The American Divide

D-Source 06/25/2017

Most of us can agree that there is a political and ideological divide in the United States of America, today. And this divide has two distinct sides. Side one is the side who is all for making ‘America Great Again’.

Those who buy into the idea of making America great again tend to be your older, rural, Caucasian and less educated, according to Government Statistics. They are commonly called Conservatives and are typically Republicans, when it comes to politics. That doesn’t mean that these are the only people who buy into this ideology; it just means that these are the typical demographics or that a majority of those who have bought into this ideology, are of these demographics. When you break down these demographics a little further, you have the older Caucasians who long for going back to a better time in America, when the economy was great for them, things were much simpler and when patriotism was high. The rural residents, rather older, younger and possibly regardless of race, tend to feel left behind. To them, there America isn’t so great, right now; so they can easily buy into the idea of making it great, the way it used to be for them. The reasons why this group may contain more under educated; not to be confused with less intelligent, may have a lot to do with this group being people who are not feeling like America is so great right now. When you are not financially successful, it is difficult to further your education. It is a known fact that poverty has the effect of suppressing education.  Now, those on the other side of the divide would argue that the less educated would obviously be more easily duped into buying into this type of ideology. Unfortunately, you have those White Supremacists and other Racists and Nationalists, who want to go back to a time when minorities and immigrants and even certain religious groups were less boisterous knew their place in society and when segregation was the norm. And unfortunately, these are the groups of people who tend to be the face of all the people on this side of the divide, for many of the people on the other side of the divide. Many on the other side of the divide believe that the only way you could possibly be on this side of the divide, is if you are a Racist or Nationalist or White Supremacist, etc. So, just what is the ideology of the other side of this divide?

The other side of the divide feel that America could definitely use some improving; but have absolutely no interest in going back to that time in the past when America was so great. These people are commonly called Liberals and are typically Democrats, when it comes to politics. They tend to be young, educated Caucasians, Minorities and Urban Dwellers. Again, the same rules apply; there are exceptions to these norms. When we break down these demographics, we have the younger, educated Caucasians, a few of whom may be rural, but who are much more likely to be Urban Dwellers and they are not impoverished. They are doing well and simply don’t get why the people on the other side of the divide are constantly talking about making America great, again. To them, America is pretty great right now. Not perfect, by any means, but not so bad. Minorities, who tend to be urban dwellers, tend to question what “Great” time in American History are the people on the other side of the divide talking about taking us back to? Was it that great time when Native Americans were slaughtered and all their land taken away from them or that great time when Black People were slave and then serfs and Indentured Servants? Or maybe that great time when we rounded up all the Japanese Americans and put them into camps? How about that wonderful time in American History when Black People could be found hanging from the limbs of random trees and they were being hosed down in the streets and dogs were being sicked on them? Or that great time in the 1960’s when Black People had to go into the back door of restaurants and hotels, drink out of separate water fountains and sit on the back of buses. Or that great time in the 1970’s when the schools were segregated and there was so much discrimination when it came to housing and credit? Or in the 1980’s when Black People and Latino’s were randomly being stopped on the streets and harassed, when Racial Profiling exploded and the Black and Latino Prison Populations began to explode, as well? To Minorities, America has never been as great for them as it is right now; not that it’s all that great right now. And, of-course, the people on the other side of the divide simply chalk this all up to minorities “Playing the Race Card…”. And this infuriates minorities; because it, in their minds, is simply a demeaning of their heart felt opinions, viewpoints and perspectives, as if they didn’t even matter. And this feeds into the narrative that Black and Minority Lives don’t matter, to add to the evidence presented by the way Police get away with senselessly killing Black People, from their perspective. And the divide is clear, because while people on this side of the divide side with the victims; the people on the other side typically defend the Police Officers in their actions.

So, the question becomes, who is right and who is wrong?

Well, if you ask those on either side; the answer is simple, i.e. the other side. But where does that get us? There has to be a way to bridge the divide. Well, I believe that we can begin with my personal favorite and most trusted piece of philosophy:

“None of life’s problems and solutions are as simple as either black or white. More often than not, these problems and their corresponding solutions can be found in various shades of grey.”

When we begin with this philosophy, we can begin to understand that neither side has a monopoly on wisdom. Whenever two people debate or argue, it is rare that one person is all the way right and the other all the way wrong. More often than not, one is a little right and the other a little wrong, maybe one a little more right or wrong than the other. So, more often than not, compromise is in order, recognizing who is a little more right. On those rare occasions when one side is all the way right, then the side that is wrong must be humble enough and have enough integrity to simply acknowledge it and change their views.

What I have just described, is ‘Function’. Unfortunately, our society, right now, is engaging in ‘Dysfunction’. We are not compromising when compromise is necessary and we are not acknowledging the truth and acting on it, when the truth is evident. And let us not point fingers at the other side, regardless of which side you are on personally. Instead, I recommend that both sides point their fingers at themselves and admit when they may be a little wrong, a lot wrong or all the way wrong and taking the actions associated with integrity and being humble. In other words, simply do what is right. This requires Morality, a strong sense of Values and Ethics. And thus, the solution to most every social and economic challenge we face in America, i.e. Morals, Values and Ethics Education…. If everyone simply did the right thing, what man made problems would we have? So, the ‘Let’s Change the WORLD’ Movement has the ‘Unlimited Education’ Project, which I will not elaborate on within this article. More information is available at; Education Tab.

The point, however, is that by exercising the proper morality, we can recognize that the other’s perspective does matter. Belittling and demeaning another’s heart felt feelings and perspectives will never bridge the divide. It will only serve to enrage. Once we begin to listen, we will begin to learn. It is difficult to understand another man’s perspective until you walk in his shoes. So, we must try on each other’s shoes and work on our ability to empathize with each other. How can the man truly understand what it is like to be a woman and vise-versa, when he has never been one? All he can do is listen and try on her shoes. Not literally, of-course, unless that is your thing… But figuratively. Try to understand or feel her pains and frustrations and emotions. Try to picture life from her perspective. And How can a White Man understand what it is to be a Black Man and vise-versa? How can the Urban Business Man truly understand what it’s like to be a rural Farmer, who is also a Business Man and vise-versa? How can the Caucasian Man truly understand what it is like to be a Mexican Immigrant or why and how can that Mexican Immigrant truly understand why the Caucasian Man feels the way he does? Neither has warn the other’s shoes, let alone their skin. But in order to bridge the divide, that is exactly what they need to honestly try to do. How would you feel and what would you do, if you were him? And when we make a serious effort to empathize, more often than not, we will find ourselves saying “Wow; I would feel the same way he does, if I was him” or “I would have done the same thing he did…” And if we find ourselves saying either; then how can we, in good conscience and morality, condemn the other? Aren’t we more alike than we seem?

And that is the bottom line. When truly try on each others’ shoes and then are honest, moral and have integrity, we will all have to admit that we all have much more in common that differences. Rather you are a US Citizen or an Illegal Immigrant, rather you are Black, White, Latino, Asian, Native American, Man, Woman, Old, Young, rather you are an urban or rural dweller, rather you are Muslim, Christian, a Scientologist, Buddhist or any other religion, we all have most of the same things in common… We all want peace, security, prosperity, freedom, safety, a great education system and a bright future for our children and happiness. There are no differences in what we all want; just in how we get what we all want. So, what is the wisdom in fighting each other, when we all have the same wants and goals? Doesn’t it make more sense to begin understanding how and why we each have a different perspective on how to achieve what we all want and then begin to compromise, based on what makes the most sense vs. based on blind loyalty to an ideology? And this is where I will make my final point; which is that Ideology is the enemy.

We, as Americans and as a whole, tend to align ourselves with ideologies; thus, the Conservative/Republican or the Liberal/Democrat. And we become so loyal to these ideologies that we begin to look at everything in terms of does it fit my ideology or not. If it does, it is white and if it doesn’t it is black. If it is black, get back and if it is white, it must be right. And the colors can be switched, for those racially sensitive individuals, but the meaning remains the same. I simply wanted to make a rhyme, not a racial statement here. And the point is that we, in the US of A, are continuously trying to make our problems and solutions as simple as either black or white, when the truth can only be found in various, complex shades of grey. And until we are willing to step outside of our black and white boxes, into the grey, we will continue to be on polar opposite sides of every issue. It’s like the North Pole trying to talk face-to-face with the South Pole. The only way they will ever talk face-to-face, is if they decide to meet at the Equator. Everyone needs to come to the middle, meet face-to-face, get to know each other, acknowledge each other’s perspectives and then begin to compromise. Together we are strong; divided, we fall!

And we must put God, first…

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Wold Opinions on Trumps Decision on Paris Climate Accord…

World leaders reacted with dismay Thursday to President Trump’s announcement that he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, while three prominent European heads of state rejected his suggestion that the deal could be renegotiated.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and  and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a joint statement that they regretted the United States’ decision to withdraw from the accord, but affirmed “our strongest commitment” to implement its measures and encouraged “all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change.”

While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, “since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics.”

Macron repeated that belief in an English-language speech from the Elysee presidential palace, unprecedented from a French president in an address at home. He said, “I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the U.S. and for our planet.”

“Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again,” Macron added.

The European Union’s top climate change official, Miguel Arias Canente, said in a statement that Trump’s decision to leave the Paris accord made it “a sad day for the global community,” adding that the bloc “deeply regrets the unilateral decision.”

Canete also predicted that the EU would seek new alliances from the world’s largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as U.S. businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement “a major disappointment” and said it was “crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues,” according to his spokesman.

Norway’s largest pension fund with 53 billion euro ($59.5 billion) in assets under its management said it would continue to invest in renewable energy despite the American president’s decision, saying in a statement that “Donald Trump is jumping off a train that has already left the station.”

