Why You Should Vote For President Obama!

After reading this comment…

I always ask people that differ in opinion to provide one reason to vote for the current President and I have yet to receive one.

…I started asking myself how could one be so blinded by the truth, they just bury their head in the sand so that they don’t have to face the truth. Well, I have to repost an essay I wrote sometime ago outlining not just one reason to vote for President Obama but 132 researched reasons to vote for him so that ignorant Republicans won’t just lie their way and get away with it. I feel it’s also important that we share these accomplishments amongst those who have been confused and who may have been duped by the lies Republicans have been telling them.

Moreover, just watching these three speeches of First Lady Michelle Obama, Former President Clinton and President Obama from the 2012 Democratic National Convention are just good enough reason for why one should vote for President Obama to give him another term to continue what we all have started together – building this country forward:

First Lady Michelle Obama Former President Bill Clinton President Obama

(click the link above for transcript)

The accomplishments of the Obama Administration:

On Health Care Reform:

  1. Prevents denial of coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.
  2. Adults up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ health plans.
  3. Requires new health plans to provide free preventive care without cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles. HHS issued interim final regulations on preventive services and amendment to the final regulations.
  4. Prohibits rescinding coverage making it illegal.
  5. Prohibits lifetime limits on the dollar value of insurance coverage.
  6. Prohibits annual limits on insurance coverage.
  7. More options to appeal coverage decisions.
  8. Provides $5 billion in immediate federal support to affordable Coverage for the Uninsured with Pre-existing Conditions.
  9. Provides a $10 billion investment in Community Health Centers to expand medical services.
  10. Create immediate access to re-insurance for employer health plans providing coverage for early retirees over age 55 who are not eligible for Medicare.
  11. Implemented a process that requires states to review insurance companies premium increases. The final rule for the insurance rate review program was published in the Federal Register on May 19, 2011 .
  12. Provided grants worth almost $250 million ($46 million and $199 million) to assist States enforce the insurance rate review program.
  13. Provides tax credits or grants to employers with 250 or fewer employees for up to 50% of the investments costs in projects that qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project. About a $1 billion in tax credits and grants have been provided by end of 2010.
  14. Appropriated $5 billion for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 and $2 billion for each of the subsequent five fiscal years to support prevention and public health programs.
  15. Provides a $250 rebate to 750,000 Medicare Beneficiaries who reach the Part D coverage gap in 2010. As of March 22, 2011, 3.8 million beneficiaries had received a $250 check to close the coverage gap, according to an HHS report.
  16. Requirespharmaceutical manufacturers to provide a 50% discount on brand-name prescriptions and a 7% and 14% generic drug discount (in 2011 and 2012, respectively) filled in the Medicare Part D coverage gap.
  17. Businesses with fewer than 25 employees will get tax credits covering up to 35% of employee premiums effective 2011 and a 50% tax credit effective 2013.
  18. Creates a state option to provide Medicaid coverage to childless adults with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level. By 2014, States are required to provide this coverage.
  19. Provides a 10% Medicare bonus payment for primary care services and to general surgeons practicing in health professional shortage areas.
  20. Requires insurance companies spend at least 80 to 85 percent of the proportion of the premium dollars on clinical services and issue a rebate if the share of the premium spent is less than the threshold.
  21. Creates a temporary program to provide health coverage to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions who have been uninsured for at least six months.
  22. Imposes a tax of 10% on the amount paid for indoor tanning services.
  23. Expands eligibility for the 340(B) drug discount program to sole-community hospitals, critical access hospitals, certain children’s hospitals, and other entities with a savings estimated to be 20% to 50% on the cost of pharmaceuticals and reaching more eligible patients while providing more comprehensive services.
  24. Eliminates cost-sharing for Medicare-covered preventive services that are recommended (rated A or B) by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.As of October 6, 2011, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that 20.5 million people had participated in the free Annual Wellness Visit.
  25. Provides 3-year grants worth $100 million to states to develop programs for Medicaid enrollees with incentives to participate in comprehensive health lifestyle programs.
  26. Awarded $185 million worth of grants as of August 2011 to states to begin planning for the establishment of American Health Benefit Exchanges and Small Business Health Options Program Exchanges, which facilitate the purchase of insurance by individuals and small employers.
  27. Requires disclosure of the nutritional content of standard menu items at chain restaurants and food sold from vending machines.
  28. Imposes new annual fees on the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. The sector will be assessed at the following rates: $2.8 billion in 2012 through 2013, $3 billion in 2014 through 2016, $4 billion in 2017, $4.1 billion in 2018 and $2.8 billion in 2019 and after.

