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Grading Obama’s first 100 days into second term



This news story was published on May 6, 2013.
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President Obama  UPI/Chris Kleponis/Pool

President Obama
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President Obama passed the 100-day mark of his second term vowing to soldier on for his agenda while recognizing the limitations of working within a divided government.

Yes, things are dysfunctional, he said, but he’s still optimistic.

“I’m actually confident that there are a range of things that we’re going to be able to get done,” Obama said during a news conference last week. “I feel confident that the bipartisan work that’s been done on immigration reform will result in a bill that passes the Senate, passes the House, and gets on my desk. And that’s going to be historic achievement, and I’ve been very complimentary of the efforts of both Republicans and Democrats in those efforts.”

Political observers give Obama props for pushing an aggressive agenda that includes immigration reform and gun control. He’s stirred the pot and generated conversation on many issues.

Still, Obama doesn’t appear as focused on matters such as the budget, and in fact, seems adrift, earning him a B- from one political observer.

“There’re some signs that he’s less focused” on some issues, such as the budget-related matter, Lawrence Jacobs, director for the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute and Department of Political Science.

What must be remembered, though, is the “brutal environment” that is Washington these days, Jacobs said.

There was a compromise on background checks for gun purchases hammered out between two senators — a Democrat and a Republican — who are members of the National Rifle Association. Obama used his pulpit to speak about “commonsense” anti-gun-violence legislation.

It went down in the Senate.

Obama showed willingness to consider painful cuts in entitlements and for programs he typically champions to try to avoid the across-the-board spending cuts, known in Washington parlance as the sequester, without success.

“What did he get in return? Campaign fodder,” Jacobs said.

And the window for him to advance his agenda in Congress is rapidly closing, considering the 2014 midterms are, essentially, just around the bend.

Just how he proposes to revive his political prospects after setbacks on gun control and the sequester remains unknown.

One questioner noted neither the gun legislation he championed nor his work to avoid the sequester passed muster in Congress and asked if he still had the “juice” to advance his agenda on Capitol Hill.

When stated that way, Obama said, “maybe I should just pack up and go home. Golly. You know, I think it’s a little, as Mark Twain said, you know, ‘Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.'”

Later he said, “But, you know, … you seem to suggest that somehow these folks over there have no responsibilities, and that my job is to somehow get them to behave. That’s their job.

They’re elected,” he said. “Members of Congress are elected in order to do what’s right for their constituencies and for the American people.”

Obama held his cards close during his news conference, offering little insight into how he intends to proceed with any of the unfinished items on his agenda.

But one area Obama could actively pursue would have an enormous effect is his use of administrative and judicial powers, Jacobs said, an area he says the president has been “asleep at the switch.”

“He’s been kind of passive on that … it’s almost shocking,” Jacobs said.

It would take political will and political capital, but Obama could effect significant change without congressional approval.

Obama’s focus can’t be solely on what he can get Congress to pass because it’s a “false hope,” Jacobs said. So maybe it’s time for him to look to shaping his legacy through his powers in the administrative and judicial realm.

“There needs to be modesty,” Jacobs said, noting Obama is “stalemated by conservatives in the House and a Senate that’s tied up in knots.”

“He finds himself in difficult circumstances,” the professor said.

While Obama can’t force lawmakers to his will because Congress is independent, “there are areas where he can have influence,” Jacobs said. “The president has enormous power when it’s exercised in a focused way.”

Obama can exercise power through regulatory agencies and departments such as Treasury, Health and Human Services and the Interior, as well as through legislation such as the financial reform law known as the Dodd-Frank Act.

Using his administrative and judicial authority is how President Ronald Reagan wielded huge influence, Jacobs said.

And the clock is ticking, Jacobs said because of 2014. Democrats, as evidenced by some of the votes on the background checks measure, are skittish.

Historically, he said, the “the record is terrible” for presidents in the sixth year of their administration at the polls.

“The hourglass has turned,” Jacobs said. “We’re heading into the 2014 election cycle. I’d say he has until fall [for action on his agenda]. His honeymoon has blown by.”