Chief executive Odd Arild Grefstad cited the growth of renewable energy in U.S. states such as Texas, New York and California as signs that “the world has started the transition from fossil to a renewable economy.”

In Mexico, former President Vicente Fox criticized Trump’s move, saying on Twitter: “He’s declaring war on the planet itself.”

Fox, who has clashed with Trump since last year’s presidential campaign, said the U.S. leader’s decision “condemns this generation and those to come” and would leave “a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness.”

Bill Ford, chairman of the Ford Motor Co., also weighed in, saying: “We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities.”

Before Trump announced his decision Thursday afternoon, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told reporters during a visit to Berlin that fighting global warming was a “global consensus” and an “international responsibility.”

Without mentioning the U.S. specifically, Li said that “China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment” and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

While traveling abroad last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement. The other two are Syria and Nicaragua.

Russia joined the chorus speaking out for the climate accord. Speaking to reporters on Thursday before Trump’s decision was announced, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russia “thinks highly” of the accords and sees no alternative to it.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective “without the key signatories.”

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to 3 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide a year — enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


D-Source 06/02/2017

Just a few Climate Change Facts, for those who are interested in facts:

The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century.

Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.

Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa

Since 1950, the U.S. has also witnessed increasing numbers of intense rainfall events.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent.

Climate Change kills more people world wide, including Americans, than Terrorism.

Nearly 1,000 children per day die due to Climate Change

Climate Change is responsible for Famine, droughts, more powerful and deadly storms, disease, starvation, loss of Real Estate, Wealth, health problems and death by the millions.

5 million people world wide die due to Climate Change per year

The Coal Industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the world for it’s employees. More employees die from accidents and illness (Cancer), than from any other industry.

Trump says the Coal Industry is vital for jobs. The Coal Industry employs 76,000 people. To put that into perspective: Car wash Industry: 150,000; Travel Agencies 99,000; Museums: 91,000; Used Car Dealers: 138,000 employees

The Solar Industry employs 260,000, up nearly 25% from 2015

The Coal/Mining Industry lost over 191,000 jobs since 2014

Wind Industry supports 88,000 jobs

Bio Fuel Industry supports 401,000 jobs

Natural Gas supports 2.2 million jobs.

Fossil Fuels cost the US between $361.7 and $886.5 billion per year in Health Costs, alone.

Renewable Energy has no negative health effects and supports millions of US Tax Paying Jobs.

When you take time to consider the actual facts; does it make more since to do nothing about Global Warming/Climate Change, for our health, economy and planet or does it make more since for our health, economy and planet to keep heading down the path of Renewable Energy? Don’t be political; be honest…

And considering the amount of innocent men, women and children who suffer and even die due to Global Warming and the ill effects of Fossil Fuels, the pollution they cause and the Mining of them, what would God have us do?


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Money; Fame; Power; Racism…

An L.A. home owned by LeBron James was the target of a hate crime — someone spray painted the n-word on the front gate and detectives are now investigating, cops tell TMZ Sports.

Here’s what we know … multiple LAPD units and a neighborhood patrol vehicle responded to the home early Wednesday morning. We’re told the word was scrawled on the outer gate.

We’re told investigators are looking for security footage from neighbors which may show the perpetrator.

Records show LeBron bought the house back in 2015 but it does not appear he lives there on any regular basis.

The graffiti has since been covered up.

We’re told LeBron was not at the home at the time of the incident — he’s presumably in the Bay Area gearing up for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which starts Thursday.


“It just goes to show; it don’t matter how much money you have, how famous you are or how admired you are, being black in America is tough…” ~LBJ~

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Repeal and Replace or Switch and Screw?

DSource 05/04/17

After going on 7 years and after 52 attempts at trying to repeal Obamacare, the Republican Controlled House has finally succeeded in passing a bill that will do just that and replace it with their own version of Health Care Reform. It is Trump’s first legislative victory and they are celebrating…

However, there are several problems:

1. The bill now has to go to the Republican controlled Senate, where it is ‘Dead on Arrival’, in it’s present form. They have passed a bill that they knew had zero chance in the Senate, just to try and trick the American People into feeling like they were successful; when really, they were unsuccessful and are just passing the buck to the Senate, in hopes they can come up with something.

2. People like myself, who actually pay attention, know that they passed a bill that has not been scored. That means the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not had an opportunity to do the research required to estimate how much the bill would cost, if it became law and how many people will lose their Health Care, rather premiums are likely to go up or down and by how much and how much more money it might cost people with Pre-Existing Conditions to get insurance, among other things… They passed a bill, just for the sake of Politics, without knowing what impact it will have on the system, let alone the American People. And these are the Republicans we are entrusting with our well-being.

3. Trump and the Republicans promised to insure that people with Pre-existing Conditions would be covered. But this bill no longer requires Insurance Companies to charge people with Pre-Existing Conditions the same rates they charge everyone else. This means that some and probably many people will no longer be able to afford their policies, if they have Pre-Existing Conditions.

I could go on and on and on… Why do people still align themselves with this party?! A President who admits to groping women and a Congress who votes to screw sick people, just to get money out of Obamacare to pay for the tax cut they want to give the very rich, who refused to pay a little more in taxes, so regular people like you and I could all have Health Care. Why do we have to get screwed, just so the rich can get a Tax Cut?

I know there are people who hate when I start bringing up those pesky historical facts about what has actually happened; but I just can’t stand to sit back and allow people who don’t pay attention the way I do, to be bamboozled, without clearing away the smoke, so they can see.

First of all, Obamacare was originally called Romney Care. It was a Republican Idea based on Mitt Romney’s Health Care Plan while he was Governor of Massachusetts. It was a hugely popular law and Republicans were behind it 100%, until Obama came on board and said “Yes, it’s working well in Massachusetts, so let’s roll it out to the rest of the nation. All of a sudden, Republicans were immediately 100% against it. It was a great idea until Obama came on board. This is because Mitch McConnell was caught on tape vowing to obstruct Mr. Obama and make sure he was a “One Term President” within Mr. Obama’s first 24 hours as President. To many people, including myself, this reaped of Racism…

So, Mr. Obama came out with a revision of the law, which was what he called the ‘Public Option’, which he claimed would be the biggest and easiest way to lower Health Care Costs or to at-least reduce the rate of rise in costs. The idea was for the government to offer average citizens the exact same plan that Congress gets. And that way, if you didn’t like the price that the Insurance Companies were offering, you could always opt to go with the Government Option/Public Option. The idea was that the competition of a lower cost Public/Government Option would force Insurance Companies to compete with lower cost plans; otherwise, people would simply go with the Public Option.

Well, Insurance Companies didn’t like it. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads depicting Mr. Obama as a Kenyan Born, Muslim, Socialist Terrorist, who had an evil plan to bankrupt America by indoctrinating our children, launching a complete government takeover of Health Care and building Death Camps for all Grandmothers. In other words, they convinced a significant amount of Americans that Obama was ‘The Boogie Man’. This would have all been laughable if accused of any other Caucasian President in US History; but somehow, sounded perfectly credible about our first Black President, who happened to be named Obama. Donald Trump came on board and helped start an entire movement to convince Americans that Obama wasn’t born in America. Do you think he was paid? I don’t know; but he may have been. Mr. Obama was forced to drop the Public Option, which was the part that he claimed would lower costs.

The biggest complaint among Republicans is the rise in Health Care Costs, which are rising slower than they have in decades, by the way. A point Republicans always fail to mention. But, never-the-less, that is their complaint. So, they blame Obama for the rise in costs, when they are the reason Mr. Obama had to give up the part of the law he claimed would lower the rise in costs. Republicans messed up and then blamed Obama.

Well, Republicans succeeded in convincing Americans that they deserved control of the House, based on their guarantee to focus on job growth. For the next six years and now going on seven, Congress has not passed one single jobs bill; NOT ONE! Obama put forth economic proposals, which were shot down by the Republican Congress. And they shot down every attempt Obama made to raise the Minimum Wage, as they continually dogged him about slow wage growth. Instead of Republicans focusing on jobs and the economy the way they promised, they focused on repealing Obama Care 52 times over 6 years. They have been obsessed! No Infrastructure Bills, no Tax Reform, no Immigration Reform; nothing! They’ve simply been focused on overturning Obama’s signature legislation. Why the unprecedented obsession? Hmmm….

Now, each and every time they have failed, I thank God; because they have never had anything to replace it with. They were just going to allow every one of the 24 million additional men, women and children who were finally able to have Health Care, to lose it. Now that they have full control of the Administrative, Legislative House and Senate and even the Judicial Branches of the Federal Government, they are still obsessed with making this man (Obama) a failure, just like they vowed to do on Mr. Obama’s very first day as President. They are still trying to repeal Obamacare. But guess what? It is now perfectly clear that they have never had a replacement. Really?! Now, they can’t even agree on how to replace it; because, as it turns out, it would be Political Suicide for them to replace Obamacare with anything that would eliminate the most popular parts of the law. But also, as it turns out, it is very difficult to offer the popular parts of Obamacare, without government mandates, which is what Republicans are against.

What is their solution? To allow states to opt out of the mandates and offer 8 billion dollars in subsidies to help lower the cost of Health Care for people with Pre-Existing Conditions. Why? Because Insurance Companies will no longer be obligated to offer coverage to those people at the same price they offer coverage to everyone else. In other words, Republicans are allowing discrimination back into Health Care. And Obamacare had removed the discrimination out of Health Care. And how does 8 billion dollars help to lower the National Debt?

And at the same time, they are doing their best to roll back the regulations that prevent companies from polluting as much as they want and screwing the Consumer as much as they want. They are even rolling back Michelle Obama’s Healthy Food Program for kids. What do they have against these poor, inner city kids (Mostly Black and Hispanics) having a nutritious lunch?!


