Thursday, August 6, 2009

If this is failure please define success

Since January the Barack Obama Administration has accomplished a great deal. I know after the last eight years we just can't seem to work fast enough. I constantly hear how nothing is going well from the Republican't talking points but despite their obstructionist policy of "Just say no" things are getting done.

We do live in a Democratic Republic and our government while not always as responsive as we would like eventually comes around. Health Care Reform, is going on way too long and it sounds like it will be watered down and potentially be counter productive. I personally am tired of people trying to make "sausage" and it does remind me of making plans by committee. I would feel better about bipartisan objectives if there were bipartisans in both parties. I don't see any effort from the GOP to play "give and take" only an effort to add legislation to every effort to weaken the impact. Not only that but after they do "sausage" up the bills they still don't vote for their own changes.

I can't, however, blame President Obama for the lack of vision or of ignoring campaign promises. All changes to his proposal while campaigning are being made by Congress and in particular the US Senate Finance Committee. President Obama is getting things done and the economy is starting to move. The Dow Jones is moving up and is an early indicator Shareholder Confidence. Jobs are a slow indicator but if the recovery is maintained that will change positively as well as the economy is shaken out.

I listen to the news and commentary and all I hear is one outrageous claim followed by another. I see town hall meetings being drowned out by people who have been poorly served by those operatives who say health care reform will kill the elderly, Medicare recipients decrying Socialized medicine, I hear them say the government will be between me and my doctor telling the doctor what to do and I wonder if these people will ever stop screaming long enough to hear the truth.


The Senate has passed an additional $2 billion for the wildly successful cash for clunkers bill on a 60-37 vote, clearing the legislation for the president to sign.

Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed as a justice for the United States Supreme Court on a 68-31 vote.

Sonia garnered eight more votes than Cash for Clunkers program.

What has President Obama done so far?

1. Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Signed: Monday, June 22, 2009

2. Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009 Signed: Friday, May 22, 2009

3. Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act Signed: Friday, May 22, 2009

4. Helping Families Save Their Homes Act Signed: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

5. Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act Signed: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

6. Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act Signed: Wednesday, April 21, 2009

7. Omnibus Public Lands Management Act Signed: Monday, March 30, 2009

8. Small Business Act Temporary Extension Signed: Friday, March 20, 2009

9. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Signed: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

10, Analogue to Digital TV conversion Delay Act Signed: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

11. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (SCHIP) Signed: Wednesday, February 4, 2009

12. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Signed: Thursday, January 29, 2009

If President Obama is failing at his job I have yet to see it.

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