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Debate Score:188
Arguments:144
Total Votes:238
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Has Obama really done anything?

Yes

Side Score: 131
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No

Side Score: 57
5 points

Christ people, it's only been 8 months. He's begun closing Gitmo. He's begun pulling troops out of Iraq. He's working to stablize the economy and reform health care. Contrary to popular opinion, Obama's not God. He can't fix everything just by snapping his fingers.

What positive accomplishments did Bush make in 8 years? Seriously.

Side: yes
4 points

Uh... Well he got a TV show about him. D-does that count? Hell, at least the offshoot of Bush's actions got some people more involved and a little easier to question what the hell is going on. If that's anything.

But really, instant results? Democracy is not a fucking microwave. Or something like that. I don't know. You can't expect shit to get done right now. Especially with all of the bureaucracy we've let happen.

Ask this question at the end of his term. And if he hasn't done anything, then don't vote for him. It's that simple.

Side: yes
Warlin(1212) Disputed
1 point

On an afterthought. I jest about how terrible Bush is, but the truth is, he was in office during a crisis. We laugh and bash him all the time, but he really could have been loads worse than he was. Considering the amount of shit he was receiving, I think he did a good job. His administration did manage to rack up a sweet ass wardebt though.

What he did or didn't do doesn't have an effect on my position on this, though. It's just an afterthought.

Side: No
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
-1 points

Um Warlin there no excuse Obama he is so far of base that he is lacking the ability to communicate with his own party. Even with both the House and the Senate majority to his power still can't get any of his big agenda passed. I think people crack up when he says something like "I'm going to close Guantanamo" He sounds naive when he says stuff like that then he tries to and realizes oh shit this is harder than I thought. No country wants to take them back. No shit dumb ass.

Obama is one of those really smart men that has all of the accolades but lacks some basic common sense.

Side: No
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
1 point

So is the economy more stable now? The evil banks and the taxpayers just made 10 Billion off Citi that report came out today. So when Obama plays it like taxpayers were on the hook for the bailouts and that it cost us. Umm no Obama i think again he doesn't know what he is talking about when is relates to the banks. What he should have said that we will never get the money back from the unions he supported because they are bankrupt but you won't ever hear him bash his union lobbyist buddies.

Oh wait he has done something for the Oil crisis instead allowing oil skimmers to come here he would have then to get rid of the Jones law temporarily so that it wouldn't impeded his loyalty to his Union buddies. Even in a crisis he stays true to his unions voters. It's sick. If Bush would have done this people would be wanting his head.

Side: No
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
0 points

Bush did a lot. The left ideal is blind to even see that.

Side: No
jessald(1915) Disputed
1 point

Things Bush did:

He got us into the unjustified trillion dollar war in Iraq that has left a million people dead.

He spent a lot of money while cutting taxes for the rich, thus exploding our debt.

He soured our relations with the rest of the world.

He allowed torture.

He completely blundered with regard to Katrina.

He worked to tear down the separation between church and state.

He fired United States Attorneys for political reasons.

Truly he was one of the greats!

But the real problem with Bush were the things he didn't do:

He didn't reform our financial system.

He didn't address global warming.

He didn't commit enough to Afghanistan.

He didn't address the rising income inequality in America.

He didn't address health care costs.

He failed to fix Social Security.

He resisted alternative energy.

He failed on immigration reform.

He never got bin Laden.

Other than that he was ok :)

Side: yes
4 points

As this argument is stated: Has Obama Really done anything, Obama's actions can be regarded as positive or negative to the United states. Therefore, even one act or law passed by Obama would make the answer to this question a yes.

1. If Obama has done something, then yes is the correct answer.

2. Obama has:

Overturned the Bush Administration policy that threatened the Endangered Species Act by eliminating government agency bureaucrats needing to do a scientific consultation on the effect of projects on species if the agency itself determined that there would be no negative consequence.

Obama called on Congress to send him legislation that places a market-based cap on U.S. carbon polluting emissions and pushes the production of more renewable energy.

