Library of President Barack Obama
The Library of President Barack Obama
Exhibit 1: Guantanomo Bay Prison) President Obama promised to shut down Guantanomo Bay Prison by January 2010. Guantanomo Bay continues to be in operation today housing the most violent terrorists in the world...
While President Obama sought to move Khaleid Sheik Mohommad to New York City and other terrorists to high security prisons in Michigan or elsewhere, none of that happened due to mass protests from family members of 9/11 and residents who lived in the city of the location of the targeted prison.
Exhibit 2: Economic Recovery) President Obama successfully fought for and past through Congress and signed into law the Economic Recovery Act of 2009. This was the largest economic legislation in legislative history totally $787 billion. President Obama's promise was to make sure the unemployment rate never goes any higher than 8%. Today it stands at 9.7%.
Exhibit 3: Health Care Reform) President Obama was the first ever in over 50 years to sign into law Health Care reform legislation. The Health Care bill promises to cut the deficit in the first 10 years and significantly cut it in 20 years while providing tens of millions of the uninsured a Government regulated health care plan through the health care exchange. So far the health care exchange is not up and running and the Doctor Fix costing billions and billions of dollars is on the verge of putting Health Care Reform deeply in the Red immediately and significantly in the red in the next 20 years.
The President promised that everyone could keep their doctor and their health care plan if they liked their doctor and health care plan. But, without passage of the Doctor Fix medicare patients will lose their doctor and the Health Care Plan contains many mandates that have already bankrupted some smaller health care insurance companies not prepared to handle the cost structure that Obamacare mandates required. This meant that for those companys that can still exist profitably, the health care plans are still changed to comply with the Governement. While health care plans from smaller companys that can't continue to run profitably will go away.
Exhibit 4: Cutting the Deficit in 1/2) President Obama promised to cut the deficit in half before the end of his 1st term in office. That didn't happen... The deficit grew more than 4 times in size and the overall debt more than doubled under President Obama's tenure.
Exhibit 5: Home Mortgage Restructuring) President Obama put forth one of the most ambitious plans in decades to restructure home mortgages by allowing certain home owners on the verge of foreclosure that have homes worth less than what they owe on their motgage to restructure those loans. To date only a few hundred home owners have successfully restructured their mortgage while tens of thousands were forced to foreclose due to lengthy, beuracratic, waiting periods and mistakes made with the paperwork.
In fact, many reported spending as much as 6 months trying to get their loans restructured to a smaller rate and still not getting anywhere over the phone with the Government Agency representatives. Thousands have reported bad phone lines must exist because it took several tries to talk to a representative without getting disconnected. Other problems included reports of many receiving foreclosure notices right in the middle of the process for restructuring their loans.
An agency representative once said, "Don't worry about the foreclosure notice we sent to you as this is just part of the process."
Exhibit 6: Leadership under environmental turmoil, BP Oil Spill) President Obama's first response to the BP oil spill occured right away on day 1 when he asked for a 2nd oil relief well to be dug instead of just 1 in response to the oil spill. However, it was well over 3 weeks before the President provided any BOOM.
Despite the Dutch offering up several ships to assist with the cleanup, the President never waived the JONES Act. The President and Admiral Thad Allen were concerned about the "Estuaries" and would not permit the use of BOOM except in specific areas. Chemicals for dispersing the oil were banned for environmental reasons and any BOOM any company such as PackGen had available had to go through a several week process through BP to gain approval before they can be sold.
Other companies offered their own skimmers but were faced with Bueracratic red tape for weeks on end.
Cries for ships, boom, and other resources for cleanup by Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal went completely ignored. Only when oil began to soak the beaches did President Obama finally conduct after 300 days a press briefing to discuss the Oil Spill response. The President during the press briefing made it perfectly clear that BP and not the Government or anyone else for that matter was given the responsibility and cost for the clean up. This created problems in which PEOPLE, RESOURCES, and New IDEAS went completely ignored if they didn't come from BP.
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