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how’s that hopie changie thing working? rather wonderfully, thanks

David Leonhardt, New York Times: “… Congress and the White House have completed 16 months of activity that rival any other since the New Deal in scope or ambition… If there is a theme to all this, it has been to try to lift economic growth while also reducing income inequality.”

Norman Ornstein (Congressional Scholar at American Enterprise Institute): “This is one of the most productive Congresses in history.”

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT, enacted in the first month of President Obama’s term, to jumpstart our economy, create and save 3.5 million jobs, give a tax cut to small business and 95% of American workers, begin to rebuild America’s road, rail, and water infrastructure, and make a historic commitment to education, clean energy, and science and technology, with unprecedented accountability.  (Signed into Law)

SMALL BUSINESS JOBS ACT, landmark legislation providing $12 billion in tax relief for small businesses by enacting 8 more small business tax cuts on top of the 8 already enacted by this Congress; creating up to 500,000 jobs, by leveraging up to $300 billion in private sector lending for small businesses through a $30 billion lending fund for community banks; fully paid for – doesn’t add a dime to the deficit.  (Signed into Law)

TEACHER JOBS/STATE AID/CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES, creating and saving nearly 320,000 jobs; providing $10 billion to save 161,000 teacher jobs and $16 billion in Medicaid aid, with the effect of creating/saving 158,000 jobs, including police officers, firefighters, nurses & private sector workers; fully paid for by closing loopholes that encourage companies to ship American jobs overseas; cutting deficit by $1.4 billion.  (Signed into Law)

STUDENT AID & FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT, making the largest investment in college aid in history – increasing Pell Grants, making college loans more affordable, and strengthening community colleges – while reducing the federal deficit by ending wasteful student loan subsidies to banks. (Signed into Law)

HIRE ACT, creating up to 300,000 jobs, by providing a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire unemployed workers and a tax credit for businesses that retain these workers; also unleashes tens of billions of dollars to rebuild infrastructure; fully paid for by cracking down on offshore accounts for wealthy.  (Signed into Law)


CASH FOR CLUNKERS, jump-starting the U.S. auto industry, providing consumers with up to $4,500 to trade in an old vehicle for one with higher fuel efficiency—spurring the sale of 700,000 vehicles.  (Signed into Law)

WORKER, HOMEOWNERSHIP & BUSINESS ASSISTANCE ACT, boosting the economy and creating jobs with more unemployment benefits for Americans hit by the recession, an expanded 1st-time homebuyer tax credit, and enhanced small business tax relief—expanded to all struggling U.S. businesses.  (Signed into Law)

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENSION, extending unemployment benefits to millions of American families through November 30, 2010; every dollar of unemployment benefits creates at least $1.61 in economic activity.  (Signed into Law)

AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT, to promote American jobs by restoring credit to small businesses, extending tax incentives for American R&D and tax relief for middle class American families, rebuilding American infrastructure, and expanding jobs for young people; and to close tax loopholes to make Wall Street billionaires pay their fair share of taxes.  (Passed by House)

HOME STAR JOBS, to create 168,000 American jobs making energy efficiency products, by providing incentives for consumers to make their homes energy-efficient — cutting energy bills for 3 million families and reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and dirty fuels.  (Passed by House)

JOBS FOR MAIN STREET ACT, to boost small business and to rebuild highways and transit; paid for by redirecting TARP funds from Wall Street to Main Street.  (Passed by House)

SMALL BUSINESS & INFRASTRUCTURE JOBS ACT, to extend Build America Bonds to help finance the rebuilding of schools, hospitals, roads and bridges; and target tax incentives to spur investment in small businesses and help entrepreneurs looking to start a new business. (Passed by House)

EDWARD M. KENNEDY SERVE AMERICA ACT, tripling volunteerism opportunities to 250,000 for national service for students to retirees; increased college financial awards. (Signed into Law)

