Obama Accomplishments, Political Hypocrisy, & Social Denial

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Here's a few recent facts, news clips, and my observations:

  1. On June 21st, President Obama signed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection  Act into Law which is his 3rd major accomplishment. You can see the WhiteHouse video below and see what this law means for you.
  2. BP Oil spill disaster, and the latest delay in the ongoing cleanup due to a tropical storm, and President Obama securing $20B from BP to pay for the disaster
  3. The costs of Bush/Cheney wars is at over $1Trillion and counting
  4. The "deficit is a real concern" message in the Main Stream Media (MSM)and by the Republicans even though during Bush/Cheney administration it was "deficits do not matter" doctrine by Cheney, which the MSM embraced without question and even promoted it
  5. The continued irresponsibility of MSM re what is highlighted vs what is not
  6. The obscenity of election spending and elections being bought with flood gates of money, e.g., Meg Whitman spending $100M to-date for the CA Governor elections
  7. The ridiculous, unbelievable poll numbers and their undue power over and manipulation of the American Society
  8. Mrs Sherrod Brown debacle, race sensitivity in America, and the AZ Immigration law

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Obama Presidency has indeed created real change not only for the current American society but for future generations to come and the MSM and Republicans still downplay this change. Obama has shown compassion, balance, and resolute leadership despite the continued and unified Republican opposition.

 

 

Here are some of his key accomplishments:

  1. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  or the much needed Health Care Reform which had been wanted since Teddy Roosevelt. You can visit healthcare.gov for more details on this law and what it means for you.
  2. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or the Stimulus Package, which is reigning in the economic decline, stemming the job losses and has started an upward movement for jobs (see the chart on Facebook page "Accomplishments of President Barack Obama") and .... that's true despite the Republicans, the FOX-news, and even other MSM rhetoric that the stimulus is not doing enough. Visit recovery.gov for more details re this law.
  3. Credit Card Reform Act for consumer protection. See the fact sheet at Whitehouse.Gov for more details re this law.
  4. Better handling of the two wars, i.e., as promised in his campaign, reduction in Iraq troop levels and a surge in Afghanistan.
  5. Of course, there are many many more achievements ... for a complete list please visit the Facebook page: "Accomplishments of President Barack Obama" which, as per the page owner " ... was created and is managed by one American who is quite frankly disgusted by the lack of respect for our 44th President of the United States and the media's sensationalist coverage of his Presidency ... " Bravo to this American.

Change is never easy and it only comes in steps and President Obama has helped us take huge steps.

Unfortunately, there is an almost daily, onslaught from Republicans, FOX news, and most other Main Stream Media (MSM) that not much change is happening because DC is still partisan, Obama's changes are not doing much, they are adding to the deficit, and so many of his campaign promises haven't been kept etc etc. If you simply listen to this biased message you'd think not much has changed and yet if you look at the facts and consider his achievements carefully you can not help but feel deeply grateful and relieved that our President has this courage, common sense, and genuine interest for the American people.

At the same time, I also feel deeply troubled, sad, and mystified ...

  • Why is he so under appreciated?
  • Why are the facts not receiving their proper due?
  • Why are these real accomplishments not the focus of the daily news talk shows?
  • Why are the new laws not being discussed by the Media Pundits so that facts can prevail vs rhetoric?
  • Why are the benefits not being discussed?
  • Why is the Whitehouse.Gov not getting constant mention in all of the news programs? This site is a factual resource for everyone and a simple act of responsible journalism would be to at least mention it and direct the public to it. This would lead to a better and factually informed public and go a long way towards reducing the emotional response to the actual changes underway.
  • Why are sites like healthcare.gov not the focus of MSM? This site provides clear detailed information re the law and what it means for you. It demystifies all the past claims re complexity and yet the MSM largely ignores it?
  • When the health care reform was being debated you could find daily posts railing against the complexity while the Whitehouse.Gov was providing facts and MSM was, again, largely ignoring it. Why?
  • As a contrast, before the illegal and trumped up Iraq war the MSM had no qualms about constantly bolstering it knowing very well that various so-called facts were not substantiated yet they had no issue with such constant barrage. And now when actual facts can substantiate what has been done, for the good of American people, there is no constant barrage. Why?Is this responsible journalism?


Regardless of politics and one's political leanings, at some stage, facts must be faced ... Republican policies and the Bush/Cheney regime were obviously disastrous for the country and denial is not going to change that fact ... even the financial crisis' source lies in the de-regulation started by Reagan and relentlessly pushed by Republicans. The current law makers: Democrats, Republicans, and the Obama Administration are the ones dealing with these massive problems - and of course, some problems are longer standing than the Bush/Cheney administration but we cannot hide behind some spin and keep our heads buried in the sand ... All the gains made by Clinton Administration were wiped out by the Bush Administration. And this point can be debated ad-nauseum but the facts remain.

One of the deeply disturbing consequence of all of this is the growing disparity of wealth. And unfortunately, those in power: politicians, corporations, and MSM (including the opinion pundits), are in the wealthy bracket and continue to benefit accordingly. Fortunately, there are some within this bracket that are interested in the common good: from Obama to certain legislators to Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart just to name a few. However, there is a constant effort to minimize their intentions and work through slogans and labels like left wing, socialism etc ... and a real debate is intentionally kept at bay.

