Top 10 Achievements of the Obama Administration.. So Far

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1.  Gitmo remains open:
2.  Helped GOP retake House:
3.  Bush tax cuts extended:
4.  Rise of the Tea Party:
5.  Messiah myth punctured:
6.  Iraq and Afghanistan were not abandoned:
7.  Progressives miffed:
8.  Continues many of Bush’s anti-terror policies:
9. Deportations of illegal immigrants:
10.  Rest and relaxation:

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Checklist of Obama’s Campaign Promises

Springfield, Illinois, USA. "The Future F...Image via WikipediaInternational Business Daily gathered a list of Obama‘s promises last November just after the election. You can use this as a score card to see how honest Obama is and whether or not he is really looking out for you during the 4 years of his first and perhaps only term:

Taxes • Give a tax break to 95% of Americans. • Restore Clinton-era tax rates on top income earners. • “If you make under $250,000, you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime. Not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes. Nothing.” • Dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. • Give American businesses a $3,000 tax credit for every job they create in the U.S. • Eliminate capital gains taxes for small business and startup companies. • Eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000. • Expand the child and dependent care tax credit. • Expand the earned income tax credit. • Create a universal mortgage credit. • Create a small business health tax credit. • Provide a $500 “make work pay” tax credit to small businesses. • Provide a $1,000 emergency energy rebate to families. Energy • Spend $15 billion a year on renewable sources of energy. • Eliminate oil imports from the Middle East in 10 years. • Increase fuel economy standards by 4% a year. • Weatherize 1 million homes annually. • Ensure that 10% of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012. Environment • Create 5 million green jobs. • Implement a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. • Get 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015. Labor • Sign a fair pay restoration act, which would overturn the Supreme Court’s pay discrimination ruling. • Sign into law an employee free choice act — aka card check — to make it easier for unions to organize. • Make employers offer seven paid sick days per year. • Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2009. National security • Remove troops from Iraq by the summer of 2010. • Cut spending on unproven missile defense systems. • No more homeless veterans. • Stop spending $10 billion a month in Iraq. • Finish the fight against Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorists. Social Security • Work in a “bipartisan way to preserve Social Security for future generations.” • Impose a Social Security payroll tax on incomes above $250,000. • Match 50% of retirement savings up to $1,000 for families earning less than $75,000. Education • Demand higher standards and more accountability from our teachers. Spending • Go through the budget, line by line, ending programs we don’t need and making the ones we do need work better and cost less. • Slash earmarks. Health care • Lower health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year. • Let the uninsured get the same kind of health insurance that members of Congress get. • Stop insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most. • Spend $10 billion over five years on health care information technology.

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Americans side with Republicans on 6 of top 10 issues; tied on abortion—Rasmussen Poll

Issue Democrats Republicans
Health Care 47% 37%
Education 44% 37%
Social Security 43% 37%
Abortion 41% 41%
Economy 39% 45%
Taxes 39% 44%
Iraq 37% 45%
Nat’l Security 36% 51%
Gov’t Ethics 29% 35%
Immigration 29% 43%

Just about half a year ago during the presidential election, the Republicans had the lead in 0 or 1 of these issues, depending on the week the poll was taken. So this shows a tremendous amount of progress by the GOP.

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Iraq Now Seen as a Long Term Success by Majority

In the long run, will the U.S. mission in Iraq be seen as a success or a failure?

Feb. 2009 Aug. 2008
Success 43% 38%
Failure 35% 41%
Not sure 23% 21%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted on Feb. 4 and Feb. 5, 2009. No margin of error was provided.

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Merry Christmas! Violence Down Worldwide

Of course the liberal mainstream media does not like reporting such things:

While the mass media continues to feature wars and terrorism, the overall trend continues away from such unpleasantness. Such stories are anathema to the mass media, because they do not attract eyeballs, and revenue. That’s the way people are, and the result is a distorted view of trends in global violence.

Worldwide, violence continues to decline, as it has for the last few years. Violence has also greatly diminished, or disappeared completely, in places like Iraq, Nepal, Chechnya, Congo, Indonesia and Burundi. Even Afghanistan, touted as the new war zone, is seeing less violence this year than last.
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Support for Surge up 20 pts in 1 Year

As you may know, the U.S. has sent a troop surge to Iraq. From what you have heard or read, would you say the troop surge is making the situation in Iraq better, making it worse, or is it having no impact on the situation in Iraq so far?

Sept. 2008 Sept. 2007
Better 50% 30%
Worse 10% wtf? 14%
No impact 30% 51%
Unsure 10% 5%

Looking back, do you think the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, or should the U.S. have stayed out?

Sept. 2008 Sept. 2007
Right thing 42% 39%
Stayed out 54% 53%
Unsure 4% 8%

Source: CBS News / New York Times
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,133 American adults, conducted from Sept. 12 to Sept. 16, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

Americans a Little More Positive on Iraq War

Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress toward restoring civil order in Iraq?

Sept. 2008 Aug. 2008 Jul. 2008
Is 52% 50% 46%
Is not 40% 46% 51%
Unsure 7% 4% 3%

All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not?

Sept. 2008 Aug. 2008 Jul. 2008
Worth it 36% 35% 36%
Not worth it 61% 63% 63%
Unsure 3% 2% 1%

Source: TNS / ABC News / Washington Post
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,133 American adults, conducted from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

More Americans Believe McCain’s Surge Worked

As you may know, the U.S. has sent a troop surge to Iraq. From what you have heard or read, would you say the troop surge is making the situation in Iraq better, making it worse, or is it having no impact on the situation in Iraq so far?

Aug. 2008 Mar. 2008 Feb. 2008
Better 46% 42% 39%
Worse 11% 13% 14%
No Impact 32% 34% 39%
Unsure 11% 11% 8%

Source: CBS News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 906 registered American voters, conducted from Jul. 31 to Aug. 5, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

Americans Want to Crush Taliban Next

Split Sample – Would you favour or oppose sending additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan to fight al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist operations in that country?

Jul. 2008 Aug. 2007
Favour 59% 56%
Oppose 38% 38%
Unsure 3% 6%

Split Sample – Would you favour or oppose moving U.S. troops from Iraq to Afghanistan in order to fight al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist operations in Afghanistan?

Jul. 2008 Aug. 2007
Favour 57% 52%
Oppose 36% 37%
Unsure 7% 10%

Source: Gallup / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,007 American adults, conducted from Jul. 25 to Jul. 27, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

Obama, Rezko Linked to Iraqi Government Fraud

Sen. Barack Obama’s office engaged in six months of negotiations with a company controlled by convicted criminal Tony Rezko to lobby the U.S. government to push through a nixed $50 million contact to train Iraqi security personnel at a site in Chicago. The contract was awarded to Rezko’s company while Aiham Alsammarae, a long-time, close Rezko friend and a contributor to Obama’s campaign, served as Iraq’s U.S.-appointed electricity minister, the senator’s office confirms.—World Net Daily