WALL STREET REFORM, historic reforms to end taxpayer-funded bailouts and the idea of ‘too big to fail’, and protect and empower consumers to make the best decisions on mortgages, credit cards, and their own financial future.  Lack of accountability for Wall Street and big banks cost 8 million jobs.  (Signed into Law)

CREDIT CARDHOLDERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS, providing tough new protections already saving consumers money—like banning unfair rate hikes, abusive fees, and penalties—and strengthening enforcement. (Signed into Law)

FRAUD ENFORCEMENT & RECOVERY ACT, providing tools to prosecute mortgage scams and corporate fraud that contributed to financial crisis; creating an outside commission to examine its causes.  (Signed into Law)

LILLY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT, restoring the rights of women and other workers to challenge unfair pay—to help close the wage gap where women earn 78 cents for every $1 a man earns in America.  (Signed into Law)

HELPING FAMILIES SAVE THEIR HOMES ACT, building on the President’s initiative to stem the foreclosure crisis, with significant incentives to lenders, servicers, and homeowners to modify loans. (Signed into Law)

HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM, landmark legislation putting American families and small business owners—not the insurance companies—in control of their own health care; lowering costs for middle class and small business; holding insurance companies accountable to prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions; strengthening Medicare and lowering prescription drug costs; creating up to 4 million jobs; and reducing deficit by largest amount in almost two decades. (Signed into law)

HEALTH CARE FOR 11 MILLION CHILDREN, to finally provide cost-effective health coverage for 4 million more children and preserve coverage for 7 million children already enrolled.  (Signed into Law)

ENSURING SENIORS’ ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS, by blocking scheduled 21% cut in Medicare physician payments through November 30, 2010 and also updating payments by 2.2%.  (Signed into Law)

FOOD SAFETY, to fundamentally change the way we protect our food supply; close gaps exposed by recent food-borne illness outbreaks; give the FDA new authorities.  (Passed by House)

RYAN WHITE HIV/AIDS TREATMENT EXTENSION ACT, guaranteeing access to lifesaving medical services, primary care, and medications for low-income patients with AIDS and HIV. (Signed into Law)

AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT, historic legislation to create 1.7 million jobs (with the Recovery Act); help free us from funding terrorism with our dependence on foreign oil; reduce the carbon pollution causing climate change; keep costs low for Americans; will not increase the deficit. (Passed by House)

OMNIBUS PUBLIC LAND MANAGEMENT ACT, the most significant conservation bill in 15 years, strengthening tourism and rural economies with more than 2 million new acres of wilderness and parks.  (Signed into Law)

DISCLOSE ACT, to fight a corporate takeover of our elections, requires them to disclose they are behind political ads; bans foreign-controlled corporations from putting money in U.S. elections.  (Passed by House)

FY 2010 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION, authorizing 3.4% troop pay raise, strengthening military readiness and military families support, focusing our strategy in Afghanistan and redeployment from Iraq.  (Signed into Law)

REPEAL OF DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL, to provide for the repeal of this outdated policy, contingent on the certification that military review completed and that repeal would not impact readiness.  (Passed by House)

VETERANS HEALTH CARE BUDGET REFORM & TRANSPARENCY ACT, a top priority of veterans’ groups, authorizing Congress to approve VA medical care appropriations one year in advance to ensure reliable and timely funding and prevent politics from ever delaying VA health care funding.  (Signed into Law)

FY 2010 MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-VA APPROPRIATIONS, strengthening quality health care for 5 million veterans by investing 11% more for medical care, benefits claims processors, and facility improvements.  (Signed into Law)

CAREGIVERS AND VETERANS OMNIBUS HEALTH SERVICES, landmark legislation providing help to caregivers of disabled, ill or injured veterans, and improving VA health services for women veterans.  (Signed into Law)

HATE CRIMES PREVENTION ACT, giving law enforcement resources to prevent and prosecute hate crimes against Americans based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.  (Signed into Law)

See the full list here


22 Responses to “how’s that hopie changie thing working? rather wonderfully, thanks”


  1. 1 CR
    December 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    WE have HOPE! :)

  2. 2 CTGirl
    December 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I have been holding on strong to that “hopie changie thing”… Yes We Can!