Reaching out to Russia in a spirit of international cooperation and a willingness to work with the powers of the world; following Russia deciding against placing missiles along its border with Europe.

Reached out to Iran, offering them an olive branch.

Began reversing climate policies of George Bush, including having a re-review of if California could regulate the greenhouse gas emissions of cars.

Announced a plan to essentially pull out of Iraq by August 2010.

Froze salaries of top White House officials earning more than $100,000.

Unveiled the new Freedom of Information Act, which makes it harder to keep the workings of government secret.

Announced that the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be shut down.

* Got a $787 billion stimulus package through Congress and signed, decided to not appoint a "car czar to address the automobile manufacturing issues, ordered the Treasury Dept. to implement tax cuts for 95% of all Americans, and letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire naturally in 2010 instead of sooner, but calling for an increase in taxes for the wealthiest of American

3. Therefore, Obama has done many things.

4. Since Obama has done many things Obama has done somthings.

5. Therefore, Obama has done something.

Side: yes
2 points

Obama has:

Helped save the economy

Banned torture

Kicked out lobbyists

Allowed funding for stem cell research

Made information about government more accessible

Enforced Network Neutrality

Reauthorized a health care program for children

Made it easier for victims of discrimination to press charges

Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

Begun the process of withdrawing from Iraq

Gotten 80% done with healthcare reform

And tons of smaller things

Side: yes
fumiosuzuki(6) Disputed
2 points
Side: No
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
1 point

funny 306 days ago. What a joke he kick out lobbyist I'm LMAF! I know of at least 3 lobbyist personally here in my town they say it's better than ever. What a joke you believe anything that liar will tell you. for crying out loud he won't even show you his birth cert. Don't bring up that BS one on the Internet that doesn't show what hospital or DR delivered the man is a facade. That's why they are going to lose badly Nov 2 people are waking up and smelling it.

Side: yes
AngelOfDeath(14) Disputed
2 points

Helped save the economy? That's very broad, be more specific.

Banned torture? Waterboarding is not torture, it's not even close.

Kicked out lobbyists? Examples please? The top visitor to the white house during Obama's term so far: Andy Stern, now former president of SEIU, an ultra-liberal union. Obama has brought with him a host of socialist and communist friends (example: Obama's "czars").

Allowed funding for stem cell research. Do you mean funding for embryonic stem cell research, aka abortion? Because we have already been studying stem cells for quite a while.

Made information about government more accessible. Examples? Obama has a very shady past, and so far the government has done everything it can to cover it up. Examples: Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist. The name of the man is Obama used to teach the ideas of Saul Alinsky in school. Saul Alinsky is a radical communist who wrote "Rules for Radicals". Obama also has ties to Bill Aires and Reverend Wright, both of which are at this point well known.

Side: No
jessald(1915) Disputed
2 points

"Jefferson said..."

Jefferson's opinion isn't especially relevant here. People give too much weight to the opinions of men who died hundreds of years ago. The important question is not "Did Jefferson want a separation between church and state?", but rather "Ought there be a separation between church and state?" And the answer to that is an emphatic yes, mainly due to the fact that religion is irrational.

"This is because waterboarding is not torture, at least not according to my definition."

I disagree. Most people would disagree with you too. Simulated drowning is going too far.

"Kicked out lobbyists? Examples please?"

Well, when I originally posted that 260 days ago, it looked like he was going to be more aggressive about keeping out lobbyists. He has sinced softened somewhat for practical reasons. Still, he is taking concrete steps to limit their influence: Link

"Do you mean funding for embryonic stem cell research, aka abortion?"

Yes, obviously that's what I was referring to. And I'm sorry, but equating embryos with babies is just retarded.

"Made information about government more accessible. Examples?"

Link 1

Link 2

"Obama has a very shady past...Davis, Alinsky, Aires, Wright..."

Good Christ. You guys really need to let go of this stupid guilt-by-association shit.

