"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
That pretty much makes anything you think about the man worthless.
My stocks have gone up like 400% under his presidency. So much as I didn't vote for him and I think obamacare sucks....I give him a positive grade.
This trade deal he's working on is a plus as well
Anti-Democracy advocate, Mixed government is the only good government
THE second point to be examined is, whether the [constitutional ]convention were authorized to frame and propose this mixed Constitution.
Obama had an exceptionally high job approval rating at the start of his term, as most do. Most of the time, it's hovered in the 40-50% range. During the 2012 election -- y'know, the one where he got re-elected after passing the ACA -- his popularity shot up to around 56% briefly, and then settled back into the low 40's.
In comparison, the allegedly small-government Bush 43 started off lower (around 60%), went through the roof after 9/11, and consistently eroded down to 30%, where it flattened at that point throughout 2009.
We should also note that the American public is, well, a bit conflicted when it comes to Big Government. In the abstract, they want less government; when we get to particulars, they want the same or more. An oldie but a goodie:
The only thing Americans want to cut is foreign non-military aid -- which, by the way, is around 1% of federal spending.
Right, like those sequestration cuts, which cannot be attributed to Obama, unless it's politically expedient for Republicans to do so, which they can also turn around and attribute to Republicans in Congress when the deficit falls. Straight as a pretzel.In any case, most of these improvements you've laid at Obama's feet are improvements we've seen in spite of Obama.
Or not. Confidence cratered in 2007, and aside from a big dip in winter 2011, has grown gradually since that low point. Gas prices are a part of it, but so is the bump in wages, several years of positive GDP growth, the drop in unemployment, the slow healing of real estate markets, a gradually recovering economy and so forth. In fact, those falling gas prices have put a slight damper on confidence in some areas, as energy sector workers are concerned about their livelihoods.Take that "Consumer confidence is hitting 11-year highs", for example. That is primarily because of falling gas prices.
Funny thing is, he DID have something to do with it. Not much, but: His main target for pollution controls has been the coal industry, not the oil industry. He has not gotten in the way of oil or natural gas production. The focus on renewables and natural gas has put a small dent in oil consumption, which in turn frees up supplies for other uses like gasoline. He has also, so far, resisted calls to increase federal gas taxes.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.
Obama Reluctant To Raise Federal Gas Tax : NPR
Those pesky fact things keep getting in the way, hey?
Uh huh. If he did what you wanted, we'd have....Just think how good things would be if Obama had just done his job and enforced the law and not try to "fix" things.
- About 16 million less people with health insurance
- health care costs would be higher than they are now
- seniors saved around $11.5 billion on prescription medications, because the Medicare "donut hole" was closed
- about 1 million auto workers and numerous companies kept their jobs
- no oversight of consumer credit agencies
- we might not have a president who supports gay marriage
- probably would not get anywhere near a deal with Iran to curb their nuclear weapons program
Again, he has done a poor job in a few areas as well, including but not limited to:
- handling the foreclosure crisis
- drone strikes
- clamping down on improper interrogation techniques
For similar reasons, many people in this thread are saying he is pretty much average. But overall, I'd say his effects do tilt a little more into positive territory than negative.
Regarding health insurance premiums -
How many Americans will pay higher insurance premiums as a result of Obamacare?
That's the question posed by Congress to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. More specifically, Congress required the Chief Actuary of CMS to give an estimated count of the number of Americans who will pay more, and how many will pay less as a result of three sections of the Public Health Service Act that were amended by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. And now the numbers are in.
11 million examples of paying more
Actuaries with the government agency estimate that around 11 million individuals will pay higher rates because of the health reform law's impact. Six million Americans will pay less as a result of Obamacare.
11 Million Examples of Obamacare's Higher Costs (ESRX, WBMD)ObamaCare 2015: Harvard faculty outraged over health care hikes
(watch the video...quite illuminating)
ObamaCare 2015: Harvard faculty outraged over health care hikes | Fox News
Regarding health care costs -
So, in spite of the pie-in-the-sky predictions and lofty desires from Obama and his buddies, Obamacare is just making things worse...and people are feeling it in their pocketbooks. Perhaps that's why they STILL don't like Obamacare.The Health Care Cost and Utilization Report found that health care spending averaged $4,864 per enrollee in 2013, up $183 from the year before.
Falling utilization helped mask continued growth in health care prices, authors of the report state.
The analysis uses claims data from three of the nation's largest health insurance providers, looking at claims for nearly 40 million Americans who are covered by employer-sponsored health insurance. This group in 2013 accounted for more than 27 percent of the U.S. insured population.
Use of brand prescription drugs, inpatient admissions and outpatient services declined in 2013. Still, average prices increased for all three categories, and at higher rates than in 2012.
Americans Using Less Health Care But Spending More Despite Obamacare Promises - US News
LOL!!- no oversight of consumer credit agencies
It was oversight...or, more accurately, politically induced pressure from Democratic lawmakers that got us in trouble. We don't need more oversight. We need big government to let the market work.
Ummm...do you mean before...or after...he changed his politically-wind-driven mind? LOL!!- we might not have a president who supports gay marriage
Are you dreaming???- probably would not get anywhere near a deal with Iran to curb their nuclear weapons program
Obama...the foreign policy lightweight...isn't getting any deal...near or not...with Iran.
You might as well face it. Obama has pretty much been a lousy President.
Did you actually read the article?Regarding health insurance premiums...
It discusses small businesses... and is dated March 1, 2014. It was an estimate of a policy that still hasn't kicked in yet.
Meanwhile, the CBO has found that premiums have in fact risen more slowly than in the past, and this is (yet again) revising the cost of the law downward because... wait for it... the cost of care, including premiums, has slowed down compared to past years. It will save the government money in the long term, despite providing health care to more people.
Obamacare’s projected cost falls due to lower premiums under health care law, CBO says - The Washington Post
Projected Health Spending Has Fallen Since 2010, Even With Health Reform
And no, I do not weep for a very small number of Hahvad profs who are upset over changes in their health care... nor does that actually prove anything about the larger trends.
Thank you for demonstrating that you have no idea what I'm referring to.It was oversight...or, more accurately, politically induced pressure from Democratic lawmakers that got us in trouble. We don't need more oversight. We need big government to let the market work.
I'm referring to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In case you missed it, credit card agencies and retail banks have spent the past decade or so increasingly tightening the screws on consumers. Interest rates go up when you miss a car payment; banks routinely add small fees and costs; cell phone companies illegally bill customers, and so on. Left to their own devices, those financial actors have made life much worse for consumers. That's exactly the type of function government should handle -- it should set up and enforce rules that ensure consumers are treated fairly by financial institutions.
Uh, no, I'm not dreaming. I'm reading the news, and it is not lost on anyone who is actually paying attention that Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to torpedo the deal. Meanwhile, just talking to the government of Iran is a huge change.Are you dreaming??? Obama...the foreign policy lightweight...isn't getting any deal...near or not...with Iran.
lolYou might as well face it. Obama has pretty much been a lousy President.
I can face the fact that people right of center decided, before Obama was sworn in, that he'd be a lousy president. No problem with that one.