On Jobs and the Economy:

  1. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has worked. The Economy Has Been Growing – take a look at the graph of GDP growth between 2007 thru 2010.
  2. The $787 billion economic stimulus package has created or saved nearly 2 million jobs slowing the bleeding.
  3. Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 that extended Unemployment benefits up to 20 weeks and more.
  4. Provided $14.7 billion in small business loans increasing minority access to capital.
  5. The $26 billion aid to states package preventing large-scale layoffs of teachers and public employees.
  6. Created 4.5 million Private sector jobs since Jan 2010.
  7. US auto industry rescue plan saved at least 1 million jobs
  8. Helped make the Auto Industry start making huge profits again with Ford sales up 19% over last year. GM up 11%. Chrysler up a whopping 31%.
  9. Jobs for Main Street Act (2010)injected $27.5 Billion for Highways, $8.4 Billion for Transit into the country’s transportation system to create jobs and spur economic activity.
  10. A $33 Billion Jobs Package that will allow Small businesses to get $5,000 tax credit for new hires.
  11. A $26 billion State Aid Package Jobs Bill saving 300,000 teachers and public workers jobs from unemployment.
  12. As part of the 2010 tax extension, Unemployment Insurance was extended to 7 million Americans who would have been without income.
  13. Created 3.7 million jobs in the last 23 months.

On Banking and Financial Reform

  1. Signed a sweeping bank-reform bill (the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act)into law
  2. Managed the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that Banks have repaid more than 100% of TARP funds ($251 of the $245 banks owed) as of March 2011 exceeding the original investment by $6 billion.
  3. Cuts Salaries of 65 Bailout Executives
  4. Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes on companies that use the tax laws to ship American Jobs oversees. HR 4213.
  5. Signed into law the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act to fight fraud in the use of TARP and recovery funds, and to increase accountability for corporate and mortgage frauds.
  6. Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act

On Education

  1. Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 that increased the amount of federal Pell Grant awards and enabled the stripping of banks privileges as intermediaries for student loan servicing saving the US government about $68 billion dollars over 11 years.
  2. Created the Race to the Top Fund, a $4.35 billion program to reward States that submit the best proposals for change.
  3. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funded over $100 Billion for reforms to strengthen Elementary and Secondary education, early learning programs, college affordability and improve access to higher education, and to close the achievement gap.

On Energy

  1. Implemented renewable fuels mandate of 36 billion gallons by 2022, four times what we currently consume.
  2. Automakers will be required to meet a fleet-wide average of New Gas Mileage Standards at 35.5 MPH by 2016.
  3. A $60 billion investment in renewable and clean energy.
  4. developed a Biofuels Roadmap to determine the next steps in growing an advanced biofuels economy to meet the goal to use at least 36 billion gallons of bio-based transportation fuels by 2022 helping create more green energy jobs.
  5. established EPA regulations which require large U.S. ships to cut soot emissions by 85 percent.
  6. pledged via the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future that in a decade from now to cut our oil dependency by one-third, and put America’s energy future by producing more oil at home and reducing our dependence on oil by leveraging cleaner, alternative fuels and greater efficiency.

On Housing

  1. $275 billion dollar housing plan – $75 billion dollars to prevent at-risk mortgage debtors already fallen victim to foreclosures and $200 billion to bring about confidence to offer affordable mortgages and to stability the housing market.
  2. Established “Opening Doors” to end the homelessness of 640,000 men, women, and children in the United States in 10 years.
  3. Provided $510 Million for the rehabilitation of Native American housing.
  4. Provided $2 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization Program to rehab, resell, or demolish in order to stabilize neighborhoods.
  5. Provided $5 billion for Weatherization Assistance Program for low income families to weatherize 1 million homes per year for the next decade.
  6. Provided grants to encourage states and localities to take the first steps in implementing new building codes that prioritize energy efficiency.

On Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security

  1. giving $250 economic stimulus check to 55 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients in 2009.
  2. Cutting prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients by 50% and began eliminating the plan’s gap (“donut hole”) in coverage.
  3. Passing as part of H.R.3962 (Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010) a $6.4 billion measure reversing a 21 percent cut in physician payments that would have started a flood of rejections by some doctors of seniors covered by Medicare.
  4. Expanded eligibility for Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level ($14,400 per year for an individual).
  5. Committed to ensuring that Social Security Budget Will Not Be Cut nor would change the retirement age.

On Military Veterans and Families

  1. A $112.8 billion VA budget, an increase of 15.5 percent over 2009, the largest percentage increase for VA requested by a president in more than 30 years.
  2. Implemented a strategic plan to increase the hiring of Veterans and Military spouses throughout the Federal civil service.
  3. Provided for the expenses of families of to be at Dover AFB when fallen soldiers arrive.
  4. Passed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009 increasing the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.
  5. Declared the end of the war in Iraqi bringing back nearly 100,000 U.S. troops home to their families.
  6. Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House, a group that helps provide housing for families of patients receiving medical care at military and Veterans Affairs medical centers
  7. Ended media blackout on war casualties; giving access to the return home of a dead US soldier for the first time since an 18-year ban on coverage was lifted.
  8. Create a ‘Green Vet Initiative‘ to promote environmental jobs for veterans
  9. Signed into law the 2009 Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, that will allow military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their sponsor and retain that residency as long as the service member is in the military, in the process avoiding the states where they currently reside from taxing their earned income.
  10. Signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010

On LBGTQ issues

  1. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees
  2. Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
  3. Instructed HHS to require any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds (virtually all hospitals) to allow LGBT visitation rights.
  4. Banned job discrimination based on gender identity throughout the Federal government (the nation’s largest employer)
  5. Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act and while more funding is needed per the 2012 proposed budget, an increase of $80 million to domestic and global HIV/AIDS programs committed
  6. Extended the Family and Medical Leave Act to cover Gay employees taking unpaid leave to care for their children of same-sex partners
  7. Lifted the HIV Entry Ban.
  8. Implemented HUD Policies that Would Ban Discrimination Based On Gender Identity
  9. Appointed the first ever transgender DNC member
  10. Named open transgender appointees (the first President ever to do so)
  11. Eliminated the discriminatory Census Bureau policy that kept LGBT relationships from being counted
  12. Extended domestic violence protections to LGBT victims
  13. Repealed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) Discriminatory law.
  14. Declared DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional and stopped Defending In Court
  15. Endorsed a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of gays and lesbians around the world in an efforts to make it a worldwide policy.

Tax deal extending Bush’s tax cut for two years that will end by 2012

  1. Keep $3,000 in tax savings annually
  2. Unemployment Benefit for 7,000,000 Americans worth $56 Billion.
  3. $2,500 in tax savings to help pay for college tuition and other expenses
  4. A $2,000 payroll tax savings to someone making $100,000 or a $1,000 payroll tax savings at a 2% employee-side payroll tax cut for over 155 million workers
  5. Child tax credit of $1,000 per child with the $3,000 maximum credit threshold.
  6. Earned Income Tax Credit that will give on an average $600 in additional assistance to families with 3 or more children
  7. A 65 percent tax credit to help cover the cost of COBRA for those who lost their jobs in the recession
  8. forecast to creating approximately 1.6 million jobs increasing the GDP for 2011
  9. extended the credit for adoption-related expenses that reduces families tax bill up to $13,170 in 2011 through 2012 with a maximum of $12,170 in credit.

On reducing and assisting people that have become victims of the increased poverty made worse by economic crisis