Obama is clearly far from a communist. Working as a community organizer does not make one a communist. Knowing a communist when you're a kid does not make you a communist. Having a conversation with Bill Aires at some point in your life does not make you a communist.

The brother of a good friend of mine has been in and out of jail his whole life. I've hung out with the kid, picked him up from prison -- even let him stay at my place. Does that make me a criminal? Does that make me a bad person? Judge the man by his actions.

Side: yes

...and he just won the Nobel Prize! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Side: yes
aedm(104) Disputed
1 point

Obama has done in 30 days what bush did in 8 years! Bush promised after 9/11 that we would never get attacked again ,did we get attacked?, no! Obama HAS NOT help save the economy in any shape or form he made it even worse . do you call over thousands of troops DIEING everyday waiting for obama to send or bring back troops ,you call that, ''BANNING TORTURE?''And no he has not begun withdrawing troops from Iraq. The only good thing to happen with him i for him to be impeached,and get Huckabee or McCain in office! We need to get OUR country back!!

Side: No
jessald(1915) Disputed
1 point

Thank you Mr. Economist for your thoughtful analysis. Oh... what's that? You're not an economist? You're just some dipshit who watched a few episodes of Glenn Beck and thinks he knows everything? Let's see what the actual economists have to say...

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/video/share.html?s=news01pa98

http://digg.com/dialogg/Timothy_Geithner_1

Oops! Looks like the people who actually know wtf they're talking about disagree with you! Obama is doing everything in his power to clean up the messes that piled up over the last eight years.

What the hell does sending or removing troops have to do with banning torture? Not a damn thing, that's what. It's a fact that Obama has banned torture.

I believe he is doing exactly as he should be doing with regard to Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq we are slowly withdrawing. You say we're not, but you're wrong. Again you demonstrate that you don't know what you're talking about. In Afghanistan we are building up. This is because more troops our necessary for us to succeed there. What do you think we should be doing? Pulling out of both countries immediately, overnight? Think about the chaos that would result. Is a stronger Al-Queda something you're interested in being responsible for?

Side: yes
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
1 point

I really like how he has kicked out lobbyist in Washington. It's the same old thing going on in Washington. No matter what party or belief system you may have, you have got to think that what senator Mary Landrieu did changing her vote in exchange for 300 million dollars was wrong, and have we heard anything from Obama about this?

Side: No
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
-1 points

Please. Help save the economy that was already done in October when Pres. Bush and Bernake gave the TARP funds out that is what stabilized the markets by allowing credit to still flow.

Kicked out lobbyists. So you call the billions in Stimulus money that Obama gave to ACORN not lobbyists not to mention the hundreds of other small amounts given out to lobbyists.

Banned torture! that makes my sides split Those poor terrorist which given a chance would like nothing more to kill all Americans.

Electing a judge thats his job to pick one not very hard to that.

We are nowhere close to getting out of Iraq like he promised. His original statement was 18 months. NOT. Any rational person including myself saw that not happening. Although I would like to get out of there.

Bush allowed for stem cell as well. Obama just added more to it.

Side: No
jessald(1915) Disputed
3 points

Bush did the bailouts wrong. He didn't include lending requirements for the banks. Obama did better.

Kicking out lobbyists is a fact. I seriously doubt Obama gave stimulus money to ACORN.

So the solution to terrorism is to act like terrorists ourselves? We can to better. Torture is dishonorable and causes us to lose legitimacy. Besides, it doesn't work.

Bush allowed for research on products derived from the cells already in existence, not for the creation of new lines.

Heh, this is kind of a stupid debate, isn't it?

Side: yes
COPE2(51) Banned
1 point

he has invaded afganistan and pakistan. he has agreed to reduce co2 by 4% in america, when 25% is the responsible rate. he has increased national security. he has built a military base in colombia. he has lowered taxes.