Some strategists told The Hill Obama needs to take his message to the people living in lawmakers’ home districts.

“Power politics since the time of Cicero is effectively an exercise in physics,” said Chris Lehane, a California-based Democratic strategist, “and the physics here in this current age of paralysis is to create enough public pressure in targeted states and districts to force an official to take action.”

Other strategists say Obama needs to keep the conversation going and focus on the positive, even though he’s had some failures recently.

Still other Democratic strategists told The Hill Obama is making the right choices so far in his second term — he’s engaging lawmakers and taking advantages of the presidency.

“I didn’t realize President Obama had lost his mojo,” said strategist Jamal Simmons.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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84 Responses to Grading Obama’s first 100 days into second term

  1. Cheter Pildren Reply Report comment

    May 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I would say that the grade of “F minus” is highly fitting!

  2. My Voice Reply Report comment

    May 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    So today was an interesting day on Capitol Hill. I watched Jay Carney get hammeered about Benghazi by the mainstream media that the Administration viewed as their allies and believed would never question their motives. I truly hope this is a turning point in the Elitists success at undermining the intelligence of the American citizen thru false force fed or total abstinence of media coverage. I see the beginnings of the crumblings of credibility in the sheeple’s eyes. For the sake of this country…I cannot wait. Any Administration, be it Republican or Democrat deserves demise when it centers it’s whole existance on pure politics and not the best interests of this country FIRST. Oh yes, Rome WILL fall…mark my words. IT WILL FALL ON IT’S OWN ACCORD, it’s only a matter of time. The clock is ticking….tick-tock….tick-tock.

    I hope Hilary burns for her comments on “what does it even matter anymore?” AMERICANS died that day…that SHOULD always matter.

    Politics need to put aside. It’s time to hold ourselves accountable both Democrat and Republican…the Chinese are just waiting for us to self destruct. We are currently too stupid to realize it. It’s sad. I want better for my children. I wish more of YOU did for yours as well.

    What has Obama accomplished in the last 100 days? More of the same….it’s truly time for CHANGE.

  3. Skeptic Reply Report comment

    May 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Why is it, these ignorant progressives, advocate every failed policy tried ad nauseum around the world? Are you incapable of learning? Those of you, such as Stupid claim to be well educated in history, yet seems to be utterly ignorant with the results of those failed policies. Where in the world have this presidents Keynesian economic policies worked? Gun laws beeing sought by the progressive left, has been implemented throughout the world, and as is often the case, led to mass genocide. Socialized healthcare in the US is already beginning to rear its ugly head, that many warned about, but it makes you feel better right? There in lies the problem, liberals/progressives are unable to think beyond how it makes them imediately feel.

    • My Voice Reply Report comment

      May 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

      I have to thank you for your intelligent comment. It’s refreshing to hear from you, Katie, Watchdog, maybe, LVS, and others I forgot to mention.

      I feel the need to say this however, being a registered Republican…i wouldn’t want to have only the Republican point of view. Some Republicans are just as ass backwards as the far left Liberals. I wish we had more “centered” debate on the different ideals based on what we have learned from the past. The far right and the far left are not the answer. I don’t want someone, anyone to be able to own a tank or missile, let’s be realistic. But at the same note I don’t want to infringe on the 2nd Amendment to falsify a belief that we are going to make Americans safer.

      You fix the problem by Federalizing criminal acts involving weapons. You don’t plea bargain and you make the “time” so bad…99% of the criminals would think twice before doing the crime in the first place. That 1% of wackos are going to do it regardless. You can’t fix stupid anymore that you can stop crazy.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        May 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

        @My Voice-thank you. That was very well voiced.

