‘working tirelessly for change’

Terry Donnelly (retired school teacher and author): News flash – Americans won’t tolerate sweeping change. Our national thinking doesn’t match our national bird. Our beloved bald eagle soars, but as a nation we prefer to creep along a la the endangered desert tortoise.

…President Barack Obama would love to soar higher, but his constituency has him tethered. The most unwarranted charge against our president is dubbing health care reform “Obamacare”. This law is nothing close to what President Obama campaigned for. This is a prime example of Americans not wanting to soar. The law sports some great changes. Insurance companies can’t just take premiums from healthy people and deny the sick. They can no longer pay for one or two procedures and then cancel. Young adults just getting started can now receive help from their parents by staying insured while they embark on a career. Children are better covered.

…but if President Obama had gotten his way “Obamacare” would be a single payer system that imitates what Congress has for their health care. What we got was a compromised example of Americans creeping….

Another feather in the president’s cap is his handling of the economic recovery. Are we recovered? No. Did President Obama’s plan avert disaster? Yes.

Big companies employing millions of workers are thriving – making record profits due to getting government money to stay afloat through the darkest days. Historically, bailout money is returned. This seems to be the case with this stimulus as well. In the end, the bailout will cost taxpayers nothing.

….consider more of his body of work. He eliminated pay discrimination with the Lilly Leadbetter law. There are now strict limits on credit card interest rates. The Food and Drug Administration reduced nicotine levels and enhanced warning labels on tobacco products. Student loans are administered by the Department of Education, cutting out middleman profits making the loans more affordable. The national service program that places volunteers in poverty stricken areas and schools, Americorps, has been extended. The New Start treaty has been ratified with Russia so we can keep track of their nuclear activity and continue to reduce the number of such arms.

More landmark change was the elimination of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regulations in the armed services. DADT began dealing with this human rights issue, but its time expired and new thinking was needed. President Obama saw to it that changes were made. Now, there are stricter punishments for hate crimes perpetrated due to sexual orientation. Women have greater access to the Veterans’ Administration.

This president has worked tirelessly for change and has accomplished more in just over two years than many administrations accomplish in four or even eight years. He would like to soar, and is doing as much as his voter activated tether will allow.

Full article here

14 Responses to “‘working tirelessly for change’”

  1. April 12, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Yep. After the campaign a lot of people said, “Obama’s got this I’m going to sleep”. Then they wake up a couple of years later, don’t see the utopia they think Obama promised and wonder what happened.

    • 2 anniebella
      April 12, 2011 at 7:02 am

      I don’t recall Obama promising any utopia. This country was lefted in a mess, a stinking rottening mess, and this President can’t turn that around overnight. Bush and the Republicans had eight years to put us in this mess, but in two years this President suppose to have everything turn around. Somehow having eight to cause the mess and having just alittle over two years to try to clean it up, isn’t fair. I say give him eight years and get rid of the Tea Party, put some sensible Republicans to deal with, some who are not so dam racists, some sensible,loyal Democrats, and I believe things would be in alot better shape. This President was dealt a rough hand, but I still have confidence in him.Totally!!!!!!

  2. 3 CoyotiMarti
    April 12, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Just for the factual record, what Congress and other federal employees have is NOT single payer, except for the fact that the “employer” in this case happens to be the federal government. Like many big corporations’ employees, they have a package of private insurer plans to choose from, all carrying a built-in profit margin and a private insurer’s admin costs. The gov’t does not negotiate medical provider reimbursement rates, the insurance companies do. This indeed is what POTUS campaigned on (and he wasn’t even sold on the economic need for a mandate until after the election). Medicare, which IS single payer, has exceptionally low (5%) admin load, no profit built in, and has a giant hand in setting provider reimbursement rates. I am in no way criticizing POTUS here, but the author simply has his terminology all wrong. BTW, these big differences in cost structure and reimbursement rates are also why many of us were hoping he would go beyond what he compaigned for, all the way to “Medicare for All.”

    • 4 Eleroy
      April 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      He never campaigned on nor did he promise “Medicare for all”!!! And it is a miracle and a big effing deal that he even got any sort of health care reform passed given the massive and well-coordinated attacks on the initiative from both the left and right; and the much touted filibuster proof majority that never was!!!

      You remember that much thrown around (but very bogus) so-called senate majority of 60 the President was supposed to have had but failed to use – “blowing” opportunities to “ram” his progressive agenda through (just like Bush did his own agenda);

      The phony justification for and the pathetic excuse so-called “progressives” who never supported or liked this President anyway, hide behind to justify their ridiculous and unwarranted attacks on President Obama?!

      I’m sick and tired of hearing about what every single person “wished” President Obama could have magically done in spite of having practically no actual supporting as President’s traditionally have and a whole lot of undermining from some within his own party!!!

      I’m even sicker of hearing from those who rattle on about all the miracles he failed to work in two short years, maliciously demean him and will not give him any credit for all the extraordinarily impossible and once in a generation achievements he has been able to push through on behalf of the American people and the world even in the face of great adversity and attacks and no help from both the right and left!!!

      • 5 Eleroy
        April 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        “in spite of having practically no actual support as other Presidents have traditionally had at least from their own party”

  3. April 12, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and the rest of the “O” family.

    Since there was much discussion about President Obama’s swagger yesterday, I thought I would post this video that has swagger written all over it.

    Bring out the fans ladies! 🙂

  4. 8 M
    April 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Well Donna that was a treat to wake up too!

  5. 9 anniebella
    April 12, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I looked at the pictures and they were very nice, I didn’t need a fan. The wedding ring around his finger did the job just fine. Don’t get me wrong now he is a handsome man.

  6. 10 M
    April 12, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Not “too” just “to.”

  7. 11 M
    April 12, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Yes,anniebella I kept wondering if Michelle would enjoy that montage? I like how it says something about our first “cool” president. In so many if the images he does look that..cool! I do not see him thinking of himself as cool or stylish though. I see him thinking of himself as a devoted husband and father.

  8. 12 Shirley
    April 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Thanks Donna, that was avery good treat, I enjoyed looking at Mr Cool with his different poses and Gestures. Yes, he got Swagger, he’s got Cool, he’s got ALL about the Business.

    I see our President as very Handsome, Good Looking, Easy on the eyes, and I also see him as being a GOOD Person, a Humble Person, Good Husband, Good Father, and a President that makes us Proud, because, I see President Obama as having a Good Heart, and Is ALL about the Business of our Country 🙂

  9. 13 Sue in Minnesota
    April 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    He is undeniably handsome and charismatic. Although I’m confident he is aware of his own “swagger”, he is definitely not absorbed by it. His balance is extraordinary. Michelle is his equal in every respect. I imagine, that despite the reality of the magnetism they both possess, they are quite satisfied with the fruits of their attraction, each other.

    I am more comfortable not “sexualizing” either POTUS or FLOTUS. Partly because I think it can become a weapon in the wrong hands, in a political culture that uses fodder in the most manipulative ways. And because our larger culture demonstrates such confused and unhealthy attitudes towards sex and sexuality. Using and abusing it for marketing and promotion, while simultaneously chastising and shaming sexual behaviors and consequences in individuals. I am projecting, but I think people deserve to be considered, and understood from a larger more complicated perspective.

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