John Pilger speaks
Side: yes
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
1 point

Get that shit off. Socialism does not work. Just look what's happening to Europe right now with their debt crisis. It's ironic that you posted this 142 days ago and I'm now looking at it in relation to what is happening to the worlds markets it's because of Socialism that the system is collapsing and thats why Great Britain, France, and Germany all now are governed leaders who believe in free markets and the conservative party. I will say some Dems and Libertarians are also conservative. But this guy is going nowhere his idea just got pummeled in countries who had a Social agenda and now they have turned against. Once again how ironic that I haven't looked on this website for while to see you posted this 142 days ago. A lot has changed since then. Maybe you can see the truth to governing just by that mere fact. I will say one thing about this guys 32 minute speech a waste of time, because he was wrong.

Side: No
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
1 point

He has lowered taxes for who I have the list of taxes that are going everybody is going to pay higher taxes when the tax cuts expire unless if you make less than 24k a year. Married couples going to pay more across the board. So what taxes has he cut? NONE. He is a liar when he says middle class will not have to pay a dime more. Obama is the biggest BS president I have ever seen or heard.

Side: No
1 point

* Signed an Executive Order on government contracting to fight waste and abuse: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/economy_in_government_contracting

Side: yes
1 point
Side: yes
1 point

*First bill signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act protecting against pay discrimination: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtKAKlurRAY

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis: http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.ddJFKRNoFiG/b.4442889/k.EC4B/Christopher_and_Dana_Reeve_Paralysis_Act.htm

Side: yes
1 point

* Funded the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015: http://www.facebook.com/NMAAHC

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated Federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/ 03/11/obamas-council-on-women-and-girls

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that made it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/10/28/hate.crimes/index.html

Side: yes
1 point
Side: yes
1 point

* Announced a plan to responsibly end the war in Iraq:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/28/washington/28troops.html

(and has reduced troops to under 50,000 as of now)

Side: yes
1 point

* Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7986203.stm

Side: yes
1 point

* Provided funding to families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB: http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/18/pentagon-will-help-families

Side: yes
1 point

* Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/04/ Afghanistan-and-NATO

Side: yes
1 point

* Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans

Side: yes
1 point

* Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/washington/19gates.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Developed a comprehensive new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan that will help defeat Al Qaeda and authorized the deployment of more than 21,000 troops to Afghanistan:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/27/AR2009032700836.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Announced a strategy to address the international nuclear threat: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-By-President-Barack-Obama-In-Prague-As-Delivered

Side: yes
1 point
Side: yes
1 point

* Announced new policy steps towards Cuba: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/world/ americas/05cuba.html

Side: yes
1 point
Side: yes
1 point

* Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in

office: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ statements/2009/nov/19/chain-email/chain-e-mail-claims-obama-has-visited-more-countri

Side: yes
1 point

* Ordered secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_site

Side: yes
1 point

* Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Accord

Side: yes
1 point

* Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/01/obama.afghanistan/index.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq through the Defense Authorization Act:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ promises/promise/132/no-permanent-bases-in-iraq

Side: yes
1 point

* Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols:

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/sep/25/ world/fg-obama-nuclear25

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: http://www.recovery.gov/About/Pages/The_Act.aspx

Side: yes
1 point

* Announced the "Making Home Affordable" home refinancing plan: http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov

Side: yes
1 point

* Launched a $15 billion plan to boost lending to small businesses: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-to-small-business-owners

Side: yes
1 point

* Played a lead role in G-20 Summit that produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis: http://www.g20.org

Side: yes
1 point

* Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect: http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/stimulus/2009/01/08/poll-americans-strongly-back-increase-in-infrastructure-spending.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody: http://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage/2009/05/21/president-obama-signs-helping-families-save-their-homes-act

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapon_Systems_Acquisition_Reform_Act_of_2009

Side: yes
1 point
Side: yes
1 point

* Authorized cutting the missile defense program by $1.4 billion in 2010: http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article;=62548

Side: yes
1 point

* Endorsed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax havens: http://www.financialtaskforce.org/2009/10/27/the-foreign-account-tax-compliance-act-of-2009