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Donald Trump Promises After 100 Days in Office

The Trump-O-Meter: Tracking 102 promises made by Donald Trump

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. (AP)
Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. (AP)

President-elect Donald Trump promised coal jobs in West Virginia and manufacturing jobs in Michigan. He said he would fix the inner city of Baltimore and the airports in New York. He said he would cut taxes and grow the military. Create paid family leave and balance the budget.

Build the wall. Kill Obamacare.

Protect Social Security. Take care of veterans.

And that’s just the start.

“We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’ … You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else,’ ” Trump said in Montana last May. “And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning. We’re going to make America great again.’ ”

The pitch worked. Now comes the hard part: Can Trump deliver?

For the past six months, PolitiFact has been cataloging promises Trump made to voters in speeches, appearances, interviews and debates. Today we launch our Trump-O-Meter, which will track 102 of the most significant pledges emblematic of his unconventional campaign. The Trump-O-Meter will measure whether Trump is able to accomplish what he told voters and ultimately rate each promise Kept, Broken or Compromise. It’s the same process we used to track the campaign promises made by President Barack Obama.


While Obama’s promises often were hyper-specific (e.g., “Better integrate efforts of federal agencies with the military through new Mobile Development Teams“), Trump’s are sweeping.

That brings additional challenges.

“An unsuccessful foreign or military engagement, a natural disaster, failed diplomacy, a spike in gas prices, a stock market crisis or any of the other factors that bedevil every president can easily befall Trump,” said veteran Republican strategist Rick Wilson, who opposed Trump during the campaign. “These are externalities that no amount of bluster, tweeting and red hats immunize a president against.”

The 102 promises we’re watching account for the major tenets of Trump’s tax and immigration plans, his ideas to repeal and replace Obamacare and his proposals to shift American trade policy. Plenty of his ideas will find opposition from the Republican-controlled Congress. In some cases, Trump’s promises will be difficult to keep.

Yet Trump has guaranteed results and promised swift action. On his first day in office, Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, eliminate gun-free zones, rescind executive orders on guns and immigration, cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities, start work on the border wall, begin deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records, suspend immigration from terror-prone countries and ask Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Beyond that, he has promised to fix America’s inner cities, double America’s rate of economic growth, put millions of people to work and rebuild the country’s highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools and hospitals.

To conservative National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg, it’s “unicorns as far as the eye can see.”

“He essentially vowed that we could rewind the movie of the last 50 years. Lost jobs would come flying back like the pieces of a shattered vase reassembling as the video plays in reverse,” Goldberg wrote. “That won’t happen. It won’t happen because Trump must now deal with the tools and materials of the real world.”

Deciphering Trump’s rhetoric

There’s a difficulty in tracking Trump’s promises because his words can be contradictory or unclear.

Take his promise to ban Muslims from entering the country. In the weeks before the Iowa caucus, Trump pledged that he would halt all Muslim immigration to the United States. But during the general election, Trump said he would ban immigration from regions with a history of terrorism.

Both ideas remain on his website, so we decided to track both promises.

Likewise, at the start of the campaign, Trump said all 11 million people living in the country illegally “have to go.” Later in the campaign, he focused on people living in the country illegally who have committed crimes.

Again, we will track both promises.

In coal country, Trump vowed to reverse a decades-long trend and put miners back to work. “Get ready because you’re going to be working your asses off,” he said in West Virginia.

In the rust belt, he pledged manufacturing jobs.

How will he accomplish either? Details are slim. Trump has said he plans to unleash the American economy by creating an environment better for business. That means lower tax rates and fewer regulations. Trump promises that before any new regulation is approved, two will be rescinded.


Dan Mitchell, an economist with the libertarian Cato Institute, says the proposals will make the United States more attractive to businesses. But, on the specifics, experts say it will be hard for Trump to meet the letter of his word. We spoke with eight economists. None predicted a major spike in new manufacturing or mining jobs.

“It is not even remotely possible that Trump will be able to bring back employment in coal or total manufacturing back anywhere near the level of the mid-20th century. Not even in absolute numbers, let alone as a percentage of total employment,” said Jeffrey Frankel, a Harvard University government and economics professor who served on President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. “It’s no more feasible than bringing agricultural employment back to 1790, when farmers were 90 percent of national employment vs. 2 percent today.”

Coal’s problems, in particular, have to do as much with the increased availability of natural gas through fracking as anything, experts say.

“The only way to bring back any jobs would be to outlaw fracking, since the biggest problem in the last few years for the industry has been the availability of cheap natural gas,” said Dean Baker, an economist with the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research. “Of course even then, we would only get back a small share of the coal mining jobs lost in the last three decades.”

The cost of the wall, and who’s footing the bill

The 102 promises we’re analyzing on the Trump-O-Meter include promises Trump already has indicated he won’t keep, including his vow to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.

Trump told a crowd in California in June that if he won his “attorney general will take a very good look” at Clinton’s case. In August, in Ohio, Trump said Clinton’s case “required” a special prosecutor. At the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Trump said he would “instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into” Clinton’s situation. And the next day, in Pennsylvania, he said, “Special prosecutor, here we come.”

But Trump told the New York Times after the election that he doesn’t “want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t.”

We will still track the promise, however, because it is something Trump promised voters ahead of Election Day.

The Trump-O-Meter also will track Trump’s signature pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The question is who will pay and when.

Trump said the wall would either cost $8 billion or $12 billion. He said it would be 35 to 40 feet, or 50 feet, or higher.

Without precise plans, it’s hard to determine how much it would cost. Fencing, hardly a great “impenetrable and beautiful” wall, may cost at least $5.1 billion. Some estimates stretch to $25 billion.

The “build the wall!” chants also skipped past the fine print in his plan — that Mexico would be asked to reimburse the United States for the cost to build the wall. Until then, the bill appears headed to the American taxpayer.

At odds, long odds

Trump promised to reinstate waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique that simulates drowning and is considered torture, even though his own pick to lead the Department of Defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, says beer and cigarettes are more effective methods of extracting information.

He vowed to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, though other presidents have broken the same promise in hopes it could save Middle East peace talks.

Trump claimed in an interview with Bob Woodward that he would eliminate the $19 trillion federal debt within eight years, even though experts say his economic plan would actually increase the debt by trillions.

He promised to adopt the “penny plan” to reduce non-defense, non-entitlement spending by 1 percent per year, though he also has said he would spend at least $550 billion improving America’s infrastructure system.


PolitiFact has been tracking the promises of presidents, governors and mayors for nearly nine years, and no one has achieved everything pledged to voters.

Nearly one-in-four of Obama’s campaign promises, for instance, ended up broken, according to our Obameter. In some cases, new events necessitated a change in priority. In others, Congress got in the way.

“We care about politicians keeping their promises for a couple of reasons, but one is that reputation is currency in politics: If someone won’t or can’t do what he says he would, he will be trusted less the next time he makes a promise,” said Timothy Hill, a political science professor at Doane College in Nebraska who has written about presidential promises. “But, to this point, anyway, that law of gravity seems to be suspended around Donald Trump. His campaign was always about attitude, not substance, and the post-election period has been no different.”

What he can do, where he needs help

The Trump-O-Meter will rate outcomes, not intentions, the same standard we used for Obama. So it’s not enough for Trump to propose, as he has, six weeks of paid family leave for new mothers. It’s up to him see the legislation through the Republican-led Congress.

Some promises Trump can pursue unilaterally.

He can keep the prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, operating without lifting a finger, and he can force a move of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Trump already has celebrated a campaign promise to keep a Carrier air conditioning factory open in Indiana(though jobs are still moving to Mexico).

Trump also has promised to issue an executive order mandating the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a cop. He has the ability to issue the order, but presidents do not have the authority to create penal laws, experts say. That requires Congress. “There would have to be a law passed by Congress under any ordinary understanding of the power of the different branches,” said Sheri Johnson, a law professor at Cornell University.

And in the case of the death penalty, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory death penalty sentences are unconstitutional.

But in many cases, Trump will find himself in an unfamiliar position as the CEO-turned-president: at the mercy of others.

Trump’s tax plan, a simplifying of the tax code and lower rates for many but not all, needs the support of Congress. He is likely to have a willing partner.

Trump’s dream of congressional term limits requires an amendment to the Constitution. That means the approval of two-thirds of the House and Senate and the ratification of 38 state legislatures. The last amendment to the Constitution, dealing with congressional pay, took 202 years to ratify.

Trump told voters during the campaign he would “make every dream you ever dreamed for your country come true.”

Starting Friday, we’ll find out.


Donald Trump Promises POLITIFACT recently rated:

Renegotiate NAFTA

The Promise: In the Works

“A Trump administration will renegotiate NAFTA and if we don’t get the deal we want, we will terminate NAFTA and get a much better deal for our workers and our companies. 100 percent.”

Update April 27th, 2017: Trump reaffirms intent to renegotiate NAFTA

Release his tax returns after an audit is completed

The Promise: Stalled

“I’m under a routine audit and it’ll be released, and as soon as the audit is finished it will be released.”

Update April 26th, 2017: Trump has ‘no intention’ of releasing tax returns, Steve Mnuchin says

Reverse China’s entry into the World Trade Organization

The Promise: In the Works

“That means reversing two of the worst legacies of the Clinton years…First, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Second, China’s entry into the World Trade Organization.”

Update April 26th, 2017: Trump threatens to ignore WTO in ‘aggressive’ America-first approach

Lower the business tax rate

The Promise: In the Works

“The Trump Plan will lower the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax.”

Update April 26th, 2017: Trump’s tax outline lowers business tax rate and kills AMT, but offers few details

Cancel all funding of sanctuary cities

The Promise: Stalled

“We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.”

