President Obama jumped on the year-in-review bandwagon with a video, released Saturday, that lists his administration’s top accomplishments of 2015.
International agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Iran nuclear deal feature prominently on the list. But some domestic issues, particularly those that faced Supreme Court challenges, also make it on the board.
Take a look at what the president believes “should make every American optimistic about 2016”:
10. The economy
Businesses, according to the president, have “added 13.7 million new jobs over a 69-month streak of job growth.” Mr. Obama also cited the latest unemployment rate figures — in October, it fell to 5 percent and has remained at that level since — as proof of a strong economy.
This may be factual (maybe) but a vast amount of the NEW JOBS that came about, were in the minimum wage category. From an exec at Microsoft to flipping burgers. I think his point of view can be questioned.
9. “More Americans getting health insurance coverage”
Does the cost of what the American public had to put up justify the bang they got for their buck. A big negative.
Just one example, Obama took over 700 billion dollars from social security to fund his pet project. If he could have developed his pet project without stealing from Peter to pay Paul, I would call that an accomplishment, even if it failed.
When Obama took office his main objective was not getting the country back together, it was for him to get his name in the history books as the first president to get universal health care for the USA.
Right out of the blocks, he spent over 2 billion dollars just to develop a website for -. He GAVE (no competitive bidding) it to a Canadian company to develop, a company where Michele’s college roommate was a honcho. That company screwed up so bad, it was taken away from them and given to an American company to fix it. Why did the USA company not get the handout in the beginning? Not to mention, the Canadian company DID NOT give any of the money back. Whatever happened to satisfaction our your money back?
At the time I said; Go Daddy develops websites for $9.95.
That was just the beginning of the thunderstorm.
Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies in 6-3 ruling
Despite numerous Republican threats and challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the president’s landmark health bill survived 2015. In June, the Supreme Court even upheld a major part of the Obamacare legislation, ruling in a 6-3 decision that the federal government can give out subsidies to its consumers in all states, no matter whether they signed up through the federal or state-based exchange.
“The rate of the uninsured in America dropped below 10 percent for the first time ever,” Mr. Obama said in his video. “In all, 17.6 million people and climbing have gained coverage as the Affordable Care Act has taken effect.”
Just this month, the White House extended the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the ACA by two days because of “unprecedented demand.”
Any judge that gave that package a good-looking over and agreed with it; they needed to retire long before that.
8. “America’s global leadership on climate change”
For the past year, the president has heavily championed a climate change agenda. And just last week, the world came together at the Paris COP21 climate talks to reach a historic deal with ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Of the Paris accord, the president said, “it was only possible because America led with clean energy here at home and strong diplomacy around the world.”
I will agree that there is a major problem with global warming. Whether/weather it is totally man-made or not is the question. I would say no BUT we had a hand in it. We should do all we can to help save the ozone for future generations.
Only a fool can deny the obvious.
7. U.S.-Cuba relations
In August, the U.S. reopened its embassy in Cuba, the first symbolic step to normalizing relations between the two countries and the first time the American flag has flown in Havana in 54 years.
Since the momentous occasion, the administration has taken further steps to make it easier to travel to and do business in Cuba.
“We turned the page on an outdated, half-century-old policy by re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopening embassies in both our countries, allowing us to build greater ties between Americans and Cubans,” Mr. Obama said.
In my opinion; this deal was made for a select few to make a shit load of sugar cane if and when it all happens. How can anyone make a pact with the devil??
6. Iran nuclear deal
In July, six world powers, including the United States, struck a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. And in the months after, despite staunch Republican objection, the deal survived a vote in Congress.
The president touted the accord in his Saturday video, saying “We succeeded in forging a strong deal to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
“In fact,” he added, “Iran has already dismantled thousands of centrifuges that enrich uranium.”