      • maybe Reply Report comment

        May 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

        Like I’ve said, any laws regarding gun control are unconstitutional never the less the laws that have been on the books for years are there and need to be enforced. I know that stupid will say that I can’t have it both ways, have laws that I don’t agree with but yet obey those same laws. A verse in the bible comes to mind, render unto ceasar that with is ceasar and unto God that with is Gods. I don’t agree with the laws but they are there. I still believe that I am guaranteed my rights under the 2nd amendment that if I had the means I could own anything the military has including missles but I know that will never happen.

  4. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I clearly gave you people too much credit. I said we were debating our own opinions. You came back with simple minded attacks on me personally while reiterating the thought that yours in the only opinion that matters.

    I’ve tried to educate you. I give up. You’re just too thick skulled to comprehend that nobody is all right and nobody is all wrong. No wonder someone like LVS loves this site. He feels right at home among the uninformed angry fools.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      who is an angry fool?

    • Watchdog Reply Report comment

      May 9, 2013 at 2:03 am

      Stupid,

      I may be a fool, but I am NOT angry. At least not in the sense you mean it. I would not waste my time or energy carrying around a weight like that.

      Also, I am not debating my own opinions, nor yours, I graded Obama on the FACTS!

      Taking other people’s inventory and labeling them does nothing for your credibility.

      By the way, You never answered any of my questions.

  5. maybe Reply Report comment

    May 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Stupid did say something that I agree with, that the news sites make their money off the articles. I sometimes glance at some articles by CNN or Fox News but most of the articles I read are from the lesser known sites because they realize that if they repeat the lies the main stream sites say they could lose a whole lot more than the bigger sites. Even Matt gets stories right, although I do believe that sometimes he can be alittle biased his stories are based on fact. Some of these sites do more digging to get to the truth so they can get the scoop. I think it is funny that on these lesser known sites I read breaking news at least 2 days before I see it on the main stream news channels. I have a close friend that swears by thinkprogess.org, if there is any web site that it totally off base it’s that site. They are even worse than msnbc. I would say that of all the stories on the main stream news channels, only 90% of the stories are 100% accurate so take everything they say with a grain of salt.

  6. My Voice Reply Report comment

    May 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I would like one Liberal Left wing extremist to tell me what this jackass has actually accomplished in the last 100 days.

    Hmm, more debt….check.
    Lied about Benghazi…check.
    Failed attempt at gun control (LMFAO)…check.
    Talking tough about Syria and then does a chicken shit 180…CHECK.
    More political rhetoric and division….check.
    Free ride for all the illegals on our dime…well, almost check.

    The only real thing he’s actually done good (and I give him all the credit in the world) is talk real good so the sheeple left get hypnotized so he doesn’t actually have to really DO anything and……..GOLF.

    Yep, good job.

    Feel free to add to this amazing accomplishment list.

    OH WAIT, there was that failure to stop the Boston Bombing too. But they did everything they could tho he said.

    • My Voice Reply Report comment

      May 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

      What do you want to bet that hypocrite below will come on the attack just like she calls someone else out on??

      Wait for it………………..

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

      I will have to disagree with 1 thing you said Voice. You said he is a good talker, actually with his teleprompter down he lacks a lot in that area so it has to be someone on his writing staff that is very good. All Obama can do is read and tell a good story.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        May 8, 2013 at 8:43 am

        @maybe-you are certainly right. I have seen him try to talk without the prompter. He can barely mutter. Someone writes on the prompter what he says and he reads it.

      • My Voice Reply Report comment

        May 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Ok, ok….you got me on that one. I fully agree! Thanks! 😉

  7. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Well would you look at that. This entire thread has been a heated discussion on Obama’s accomplishments. We don’t agree with each other, but we’ve all posted what we believe.

    And then comes LVS. Not one post about the topic at hand. Not one. He just stopped in to attack me.

    Now, regardless of our political views, do any of you think he makes a positive contribution to this website? We debate and scream and yell, we all think we’re right, but he’s just filled with seething ugliness.

    Any comments?

    • Watchdog Reply Report comment

      May 8, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Stupid,

      I have observed LVS contributing without making comments about you. So there.

      Some questions for you.

      Have you ever thought about changing your handle? It’s not very becoming.

