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    Re: Has Obama been a "Great" US President? (in your personal opinion)?

    Quote Originally Posted by plutonium View Post
    with the republican congress what do you expect from the prez..he cannot do anything he wants to improve life in the usa...I guess he would be a great president if he does everything the house wants him to do ....lol
    The problem is...most of the things he wants to do to "improve life in the usa"...won't. So, we should be applauding the Republican Congress. And, while he will never be a great President, if he had at least worked with the House for the last 5 years, he would have been adequate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    The problem is...most of the things he wants to do to "improve life in the usa"...won't.
    Providing health care for millions, slowing down the rate of health insurance premium increases, putting health insurance providers into direct competition with one another, encouraging preventative medical care, closing the Medicare drug benefit donut hole doesn't improve anyone's life?

    Keeping the US / North America auto industry from total failure didn't improve anyone's life?

    Pushing a stimulus program that temporarily offered big tax breaks, and employed a few million Americans, improved no one's life?

    Cutting the deficit by 2/3 since its peak (a peak caused by Bush 43's tax cuts, 2 wars and a massive drop in tax revenues from the worst economic downturn in 80 years) helps no one? Fascinating.

    Providing undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship? The horror!!!

    Not everything he's done is fantabulous, neither is everything he wanted to do. But it sure looks like some of what he was able to get done has improved the lives of many Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visbek View Post
    Providing health care for millions, slowing down the rate of health insurance premium increases, putting health insurance providers into direct competition with one another, encouraging preventative medical care, closing the Medicare drug benefit donut hole doesn't improve anyone's life?
    At the cost of greater government control and loss of choice. Not a good trade-off, if you ask me. It's like saying the government should dictate how everyone's life should be...because it'll help them.

    Keeping the US / North America auto industry from total failure didn't improve anyone's life?

    Pushing a stimulus program that temporarily offered big tax breaks, and employed a few million Americans, improved no one's life?
    The government has no business picking winners and losers...no matter how big they are. Too big to fail only excuses and encourages bad business decisions...or less control for businesses on decisions the government allows them to make and, again, more government control.

    Cutting the deficit by 2/3 since its peak (a peak caused by Bush 43's tax cuts, 2 wars and a massive drop in tax revenues from the worst economic downturn in 80 years) helps no one? Fascinating.
    If you were being honest, this should be credited to the Republicans. Without their opposition to the numerous spending schemes Obama and the Democrats have wanted and dragging Obama, kicking and screaming, to cutting spending, our deficit would have skyrocketed. Also, it seems to me those two wars are still going on...as well as a bunch of others Obama has started.

    Providing undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship? The horror!!!
    While letting those illegal aliens (let's call a spade a spade, shall we?) keep on coming and not making much of an effort to stem the tide. Illegal aliens don't need a path to citizenship...beyond the path provided by our existing laws...they need a path out of our country.

    Not everything he's done is fantabulous, neither is everything he wanted to do. But it sure looks like some of what he was able to get done has improved the lives of many Americans.
    Anemic economic growth, stagnant wages, less hours worked, prices that keep inflating...people's lives aren't "improving", they are "hanging on".
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    Re: Has Obama been a "Great" US President? (in your personal opinion)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Visbek View Post
    Providing health care for millions, slowing down the rate of health insurance premium increases, putting health insurance providers into direct competition with one another, encouraging preventative medical care, closing the Medicare drug benefit donut hole doesn't improve anyone's life?

    Keeping the US / North America auto industry from total failure didn't improve anyone's life?

    Pushing a stimulus program that temporarily offered big tax breaks, and employed a few million Americans, improved no one's life?

    Cutting the deficit by 2/3 since its peak (a peak caused by Bush 43's tax cuts, 2 wars and a massive drop in tax revenues from the worst economic downturn in 80 years) helps no one? Fascinating.

    Providing undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship? The horror!!!

    Not everything he's done is fantabulous, neither is everything he wanted to do. But it sure looks like some of what he was able to get done has improved the lives of many Americans.
    Slowing down the increase of premiums ?

    Is that what he promised ? Or did he promise to cut premiums by 2500 dollars a year ?

    Providing Health Care to Millions ? Millions already had Healthcare.

    Stimulus ? A failure that wasted hundreds of Billions of dollars.

    Kept the Auto Industry alive ? So without the Billions to keep the UAW and GM alive we wouldn't have a Auto Industry ?

    Bull. After restructuring we might have a even stronger and more profitable Auto Industry but now we'll never know.



    Cut spending ? When did Obama become a deficit hawk ?

    Before or after he proposed a 3.7 Trillion dollar budget ?

