Many liberals, myself included, frequently get upset with Pres. Obama for his near constant willingness to negotiate with Republicans, even when it is not required (like during the 9 months when the Dems had 60 votes in the Senate). Still, for a president with the most intransigent opposition party with the most filibusters in US history, who inherited the worst economic situation in 70 years and two wars, the president has done a lot. He is not perfect, but is there an alternative who could do more? Not that I've seen.
Cut taxes for 95% of American working families. Reengaged in treaties to protect the antarctic. Expanded national youth service program. Repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. Unveiled a program to generate clean energy from the ocean. Saved Detroit auto industry. Extended unemployment benefits. Secured better body armor for our troops. Appointed two women, including the first Latina, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Increased spending on roads, bridges, and power plants.
Created more jobs in 2010 than Bush did in eight years. Ended Bush's practice forbidding Medicare to negotiate with Pharma for better rates. Backed a stimulus package that saved US from financial collapse. Ended media blackout on war dead & return of fallen solders to Dover AFB. Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Ended the recession of the Bush years. Enabled the FDA to regulate tobacco for first time.
Established a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Tax credits to first time home buyers. Improved veteran benefits and for military personnel. Cut prescription drug costs for medicare recipients by 50%. Created 'cash for clunkers'. Protected 300,000 jobs for teachers, principles, and librarians. Increased funding for Violence Against Women Act. Established a new cyber security office. Provided tax write off for buying hybrid cards. Established credit card bill of rights to protect us from predators.
Passed Healthcare Reform; prevents denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions; Allows children to stay on parents' coverage until age 26. Significantly increased Pell Grants for students. Increased Hope Credit for schools to $2,500. Stopped Banks from foreclosing willy-nilly on home mortgages. Ended 'stop-loss' that overworked our soldiers. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem0cell research, giving hope to Parkinson's Disease and spinal cord injury patients. Helped reverse a downward spiral of stock market. Made more loans available to small businesses.
Secured expenses for "fallen soldiers" families to travel to Dover AFB. made more loans available to small businesses. Increased federal support to non-defense scientific research. Expanded hate crime law to include sexual orientation. Restarted & made progress in nuclear non-proliferation talks. Made torture illegal and closed secret, illegal "detention" facilities. Gained access to Swiss banks of tax evaders & criminals.
Stopped tax breaks for exporting jobs. Cracked down on companies denying sick pay, vacations, etc. Ordered SEALS free U.S. Navy captain help by Somali pirates; increased U.S. Navy patrols off Somali coast. Secured SCHIP covers 4 million more children. Obtained new funding for science and research labs. Ended practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific papers, rules, regs and reports. closed some offshore tax safe havens. Increased funding by 10% to national parks.
Pronounces "nuclear" correctly LOL