In the opinion of the experts, it is absolute worst deal ever made in history. In the long-run, probably is already, the entire world will be in jeopardy. With the USA leading the pack, sold it’s soul so Obama could have his name in another record book by making what he calls a deal with Iran. I call it a deal with the devil. It is so one-sided that even the Iranians had a good laugh at us. Who can blame them>.
How can anyone defend a disastrous move like this? It just demonstrates the mentality of that person. A lot to be desired.
5. “Standing strong against terrorism”
Over the past week, the president has urged Americans to stay united in the face of terror threats, after the recent shooting in San Bernardino left the nation wary of future strikes.
“Even as we continue to grieve over the attack in San Bernardino, we’re leading a global coalition and hitting ISIL harder than ever,” Mr. Obama said, using a different acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. “In Syria and Iraq, ISIL is losing territory, and we’re not going to stop until we destroy this terrorist organization.”
ISIS – ISIL. That really kills me. As soon as there is a new word on the horizon, all of the trendsetters come up with their own definition or pronunciation of the word. IT IS ISIS not ISIL!!
Are you kidding me? The man will not even utter the words radical Islamic terrorism, so how can he claim we have control of them?
4. The Trans-Pacific Partnership
In October, Mr. Obama’s legacy-defining trade deal involving 12 Pacific Rim countries was sealed, with provisions to cut trade barriers, protect labor and environmental interests and ensure intellectual property rights. In his Saturday video, the president called the Trans-Pacific Partnership the “strongest, most pro-worker, pro-environment trade agreement in our history.”
I am not that well-informed about the deal but if it is anything like NAFTA; 4-get-about-it. There are various opinions on it.
3. Bipartisan budget and education deals
In an era where partisan bickering in Washington has reached a fever pitch, the president chose to highlight two bipartisan legislative achievements. He pointed to a sweeping education overhaul of No Child Left Behind and a budget deal that avoided the threat of a government shutdown, calling them “a pair of Christmas miracles in Washington.”
It absolutely has not worked. See for yourself. More delusionality (new word).
2. The legalization of same-sex marriage
“Love won,” the president said, referring to the Supreme Court’s landmark 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. “No matter who you are, here in America, you’re free to marry the person you love because the freedom to marry is now the law in all 50 states.”
It all depends on who you talk to. I have no objections if a person is gay or not as long as they do not try to SHOVE THE BELIEFS DOWN SOMEONE THROAT. I will stand by my opinion; marriage should be between a man and a woman. If all we had on the planet were Jane & Jill or Fred & Frank, none of us would be here debating the issue. Common sense prevails.
1. “The American people”
“All of this progress is because of you — because of workers rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done and entrepreneurs starting new businesses,” Mr. Obama said Saturday. “Because of teachers and health workers and parents — all of us taking care of each other. Because of our incredible men and women in uniform, serving to protect us all. Because, when we’re united as Americans, there’s nothing that we cannot do.”
There is a lot of room for rebuttal in those statements. As far as I can see the country has NEVER been as divided as it is today. Let us all hope that the NEW GUN in town can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also celebrated the end of the year with his own year-end list, proclaiming that the Senate has been restored to “high purpose.”
“I’m proud of what the new Republican majority has accomplished,” the Kentucky senator said in a video Saturday, slamming the previous Senate as “a mess.”
What he should have said; the majority of them are crooks. 82% disapproval rating says it all. More delusionality. All out there to get what they can for themselves and screw the American people.
McConnell listed what he saw as legislative wins for Republicans, including the approval of a federal highway bill, a veterans health care measure and the passage of anti-human trafficking legislation.
“Many issues languished in the old Senate for years,” he said. “Some were assumed to be too difficult for any Senate majority to address. But the Republican Senate … tackled each of them.”
“And the president signed most into law,” McConnell added.
I would not expect Mr. O to expound on his failures. His time in office has been a real learning experience/education/eye opener for the USA and the world. Let the records speak for them self.
One thing I can say with certainty; Mr. O demonstrated many ways for PEDT not to govern the USA.
In this case, I would say, Silence should have been golden.