      Also, did you pay attention to a post by Katie when she wrote, “I am near retirement and I honestly don’t know what to do with my investments or where to put my money. The dollar is going to be worthless and I’m scared to death. What Obama has done to this country is terrifying.”

      I am in the same boat as Katie. We are all at risk because of Obama.

      That fear is rampant throughout this country and with good cause. Printing 85 billion dollars a MONTH makes our national debt the number one reason for this fear. We are broke and to dumb to realize it.

      Obama’s national debt is NOT a lie. It is real, Obama caused this, and he gets a F big time for this failure as President.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      May 8, 2013 at 7:45 am

      @stinksofstupd-You are one to talk. Every single post you put on here you throw in a insult of some type. There is no discussion with you as you are so paranoid you just run to your liberal sites and copy and paste some left wing lies. The only ones I really dislike on here is you and that other liberal My Opinion and I still say that is you posting under another name. I think you also post under Anonymous because you sure seem to answer yourself all. I post all of the time with other people with no problem at all. Keep your mouth off me and you won’t have a problem with me. Now, how is that for a comment?

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        May 8, 2013 at 7:49 am

        @stinksofstupd-by the way, read Maybe’s post. He is telling you the truth where he tells you that you are always wrong but always think you area right. You have been told that by Watchdog, Uncle Buck, Maybe, and a lot of others. Trying to misdirect and putting the blame for your mental issues on me is not going to work. We know what you are.

  8. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Well, you can lead the brains to the knowledge, but you can’t make them absorb it. At least I tried.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Stupid I have to tell you something, for someone who is always wrong but thinks that she is always right, you crack me up. My offer still stands, when Obama declares martial law I want to buy you a coffee.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        May 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        @maybe and Watchdog all STUPD knows is how to do is copy and paste from her liberal sites. If she ever did have an original thought it would probably kill her.

    • Watchdog Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Stupid,

      Why can’t you see the forest for the trees?

      You don’t listen to a thing anyone says but your liberals who provide you your talking points. Somewhere along the line in your life you lost the ability to understand when you are being lied to by your liberal friends.

      It’s apparent that you believe you are the only one that is right. Do you ever go out and talk to the average Joe on the streets?

      You are a legend in your own mind!

  9. 4ever49 Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Back to the article.
    It is interesting to note that it is a piece written by a UPI reporter quoting politically friendly sources to support the B- given Obama. They are still awash in the “glory” of their leader for which they cannot seem to generate any objectivity.
    Now it appears Clinton and Obama may be waist deep in the Benghazi cover up as it was a danger to his reelection. Even Bob Schieffer was “aghast” at this revelation on CBS’s Face the Nation this last Sunday.
    We can only hope this will take down this astoundingly divisive, incompetent & destructive administration.

  10. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Stupid, One more thing! You don’t know your history!

    The 1929 stock market collapse and depression was causes by Banks getting into the investments and Brokerage firms getting into the loan business. This was determined by congressional committees that met to determine the cause of the “Big Depression”.

    As a result the following Federal law was passed.

    The Glass-Steagall Act, also known as the Banking Act of 1933 was passed by Congress in 1933 and prohibits commercial banks from engaging in the investment business.

    The Glass-Steagall was gutted by the Democrats under Bill Clinton and which set up the housing bubble and economic collapse in 2008. I will give you this; the idiot Senator Phil Graham joined the Democrats and helped gut the Glass-Steagall Act.

    The “Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010)” does nothing to protect us and we are still at risk another runaway inflation of housing prices. It only puts more money into the rich pockets and we are still at risk.

    Your refusal to interpret the facts with logic keeps you dumbed down and you swallow all the 6 o’clock news “talking heads fluff.”

    Conservative’s try and try to keep America from sinking but it is people like you that are determined to live with the fairy tale your socialist leaders feed you. The rich control the Democratic Party and the White House and you still believe that it is the Republicans that are the bad guys.

    Well, what the hell, Stupidity is Fatal.

