238 Reasons to Get out and Vote for Democrats in November

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I like Numbers, Statistics, Facts.

They have a way of cutting through the Rhetoric.

Facts have a way of lifting the “fog of inaction”.

So, it is within that context of “fog clearing”, I present to you …

The Obameter: Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises

PolitiFact.com — St Petersburg Times

2009 Pulitizer Prize Winner

PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.

The Obameter Scorecard

   * Promise Kept 122

   * Compromise 39

   * Promise Broken 22

   * Stalled 82

   * In the Works 238

So what are some of those Promises that President Obama, with the help of a Democratic Congress, has KEPT to the American People?

Promises Kept — Page 1

Promise Kept

No. 6: Create an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to invest in peer-reviewed manufacturing processes

Promise Kept

No. 16: Increase minority access to capital

Promise Kept

No. 17: Require economic justification for tax changes

Promise Kept

No. 27: Change standards for determining broadband access

Promise Kept

No. 33: Establish a credit card bill of rights

Promise Kept

No. 36: Expand loan programs for small businesses

Promise Kept

No. 40: Extend and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch

Promise Kept

No. 48: Close the “doughnut hole” in Medicare prescription drug plan

Promise Kept

No. 50: Expand the Senior Corps volunteer program

Promise Kept

No. 51: Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions

Promise Kept

No. 53: Give tax credits to those who need help to pay health premium

Promise Kept

No. 55: Require large employers to contribute to a national health plan

Promise Kept

No. 56: Require children to have health insurance coverage

Promise Kept

No. 57: Expand eligibility for Medicaid

Promise Kept

No. 58: Expand eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)

Promise Kept

No. 63: Require health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care

Promise Kept

No. 65: Establish an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information

Promise Kept

No. 69: In non-competitive markets, force insurers to pay out a reasonable share of their premiums for patient care

Promise Kept

No. 70: Eliminate the higher subsidies to Medicare Advantage plans

Promise Kept

No. 76: Expand funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners

——–  but wait there’s more  ———

Promises Kept — Page 2

Promise Kept

No. 77: Increase funding to expand community based prevention programs

Promise Kept

No. 93: Reinstate executive order to hire an additional 100,000 federal employees with disabilities within five years.

Promise Kept

No. 105: Increase the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals

Promise Kept

No. 109: Fully fund the Veterans Administration

Promise Kept

No. 110: Assure that the Veterans Administration budget is prepared as ‘must-pass’ legislation

Promise Kept

No. 113: Expand the Veterans Administration’s number of “centers of excellence” in specialty care

Promise Kept

No. 119: Appoint a special adviser to the president on violence against women

Promise Kept

No. 121: Fully fund the Violence Against Women Act

Promise Kept

No. 125: Direct military leaders to end war in Iraq

Promise Kept

No. 126: Begin removing combat brigades from Iraq

Promise Kept

No. 132: No permanent bases in Iraq

Promise Kept

No. 134: Send two additional brigades to Afghanistan

Promise Kept

No. 154: Strengthen and expand military exchange programs with other countries

Promise Kept

No. 156: Make greater investment in advanced military air technology

Promise Kept

No. 161: End the abuse of supplemental budgets for war

Promise Kept

No. 167: Make U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional on anti-terror efforts

Promise Kept

No. 174: Give a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration

Promise Kept

No. 182: Allocate Homeland Security funding according to risk

Promise Kept

No. 184: Create a real National Infrastructure Protection Plan

Promise Kept

No. 188: Increase funding for local emergency planning

——–  but wait there’s more accomplishments to clear away the cobwebs of cynicism  ———

Promises Kept — Page 3

Promise Kept

No. 197: Stand down nuclear forces to be reduced under the Moscow Treaty

Promise Kept

No. 200: Appoint a White House Coordinator for Nuclear Security

Promise Kept

No. 204: Initiate a grant and training program for law enforcement to deter cyber crime

Promise Kept

No. 208: Improve relations with Turkey, and its relations with Iraqi Kurds

Promise Kept

No. 212: Launch an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA)

Promise Kept

No. 215: Create a rapid response fund for emerging democracies

Promise Kept

No. 222: Grant Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

Promise Kept

No. 224: Restore funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program

Promise Kept

No. 225: Establish an Energy Partnership for the Americas

Promise Kept

No. 229: Expand the Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers

Promise Kept

No. 239: Release presidential records

Promise Kept

No. 241: Require new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.