Side: yes
1 point

* Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals:

http://www.law.com/jsp/law/international/LawArticleIntl.jsp?id=1202433002570

Side: yes
1 point

* Issued an executive order to create the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform: http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/18/news/economy/obama_debt_commission/index.htm

Side: yes
1 point

* Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America's working families:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ statements/2008/sep/18/barack-obama/a-credit-for-workers-cuts-taxes-for-middle-class

Side: yes
1 point

* Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost: http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/02/02012010a.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Allocated funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police or firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ promises/promise/188/increase-funding-for-local-emergency-planning

Side: yes
1 point

* Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market: http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com

Side: yes
1 point

* 52 billion profit for federal reserve in 2009 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8454535.stm

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that got us here: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/ 2009/05/obama-signs-hou.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Issued an Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Memorandum-for-the-Heads-of-Executive-Departments-and-Agencies-3-9-09

Side: yes
1 point

* Empowered states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/26/us/politics/26calif.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Increased, for the first time in more than a decade, the fuel economy standards for Model Year 2011 for cars and trucks so they will get better mileage, saving drivers money and spurring companies to develop more innovative products:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22650.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances, like dishwashers and refrigerators. Through this step, over the next three decades, we’ll save twice the amount of energy produced by all the coal-fired power plants in America in any given year:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/ApplianceEfficiencyStandards

Side: yes
1 point

* Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner:

http://www.earthday.org

Side: yes
1 point

* Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic:

http://jonbowermaster.com/blog/2009/04/obama-calls-for-limits-on-antarctic-tourism

Side: yes
1 point

* Supported the first steps of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide:

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2009/ 2009-02-16-02.asp

Side: yes
1 point

* Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles:

http://www.hybridcars.com/federal-incentives.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet of vehicles for the federal government:

http://blogs.edmunds.com/greencaradvisor/2009/06/gsa-buys-210-million-worth-of-fuel-efficient-vehicles-from-us-carmakers.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Allocated special funding to the Labor Department to provide green job training to veterans:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ promises/promise/466/create-a-green-vet-initiative-to-promote-environ

Side: yes
1 point

* Increased funding for national parks and forests in 2010, and plans to do it again for FY 2011:

http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2010/02_01_2010_obamas_budget_includes_key_funding_for_land_and_water.php

Side: yes
1 point

* Provided federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research:

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/ 0,8599,1908954,00.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Issued an Executive Order repealing the Bush-Era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/09/obama-administration-stem-cell-funding

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, which provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured:

http://themiddleclass.org/bill/children039s-health-insurance-program-reauthorization-act-2009

Side: yes
1 point

* Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/09/ The-Care-They-Were-Promised-and-the-Benefits-That-They-Have-Earned

Side: yes
1 point
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* Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/business/18workers.html

Side: yes
1 point

* Held impromptu press conference to urge Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross and other corporate health insurance companies that raise premiums in high amounts without explanation. Rep. Henry Waxman launches probe. In this case, Anthem Blue Cross wanted to raise premiums 39%. They have now put the increase on hold for two months (as of February 2010). Legislation preventing such increases pending:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100218/hl_nm/us_usa_healthcare_insurers

Side: yes
1 point

* Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education which was significantly increased during the Bush Administration to $176 million annually:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/20/bush-teen-pregnancy-cdc-report

Side: yes
1 point
Side: yes
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* Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the nation's unemployed from 9 months to 15 months. Workers laid off between September 1, 2008 and February 28, 2010 qualify:

http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/how-to-get-extended-cobra-health-coverage-subsidies

Side: yes
1 point

* Signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act authorizing advance appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing two-fiscal year budget authority thus enabling better medical care for veterans. Endorsed by the American Legion, American Veterans, Blinded Veter...ans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Military Officers Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Signing-of-the-Veterans-Health-Care-Budget-Reform-and-Transparency-Act

Side: yes
1 point

* Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs the largest spending increase in 30 years to improve medical facilities and national cemeteries, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities:

http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1671

Side: yes
1 point

* Invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

Side: yes

It is now 2015 and the President has done plenty to make sure that America is a country for all.