  11. Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 8:16 am

    O – overrated
    B- bottom
    A- ass as in jack
    M- Moochelle
    A- Ali

    I would give him a rating of fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
    Hillary ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
    Nancy fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
    Harry. fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
    Joe. FffffffffffffffffffffFfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
    Or these four in order dumb, dumber, dumbest, and dumb ass.
    O first letter can be his rate or his body part rating (o) hole

  12. Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Unemployment is down as long term ears can not file anymore. Most of money went to jobs that are not sustained over a long term, some call these careers.

  13. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Stupid,

    All those so called accomplishments have destroyed America’s middle class. In addition, all those laws have done nothing but help the rich get richer, while killing job creation. Jobs that are being created are solely due to printing money. It is not because of real growth and capitalism.

    Remember socialism always runs out of “other people’s money”.

    We are all slaves to a government that taxes us at such a high rate that we have to work “over” half our work day for someone else to lay on their dead butt.

    I’m sick inside because I know this doesn’t have to happen!

    Obama’s agenda has kills the work ethic in America, made welfare honorable, destroyed patriotism, and the list goes on.

    The middle class has no incentive to get ahead because the government takes so much of what we earn.

    You are living in a dream world. Obama gets an F and will go in history as the dumbest president ever. He is still a Muslim at heart and he lives in a world far removed from the average Joe on the street. Obama also sets a horrible example of indifference. He could care less about everything our ancestors built and sacrificed to make America what it once was.

    FYI: Alan Greenspan, former head of the Federal Reserve just said Obama will not get through his second term without a financial collapse that will make the housing bubble look mild. Printing 85 billion dollars a month because the Federal Government is overspending can’t go on forever. When our money collapse be sure and puff your chest up then and tell me how great this buffoon Obama is!

    Stupid, you better get your head out of your ass and look around; people are really hurting out here because they can’t make ends meet. It’s worse now than has ever been and it’s all Obama’s fault due to his liberal policies.

    • Katie Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Watchdog, you are right on. Everything you say is right. The farmers are the next ones who will have a huge crisis with this land price bubble. The Dow cannot sustain this meteoric rise. I am near retirement and I honestly don’t know what to do with my investments or where to put my money. The dollar is going to be worthless and I’m scared to death. What Obama has done to this country is terrifying.

      • maybe Reply Report comment

        May 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        Silver and Gold. I know Gold is going down but it will rise again and Silver has so many uses that it is going to rise too. Another good investment would be the Wise Company, emergency food kits. They are good for 25 years and since the economy isn’t the best right now more and more people are buying them. Bottled water would be another one, or solar panels.

        http://www.wisefoodsupply.com/

  14. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    And I am sick to death of that national debt LIE.

    Carter raised the national debt by 42.3%, for an average of 9.2% a year.

    Reagan raised it by 188.6% or 14.2% A YEAR

    Bush One: 55.6% or 11.7% annually.

    Clinton: 35.6% or 3.9% a year.

    Bush TOO: 89.0% or 8.3% A YEAR

    And Obama: 53.6% or 11.7% annually.

    I don’t much care about your social desires, your religious issues, ad nauseam. They have nothing to do with the government anyway.

    But facts DO NOT LIE.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      facts do not lie but they can be manipulated.

      • sickastupd Reply Report comment

        May 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        How can these figures be manipulated? How? They are percentages of actual dollars, actual GDP. Are you going to tell me you see these facts before your very eyes and STILL try to deny the truth?????

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

          It’s really hard to believe a set of numbers when I can check out 6 different web sites and get 6 different set of numbers, it all depends on who came up with the numbers, so I just don’t believe anything I see anymore.

        • sickastupd Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm

          I would LOVE to know how you could possibly find other figures, Maybe. Seriously. These figures are too easy to verify. What 6 websites???

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm

          it doesn’t matter which web sites, you go to a financial web site and it will have one set, another site will have a different set.

        • sickastupd Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm

          NO, they DON’T! They’re the SAME! Where have you seen different figures? WHERE?

