Obama's first two years

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  1. coolmacguy, Dec 22, 2010
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    coolmacguy macrumors regular

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    Looking back, given how over the top the Republican obstruction was, it's kind of surprising that Obama and Congress was able to get all of this done.

    2009
    January 29: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
    February 4: Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act
    February 17: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    March 30: Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009
    April 21: Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
    May 20: Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act
    May 20: Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009
    May 22: Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009
    May 22: Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009
    June 22: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
    October 22: Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act
    October 28: Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
    October 30: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act
    November 6: Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009

    2010
    January 27: Emergency Aid to American Survivors of Haiti Earthquake Act
    March 4: Travel Promotion Act
    March 18: Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act)
    March 23: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    March 30: Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
    May 5: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010
    May 17: Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act
    July 21: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
    July 22: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010
    July 22: Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010
    August 10: SPEECH Act of 2010
    September 27: Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010
    December 17: Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
    December 13: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
    December 19: Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010
    December 21: Food Safety and Modernization Act
    December 22: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
    December 22: START Treaty Ratification
     
  2. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    I can't help noticing that, whereas the thrust of legislation in a Republican administration and Congress always seem to be primarily aimed at helping corporations, a lot of the things on this list are about corporate and government responsibility and, ultimately, people.

    Yeah, I'm disappointed that a number of these bills, primarily the Health Care Act, aren't nearly as good as they should have been, but that's still a pretty impressive list...especially considering the opposition.
     
  3. MyDesktopBroke macrumors 6502

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    This is another reason conservatives dislike his agenda - they think people should help themselves and anything else is "tyranny" because it "steals" tax dollars from some people to help others.
     
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    Nobody else will help them so this is next best option. I don't want to live in a country where the government won't look after it's own people, lord knows the people look after their country, it's only fair.
     
  5. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    Lame Duck Congress:

    December 17: Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
    December 13: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
    December 19: Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010
    December 22: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
    December 22: START Treaty Ratification

    Link - HuffPost

    Let me see if I have this right. A GOP Rep who may throw his hat in the ring for President in 2012 believes that extending tax cuts for everyone (including the wealthy), food assistance for poor children, DADT repeal, the START Treaty and the 9/11 Responders acts are spitting in the face of the American people.

    I'm guessing he's fine with the tax cuts, so really, he's opposed to a treaty to monitor nuclear arms, poor kids, gays and of course, 9/11 responders (but only because paying for that is done by closing a tax loophole that affects foreign corporations).

    On a side note, the stuff passed by the the House and sent to the Senate where it died is an incredible list of accomplishments. The GOP Senators should be ashamed at their disregard for the Constitution and blatant abuse of Senate rules and constant filibuster usage. Their legislative obstructionism is a gross perversion of the legislative process that should have resulted in censure or worse.
     
  6. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    What the hell is Steve King whining about? Every single piece of legislation passed during the lame duck session was supported by the majority of americans. I've noticed that when republicans dont like certain legislation, they try to say ALL AMERICANS don't like that legislation, to make themselves sound less stupid. Im so upset we're getting a new congress when this one has gotten so much done. Oh well, 2012 here we come!
     
  7. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Love her or hate her, Pelosi has had one heck of a career as Speaker. She is a prime reason we should have more women in politics.
     
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    As much as I don't like her, you have to give her her props. I've heard several pundits say she was the most effective speaker since O'Neill.
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    That requires both recessions, and the US economy as a whole to have been identical at the beginning.

    The world has changed hugely since 1980, so clearly the US has changed as well.
     
  10. skunk macrumors G4

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    You cannot compare the two recessions. This one has been far more serious.
     
  11. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    One might even say the "recovery" of the early 80s (Reaganomics, inexorable metastatic deregulation) led directly to of this recession.
     
  12. Sam Yikin macrumors regular

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    Wow- that is a huge number of accomplishments. But when you speak of Republican obstructionism, remember the HUGE majorities that the Democrats had for this Congress, including an actual supermajority for a good portion of that time.
    1. Don't compare the recessions, anyone could tell you they're dramatically different in scope, cause, and breadth across the entire financial system.
    He may have started it, but nearly every President since him have pushed deregulation/bad mortgage practices.
     

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