Update April 26th, 2017: California judge halts Trump’s executive order

End birthright citizenship

The Promise: In the Works

“End birthright citizenship.”

Update April 21st, 2017: House bill introduced to end birthright citizenship

Renegotiate the Iran deal

The Promise: Stalled

“This deal if I win will be a totally different deal. This will be a totally different deal.”

Update April 20th, 2017: Mixed messages on Iran, but tangible moves toward reversal haven’t happened yet

Open up libel laws

The Promise: Stalled

“I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”

Update April 20th, 2017: Trump stalls on promise to open up libel laws

Establish a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

The Promise: Stalled

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Update April 20th, 2017: Trump stalls on promise for ‘total and complete shutdown’ of Muslims entering the United States

Increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active duty soldiers

The Promise: In the Works

“We will build an active army around 540,000 as the army’s Chief of Staff has said he needs desperately and really must have to protect our country.”

Update April 20th, 2017: Trump’s budget request for Army falls short

Rebuild the U.S. Navy toward the goal of 350 ships

The Promise: In the Works

“We will build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines as recommended by the bipartisan National Defense Panel.”

Update April 20th, 2017: Trump’s budget request for Navy falls short

Provide the U.S. Air Force with 1,200 fighter aircraft

The Promise: In the Works

“We will build an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft, which the Heritage Foundation again has shown to be needed to execute current missions.”

Update April 20th, 2017: Trump’s budget request for Air Force falls short

Rebuild the Marine Corps to 36 battalions

The Promise: In the Works

“We will build a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions, which the Heritage Foundation notes is the minimum needed to deal with major contingencies – we have 23 now.”

Update April 20th, 2017: Trump’s budget request for Marine Corps falls short

Sue his accusers of sexual misconduct

The Promise: Broken

“The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”

Update April 19th, 2017: Trump-O-Meter update: Sue his accusers of sexual misconduct

Hire American workers first

The Promise: In the Works

“Establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.”

Update April 19th, 2017: Trump signs ‘Buy American and Hire American’ executive order

Take no salary

The Promise: IN THE WORKS

“If I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary.”

Create private White House veterans hotline NOT YET RATED

“I will create a private White House hotline – that is answered by a real person 24 hours a day – to make sure that no valid complaint about the VA ever falls through the cracks. I will instruct my staff that if a valid complaint is not acted upon, then the issue be brought directly to me, and I will pick up the phone and fix it myself, if need be.”

Enact term limits STALLED

“If I’m elected president, I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.”

Impose death penalty for cop killers NOT YET RATED

“One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order, if I win, will be to sign a strong, strong statement that would go out to the country, out to the world, that anybody killing a police man, a police woman, a police officer, anybody killing a police officer, the death penalty is going to happen,”

Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton STALLED

“I will ask, to appoint a special prosecutor. We have to investigate Hillary Clinton, and we have to investigate the investigation.”

Enact a temporary ban on new regulations IN THE WORKS

“We’re going to cancel every needless job-killing regulation and put a moratorium on new regulations until our economy gets back on its feet.”

Make no cuts to Medicare NOT YET RATED

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”

Invest $550 billion in infrastructure and create an infrastructure fund NOT YET RATED

 “The Trump Administration seeks to invest $550 billion to ensure we can export our goods and move our people faster and safer.”

Make no cuts to Social Security NOT YET RATED

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”

Make no cuts to Medicaid STALLED

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”

Eliminate Common Core NOT YET RATED

“We’re cutting Common Core. We’re getting rid of Common Core. We’re bringing education locally.”

Impose a hiring freeze on federal employees IN THE WORKS

“A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health).”

Slash federal regulations KEPT

“A requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.”

Place lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreign government KEPT

“I’m going to issue a lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government and I’m going to ask Congress to pass a campaign finance reform that prevents registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in American elections and politics.”

Place lifetime ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections NOT YET RATED

“A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.”

Defund Planned Parenthood IN THE WORKS

“I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don’t know what percentage it is. They say it’s 3 percent. But I would defund it, because I’m pro-life.”

Approve the Keystone XL project and reap the profits IN THE WORKS

“I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits.”

Achieve energy independence NOT YET RATED

“Under my presidency, we will accomplish a complete American energy independence. Complete. Complete.”

Nominate someone from his list of justices to replace Antonin Scalia KEPT

“I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia. I’m looking for judges — and I’ve actually picked 20 of them so that people would see.”

Expand mental health programs NOT YET RATED

“We need to reform our mental health programs and institutions in this country.”

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To Trump or Not to Trump; That is the Question…

The nation is divided. President Trump has won a decisive Electoral College victory, but lost the Popular Vote. Those who support him say “Give him a chance” and those who do not say “He is squandering his chance”.  Which is it? Who are we, as a nation? 

I’m sure that last question is one that many of our listeners are asking. On this show, we will examine who our Founding Fathers intended us to be and compare it to who we are, today and who we seem destined to become. And we ask ourselves is this who we want to become? And make no mistake; under this new Administration, our nation will undergo change, if we allow it. The question is, again, … is this who we want to become? We will let our listeners offer their opinions….

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Donald Trump’s Campaign Promises

Most presidential candidates are careful to not promise too much on the campaign trail. That’s not at all the case for Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Listed below are 76 things that Trump has said he would do if elected, or has predicted would occur as a result of his election. If he were to win the White House, Trump has promised to:

1. Build a wall along the southern border that’s taller than the arenas where Trump holds his rallies, taller than any ladder and one foot taller than the Great Wall of China. This “artistically beautiful” wall will be constructed out of hardened concrete, rebar and steel, and it will be “the greatest wall that you’ve ever seen” — so great that the nation will likely one day name it “The Trump Wall.”

2. Make Mexico pay for the wall. If Mexico refuses, then the United States will impound all remittance payments taken from the wages of illegal immigrants, cut foreign aid, institute tariffs, cancel visas for Mexican business leaders and diplomats, and increase fees for visas, border-crossing cards and port use.

Trump compares proposed border wall to Great Wall of China


At a campaign event at Liberty University in Lunchburg, Va., Donald Trump compared his proposed border wall to the Great Wall of China. (Reuters)

3. “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

4. Get rid of Common Core because it’s “a disaster” and a “very bad thing.” Trump says he wants to give local school districts more control and might even eliminate the Department of Education.

5. The Environmental Protection Agency might also disappear.

6. Get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something “terrific” that is “so much better, so much better, so much better.”

7. Knock down the regulatory walls between states for health insurance, making plans available nationally instead of regionally.

8. Rebuild the country’s aging infrastructure — especially bridges and airports that look like they belong in a third-world country — for one-third of what the United States is currently paying for such projects.

10. Defund Planned Parenthood.

11. “I will take care of women, and I have great respect for women. I do cherish women, and I will take care of women.”

12. Frequently use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”

13. Temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump would allow exceptions for dignitaries, business people, athletes and others who have “proven” themselves.

Trump calls for ‘total and complete’ shutdown of Muslims entering U.S.


Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Dec. 7 that he was in favor of a ‘”total and complete” shutdown of Muslims entering the United States. (C-SPAN)

14. Bar Syrian refugees from entering the country and kick out any who are already living here.Trump says wealthy Persian Gulf nations like Saudi Arabia should pay to set up a heavily guarded “safe zone” in Syria.

15. Heavily surveil mosques in the United States.Trump has said he’s open to the idea of closing some mosques.

16. Create a database of Syrian refugees. Trump hasn’t ruled out creating a database of Muslims in the country.

17. Never take a vacation while serving as president.

18. Prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state.

Clinton: Trump is ‘trying to bully and buy his way into the presidency’


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of “trying to bully and buy his way into the presidency.” (Reuters)

19. Make medical marijuana widely available to patients, and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot or not.

20. Stop spending money on space explorationuntil the United States can fix its potholes. Encourage private space-exploration companies to expand.

21. Pick Supreme Court justices who are “really great legal scholars.”

22. Ensure that Iowa continues to host the nation’s first presidential nominating contest.

23. Strengthen the military so that it’s “so big and so strong and so great” that “nobody’s going to mess with us.”

24. Be unpredictable. “No one is going to touch us, because I’m so unpredictable.”

25. Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and/or work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to wipe out shared enemies.

26. “Bomb the s— out of ISIS.” Also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.

27. Target and kill the relatives of terrorists.

28. Shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.

29. Bring back waterboarding, which the Obama administration considers torture. Trump has said he’s willing to use interrogation techniques that go even further than waterboarding. Even if such tactics don’t work, “they deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing.”

30. Leave troops in Afghanistan because it’s such “a mess.” Protect Israel. And increase U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas.

31. Find an “out” clause in the Iran deal and then “totally” renegotiate the whole thing.

32. “I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you.” (This promise is connected to criticism of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who was injured while riding a bicycle amid the Iran negotiations.)

33. Refuse to call Iran’s leader by his preferred title. “I guarantee you I will be never calling him the Supreme Leader… I’ll say, ‘Hey baby, how ya doing?’ I will never call him the Supreme Leader.”

34. Negotiate the release of all U.S. prisoners held in Iran before taking office. (Five hostages were recently released, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Trump has taken some credit for this.)

35. Oppose the killing of journalists: “I hate some of these people, but I would never kill them.”

36. Find great generals — like the next Gen. Patton or Gen. MacArthur — and do not allow them to go onto television news shows to explain their military strategy: “I don’t want my generals being interviewed, I want my generals kicking a–.” Trump likes generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops.

37. Drop that “dirty, rotten traitor” Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane into desolate Afghanistan without a parachute.

Trump says he will review Bergdahl’s case if elected president


Republican presidential contender Donald Trump called Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a “traitor” and said that he would review his case if elected president. Bergdahl will face a general court-martial in connection with his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan. (Reuters)

38. Fire “the corrupt and incompetent” leaders of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and dramatically reform the agency. Allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and underserved areas, and ensure than every VA hospital is permanently staffed with OBGYN doctors.