        • Joao Do Carmo Reply Report comment

          May 7, 2013 at 8:52 am

          “But facts DO NOT LIE.” But statistics do.
          “How can these figures be manipulated? How? They are percentages of actual dollars, actual GDP.” I notice you use percentages instead of actual, real dollar figures. Maybe the following graphic will show why.

          http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=National+Debt+Graph+By+President&Form=IQFRDR#view=detail&id=6C8223B2D1B755AD854B10590B9EB11977078C6B&selectedIndex=3

  15. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Want me to go on? Is he perfect? NO. Is any President? Is he a terrible President? NO. History will prove me right.

    You have to stop listening to the angry right who admittedly block everything this guy does just to win. Is that the kind of person you want deciding your fate? Someone who will cut your throat just so they can win the next election?

    Think about it the next time you hear a republican – any republican yammering away. They do NOT have this country’s best interest at heart.

  16. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Recapitalized Banks: In the midst of financial crisis, approved controversial Treasury Department plan to lure private capital into the country’s largest banks via “stress tests” of their balance sheets and a public-private fund to buy their “toxic” assets. Got banks back on their feet at essentially zero cost to the government.

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Bush stimulate was the one that went to the banks.

  17. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: In 2009, injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs. In 2011, the Big Three automakers all gained market share for the first time in two decades. The government expects to lose $16 billion of its investment, less if the price of the GM stock it still owns increases.

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Ford out preformed with no stimulus, GM still owes on their second stimulus. The electric car companies are doing terrible

  18. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America’s long-term fiscal problems

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:09 am

      The tax was supposed to save a person $2,500 as of today it’s costing TAX PAYERS $3,000. This is in the first year.

    • Joao Do Carmo Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

      “. It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth.” And yet health care costs are growing and will continue to do so. Have you looked at what happened after “RommnieCare”? It too, touted healthcare savings. Didn’t happen. cost increased. It was supposed to reduce ER visits for noncritical care. That didn’t happen, it too increased, as the “Poor” made more and more visits BECAUSE they were no longer responsible for payment. I’ve already been told by my Doctor to find another General Practitioner BEFORE I turn 65yrs. So much for keeping the same Doctors.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        May 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

        @Joao Do Carmo-I have been told by a reliable source that the doctors in Mason City are not taking any more medicare patients. So, if you are retiring this year you will have a real problem. Your only option will be the E.R. So much for getting your own doctor. They can not keep cutting and cutting into medicare like they are to support Obamacare.

        • Joao Do Carmo Reply Report comment

          May 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

          I have a few years, but I want my present doctor. He’s a crusty fellow who doesn’t sugar coat anything.

  19. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs.

  20. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. The new law tightens capital requirements on large banks and other financial institutions, requires derivatives to be sold on clearinghouses and exchanges, mandates that large banks provide “living wills” to avoid chaotic bankruptcies, limits their ability to trade with customers’ money for their own profit, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Richard Cordray) to crack down on abusive lending products and companies.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I could respond to each one of these but I decided not to but on this one, funny how the entire economy collapse was because of frank and dodd to begin with. Bush wanted to veto the bill they pushed through but senator Obama talked him out of it and then the economy collapses and it’s all bush’s fault.

      • sickastupd Reply Report comment

        May 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        Stop embarrassing yourself, Maybe. Bush had NOTHING to do with the Dodd-Frank Act. It was signed into law by OBAMA. My God, man!

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

          Hey stupid, frank and dodd put through a bill forcing banks to loan to people with less than desirable credit which started the economy collapse. Bush didn’t want to sign it but senator Obama talked him into it. You better check your facts too.

        • sickastupd Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 6:23 pm

          Oh my god. Are you just being silly now????

          Bush’s policies promoted the self-regulation of the big banks, which spawned the investment bankers to hedge too heavily on the triple A ratings by the three big ratings agencies which led to the housing bubble and ultimate bust in addition to the two unfunded wars, massive tax cuts and monstrous drug program for seniors that had NOTHING TO DO with Obama! Are you serious???