Promise Kept

No. 244: Provide affordable, high-quality child care

Promise Kept

No. 247: Recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession

Promise Kept

No. 259: Reduce subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers

Promise Kept

No. 266: Encourage water-conservation efforts in the West

Promise Kept

No. 269: Increase funding for national parks and forests

Promise Kept

No. 270: Increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Promise Kept

No. 272: Encourage farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient

Promise Kept

No. 275: Expand Pell grants for low-income students

The List of Promises Kept, continues …

Promises Kept — Page 4

Promises Kept — Page 5

Promises Kept — Page 6

Promises Kept — Page 7

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As great as that is to see the Progress a Democratic Administration has brought us —

The Promises Democrats HAVE Kept

There are even more Reasons to Get Out and Vote — to make a Citizen Statement in this Election by voting for Even More Democrats —

That Reason is because of the Promises, THEY.ARE.STILL.WORKING.ON Keeping.

(238 Reasons — in the process of becoming Fact.)

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 1

In the Works

No. 1: Increase the capital gains and dividends taxes for higher-income taxpayers

In the Works

No. 2: Eliminate all oil and gas tax loopholes

In the Works

No. 4: Extend child tax credits and marriage-penalty fixes

In the Works

No. 7: Double funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program that encourages manufacturing efficiency

In the Works

No. 8: Include environmental and labor standards in trade agreements

In the Works

No. 12: Create an international tax haven watch list

In the Works

No. 18: Provide option for a pre-filled-out tax form

In the Works

No. 20: Make permanent the Research & Development tax credit

In the Works

No. 21: Require automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans

In the Works

No. 22: Require automatic enrollment in IRA plans

In the Works

No. 23: Create a retirement savings tax credit for low incomes

In the Works

No. 26: Implement “Women Owned Business” contracting program

In the Works

No. 28: Create a consumer-friendly credit card rating system

In the Works

No. 31: Create a $60 billion bank to fund roads and bridges

In the Works

No. 37: Extend the Bush tax cuts for lower incomes

In the Works

No. 38: Repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes

In the Works

No. 39: Phase out exemptions and deductions for higher earners

In the Works

No. 42: Tax carried interest as ordinary income

In the Works

No. 43: Sign the Employee Free Choice Act, making it easier for workers to unionize

In the Works

No. 47: Require full disclosure of company pension investments to employees

———– Yes, the work remaining is “in process” ———-

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 2

In the Works

No. 49: Provide easy-to-understand comparisons of the Medicare prescription drug plans

In the Works

No. 59: Invest in electronic health information systems

In the Works

No. 60: Phase in requirements for health information technology

In the Works

No. 61: Require that health plans utilize disease management programs

In the Works

No. 62: Require providers to report measures of health care costs and quality

In the Works

No. 66: Hold hospitals and health plans accountable for disparities in care

In the Works

No. 67: Implement and fund proven health intervention programs

In the Works

No. 72: Prevent drug companies from blocking generic drugs

In the Works

No. 73: Allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper drug prices

In the Works

No. 75: Work with schools to create more healthful environments for children

In the Works

No. 78: Improve recruitment of public health workers

In the Works

No. 80: Mandate insurance coverage of autism treatment

In the Works

No. 82: Fully fund the Combating Autism Act and Federal Autism Research Initiatives

In the Works

No. 84: Double federal funding for cancer research

In the Works

No. 85: Increase participation in cancer-related clinical trials

In the Works

No. 89: Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

In the Works

No. 91: Set a national goal to provide re-screening for all 2-year-olds for developmental disorders