  3. 3 Rita Chakrabarti
    December 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Working beautifully too, thanks! I’m so proud to have been involved in electing President Obama. We’ve all been vindicated in the choices we’ve made and are still making by supporting the president and speaking out against all those who’ve, prematurely, recanted their support. To the naysayers and the disillusioned “majority”… welcome back into the fold! It’s a proud day.

  4. 4 northanger
    December 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    That photo of President Obama and Senator Reid made me happy-cry.

  5. 5 makesense4tulips
    December 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    wow wow wow!

  6. 7 Little Lulu
    December 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, Chipsticks!!! What a compendium of accomplishments! WELL DONE! And well done, Mr. President, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid! We’ll look back on this first two years with awe, I predict. At least we got this much done this quickly. Next two years, unless this president is even more amazing than he already appears to be, it’s gonna be a real struggle to get ANYTHING else done. At least all these advances will help in the meantime and we can VOTE again in 2012 to throw the obvious bums OUT.

  7. 8 Hachikō
    December 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Bravo, Mr. President. Bravo. If your first two years were this great, I can’t wait to see the next two. Bravo.

  8. December 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    As I said over on BWD’s blog earlier, this “lame duck” Congress has been like a Christmas present. Who would have thot.

    Now I see this list that adds even more accomplishments. I’m so pleased to see things turning around just a little bit – the door opening. And now it’s just begun to snow here. *S* I like that too.

  9. 12 Sue in Minnesota
    December 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Wake America, time to get onboard this train.

    We have much to be grateful for, but most grateful for the wise leadership, courage and heart of our President and his allies. Some choose to mock Hope, but without hope we cannot even begin to imagine the possibility of change. Lets keep hope alive, and contribute to the process of change in everyway we can. Sadly, the Dream Act failed to pass the Senate, but we will keep fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, and I believe in my heart we will prevail.

  10. December 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I would say that Hopey Changie thing is working out just fine for me and mine. :) Lovin every minute of it. No President in modern history have got this much done in their first 2 years of Presidency. Even with 2 1/2 or 3 wars,add (Pakistan)(Yemen) a broken economy. And we can go on and on with what was broken, when he got into office. So while putting a country back together again, he and his team is making America great again. Everytime they say no. He prove, yes we can.

  11. 14 Obama Proud
    December 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    SPECTACULAR, and my heart is bursting with complete pride and admiration.

    You rock my POTUS.

    You too Chipsticks;-) Love you tons.

  12. 16 Sankofa
    December 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    It’s working out very well for me and others. Can’t even imagine what the next 6 years will bring but I am so ready to GOTV, donate and make it happen.

  13. 17 Sankofa
    December 19, 2010 at 1:04 am

    It’s working out just fine for me, ready to enjoy 6 more years of change…….

  14. 18 Stylishgurl
    December 19, 2010 at 1:28 am

    It’s a great accomplishment….So Proud. Last xmas=healthcare, this x-mas=DADT, next xmas=immigration/climate legis.? I so hopey for a changey :D
    Great day, except for dream act :(

    Hateful McCain, losing AGAIN….was awesome!

  15. 19 vitaminlover
    December 19, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Our Hero!!

  16. 20 ber6964
    December 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Wow can you say What?

  17. 21 Kelly
    December 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    What is making me kinda pissed is everybody and their Mama trying to take credit for this man’s hard work. Even Lady GAGA fans are saying DADT could not have been done without her (thanks Harry Reid *eyeroll)) and of course MSM running with this silly notion. Anyway I know the potus is on to the next goal that will help our nation, so I will do like him and let them dance at the finish line. *sigh

    • 22 Chi
      December 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      It’s quite something isn’t it…

      If it goes wrong it’s all President Obama’s fault/loss…
      If it’s successful, credit goes to every remote, random, incidental, inconsequential person that happened by…

      Anything at all to deny President Obama his many successes…but those who see, see…and those who know, know…

      And we all see and know…


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