This is fantastic
To be honest, I think it’s a complicated question — partly because not everything President Obama has or hasn’t done is directly attributed to him (i.e., what could he have accomplished if we hadn’t stupidly given the House back to the Republicans back in 2010?).
Overall, to answer yours question, yes.
It’s not sexy, but President Obama deserves credit for averting a Depression. The stimulus, while not large enough (Congress’ fault, not President Obama’s), stopped us from falling over the proverbial cliff. The Affordable Care Act, while maintaining a private for-profit status quo, is making lives easier.
Month after month of private-sector job growth (partially negated by public-sector job losses — thanks to budget cuts on the state level, mostly attributed to Republican governors and legislatures). A drawdown in Afghanistan, the end of the war in Iraq. Non-violent strategy involving Iran.
For the first time that I can remember, President Obama’s presence has meant an honest, serious discussion about how much money we’re spending on defense. That’s a good thing.
The LGBT community is moving closer to full equality under his administration. That’s a good thing.
Do I wish Gitmo was closed? Yes. Do I wish President Obama wasn’t as conciliatory and reach-across-the-aisle? Of course. His drone policy is all kinds of problematic, and his strategy for dealing with Libya damn near turned into a war in and of itself.
Some of President Obama’s flaws are a by-product of modern-day D.C. Others are a by-product of an obstructionist, petty minority party. Almost every unfulfilled promise thus far is, at least in part, due to Congress — specifically a Republican Party that hates him far more than any professed love for country.
The audacity of Republicans.
"Corporations are people, my friend. Of course they are." ~ Mitt Romney
Doonesbury cartoons by the brilliant Garry Trudeau
Oh, hey. I hadn’t yet come across something that I would always reblog, but here it is!
Garry Trudeau: Dropping truth since 1970.
Can we get an edit with “Wisconsin” instead of “Texas”?
Daniel Hernandez Jr., the former intern credited with helping to save Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life when she was shot in 2011 and now an elected member of a Tucson-area school board, is facing a nasty recall election in which his opponents are attacking him for being openly gay and for his advocacy on behalf of gun violence prevention.
The story behind the recall is the kind of byzantine saga found only in local politics. Four of the five members of the Sunnyside Unified School District, which includes parts of Tucson and surrounding areas, are now facing recall petitions – two members who faced recall for their support of an embattled schools superintendent turned around and filed recall petitions on two members, including Hernandez, who opposed the superintendent.
But the tactics being used against Hernandez are clear as day. A source in the district sends us two flyers that Hernandez’s opponents are reportedly handing out to parents dropping their children off at schools in the district. Right Wing Watch repeatedly tried to contact Marcus Castro, the manager of the effort to recall Hernandez and brother in law of school board president Louie Gonzalez, to discover whether the flyers came from his campaign, but Castro refused to take our calls.
The first attacks Hernandez for being openly gay, imploring, “Put a REAL Man on the Sunnyside Board…Daniel Hernandez is LGBT…We need someone who will support Sports and cares about our kids. We don’t need someone who hates our values.”
The second flyer attacks Hernandez’s work on behalf of gun violence prevention in the wake of the Giffords shooting, claiming (punctuation and spelling are a direct quote), “Daniel Hernandez cares about only one things taking your guns away”:
Hernandez’s opponents must gather 1,300 signatures by December 14 in order to put the recall on the ballot.
When Americans actually interact with Obamacare, it won’t be called Obamacare at all. In Kentucky, for example, it will be Kynect, the state health marketplace. In Idaho, local residents will purchase coverage from Your Health Idaho. Covered Oregon will serve (surprise!) Oregonians, while neighboring Washingtonians will purchase coverage from WAHealthPlanFinder. If you watch the ads that states have produced to support their marketplaces, they rarely mention the federal law that has set these changes in action.
This means it’s entirely possible that, even as people start signing up for Obamacare, the program won’t get much more popular at all, something Democrats have roundly expected. “If the ACA works as its sponsors hope, quite a lot of people — maybe the majority — who get their insurance from the exchanges will tell you that, no, they have private insurance,” Bernstein wrote recently in the American Prospect. ”They aren’t getting anything from Obamacare.”