Side: Yes
0 points

* Presidential Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act instructing the Attorney General to issue new guidelines to the government increasing openness and transparency in the processing of FOIA requests: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Freedom_of_Information_Act

Side: yes
0 points

* Executive Order on Presidential Records extending access to historic documents and curtailing the ability to use executive privilege documents: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential_Records

Side: yes
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* Answered questions at the first online town hall from the White House that were submitted and voted on transparently by the public at WhiteHouse.gov: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h2uzQs2_XBgeHotRBvNhY7DR572g

Side: yes
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*Launched several web sites for greater transparency and communication

http://www.recovery.gov - track spending from the Recovery Act

http://www.business.gov - online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts

http://www.serve.gov - portal for Americans to find service opportunities

http://www.cio.gov - Appointed the first ever Federal Chief Information Officer to provide management and oversight over federal IT spending

Side: yes
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
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Boy you are brainwashed, all the stuff you have mentioned does what for the economy, all presidents before him do all of the same rhetoric you are mentioning. Almost 90% of economist and business people a like say that OBama's policies and lack of business know how is what's making things worse. Good luck on NOv 2nd your going to need it. Obama is not the change Americans hoped for he campaigned in the middle and ran on the left. He's a socialist a Anti colonialist. That's how his dad taught him that's why he returned Winston Churchill's bust back to England his dad despised the Brits for colonizing impoverished nations. Obama is driving this country into the ground, worse president I have ever seen. He hates Amercia and so does his wife Michelle

Side: No
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*Nominated the 3rd and 4th woman justices in the history of the Supreme Court (and its first Hispanic)

Side: yes
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*Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history including more women appointees than any other incoming president: http://www.diversityinc.com/content/1757/article/6319

Side: yes
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* Launched U.S. Auto industry rescue plan: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/31/content_11102980.htm

Side: yes
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
1 point

Do you know anything or do you just go by what you think or hear. It's called a cabinet they make the laws if doesn't even read them if it sounds good he signs it. My niece is a White House journalist i get all of the good stuff straight from the source. Most of what you here on the news and crap Internet media is just crap. Oh you mean the one for GM because they don't know how to cost average a business and let union workers run all over them so they become uncompetitive. Look at Honda, Toyota they don't have unions they build a better car and no bailout. GM is exactly what happens when you have to many entitlements a socialist based business. Eventually you hit a wall and run out of money.

Side: No
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* Committed to phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdates weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/06/gates.budget.cuts

Side: yes
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* Increased funding for student loans and pell grants for 2010 students:

http://www.ourfuture.org/report/2009031325/obama-s-budget-supporting-students-not-banks

Side: yes
2 points

im very formal at such topics

only giving speeches dosent prosper america, he should also apply it

if anyone thinks that his imagination is rich and can re-track america, he's wrong since if it was so he must have won the olympic venue 2016

we shouldnt see him as first afro-american prez. but as a man

if he's great i didnt heard anything great to take out america from depression

closing the doors dosent keep you fit, you must have dare to open it and walk straight ahead

Side: No
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No other than talk! and he got a Nobel Peace Prize for it! maybe i should talk more often.

Side: No
2 points

Obama says one thing, and does another.

Pulling troops out of the east?

Obama sent more troops there, twice as many as there were before.

Not gonna put lobbyists in the white house?

http://americaswatchtower.com/2009/01/29/president-obamas-white-house-is-filled-with-lobbyists/

Not gonna use signing statements?

http://opiniojuris.org/2009/07/01/did-anyone-oppose-signing-statements-just-koh-the-aba-and-some-guy-named-barack/

The notion that Obama has actually done something besides what Bush has already done is based on the fact that Obama makes a lot of empty promises and then makes a bill that says "he's tHINKing about doing them." Yeah, the dude's thINking about quitting smoking too. Obama and Bush work for the same people. Obama's just a thousand times more intelligent, inspirational, charming, and charismatic. All he's really done is made people believe that whatever he does, whether it's continuing the wiretapping that bush advocated, banning guns, or sending more troops to the middle east, it's PROGRESSIVE and trendy. Everything's gonna be ok because Obama is in charge right? His allegiances aren't to the citizens of the U.S. and it's not to the constitution either (he's done a lot to change or ignore it). He works for corporate America: banking, wallstreet, and the new world order.