39. Invest more heavily in programs that help military veterans transition back to civilian life,including job training and placement services. Also increase funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues. Veterans who apply for a job at a VA facility will have five points added to their qualifying scores.

40. Bring back jobs from China — and Mexico, Japan and elsewhere.

41. “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” Trump says cities like Reno, Nev., will “be a big fat beautiful beneficiary” of these new jobs.

42. Students at Wofford College in South Carolina, where Trump attended a town hall, will all have jobs at graduation.

43. Aggressively challenge China’s power in the world by declaring the country a currency manipulator, adopting a “zero tolerance policy on intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer” and cracking down on China’s “lax labor and environmental standards.”

Trump: China’s currency devaluation ‘a disgrace’


During a speech in Michigan, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “You have to do something to rein in China,” adding that “they’re making it absolutely impossible for the United States to compete.”(Reuters)

44. Rather than throw the Chinese president a state dinner, buy him “a McDonald’s hamburger and say we’ve got to get down to work.”

45. Replace “free trade” with “fair trade.” Gather together the “smartest negotiators in the world,” assign them each a country and renegotiate all foreign trade deals.

46. Put billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn in charge of trade negotiations with China and Japan, and pick an ambassador to Japan who is “a killer,” unlike the current ambassador, Caroline Kennedy.

47. Tell Ford Motor Co.’s president that unless he cancels plans to build a massive plant in Mexico, the company will face a 35 percent tax on cars imported back into the United States. Trump is confident he can get this done before taking office. (Last year he incorrectly said this had already happened.)

48. Force Nabisco to once again make Oreos in the United States. And bully Apple into making its “damn computers” and other products here.

49. Impose new taxes on many imports into the country. Numbers thrown around have included 32 percent, 34 percent and 35 percent.

50. Grow the nation’s economy by at least 6 percent.

51. Reduce the $18 trillion national debt by “vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, ending redundant government programs and growing the economy to increase tax revenues.”

52. Cut the budget by 20 percent by simply renegotiating.

53. Get rid of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

What you need to know about Donald Trump’s tax plan


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released a tax proposal, outlining “major” tax cuts while helping to “balance budgets.” Here’s exactly what’s inside Trump’s tax plan. (The Washington Post)

54. Simplify the U.S. tax code and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four. The highest earners would pay a 25-percent tax. The corporate tax rate would fall to 15 percent. Eliminate the “marriage penalty” for taxpayers and get rid of the alternate minimum tax.

55. No longer charge income tax to single individuals earning less than $25,000 per year or couples earning less than $50,000. These people will, however, be required to file a one-page form with the Internal Revenue Service that states: “I win.”

56. Ensure that Americans can still afford to golf.

57. Allow corporations a one-time window to transfer money being held overseas, charging a much-reduced 10 percent tax.

58. Get rid of most corporate tax loopholes or incentives, but continue to allow taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest and charitable donations from their taxes.

59. On his first day in office, Trump would get rid of gun-free zones at military bases and in schools.

60. Use “common sense” to fix the mental health system and prevent mass shootings. Find ways to arm more of the “good guys” like him who can take out the “sickos.” Get rid of bans on certain types of guns and magazines so that “good, honest people” can own the guns of their choice.

Trump: ‘They’re not going to take your guns away’


Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump slammed President Obama’s executive action on gun control, saying “you saw what he did today… it’s no good.” (Reuters)

61. Impose a minimum sentence of five years in federal prison for any violent felon who commits a crime using a gun, with no chance for parole or early release.

62. Fix the background check system used when purchasing guns to ensure states are properly uploading criminal and health records.

63. Allow concealed-carry permits to be recognized in all 50 states.

64. Sign an executive order calling for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of killing a police officer.

65. Provide more funding for police training.

66. And provide more funding for drug treatment, especially for heroin addicts.

Trump: Heroin ‘bigger and tougher’ problem for New Hampshire


Speaking in Manchester, N.H. the morning after Fox Business’s Republican presidential debate, candidate Donald Trump identified ways his administration would battle heroin addiction in the United States. (Reuters)

67. On the first day in office, terminate President Obama’s executive orders related to immigration.This includes getting rid of “sanctuary cities” that Trump says have become refuges for criminals.

68. Deport the almost 11 million immigrants illegally living in the United States.

69. Triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

70. Continue to allow lowly paid foreign workers to come to the United States on temporary works visas because Trump says they are the only ones who want to pick grapes.

71. End birthright citizenship.

72. Say things that are politically incorrect, because the country does not have time to waste with political correctness.

Trump: ‘We can’t worry about being politically correct’


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “We can’t worry about being politically correct,” in remarks to a police association in Portsmouth, N.H. Trump provoked uproar by calling for Muslims to be blocked from entering the country after the recent shootings in California by two Muslims who authorities said were radicalized. (Reuters)

73. Make America great again — and strong again, as it has become too weak.

74. Be a cheerleader for America and bring the country’s spirit back. “Take the brand of the United States and make it great again.”

75. Bring back the American Dream.

76. Start winning again. “We’re going to win so much — win after win after win — that you’re going to be begging me: ‘Please, Mr. President, let us lose once or twice. We can’t stand it any more.’ And I’m going to say: ‘No way. We’re going to keep winning. We’re never going to lose. We’re never, ever going to lose.”

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How Donald Trump has Managed his Time…

February 21, 2017

From the moment Donald Trump was sworn in as president on the steps of the Capitol until noon Monday, precisely one month had passed. A total of 744 hours.

Here’s how he spent each one.

Let’s start at the top.

Trump’s time in D.C.

The president spent a little under three-quarters of his time in and around Washington during his first month in office. A little less than half of that was time during which he was officially working — as measured by the time between when the media was told to show up in the morning (known as “call time”) until the media was dismissed in the evening (known as “the lid”). This is an imprecise measure of when a president is working, of course; he might take meetings after hours or review documents that are pertinent to his job. That difference is impossible to measure, though, so, in our calculus it blends together with obvious downtime, like when the president is asleep. Or when he’s watching TV, which is also impossible to measure.

Much of Trump’s work time fell into a few basic categories. The estimates below are based on pool reports. Most events were assumed to be an hour, unless the schedule made obvious that the length was shorter or longer. (Numbers below and on the chart above are rounded.)

  • Intelligence briefings: 6 hours
  • News conferences: 4 hours
  • Signing bills and executive orders: 6 hours
  • Phone calls and meetings with foreign leaders: 21 hours
  • Listening sessions with various groups: 14 hours

Trump spent 182 hours between call time and the lid with other events that were listed on his public calendar, though not every hour was accounted for during that time. Not captured in those categories are a few special events: the inauguration, the National Prayer Breakfast and the two hours his family spent watching “Finding Dory” in the White House theater. (His press secretary says that Trump didn’t join in.)

Trump’s time on Twitter

The president, as you may be aware, likes to use Twitter. How much time he spends on it can be hard to determine, so here’s how I arrived at my estimate.

On not infrequent occasion, one of two things will happen: Trump will tweet a string of thoughts over multiple tweets or Trump will delete and reissue a thought on Twitter. To figure out how long it took him to draft a tweet, I averaged how much time usually elapsed between those tweets since Jan. 20. On average? Eight minutes and 20 seconds.

Using data from the Trump Twitter Archive, I then looked at each tweet sent from an Android device — the best indicator when it’s Trump himself tweeting — and calculated how much time in total was spent on those tweets, assuming each was given an eight-minute window. Since most of his Android tweets come outside of normal work hours, his tweets were counted in the “other time” period.

In short: Trump spent an estimated 13 hours on tweets in D.C. and another five hours while in Florida. In total, Trump sent 128 tweets from an Android device, of 199 total since he was inaugurated. Some of those other tweets were clearly from him, like the one below, but we only included Android tweets.

Trump’s time in Florida

About a quarter of Trump’s time since he took office has been spent in Florida — mostly at his Mar-a-Lago resort but also on the golf course.

Trump’s team is keenly aware that the president spending a lot of time on the golf course is a bit questionable. That’s not because presidents don’t deserve downtime, mind you — it’s just that Trump was an outspoken critic of Barack Obama’s time on the golf course. “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” he said last August.

But he’s found time. Trump’s hit the links at least six times since he took office. On at least five of those occasions, he played a full 18 holes.

Trump, Abe dine after day of golfing in Florida

On Sunday, the administration claimed that he’d only played “a few holes” both days this weekend. That was revealed as untrue thanks to a blog post indicating that Trump was joined by professional golfer Rory McIlroy for 18 holes two days ago. (The administration’s response to the truth coming out? “He intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer.” The White House spokesman then added, “He also had a full day of meetings.”)

Most of the other work that Trump has done in Florida has been meetings or calls with foreign leaders.

Trump’s time everywhere else

Trump’s spent about 16 hours traveling on Air Force One and Marine One, the presidential helicopter. That’s mostly to and from Palm Beach, where Mar-a-Lago is. But it includes trips to Philadelphia (for a Republican retreat); Dover, Del., (to attend the homecoming of a soldier killed in action); and South Carolina (to tour a Boeing factory). Trump spent about 10 hours everywhere except D.C. and Palm Beach.

As someone on Twitter noted, Trump’s a month into his four-year term — the equivalent of one minute having expired in an NBA game. Still plenty of time for these stats to shift.

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The First Illegal Immigrants…

D-Source 02/22/17

What I’m about to ask will not be popular; but you know me… And before I get accused; this question is not intended to be racial. It is about Immigration.

Random thought: What if Native Americans hired a group of Attorneys and filed a Class Action Suit against Americans of European Decent for illegally coming to America, slaughtering their ancestors and stealing their land and demanded they all be deported as Illegal Immigrants?