  1. A $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. [It seems like the President considering the rise in the poverty level (46 million Americans) is trying to help those who are struggling in this economy but they call him a Food Stamp President.]
  2. A $1 billion in funding for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) that is intended to revitalize low-income communities via “Job training and placement assistance”, “Financial literacy programs”, et al, to helping families become self-sufficient.
  3. A $2 billion in new Neighborhood Stabilization Funds that will allow ailing neighborhoods be kept maintained.
  4. A $1.5 billion in Homelessness Prevention Funds to keep people in their homes and prevent homelessness.
  5. A $5 billion increase for the Weatherization Assistance Program to help low income families save on their residential energy expenditures by making their homes more energy efficient.
  6. A $4 Billion program, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, “authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increases access to healthy food for low-income children.”
  7. As part of the HCR bill, subsidies will be available to the uninsured and families with income between the 133 percent and 400 percent of poverty level($14,404 for individuals and $29,326 for a family of four).
  8. Estabilished Open Doors to end the 640,000 men, women and children who are homeless in America by 2020.
  9. Increased the amount of federal Pell Grant awards so that funds are available to those with less access to have opportunity.
  10. Provided $510 Million for the rehabilitation of Native American housing.
  11. Expanded eligibility for Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level ($14,400 per year for an individual).
  12. Providing assistance to low-income workers through the Earned Income Tax Credit giving millions of working families the break they need.
  13. Education being the way out of Poverty, kicked off the “Race to the Top”, a $4.3 billion program, that rewards via grants to States that meet a few key benchmarks for reform, and states that outperform the rest.
  14. Extended Unemployment Benefit to 7,000,000 Americans worth $56 Billion.
  15. Invested $2.5 billion in HBCUs and minority-serving institutions and doubled funding for Pell Grants their students rely on.
  16. Saved more than 1.4 million jobs in the auto industry.
  17. Passed the Affordable Care Act, extending health coverage to 30 million Americans, 7 million more African Americans and investing $10 billion in Community Health Centers to expand medical services.
  18. Passed a a 2% employee-side payroll tax cut for over 155 million workers.
  19. Created the Race to the Top Fund, a $4.35 billion program to reward States that submit the best proposals for change.
  20. $275 billion dollar housing plan – $75 billion dollars to prevent at-risk mortgage debtors already fallen victim to foreclosures and $200 billion to bring about confidence to offer affordable mortgages and to stability the housing market.
  21. Provided $510 Million for the rehabilitation of Native American housing.

Other Notables

  1. signed the Health Package For 9/11 Responders bill that puts $4.3 billion into a fund to assist folks that are suffering from problems caused by breathed-in dust and debris during the 9/11 clean up.
  2. signed into law a sweeping Food Safety Act bill that contains 18 major changes to food safety laws.
  3. made an excellent choice selecting a new Chief of Staff, William Daley, who Eric London has made a super case for why it was a smart choice.
  4. made a $78 billion spending cut to the U.S. military and defense department budget, including reducing the size of the Army and Marine Corps.
  5. signed in to law the START Treaty with Russia, a sweeping new arms reduction pact that will reduce the stockpile nuclear weapons in both countries adding new verification plan.
  6. The passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act enabling the rights of workers to sue employers over wage discrimination claims.
  7. The expansion of SCHIP health-care program for children worth $33 Billion.
  8. The declaration of two million more acres of wilderness in one of the most omnibus Public Lands bill.
  9. Government Transparency as noted by Common Cause, Democracy 21, League of Women Voters and U.S. PIRG– “The cumulative effect of the Administration’s actions has been to adopt the strongest and most comprehensive lobbying, ethics and transparency rules and policies ever established by an Administration to govern its own activities“. You can read full report in all of the seven areas the report is graded.
  10. signed the Tribal Law and Order Act — an important step to help the Federal Government better address the unique public safety challenges that confront tribal communities.
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37 Responses to Why You Should Vote For President Obama!

  1. sue smith says:

    I see four in the picture you posted.,and all of the above.

    • TiMT says:

      Yep…4 more years indeed!

    • Jorge Rodriguez says:

      If the aim is to make the people be better, become better and be the best the world has ever known because we are a country united to live together in peace.! The democrats have it.!! I don’t know about you, but a long time ago, a fed up democrat got sick of the republicans and crossed the Rubicon.!!!
      Obama needs a second term to make a reality of the plans he saw that would make sense for the country to be wealthy, healthy and happy and vibrant. The way we should always be.!

  2. Rosemarie Romeo (Phone Bank Coordinator/Garfield County CO) says:

    Thank you for this!!!

  3. Wow, you put a lot of work into this. Good stuff.

  4. stillonline says:

    Eternal gratitude for this!

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  6. stillonline says:

    Reblogged this on Stillonline’s Weblog and commented:
    Keep this hand to remedy the GOP Matrix

  7. MC says:

    Wow! That sure is a lot of money! Where are those billions and billions of dollars coming from?