In the Works

No. 92: Commission a study on students with disabilities and their transition to jobs or higher education

In the Works

No. 94: Set goals and timetables for implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act

In the Works

No. 95: Create a best practices list for private businesses in accommodating workers with disabilities

The List of Promises ‘In the Works’, indicates WHY we need even MORE Democrats leading the effort …

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 3

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 4

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 5

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 6

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 7

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 8

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 9

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 10

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 11

Promises ‘In the Works’ — Page 12

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Without your Vote, your Citizen Voice, being added to this grand American Experiment —

That grand List of “Works in Progress” will end up “Being Shelved” —

CANCELED, REVOKED, REPEALED …

IF we let the Party of NO Ideas, Keep THEIR Pledges, Keep THEIR Promises;

to do to this Country, “the Very Same Things“, they did before, in the last Decade.

This Must Not Happen.  They must not be given the chance, to turn back the clock … especially when the Time for Change, is so limited.

This Country’s People will NOT survive another Decade of Millionaire Favoritism.

This Country’s Peoplethe Working People — must make OUR Voices heard — as One Nation,

by Voting for the Party, that is “Working for you”, for US the American People.

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“Works in Progress” take time.  

Afterall it took the Republicans 8 years to crater the Economy —

It may take at least 4 years to fix it — especially considering how the Only Word the GOP Knows —

is NO !!!      (as in Hell No!!!)

Progress takes Time.

Progress takes Patience.

Progress takes Democrats being given the chance to become the Party of YES …

the Party of YES … WE CAN.

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H/T to Progressive Thom Hartmann for pointing me to the PolitiFact website.

Facts are a wonderful thing.

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    • jamess on October 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm
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    and Randi Rhodes,  

    and Katrina vanden Heuvel

    support President Obama, and the Democrats …

    and that’s good enough for me.

  1. But this is Docudharma, not Daily Obama.  Fair’s fair, so I don’t mind viewpoints being cross pollinated, even if they are semi official propaganda and talking points.

    Still…

    This list was trite when OFA-mongers first started putting it up.  It’s tiresome and hooey now.

    Dissatisfied liberals are not stupid, and this is another way for Obama supporters, and perhaps the Obama administration, to treat dissatisfied liberals like they are.  Stupid, that is.  Pee on my feet, but don’t tell me it’s raining, style.  Heh.

    It was never about the NUMBER of bullet points that Obama himself decided were technical promises he decided he made that he could check off his little technical checkoff list to allow people to say he did great wonders.

    And, the “he never promised X” garbage doesn’t do it for me either.  

    It was, and is, about restoring this country and fixing the big ticket items destroying people’s lives.

    As to GOTV.  I don’t know, maybe it works for the vast majority.  I have no idea.  Me, I prefer honesty.  GOS is about GOTV, even if, arguably, that should be left to the OFA.

    I’d prefer the Democrats tell the truth and not paper over their failures.  Even in an election season.

    This arm waving doesn’t work on me.  Never has, never will.  As I said, that’s just me.

    I respect YOUR honesty — I think you are just trying to GOTV, probably because like many people you’re afraid of what the Republicans will do if they take power.  But this list stuff is obfuscation, and that’s all it is.

  2. Ever. In. My. Life.

    Here’s the top ten of 238 reasons why:

    1. Afghanistan escalation

    2. Pakistan Escalation / Drone attacks

    3. Torture

    4. Renditions

    5. Mandated heath care and the death of single payer

    6.  Hand outs to wall street

    7. Covering up for BP in the GOM – and making the situation far worse by spreading dispersants.

    8. The attack on Social Security, which has begun under the democrats.

    9. ‘Clean’ coal.

    10. Offshore oil drilling permits granted. Two weeks before the gulf, btw.

    Take the pledge:

    Don’t get fooled gain !

    • jamess on October 4, 2010 at 2:00 am
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    I am voting Republican because…



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  3. The “list” is your basic propaganda.

    here is an out and out lie:

    Promise Kept

    No. 132: No permanent bases in Iraq

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