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President Trump or Campaigner and Chief?


D-Source 0/21/17

Donald Trump had a campaign style ‘Pep Rally’ in Florida Saturday night (02/18/17), where he insulted the Sweeds, causing the former Sweetish President to tweet:

“… What is he (Trump) smoking…?

Would someone please inform Mr. Trump that he has already won the election and he doesn’t have to campaign anymore; it’s actually time to govern, now…

First 30 Day Trump Facts:

* In the first 30 days, Mr. Trump has issued a number of Executive Actions. Executive Actions aren’t laws, but Administrative Orders. Most of Trump’s orders have been to review things and to study things and to remove bureaucratic red tape that would hold up things. Orders aimed at deregulating the Coal and Oil Industries and so on… Mr. Trump believes Climate Change is a hoax.

* There were two notable actions; one of them being to loosen restrictions on which Illegal Immigrants should be the target of Law Enforcement and the second was a Travel Ban on 7 Muslim Nations.

* There has been no notable Trump Backed, Campaign Promised legislation passed in the first 30 days of the Trump Administration.

First 30 Day Obama Facts:

* legislation on children’s health insurance

* The “Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women

* The The Recovery Act: A 787 Billion Dollar Law impacting infrastructure improvement, major changes in energy, education and a huge tax cut for average Americans

* Family Medical Leave legislation

* A 75 billion dollar bailout for Home Owners in Foreclosure

* While President Trump signed 18 Executive Orders in his first 12 days in office; Obama signed 19.

What this comparison shows is that motion doesn’t always mean progress. A Rocking Horse is constantly in motion, but goes nowhere….

Come on Mr. Trump; enough with the Pep Rallies…. Let’s get something done!

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The Wall…

D-Source 02/19/17

I’m sorry and mean no disrespect to anybody; but I’m sick and tired of hearing about this stupid wall Trump wants to build! It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of!

Many experts are saying that some of the terrain that this wall will have to be built on is nearly impossible to build a wall across in an economically feasible manner. Some experts say cost overruns could be over a hundred of millions, due to unexpected problems with costly fixes. Estimates are approaching a 100 billion dollars on the high end, for a wall that will be completely ineffective and that will not even cover the entire Southern Border. It won’t cover the Florida Border, for example. If it did, it would kill the state’s Tourism, Cruise Line and Shipping Port Businesses, among many others.

Experts say a fence would be more cost efficient and more effective than a wall, because you can’t see through a wall and know when someone is plotting to blow a whole in it. Drug Lords, who are millionaires, will simply blow wholes in it and dig tunnels under it or fly over it or reroute to one of the other 3 open borders to keep their drug trades going and new businesses will be created transporting Illegal Immigrants by ships to other borders, by planes and through underground tunnels. Experts argue that, In due time, this trillion dollar wall will be nothing but an eye soar with pot wholes in it from dynamite and missile blasts.

The United States, who has always been all about tearing down walls, because they never do anything but create miss-trust and lead to war, is suddenly talking about building a wall of our own. How hypocritical is that? And the Mexicans have always been our good friends and one of our biggest trading partners. Their music, food, culture and even the Mexican People are woven into our social fabric. Now, we are going to insult them by building a wall between us and them and to add insult to injury, we are going to try and bully them into paying for it?! GTFOH! We can’t make them pay for that wall! All we are doing is making an enemy out of a once good freind. And in the long run, no matter how powerful you think you are, it is always better to have friends, than enemies; especially if they are right up against your border.

So, why not take half or less of that trillion dollars he wants to build that stupid, ineffective and offensive wall with and focus on working with Mexico to eliminate these Drug Lords and their strongholds, improving living conditions, getting rid of the corruption and to insert some quality education into these communities. It is their country, so they should put forth equal or more investment with us, along with joint intelligence and law enforcement or military operations. Eventually, these people will rise up and demand better from their government, because they will, then, know that their time to rise up has finally come. They will develop hope. And as they see progress, there will be less reasons and less desire to leave their home land, their families, friends, culture and language to take a dangerous and illegal trip to our country, when they have hope and prosperity right where they are. Mexicans love their country. They don’t leave because they hate their country; but out of necessity. They will have no reason to leave, if they have hope for a brighter future, in their own country.

This is just one of possibly other long term strategies that attack the problem at the core vs. throwing good money at a band aid approach that will never stop them from wanting and desiring to come here, because it never addresses the problem, at its core. And where there is a will to come here; there is always a way…. Especially with three more open borders. What are we going to do, build a wall all the way around the United states?

#NonSense #TrumpFoolery #CommonSensevsTrump

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“I am Man…”

D-Source 02/19/17

All I want to do is serve you… I want you to place the full weight of all your problems squarely on my shoulders. I want to absorb all your tears in my shoulder. I will come into your home and your life and I will reduce my free time to half, as I increase yours by half. I will cut my income in half, as I increase yours by half. I will love and care for another man’s children, as though they are my own. I will work three jobs to keep a roof over your head and I will fight King Kong to keep you safe! I will message your heart and pray for the salvation of your soul! You will always be mine, forsaking all others. You are that ‘Vital Rib’, which God extracted from me. Without you, I am incomplete and I can never reach my full potential. Until I find you, I can never fully find myself. I am ‘Man’.


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450 Obama Accomplishments



Altered the Culture of the Executive Branch and the Federal Government

Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.

Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.

On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession.

He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending and efficiency.

He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, in an attempt to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems.

Established the Open Government Directive, which completely changed the government’s approach to technology at all levels.

He created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books.

Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government.

Banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.

Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.

Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public.

Became the first president to stream every White House event, live.

Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.

Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them.

Improved the Freedom of Information Act and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests.

Streamlined the Department of Education’s procurement policies and made them more transparent.

Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.

Signed a law to completely reform NSA Data Collection program and keep phone records in the hands of the phone company.

Improved access and data available to Inspectors General throughout the federal governments and elsewhere, thus improving investigative quality.

Sought to improve project management and accountability throughout the federal government.

Enjoyed a virtually scandal-free Administration for eight solid years.

Prevented a Bush Depression, Improved the Economy

Pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus package.” He also launched, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act.

By the end of his first year, the economy created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and the ARRA stimulated the economy by 3.5%.

He guided the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced financial organizations to pay back virtually all bailout money.

Established the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

In 2010 alone, more jobs were created than had been created during Bush’s eight years.

He pushed through and implemented an auto industry rescue plan that saved as many as 1 million jobs and possibly the entire auto industry.

Through his investment in GM, returned to the company to its place as the premiere car company in the world.

In February 2016, GM was in such good financial shape, they gave a share of the profit to each worker, with checks up to $11,000.

Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to improve manufacturing efficiency.

Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect.

Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which helped millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures and provided $2.2 billion to combat homelessness and stabilize the housing market.

Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by reducing the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects.

Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.

Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.

Signed new rules making it easier for home buyers to get a loan to buy a condominium.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.

Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.

Signed bill to provide extra training for local police forces, especially with regard to active shooter situations.

China’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, is building a large plant in Pennsylvania

Worked with Apple Computer to get them to build more product here, and the company is building two large plants to manufacture products here; one in Texas and one in Arizona

Created an institute to invest in more manufacturing jobs in the technology fields of the future.

Ordered all federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, leading the way to a national increase.  As a result of this decision, a number of large employers, including Disney and Walmart, have increased their minimums.

Ordered the completion of the International Trade Data System, a digital trade record book, by 2016. This move will streamline and simplify the process through which small- and medium-sized businesses set up the export of US goods.

Signed bill to expand opportunities and to promote greater Native American tourism.

Specific Examples of Economic Improvement

As of December 2016, a record 75 consecutive months of overall job growth, a record.

As of August 2016, Unemployment drops below 5% for the first time in eight years and without a significant bubble, remains below 5% until he leaves office. 4.9%

As of December 2016, there have been 82 consecutive months of private sector job growth, a record.

In April 2016, new unemployment claims hit their lowest level since Nov. 1973.  As of September 2016, they remain at 43-year lows. That means lower than at any time during Saint Reagan’s Administration.

Since February 2010, when unemployment peaked, 16 million non-farm private sector jobs have been created.

Contrary to GOP rhetoric, most of the new jobs created have been full-time, not temporary.

Oversaw a reduction in the federal budget deficit by two-thirds since taking office.

Reduced the federal budget deficit from 9.8% of GDP in Fiscal Year 2009 under Bush, to 2.5% of GDP in FY 2015.

Scolds Congress and gets a $305 billion highways bill passed. This bill has the added benefit of created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and creating incentives for green cars.

Wages have risen more in 2015 and 2016 than at any time in almost 20 years, without the aid of an economic bubble.

For the first time in 15 years, the lowest income demographic is seeing a rise in income.

Addressed Wrongdoing in the Financial Sector

Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.

Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.

Created and implemented rules to reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market.

Created and implemented rules so banks can no longer use depositors’ money to invest in derivatives and other high-risk financial instruments that work against depositors’ interests.

Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation.

Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.

Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks permitting the US government to gain access to bank records of criminals and tax evaders.

Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, closing many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore.

Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inflation in the healthcare sector dropped to its lowest point in 50 years.

Improved Conditions for Consumers and Small Businesses

Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.

Guided the housing market all the way back from total collapse, which led to a rally for housing starts.

Spent unprecedented amounts of money on technology, to move the country well into the 21st Century, after eight years of lag.

Brought airline industry back to their highest profitability since before the recession.

Created an airline passenger bill of rights, preventing airlines from stranding passengers on tarmac for hours, requiring them to return to the gate within three hours or face stiff fines.

Blocked a monopolistic merger of Staples and Office Depot, to preserve at least some competition.

Stock market has reached record highs, restoring most of the economic losses felt during the Bush Recession.