          Dodd-Frank wasn’t even introduced until 2009!

          Maybe, you have to take some time and educate yourself for real. Get off the blogs and check out some economics books from the library. This is pitiful!

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm

          STUPID, you complain about LVS just trying to start arguments yet you are doing the same thing. Happyguy would come at me about showing proof and when I did he would try to discredit it. You keep going on about facts yet you keep getting the facts wrong. Read this then we will talk.

          http://cc.org/blog/media_blames_bush_frank_and_dodd_are_blame

        • sickastupd Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

          Sigh. Maybe. Maybe, maybe, maybe…

          This is an opinion piece by Karl Rove – the republican spin doctor. There is not one iota of fact in this whole thing – and I read it three times to be sure. This is all Karl Rove’s personal opinion. It is NOT fact.

          You can disagree with my OPINION, but you cannot disagree with facts. I present facts.

          Sigh..

        • sickastupd Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm

          Now back to facts. You are wrong, Maybe. Our political views are different, but you are wrong on this. There is a difference.

        • maybe Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

          I googled frank, dodd, bush and up came a dozen pages and the first one I went to I posted. I never heard of karl rove but the others had to be by someone else. Like happy, you don’t like what I have to say, google it yourself and prove me wrong.

        • sickastupd Reply Report comment

          May 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm

          I HAVE proved you wrong! Over and over! You refuse to admit it! There is absolutely no hope for you! You are so invested in your paranoia that you will not settle down long enough to see that you’re being played! Maybe, seriously!

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:16 am

      After pass went to Wall Street for campaign contributions. If he is after corporate abuse why doesn’t he go after Hollywood. Popcorn cost a lot these days, I guess.

  21. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown: After winning agreement from congressional Republicans and Democrats in summer 2011 budget deal to reduce projected defense spending by $450 billion, proposed new DoD budget this year with cuts of that size and a new national defense strategy that would shrink ground forces from 570,000 to 490,000 over the next ten years while increasing programs in intelligence gathering and cyberwarfare.

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Clinton took power away from the CIA, it takes the next great vote getter to put a statement on paper saying the opposite. Troops have not been down sized, he used scare tat tic towards military cuts. He also said he was going to be out of Afghanistan, but when you are nice to the Muslim Brotherhood sh:t happens. Can you say Benghazi. Four dead(RIP) no answers, just lies

  22. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense: Cut the Reagan-era “Star Wars” missile defense budget, saving $1.4 billion in 2010, and canceled plans to station antiballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of sea-based defense plan focused on Iran and North Korea.

  23. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Achieved New START Treaty: Signed with Russia (2010) and won ratification in Congress (2011) of treaty that limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads (down from 2,200) and 700 launchers (down from more than 1,400), and reestablished and strengthened a monitoring and transparency program that had lapsed in 2009, through which each country can monitor the other.

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:26 am

      That’s really helped with North Korea and Iran. What meetings on the economy lately?

  24. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws: Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, giving women who are paid less than men for the same work the right to sue their employers after they find out about the discrimination, even if that discrimination happened years ago. Under previous law, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the statute of limitations on such suits ran out 180 days after the alleged discrimination occurred, even if the victims never knew about it.

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:45 am

      White House employees that are female make 19 PERECENt less than males doing the same job under Obama .

  25. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Passed Credit Card Reforms: Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (2009), which prohibits credit card companies from raising rates without advance notification, mandates a grace period on interest rate increases, and strictly limits overdraft and other fees.

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Check on credit cared, but what about gov’t, unlimited credit must be nice. Just borrow from China, who is building their military at an alarming rate.

  26. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Ok, everybody finished? Now let’s have some truth: Among other things, Obama has…
    Increased Support for Veterans: With so many soldiers coming home from Iraq and Iran with serious physical and mental health problems, yet facing long waits for services, increased 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs budget by 16 percent and 2011 budget by 10 percent. Also signed new GI bill offering $78 billion in tuition assistance over a decade, and provided multiple tax credits to encourage businesses to hire veterans.

