archylgp wrote: Gao Bohan wrote:
archylgp wrote:As it is now, I don't expect Obama to do anything worthwhile and will end up handing the republicans the office in 2016. Seriously, besides half-ass health insurance reform, what has Obama done?
First off, he initiated comprehensive health reform that expands coverage to 30 million Americans and overhauls and standardizes the existing regulatory structure. There was nothing "half-ass" about it. He also passed an economic stimulus package that, when combined with other stimulus packages across the world, ended the worst recession in 80 years. He also passed a law overhauling the financial regulatory system in order to prevent another meltdown. He ended the war in Iraq. He killed Bin Laden. He set up a timetable to end the war in Afghanistan. He improved gay rights by repealing DODT and by championing gay marriage. He improved women's rights by passing the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Many of those are major accomplishments and those are just off the top of my head. There are lists of dozens of campaign promises that he has fulfilled through legislation or executive orders. Obama is one of the good guys, and he has an excellent chance of being re-elected. What's with all this pessimism and defeatism?
I don't want to write a long response, but Obama's health reform is seriously lacking: (1) doesn't address the sky rocketing costs of health care: why did my x ray 8 years ago cost 300 dollars?? Something is wrong... (2) Forces people to buy private insurance with a bunch of loop holes putting the very ill back on the existing government plans. (3) doesn't change the fact that people with good insurance get better care and people with the cheap insurance will get shitty care.
What I would like to see is government insurance that makes the best available to people who need it regardless of wealth while not paying ridiculous sums of money for little things. The coverage would be universal and priced relative to salaries. Private insurance could be bought as a complement to government insurance to pay for non-essential treatments. At the same time, I would like to see the government investing heavily in medical research while tearing down ridiculous barriers to progress like patenting of DNA and what not. This type of investment will pay for itself in the long run through money-generating innovations and will keep US health care at the number 1 spot in the world.
About Iraq, Bush's surge ended the war in Iraq, Obama just had to follow through. Interestingly, Obama decided to implement a Bush style surge in Afghanistan and by all accounts it's been disastrous.
Obama's bail out was just an unregulated cheque to the rich...that is, he failed on his promise to track where the money went. The situation in the US is still as hopeless as it was in 2008 for the average guy trying to live a respectable life. Obama admitted this in an interview with Charlie Rose a few weeks ago and said fixing this is his main goal. Let's hope he does better than he did with health care...
Killing Bin Laden would of happened with a Republican in office.
No, actually, it would not have. It actually specifically did not happen when we had Bin Laden cornered
, but let him go. In fact, we knew he would attack the U.S. before the 9/11
but Bush told the agents that informed him "you've covered your ass, now go home."
I don't understand how you conflate the fact that it specifically did not happen with a Republican in office
with the idea that it would.
Republican in office: We invaded two countries, one of which had absolutely zero connection to 9/11. A different country was home to most of the hijackers, yet we did not invade them, because we fucking love their oil
, and our President was too busy literally kissing their leaders
. So distracted with another bullshit war, when we had Bin Laden trapped in the mountains of Afghanistan, we let him go.
Democrat in office: President orders an elite team of soldiers to shoot him in the head, without starting a war. In the same speech, revealing this action, President has to prove he is a citizen by releasing his birth certificate again
Republicans only have a track record of catastrophic failure.