Promoted and signed a bill to established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and implemented it.

Consumer confidence continues to inch up to its highest level more than a decade.

Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.

Created, to allow online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with

Through the FCC, Established the Open Internet Order, which established new neutrality as a standard for the future.

Took steps to improve minority access to capital.

Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.

Crafted and signed an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans.

Oversaw the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.

Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals using money from TARP and Stimulus programs.

Set up rules for banks in handling legal marijuana money.

Added greater protections to consumer financial transactions to reduce identity theft.

Took steps to prevent pirate fishing and protect fish populations, and ordered stricter labeling requirements on labeling of seafood products in stores.

Signed the RAISE Act, which should encourage more people to open small businesses and help improve the economy.

Signed a bill that allows low-volume vehicle manufacturers that will increase entrepreneurship among small car manufacturers, who often build replicas of classics but who often build green vehicles.

Signs an Executive Order to strengthen cooperation with regard to global entrepreneurship.

Signs a law to allow “ordinary investors” to help a company start up through crowdfunding.

Blocks the merger of several health insurers to ensure that competition remains in the health insurance business.

Signs a law to strengthen American economic competitiveness.

Prohibited the elimination of “floating homes” In the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Established new offices at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that are designed to assist small businesses and to reduce unnecessary regulations.

Banned the used of automated “ticket-bots”

Offers greater protection for consumers who post online reviews.

Strengthened the Middle Class and Fought Poverty

Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families.

Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.

Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.

Extended discounted health coverage under the COBRA health insurance law for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s also extended unemployment benefits more than a few times.

Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).

Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.

Included the Buffet Rule in his 2014 budget proposal, in order to fulfill a campaign promise to make sure tax rates are fair between the rich and the middle class.

Used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000.

Increased protections for the unemployed who are seeking a government job.

Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Signed and implemented the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, to improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier.

To make college more affordable and accountable, will begin rating colleges with regard to affordability and value.

Initiated a reform of federal job training programs, to make them more relevant to the current economy and the job market.

Under Obama, the bottom 95% of taxpayers pay lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, or either Bush.

Signed a presidential memorandum authorizing six weeks paid leave for all federal employees with a new baby and encouraged Congress to do the same for all workers.

2014 marked the first time since 1984 that unemployment dropped in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Took steps to improve workplace safety by creating an Advisory Board to study workers’ exposure to toxic substances.

Changed overtime rules to make it far more difficult for employers to avoid paying overtime to workers.

Changed rules for federal contractors, guaranteeing that all workers earn paid leave; this should affect about 300,000 workers.

Signed a Hague Convention Agreement to make it easier to collect child support from parents wherever they are in the world.

Negotiated a law to finally replace “No Child Left Behind” and remove much of the onerous government “oversight” that caused children to stagnate, not improve, academically.

Signed executive order to expand charitable giving among federal employees.

Helped to end the “Victory Tax” that caused financial hardship to successful Olympic athletes.

Addressed Civil Rights and Equality

Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system.

Created a Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department that has become a very strong voice for Black people.

At a press conference August 9, 2013, gave up some executive power, promising to create adversarial process in FISA regarding NSA surveillance.

Proposed rules to enhance Fair Housing Laws, to give HUD and other enforcement agencies more enforcement power.

Ordered a review of capital punishment policies after several botched executions.

Approved $1.2 billion discrimination settlement with black farmers who had proved USDA bias.

Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.

Concentrated immigration enforcement on those who commit crimes, and vowed to stop breaking up families.

Streamlined the visa process, to make it more responsive and humane for those who want to be here legally.

Took steps to tighten the reins when it comes to providing local law enforcement agencies with military-style equipment and exercising more control over the equipment they receive.

Changed fair housing rules to make more affordable housing available to more people.

Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act.

Created a Policing Task Force to deal with the problems that led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

His Justice Department investigated the Ferguson Police Department twice and slammed them for their racism and exploitive practices.

Established the White House Council of Native American Affairs, to improve government-to-government relations with Native American nations.

Limited local police acquisitions of military-style equipment, to reduce the likelihood of overkill.

Signed Blue Alert Law, which provides police officers with more information when they are threatened.

Blocked the sale of Apache tribal land to foreign mining company, over Republican objections.

Settled with the City of Cleveland over civil rights and excessive force violations.

Reviewed the practices of the Philadelphia Police Department and made 91 recommendations to prevent civil rights and excessive  force violations.

Signed a law to modernize the way the federal government refers to minorities, removing certain archaic terms from the vocabulary.

Took steps to treat opioid addiction as a health issue rather than purely as a law enforcement issue.

Signed a law to better protect children in tribal foster care.

Blocked an oil pipeline in South Dakota that would have devastated sacred Sioux land.

Worked with Congress to pass bill establishing Commission on Native Children, which will examine some of the most pressing problems facing Native American nations.

Signed bill establishing a Sexual Assault Rights Act by working with Democrats in Congress.

Worked with Congress to pass law to make sure there are changing tables in all federal restrooms, including men’s rooms.

Extended religious protection to atheists and agnostics.

Officially scrapped a post-9/11 registry that primarily targeted Muslim men  That makes the proposed Trump registry a lot more difficult to create.

Established a law to allow disabled people to set up their own trusts and tend to their own financial affairs.

Established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.

Signed bill to create thousands of outdoor recreation jobs while preserving an important part of the environment.

Improved Workers’ Rights

He issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including all websites and intranets.

Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified and strengthened rules prohibiting discrimination against pregnant workers.

Required companies who bid on federal contracts larger than $500,000 to publicly disclose all previous violations of labor law, including unpaid claims for back wages.

Made it illegal for federal contractors with more than $1 million in contracts to force employees into arbitration in workplace discrimination accusations.

Vetoed Republican bill that would have blocked new NLRB rules that were designed to speed up the time it takes workers to unionize.  He also added a Memorandum of Disagreement to make his reasons for the veto clear and made a major statement in support of unions.

Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor.

Signed law that bans imports of goods produced through forced labor.

Protected the Rights of LGBT People

Signed and implemented the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

Oversaw and implemented the repeal of the reprehensible “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.

Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History.

Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide.

As soon as the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, he moved to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples.

Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples.

Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing

Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for same-sex marriage.

Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other.

Appointed several prominent gay athletes and others, and plans to show US government’s commitment to gay rights to anti-gay Russia.

Department of Agriculture propagated new rules to better enforce non-discrimination when it comes to USDA investigations and to extend non-discrimination to gender identity.

Banned all federal contractors from discriminating against gay workers.

Persevered with his campaign to turn “gay marriage” into “marriage” and won in the Supreme Court.

Improved Conditions for Women

Establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider the effect of their policies and programs on women and families.

Implemented the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers.

Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule.

Improved the Paycheck Fairness Act, making it possible for employees to talk about their salaries without retaliation, and ordering salary data collection, so as to make it harder for employers to pay women less.

Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls.

Shattered another glass ceiling by naming Janet Yellen chair of the Federal Reserve beginning Feb. 1, 2014.

Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act.

Ordered companies with 100 employees or more to disclose pay data based on race and gender, to address the pay gap.

Signs law restoring Arlington Cemetery burial rights for women pilots in World War II.

Signed a bill to allow for nursing women to bring breastfeeding equipment onto the plane and to protect women who choose to feed children while traveling.

Addressed Criminal Justice Failings and the Gun Culture

Made significant reductions in drug sentencing guidelines for current prisoners.

Oversaw the first drop in the federal prison population in 32 years.

Increased his use of clemency to release thousands of non-violent drug offenders from prison.

Ordered a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons.

Took executive action to promote smart gun technology, to make them safer.

After a failure by Congress to act, proposed executive orders to create more background checks and to fully staff the background check system.

Relaxed HIPAA rules enough to allow for more information to be available to the background check system.

Ordered the tracing of guns as part of criminal investigations to provide data to researchers.

Order the Justice Department to look at the categories of mental health problems prohibited from owning guns to make sure people aren’t falling through the cracks, getting guns.

Expanded the definitions of gun dealers and expanded the information available and required in background checks for firearm purchases.

Set up a task force to figure out what other measures can be taken to limit gun violence in the wake of Congressional inaction.

Signed bill to improve protections for correctional officers and their families.

Changed the playing field on criminal justice reform by commuting sentences of low-level criminals and signaling a more practical footing.

Signaled major shift away from the failed “Drug War” by promising to commit more than $1 billion to combat addiction.

Signed the Emmitt Till Bill, which will reopen cold cases from the civil rights era.

Set a record for granting clemencies or pardons, giving many non-violent offenders a second chance.

Improved Treatment of Soldiers and Veterans

Provided active combat troops with better body armor.

Created a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care.

Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date.

Signed and implemented Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, making more money available to enable better medical care for veterans.

With Congressional Democrats, oversaw largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, for improved medical and extended care facilities for veterans.

Implemented the Green Vet Initiative, which provides special funding to provide veterans with training in green jobs.

Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs.

Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.

Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty can avoid state taxes in their temporary residence.

Ordered improvements to access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families.

Got Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons without military firing a single shot or dropping a single bomb.

Along with Congressional Democrats, not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it.  Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.

Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.

Signed into law a bill that provides support, counseling, and breastfeeding supplies to military moms who are covered under TRICARE, the health insurance provided to veterans.

Signed into law a bill that makes it easier for military dogs to retire at home with their handlers.

Signed bill to expand the availability of housing to homeless veterans.

Raised soldiers pay.

Improved America’s Reputation Around the World

Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office.

As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration.

Made a speech at a US mosque to demonstrate his commitment to religious rights and send a message to Muslims around the world.

Restored America’s reputation around the world as a global leader.

Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.

Closed a number of secret detention facilities.

Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys.

Pushed forward the first realistic Middle East peace strategy in more than a decade, without abandoning the two-state solution.