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Vets need all the backing they can get! Doesn’t cutting government spending on the military hurt vets and the current people protecting us? It’s a political shell game, he is good at that.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      you say that Obama has helped vets, well as a vet I can say that he hasn’t helped me one bit, in fact his policies have made it harder for me. Plus the talk from congress is they want to cut the wages of current active duty soldiers by 3% and cut their hazardous duty pay.

  27. Tim Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Obama has done nothing to help unemployment, he has done nothing to slow down or curb the enormous national debt, he has help overthrow two governments Libya and Egypt with government that are very hostile towards the United States, He has lied about the killing of our Ambassador in Libya. He has lied about gun running to Mexico. All he has done is campaign and vacation.
    He will go down in History as one of the worst presidents. He legacy will be the enormous national debt that he promise to cut in half during his first 4 years and all he has done is raise it more than any of the President before him combined.

  28. Katie Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    The uncertainty of ObamaCare is hanging heavily over businesses. It creates an atmosphere of not knowing what the impact will be on your business. Will your employees be dropped from their spouses’ employers’ health policies? Will you then have to cover them at your business? Will you be able to suddenly afford 7 more insurance policies @ $700/month? NO. What do you do then? Cut everyone back to 29 hours and add more part-time employees? Worry now, deal with it when it happens, I guess. Obama has created so much anxiety for business owners that it is unbelievable. Employees don’t know the half of it. And they’re all going to be angry when they get dumped into the public exchange. Obama is going to get what he wants because he is going to force employers out of providing health care insurance!

    We still don’t have the truth out of his administration about Benghazi. We all know the truth, but he will never tell it. He is all about CYA in the tradition of other great liars. The man has no ethics.

  29. Allen Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Obama is in his second term, He can’t keep blaming Bush for everything. As of yet I really haven’t seen anything positive that he has accomplished, immigration no, healthcare no, wanting to give away my money yes. You asked for it, you got it, O-B-A-M-A. That has a nice jingle.

  30. sickastupd Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

    All in all a relatively positive article. So what does everybody do? COMPLAIN!

    Shouldn’t we be happy we have a president with such a good record even in his second term?

    Considering all the things he’s being blamed for are the residual effects of the LAST administration debacle, I’d say he’s done pretty darn good pulling us out of the abyss created by the military-industrial boys.

    • maybe Reply Report comment

      May 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

      What in the world are you looking at? What good record? You really need to stop doing LSD when you are watching the news.

    • Uncle Buck Reply Report comment

      May 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Look this up Bush did a hell of a lot more on humanitarian issues than o. He did more to put female and minorities in positions to make a difference. When did the liberal left become gov’t supporters, they started out protesting it. Talk about racism , if Condi Rice were democrat she would be on every mag and president.

  31. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I like tat word they used -DYSFUNCTIONAL !

  32. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

    If anyone should get an F, it should be the voters that put this idiot in office.

    The socialist’s won the election and they are getting there welfare.

    I would give Obama an F for tearing America down and destroying the middle class. Priming the pump, or for those of you that don’t know this, that means Obama is just printing money to keep American from going into a Depression. We are living in false times. Can’t print money forever.

    He will not be able to finish this term out without facing a bubble collapse that makes 2008 look mild.

    He makes Bush look like a angel!

  33. My Voice Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Wow, he earns a B? If that’s the case WHAT does it take to earn an F?! That’s his REAL grade.

    • seriously? Reply Report comment

      May 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

      An F? That would be the last president Einstein.

      • My Voice Reply Report comment

        May 8, 2013 at 8:19 am

        The last President? LMFAO. Bush wasn’t perfect by any means but Bush was definitely NO OBAMA. Obama is in a class of his own, he is only a political president. He is NO leader. No president in HISTORY has divided this country like he has. Ya good job jackass…you should should get a G for GO AWAY.

        You’re right Jack, that is brilliance matched only by Einstein. Your such a track star, you wouldn’t know Einstein if he sat down if front of you.