These problems must be dealt with truthfully and together vs with extreme opposition. Imagine if a group was building a bridge and there was another group constantly sabotaging the effort ...

I am again reminded of the Questions I raised back in Aug'09 re war spending vs health care ... Why are we so willing to spend 100s of billions on War and want to seriously question spending on ourselves as a Society ... as a "National family?" The costs of Bush/Cheney wars is well over $1T and counting. The illegal Iraq war at $734B and counting. Afghanistan war at $285B and counting. Just watch the war cost counter at costofwar.com for a few minutes and you'll feel sick. ... and want to stop it but you can not ... and that's real spending every minute ... and it is coming from the American taxpayers. Approx. $146B per year for the last 7 years... Imagine what could be done with that money.

Where is our decency ... our honesty? Where is our maturity as a society so we can stop denial and face issues - truthfully regardless of who's responsible? Where is our community spirit? Where is our generosity? Why do we bash helping the disadvantaged? Why do we bash policies that are naturally more inclusive? Even the business world has shown the benefits of working together. Just look at the web and all the open source projects.

Politicians and MSM have a responsibility re informing the American public with facts not biased messages that only serve interests of the wealthy. The current opposition and media rhetoric is destroying the American Society. Wealth disparity is indeed societal destruction because it brings a host of ills with it. Why do we not realize that our children and grandchildren and generations beyond will indeed suffer regardless of their wealth at the time? For those who doubt my claim, I highly recommend this sobering and illuminating show on our PolitOpine channel: a dialog between Craig Barnes and Richard Wilkinson re the impact of wealth disparity.

As a society we don't seem to be interested in seriously looking at our mistakes. Shortly after the BP Oil spill I came across a post by Robert Kennedy Jr. in HuffingtonPost, which was informative and quite sobering.
It talks about an acoustic regulator which could have prevented the disaster. I highly recommend reading this post. Here are some of its excerpts:

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For eight years, George Bush's presidency infected the oil industry's oversight agency, the Minerals Management Service, with a septic culture of corruption from which it has yet to recover. Oil patch alumnae in the Bush White House encouraged agency personnel to engineer weakened safeguards that directly contributed to the gulf catastrophe.

The absence of an acoustical regulator --... -- was directly attributable to industry pandering by the Bush team. Acoustic switches are required by law for all offshore rigs off Brazil and in Norway's North Sea operations. BP uses the device voluntarily in Britain's North Sea and elsewhere in the world as do other big players like Holland's Shell and France's Total. In 2000, the Minerals Management Service while weighing a comprehensive rulemaking for drilling safety, deemed the acoustic mechanism "essential" and proposed to mandate the mechanism on all gulf rigs.

Then, between January and March of 2001, incoming Vice President Dick Cheney conducted secret meetings with over 100 oil industry officials allowing them to draft a wish list of industry demands to be implemented by the oil friendly administration. Cheney also used that time to re-staff the Minerals Management Service with oil industry toadies including a cabal of his Wyoming carbon cronies. In 2003, newly reconstituted Minerals Management Service genuflected to the oil cartel by recommending the removal of the proposed requirement for acoustic switches. The Minerals Management Service's 2003 study concluded that "acoustic systems are not recommended because they tend to be very costly."

The acoustic trigger costs about $500,000. ...

Bush's 2005 energy bill officially dropped the requirement for the acoustic switch off devices explaining that the industry's existing practices are "failsafe."

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Oil companies profits are in tens of billions - ExxonMobil alone had $45.2B profit in 2009  (UPDATE 7/24/2010 10:45AM MDT, correction in audio part: $45.2B was profit in 2008 and  2009 profit was $19.42B) ... note this figure is profit not revenue and yet a mere $500K is "too costly" and its absence is "failsafe!"

It is also worth noting that in 2009 Exxon paid no income taxes to Uncle Sam. Of course, corporations need to make profits but this is obscenely out of balance. Greed has no limits. Exxon Valdez oil spill impacts are still being felt, decades later, and full damages will never be known.

I was hoping that this post by Kennedy would receive wide attention in the MSM but it did not. And, I was even more disturbed by the fact that this issue was not probed in the early congressional inquiry?

President Obama, at least, secured $20B from BP to pay for the damages, which is unprecedented, and yet some politicians and MSM railed against it vs. commend it. ... Is this fair and balanced?

In the end, for real and lasting solutions, we must always find the source of problems  ... rather than just deal with the symptoms. We must face our mistakes honestly and not engage in denial.

Even though I mentioned election spending, polls, and Immigration at the start of this show ... I will defer that part of the commentary to the next show and leave you with the following thoughts:

Isn't it about time to stop supporting the Republicans in congress who have done nothing but obstruct solving of these problems or anyone else espousing policies of Bush/Cheney and Karl Roves of the world who brought us to this current mess?

Isn't it time to fully support this President, as a country and not just as a party... A President who is truly in favor of the common person, the collective American family, and is genuinely interested in solving the current issues?

We also have two other channels ... JoyChats re Consciousness, Self Discovery dialogs ... and ... RumiTime re mystical poetry readings from Rumi, Kabir Hafez (Hafiz), and others.

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