Side: No
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No, the skit the other night on SnL was really funny and true. You know when SnL is doing a skit on a president there is some true merit to it. Obama's inexperience is starting to show through. He has the entire house and Senate majority and still he has done nothing. Oh I forgot Cash for Clunkers but that was someone else's idea.

Side: No
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Obama has done something he has created more uncertainty and more job losses because of uncertainty on big tax programs. 80% of all unemployment is from companies 500 or less.

Recent poll asked business owners from all sorts of industries about their business and if they are thinking of hiring.

Overwhelmingly the answer is no. Small business is not going to hire when they are facing a possible huge carbon emissions tax. If health care goes through another 8% tax.

The game plan right now of the President is to add more tax to a already hurt economy. If you have a business and the only talk out of Washington right now is not to help private business but only make it more expensive to do business why would you spend more and hire an employer. This is the lack of common sense that I talk about with Obama policies on the economy.

Remember the lie and we all knew that is was BS that if his stimulus was passed that unemployment would stop at 8.5%. Thank god we only have 4 year terms. I hope that someone comes along a worthy opponent unlike Jon McCain in my opinion was a horrible choice for the GOP . If it is someone that's a worthy opponent Obama will be like many other past Presidents a one hit wonder.

Side: No
jessald(1915) Disputed
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Obama has done plenty for small business.

Nobody wants to pay for emissions and health care, but ignoring our problems won't make them go away. What's your alternative solution?

The unemployment numbers weren't a lie. They were simply mistaken. They were based on the consensus view of economists. Most people hadn't yet realized what a big hole the crisis left us in.

Side: yes
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
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What has he done specifically for small business except wanting to tax more if you gross more than 250k, there has been not been any incentive for small business to expand? Go ask any small business owner and ask them first hand what Obama has done for small business. "Nothing" If the numbers he gave was a mistake that wasn't very smart vetting process considering that almost everybody new before hand that unemployment was going over 8.5% it was just to sell his pork barrel stimulus which is not job creation once the money is all gone then those jobs are gone. Just like the cash for clunkers it was good when it lasted but automakers saw numbers jump 20% but now it's over there sales are back down 20%. It's not real job creation. We need to praise and reward the private sector that's where the real long job stabilization is. Until the Ideal changes that the real power of the economy is the individual innovation then we are going to be in a hurt economy for a long time.

Side: No
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
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What economist? Pulling stuff out of your ass again I see. Everybody in my office laughed when Obama said unemployment was going to stall at 8.5% I would like to see what economist said that give me some names. I bet those economist that said that are probably out of work now for being so obviously stupid. All other economist that I listen too the smart ones all have said back in October of 08 that no matter what it was going to 10%. Do you really believe that yourself that when Obama said that you believed it, if so I'm sorry that your so ignorant on the facts.

Side: No
jtopolnak(158) Disputed
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The crisis was mostly because of the government with the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 which put pressure on banks to lend to people and make loans that they normally would not have made. it was from that meddling from government that gave the banks the right to start lending loosely and it all snowballed from there.

Side: No
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Still waiting for something positive where is the real Stimulus that will create private sector jobs which is where the real health of our nation lies. What happens when the Stimulus money runs out then what? The Stimulus package they gave us is like trying to fix a broken dam with a band aid.

Side: No
1 point

Yeah 10.2% today unemployment and still going higher when the next 6 months for him are going to be crucial.

Side: No
1 point

Obama more indecisive. He said that he had a plan for Afghanistan in June 2009 then in Sept 2009 he says that the next 12 months in Afghanistan are critical so he waits 3 more months to announce to the nation what his plan is going to be. So he just took 3 months out of him saying that Afghanistan the next 12 months is critical, what kind of leader is that?

