national volunteer program
  • Removed restrictions and provided support of embryonic stem cell research
  • Worked with international allies on International Space Station
  • Used private sector to improve space flight
  • Used Space Station for fundamental biological and physical research
  • Established consumer tax credit for plug-in hybrid cars
  • $60 billion in spending & tax incentives for renewable & clean energy
  • For first time in 13 years America’s dependence on foreign oil below 50%
  • Tax breaks to promote public transit
  • Income floor for medical expense deductions for individuals 65 & older
  • Health insurance tax credits & subsidies for incomes to 4x poverty level
  • Tax increase for corporations with assets of at least $1 billion
  • Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes
  • Tax bills hit lowest level since 1950
  • Tax refunds up 10 percent due to stimulus
  • Imposed limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House
  • Limits White House aides working for lobbyists after tenure in office
  • Closed lobbyist loopholes with respect to the Recovery Act
  • Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees
  • DOD will film all interrogations
  • Created more jobs in 2009 than Bush in his entire presidency
  • Gets 47 nations to agree to 4 years non-proliferation efforts
  • Forced airlines to disclose prices upfront
  • Helped clean out weapons-usable uranium from 6 countries:
Pause for breath. Moving on….
  • Number of oil rigs in US oil fields has quadrupled in past three years
  • US now has more rigs at work than the rest of the world put together
  • First time since 1949 we now export more gas than we import
  • Rescued hostages held by Somalia Pirates with precision mission
  • Makes health insurance available to seasonal firefighters
  • No deportations for young illegals born in country

BUT by Mem-
And just in case we missed anything.....
Promises Kept

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