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    Re: Has Obama been a "Great" US President? (in your personal opinion)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    At the cost of greater government control and loss of choice. Not a good trade-off, if you ask me.
    Government interference hasn't bankrupted any insurers or hospitals or doctors or pharmaceuticals. It isn't preventing millions from getting care; in fact, it's helping people who were redlined out of the system get care. The quality of care in the US has not deteriorated.

    Seems like a decent trade-off to me. It'd be better if we went single-payer, but c'est la guerre.


    The government has no business picking winners and losers...etc
    Fun fact! Deregulation is what produces systems that are "too big to fail." Government intervention didn't make GM and Chrysler big (in fact, it helped them shrink), and didn't force Ford to use the same suppliers as Chrysler and GM. Deregulation directly resulted in banks so big and interconnected, that the failure of one major investment bank threw the global financial system into turmoil.

    Meanwhile, government actions occasionally break up companies that are too big (AT&T) or prevent companies from getting too big (Comcast-TW).

    So, which do you want? Regulation, that often prevents industries from being too big to fail? Or deregulation, which encourages it?

    And yes, sometimes governments should intervene, when a critical industry is at stake, or a monopoly gets abusive, or companies fail to provide safe products.


    If you were being honest, this should be credited to the Republicans. Without their opposition to the numerous spending schemes Obama and the Democrats have wanted and dragging Obama, kicking and screaming, to cutting spending, our deficit would have skyrocketed.
    lol... No, I don't think so.

    The Republicans did not draft the budget single-handedly, and did not want (for example) the sequestration cuts. They screamed that those cuts were "Obama's fault," remember? Meanwhile, Obama had talked about cutting the deficit from day 1 in office.


    Also, it seems to me those two wars are still going on...as well as a bunch of others Obama has started.
    Then you're seeming wrong. We are basically out of Iraq and almost out of Afghanistan. We are certainly not spending anywhere near the kind of money and manpower as we were at the height of those conflicts.

    And what wars did Obama "start?" Did he start the civil strife in Libya? Nope, the Libyans did that. Did he encourage Syrians to revolt against the Assad regime? Nope.


    While letting those illegal aliens (let's call a spade a spade, shall we?) keep on coming and not making much of an effort to stem the tide.
    And yet, the rate of illegal immigration flatlined during his term, and has not increased. Spending on ICE has in fact increased, and he ordered a more strict form of deportations.... Go figure.


    Illegal aliens don't need a path to citizenship...beyond the path provided by our existing laws...they need a path out of our country.
    Sorry dude, but they are not going anywhere.

    At this point, kicking out all the undocumented immigrants is the equivalent of kicking out the entire population of Kansas. It's not going to happen.


    Anemic economic growth
    3.5% is not "anemic," it's actually pretty good. Even JeB! is only promising 4%. [Note: Any president has very limited ability to impact GDP.]


    stagnant wages
    Wages have been largely stagnant since the 1970s. In fact, they are now ticking up a bit; plus, Obama has pushed visibly for increases in minimum wages. [Of course, wages are another factor over which any President doesn't have much control.]


    less hours worked
    That's actually a good thing.


    prices that keep inflating...
    Where, in Fantasyland?

    Inflation has been very low during Obama's term in office, including a touch of deflation.


    people's lives aren't "improving", they are "hanging on".
    Uh huh

    - Consumer confidence is hitting 11-year highs
    - Crime is down
    - We're basically back at full employment
    - Labor force participation rate, which started declining in 2001, has been flat for about 18 months
    - Wages are finally coming up a little bit
    - Stock markets are doing very well
    - Real estate is recovering and even getting frothy in some markets, despite significantly stricter lending requirements
    - The number of uninsured is near or at its lowest point since we started keeping track
    - All this is happening while the EU and China are having economic issues

    Is everything peachy keen? Definitely not. Would it be peachy if Obama got his way with every policy. No. But things are getting better for millions of Americans, and some of that is due to Obama's policies, which were passed in spite of a highly polarized Congress.

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    Re: Has Obama been a "Great" US President? (in your personal opinion)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Visbek View Post
    Government interference hasn't bankrupted any insurers or hospitals or doctors or pharmaceuticals. It isn't preventing millions from getting care; in fact, it's helping people who were redlined out of the system get care. The quality of care in the US has not deteriorated.

    Seems like a decent trade-off to me. It'd be better if we went single-payer, but c'est la guerre.



    Fun fact! Deregulation is what produces systems that are "too big to fail." Government intervention didn't make GM and Chrysler big (in fact, it helped them shrink), and didn't force Ford to use the same suppliers as Chrysler and GM. Deregulation directly resulted in banks so big and interconnected, that the failure of one major investment bank threw the global financial system into turmoil.