  8. SUNNY says:

    Here’s another one: BRAINS or WORKING DIGITS?
    Which do you want answering the RED PHONE if it RINGS???
    It’s not JUST ABOUT THE ECONOMY (stupid-as in GOP)

  9. stillonline says:

    There were so many great speakers at DNC 2012 – here’s one that makes the best case for diversity Evah! Rep Cleaver (MO)
    “God did not burden the United States with a diversity of backgrounds, ideas and religions, He blessed America with them. As such, we are best equipped to demonstrate to the rest of the world what God intended when He created us. “E pluribus unum.”Out of many, one. We are one”
    http://bcove.me/3gnzine5

  10. stillonline says:

    Former Michigan Gov Granholm has the numbers on the Auto BRIDGE LOAN

  11. if he really wanted to do all these good things, he would have got them done in the past four years. instead, he’s using good sounding things that he has no real intention on doing, as incentive for his reelection.

    • TiMT says:

      Well, if you read the details, you would realize that these are things that have been accomplished and they are significant accomplishment not just an incentive. Would you care to take a second look and be a bit informed about the details. Thank you for stopping by.

    • sharonbincolo says:

      You can go back and try to read them again.

  12. There’s already a wealth of details on all the good things Obama got done despite an opposition that openly worked to keep him from being reelected. Unfortunately, the people this post is aimed at aren’t swayed by facts and figures.

  13. “In Romney’s world, the cars get the Elevator, but the workers get the shaft.”

  14. Steve says:

    All of this costs many dollars….that we pay for, needlessly. WAY TOO much Gov $ to support individual programs? Most of these billions were not needed years ago to support unemployed as they found jobs, Alternative life people that paid for their desires, EPA and jobs bills are a joke! Japan does NOT allow anyone in for more than 90 days visitor unless they can produce revenue. Why do we spend more to go deeper in debt? Both words begin with D!

  15. TiMT says:

    I have a graph up on spending and debt above. Take a look at it. Yes, there is a lot of spending that has gotten out of control. War spending pretty much has added a significant chunk of it. However, let’s not forget that we have been in the worst recession just as bad as the great depression. If you have read Keynesian Economics, active government intervention is the best method of ensuring economic growth and stability. This is not just a theory but a proven economic principle. About a trillion of the current debt definitely can be attributed to trying to get this economy out of the ditch it was in when President Obama took office. However, when President Clinton was in office, the forecast was projecting by 2001-2002 to have an almost 5 trillion in surplus. Bush came in the office and gave a tax cut hand out to the rich, a war in Afghanistan and another war in Iraq. And then let’s not forget the almost $700 billion defense annual spending we are bank rolling…and the list goes on.

    What most Republican however have forgotten is all this spending cut they are proposing compared to the debt they have contributed is like chum change and its on programs like food stamp where in this time of tough economy is a good safety net to have so people won’t starve to death. You can add to that a cut to medicare, social security, medicaid, Education, and on and on. I am sure some in the GOP don’t care about those with little so long as they get theirs but as a country we have come to overcome a whole host of adversity and for the most part we lead which means we have our ideology that has worked and don’t have to be like Japan or any other nation.

    One more thing, most undocumented workers do pay tax and are in fact producing revenue that is handed to the rich in tax cuts. Just FYI!

  16. prettypat says:

    Who are you? Have you thought about running for office yourself? Your thoughtful defense of this administration (which doesn’t actually need one) is on a par with Bill Clinton’s. Bravo! And keep it coming…

    • TiMT says:

      I have to say this comment of yours brought a big ol’ smile and a humble satisfaction that my time doing this is indeed worth the while. Thank you for the support and kind words. It is much appreciated. Good day to you Prettypat!

  17. JourneyForth1034 says:

    Reblogged this on Limitless Mania and commented:
    These are the kind of empowerment tools we need to keep spreading to combat the misinformation and lies running rampant from places like Fox News and the GOP. Thanks!

    • TiMT says:

      I couldn’t agree more and throughout election day that’s what we should all focus in doing because the stakes are just too high to see what has been accomplished to date down the drain. Thanks for republishing.

  18. Wow! What a breath of fresh air you are.It’s such a drag that the powers that be keep this kind of enlightenment cloaked & guarded to ensure the masses remain in their state of bliss the rest of us know as “IGNORANCE”. Keep on keepin’ on!
    PEACE

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