Where is the leadership? I have serious voters remorse.

Side: No
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Obama has owned the economy for almost a year now and has done nothing but make the long term prospects for its’ recovery worse. You may not believe it now with everyone in the financial media claiming that the boom times are back, but all Obama did was borrow from our retirements and our children's and grandchildren's futures for short term benefits that will disappear once the government stops propping the economy up.

Instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, Obama is worried about Health Care (I.E. How do you tax the rich and middle class when they are losing their jobs) and Cap n Trade (if you tax businesses, they will just lay off more people in order to pay the tax) two things that will only make the economic problems worse. In addition, stop blaming Bush and the Republicans solely for this mess. Much of the problem was created by Democratic led efforts to force banks to loan to individuals who were nowhere near credit worthy (Obama was once a lawyer who sued banks to make loans to people who could never pay them back). Maybe if you took your partisan blinders off and did some research yourself, you will see that we have elected one heck of an incompetent liberal as President, one who promised to do things differently and then went ahead and did (is doing) things the same old way they were done in the past, with more gusto than any of his predecessors.

Side: No
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Job Summit today. Basically Obama is saying he doesn't know how to fix it and create job growth.

I'll tell you how he could fix it is, is to get out of the private sectors way. Or resign your big spending agendas which is the disincentive why private sector is not hiring.

It cost a lot of money to run a business and make money in it, if he only understood that one simple principal.

Side: No
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I just got done hearing is speech on the job summit.

His ending statement was if he was doing anything that is prohibiting the private sector please let him know.

I find it ironic that this i all being done a day before the unemployment numbers come out tomorrow.

Side: No
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I'm with the rising poll of isolationist that believe Afghany war is going to add more debt and spend 500 Billion to help a country that only has two paved roads in the entire country. I was hoping that Obama was to withdraw troops and start to focus on America's problems. 500 billion to give to companies to help build up there infrastructure. Afghanistan is not a threat to us, the attacks of 9/11 came from America where we taught them how to fly our planes.

And we are to believe general McChrystal, the same general who lied about the truth of Pat Tillman's death? It's all about perception and money big business getting contracts is what this war is about.

Side: No
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He has done something. He now wants to take the TARP money which he said when it was to be paid back that it would go straight to pay down the deficit. He now wants to spend it on another Stimulus.

Switzerland today sat out on bond sale for US treasury notes. Did not buy one. Uh oh can I say like many others have said, told you so, watch the interest getting ready to climb up.

Side: No
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Lets look at what we have now. Worse economy people talking about double dip recession. A war that is a mess in Afghanistan. Ski rocketing deficit that our grand children are going to have to pay for. More confusion on less overall confidence in the US market. Obama has made things much worse. He goes golfing while people in the gulf need his guidance and help. I remember Bush giving up golf because he didn't want the moral of troops to see him golfing while troops died fighting. Quite a contrast from a President who was supposed to bring change that we can believe in.

Side: No

I think the question should be has Obama done anything good? (No)

Side: No
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So far all of your arguments are against the grain and you are wrong he has done something made things worde but come Nov 2nd we are going to throw a stop to him destroying this nation.

Side: No
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Obama needs to shut his pie hole and stop talking about the economy on TV. He is killing any confidence out there when he is so targeted going after the banks and wall st. It is good when wall st and banks make money. As much as some people hate them, when they are healthy and profitable the economy and jobs are healthy as well.

Side: No
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A Fight I'm willing to have is Obama out of his mind. Does he really want to economy to get better? Why would he say something so asinine. Then if he is going to tear apart the banks then he needs to also tear apart the Unions for making GM fail and also for Fannie and Freddie which then he would have to go after his own lobbyist and tax them as well.

The vial has been lifted the wizard behind the curtain is showing is true character and Identity and the American public is seeing it before there eye. They are in panic mode. The ship is sinking fast and the rats on the ship become become more exposed.

Side: No