    Meanwhile, government actions occasionally break up companies that are too big (AT&T) or prevent companies from getting too big (Comcast-TW).

    So, which do you want? Regulation, that often prevents industries from being too big to fail? Or deregulation, which encourages it?

    And yes, sometimes governments should intervene, when a critical industry is at stake, or a monopoly gets abusive, or companies fail to provide safe products.



    lol... No, I don't think so.

    The Republicans did not draft the budget single-handedly, and did not want (for example) the sequestration cuts. They screamed that those cuts were "Obama's fault," remember? Meanwhile, Obama had talked about cutting the deficit from day 1 in office.



    Then you're seeming wrong. We are basically out of Iraq and almost out of Afghanistan. We are certainly not spending anywhere near the kind of money and manpower as we were at the height of those conflicts.

    And what wars did Obama "start?" Did he start the civil strife in Libya? Nope, the Libyans did that. Did he encourage Syrians to revolt against the Assad regime? Nope.



    And yet, the rate of illegal immigration flatlined during his term, and has not increased. Spending on ICE has in fact increased, and he ordered a more strict form of deportations.... Go figure.



    Sorry dude, but they are not going anywhere.

    At this point, kicking out all the undocumented immigrants is the equivalent of kicking out the entire population of Kansas. It's not going to happen.



    3.5% is not "anemic," it's actually pretty good. Even JeB! is only promising 4%. [Note: Any president has very limited ability to impact GDP.]



    Wages have been largely stagnant since the 1970s. In fact, they are now ticking up a bit; plus, Obama has pushed visibly for increases in minimum wages. [Of course, wages are another factor over which any President doesn't have much control.]



    That's actually a good thing.



    Where, in Fantasyland?

    Inflation has been very low during Obama's term in office, including a touch of deflation.



    Uh huh

    - Consumer confidence is hitting 11-year highs
    - Crime is down
    - We're basically back at full employment
    - Labor force participation rate, which started declining in 2001, has been flat for about 18 months
    - Wages are finally coming up a little bit
    - Stock markets are doing very well
    - Real estate is recovering and even getting frothy in some markets, despite significantly stricter lending requirements
    - The number of uninsured is near or at its lowest point since we started keeping track
    - All this is happening while the EU and China are having economic issues

    Is everything peachy keen? Definitely not. Would it be peachy if Obama got his way with every policy. No. But things are getting better for millions of Americans, and some of that is due to Obama's policies, which were passed in spite of a highly polarized Congress.
    Your cheerleading for more and more big government doesn't impress me...and it certainly doesn't impress the majority of Americans. If it did, Obama wouldn't have approval rating that have been in the tank since the Democrats got shellacked in 2010.

    In any case, most of these improvements you've laid at Obama's feet are improvements we've seen in spite of Obama. Take that "Consumer confidence is hitting 11-year highs", for example. That is primarily because of falling gas prices. Sorry, but Obama had nothing to do with that. In fact, if he'd had his way gas prices would be a LOT higher than they are now.

    Just think how good things would be if Obama had just done his job and enforced the law and not try to "fix" things.
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    Re: Has Obama been a "Great" US President? (in your personal opinion)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan5 View Post
    Has Obama been a Great President?



    Not just no, hell no.
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    Re: Has Obama been a "Great" US President? (in your personal opinion)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Your cheerleading for more and more big government doesn't impress me...and it certainly doesn't impress the majority of Americans. If it did, Obama wouldn't have approval rating that have been in the tank since the Democrats got shellacked in 2010.

    In any case, most of these improvements you've laid at Obama's feet are improvements we've seen in spite of Obama. Take that "Consumer confidence is hitting 11-year highs", for example. That is primarily because of falling gas prices. Sorry, but Obama had nothing to do with that. In fact, if he'd had his way gas prices would be a LOT higher than they are now.

    Just think how good things would be if Obama had just done his job and enforced the law and not try to "fix" things.
    I shutter to think. Certainly wouldn't wanna go back in time, before Obama. Obama's done a pretty good job as far as I'm concerned. But you can keep hatin'. That's cool.

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    Re: Has Obama been a "Great" US President? (in your personal opinion)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I shutter to think. Certainly wouldn't wanna go back in time, before Obama. Obama's done a pretty good job as far as I'm concerned. But you can keep hatin'. That's cool.
    How's he doing with ISIS, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Egypt? How's our zero growth economy, Wall Street supported by Fed pumping? Hows that low unemployment rate backed up by 92 million out of the labor market? Finally, hows the longest recovery from recession in our history, even longer than the depression?
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    Re: Has Obama been a "Great" US President? (in your personal opinion)?

    he is a violator of the constitution as many other presidents have done.....

    our last true constitutional president was Grover Cleveland.
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