Pushed for military to emphasize greater development of foreign language skills.

Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, while calling on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence.

Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program.

Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, although blocked by Congress.

Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy and prohibited the use of “enhanced interrogation.”

Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.

Released the Bush torture memos.

On his second day in office, banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies and brought the US into full compliance with the Geneva Convention.

In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them.

Ended the F-22 program, saving $4 billion. Though the 187 aircraft cost $358 million each to build, it had never flown a combat mission.

Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war and encourage the Iranian government to give up their nuclear program.

Ended the Iraq War.

Worked to keep our withdrawal from Afghanistan on track, despite GOP opposition. Reiterated that commitment in 2014.

Conducted a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates.

Through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split of Sudan into two countries, creating an independent South Sudan.

Helped make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009.

Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia.

Established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them.

The new policies in Cuba led to thawed relations and the first US Embassy in Cuba in more than 55 years.

Became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in more than 80 years.

Negotiated a deal with Iran that will prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon anytime soon, without firing a shot or invading the country.

As a result of the Iran agreement, Iran shipped pretty much all of it nuclear material to Russia.

Became the first US President to visit Jamaica in more than 30 years, worked to restore relations with the country and signed a natural gas distribution agreement with the country.

Signs law extending some privacy protections to US allies, a reversal of the Bush practice of spying on people like Angela Merkel and the like.

With the Global Food Security Act, committed resources to expand food availability worldwide in an attempt to limit the scope of global hunger.

Instituted Power Africa, an initiative to bring electrical generation to greater parts of the African continent.

Signed bill to end Americans’ involvement in international wildlife trafficking.

Signed an executive order to allow up to 110,000 additional refugees into the United States.

Refused to interfere with UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

Changed US Approach to “Defense” and National Security

Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.

Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.

Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.

Signed and got ratification of a new SALT Treaty.

Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will stay in force until at least 2021.

Committed the US to no permanent military bases in Iraq.

Developed a comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda, the withdrawal of most troops and the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

Re-focused on Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing  troops from the country.

Negotiated a deal with Afghan government, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country.

Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world.

Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.

Worked with NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that Libyans could topple the despotic Khadaffy government and determine their own fate.

Got Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, to determine their own fate.

In 2011, reoriented American focus from the Middle East to the Asian-Pacific region by simultaneously engaging China and crafting new alliances with Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior.

Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully.

Increased border security

Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Established the Homeland Security Partnership Council, to enhance the nation’s ability to “address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.”

Signed agreement with Afghanistan to end war, turn security over to Afghans.

Breaking with recent presidential tradition, instead of just attacking Syria in the wake of chemical weapons attacks on Syrians, Obama ordered a full report on the decision-making process.

Instead of holding hearings and creating a political football, he quietly captured a suspect who actually committed the Benghazi terrorist attack.  He is also getting a lot of useful information from the suspect.

Instituted rules to order sanctions against individuals and groups that threaten national cybersecurity.

Instituted tougher new sanctions against North Korea after threats of nuclear attack and several tests.

Got Congress to reauthorize FAA spending and to improve the efficiency of air travel for passengers.

Took concrete steps to improve our counter-terrorism efforts.

Making great strides in defeating the Islamic State without committing hundreds of thousands of troops or carpet bombing civilians, against Republican objections.

Established rules for data-sharing between the NSA and other intelligence agencies to improve the quality of information.

Signed law to better protect the children who live on military bases.

Established program to provide more help for veterans with PTSD

Established a national anti-propaganda center, to go after the fake news epidemic.

Improved Education and Educational Opportunities

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them.

Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide.

Oversaw major expansion in school construction.

Signed an executive order that expanded recognition and funding for historically black colleges and universities.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start.

Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0, to improve veterans’ access to education.

Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low and middle income students to go to college.

Signed and implemented the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.

Took major new steps to protect students from ineffective for-profit colleges through “gainful employment” measures, whereby schools have to demonstrate that its students actually find work to get federal aid.

Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process, thus us creating greater accountability.

Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.

Created a rating system for colleges, so that those applying for student financial aid know better what they’re paying for.

Led a bipartisan effort to reform the federal approach to education and essentially repeal “No Child Left Behind.”

High School graduation rates have soared under Obama

Restored the Adult View on Science and Technology

Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.

Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs.

Obama EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics.

Conducted a cyberspace policy review.

Provided financial support for private sector space programs.

Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.

Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.

Increased funding for community-based prevention programs.

Expanded space exploration and discovery options to include more players.

Through the Connect America Fund, pushed through and received FCC approval for a move of $8 billion in subsidies away from telephone landlines to assist lower-income rural families in accessing broadband.

In the wake of the West Fertilizer tragedy, formed the Chemical Safety and Security Working Group, to work on measures to prevent another such events.

Established a Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, a recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission, to coordinate efforts to fight cyber-crime and terrorism.

The Obama FCC, with his leadership, adopted strong net neutrality rules, to keep the Internet open and equal for everyone.

Ordered rules to speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure.

Set up a National Strategic Computing Initiative, to “maximize benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment.”

Ordered a federal level change in national earthquake standards.

Signed executive orders designed to strengthen government cybersecurity and prevent hackers from getting in.

Took steps to combat the effects of climate change by committing the U.S. to developing long-term drought resilience measures.

Started the road to greater exploration of space by signing bill to encourage mining on asteroids and clarifying property rights in space.

Officially joined the Paris Climate Accords, thus strengthening the effort and making it a more powerful commitment to climate change.

Signed bill to relieve California drought and to fix Flint’s water crisis.

Signed a bill to improve science and technology research and development.

Signed the WIIN Act, which improves the country’s water infrastructure and which also protects the nation’s water supply to a greater degree.

Improved Our Health and Safety

Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

Led the enormous expansion of electronic medical records, which improves the availability and quality of care. Currently, 96% of hospitals use electronic health records, up from 9.4% in 2009.

Electronic health records led to greater efficiency, leading to greater healthcare savings.

Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers.

Ordered that all vehicles be equipped with a rear-view camera by 2018, despite car makers’ complaints about cost.

Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco and order tobacco companies to disclose their ingredients and to ban cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

Has overseen a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price.

Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million.

Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation.

Pushed through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage greatly and ended many detrimental insurance company practices.  He also established

Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.

Through the ACA, provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees.

Through the ACA, millions of people receive help in paying their health insurance company premiums.

Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. (Note: except for those states whose Republicans refused to take the extra money.)

By 2014, the Affordable Care Act dropped the number of uninsured Americans by 22.3%, which amounts to more than 10.3 million people with insurance who didn’t have it before. Only 13.9% of Americans are uninsured, a drop from 18.9% in 2013.

The Affordable Care Act has increased the life expectancy of Medicare greatly.

Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.

Medicare costs actually declined slightly, for the first time in decades in 2011, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Since passage of the ACA, health care inflation is at its lowest level since 1960.

Created the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, to strengthen the government’s ability to respond to the continuing domestic HIV epidemic, after years of Republicans weakening the government’s ability to deal with the crisis.

Signed bill that will provide health insurance premium support to workers who lose their health insurance due to foreign competition.

In response to the confusion triggered by the Hobby Lobby decision, which essentially declared that corporations could have “religious rights” and lord them over employees, created new rules to give all women with insurance the right to free birth control.

Implemented the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2015-2020, which is a follow-up to the first such strategy in US history, which he implemented in 2010. 

Took steps to improve the country’s approach to drug addiction and mental health.

Signed and will implement new child safety standards for e-cigarettes.

Put into place the first mandatory rules regarding labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO)

Set up a White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, in order to implement ways to develop a cure for cancer.

Took steps to improve detection and treatment of mental health problems.

Signed Trevor’s Law, which will allow for better tracking and study of cancer and disease clusters.

Signed a memorandum of understanding with Cuba to share healthcare information.

Expanded availability of Cuban cigars and Cuban run in the absence of a GOP Congressional bill lifting the Cuban embargo.

Extended an incentive program for Big Pharma that was about to expire, that encouraged them to find cures for pediatric diseases.

Signed a bill designed to improve research into and increase the availability of new treatments and drugs in the healthcare industry.

Made sure that health insurance coverage was guaranteed for eating disorders.

Signed a law enforcement pact with Cuba, to foster greater cooperation between the two countries.

Addressed Environment, Climate Change While Meeting Energy Needs

Doubled federal spending on clean energy research.

Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.

Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.

Reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.”

Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.

Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.

Under Obama, our dependence on foreign oil has dropped to its lowest rate since 1985, and continues to drop. 

Meanwhile, oil consumption is way down because of reduced driving and higher mileage standards.

Improved siting, review and permitting stations for power plants, in an attempt to seriously improve the nation’s electric grid.

Reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic.

Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Established a quadrennial review of our energy infrastructure, to encourage a modernization of the grid, and to encourage the transition away from fossil fuel use.

Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.

Encouraged BP to pay $20 billion to establish Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to reduce the need for taxpayer funds to be used for compensation and clean up. (Note: it took 20 years to get $1.3 billion for the Exxon Valdez spill. )

Oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills.

Became the first President to simply say “Climate Change is a fact,” and set up the first federal government protocols for dealing with the impacts of climate change.

Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Asserted federal legal supremacy to bar Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own.

Set up new, stricter standards severely limiting power plant emissions, curring them to 68% of 2005 levels by 2030.

Strengthened the Endangered Species Act.

Strengthened protection for wildlife, and expanded enforcement of laws against wildlife trafficking.

Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year.

Through the EPA, attempted to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans.

Through new EPA regulations, he created a pretext for closing the dirtiest power plants in the country, by limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic gasses.

Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%

Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards.

Signed a bill that allowed for increased regulations of a large number of chemicals and other toxic materials, allowing the EPA to make the use of certain toxic materials more transparent.

Announced a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg in 2010 to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025

Facilitated investment in industrial energy efficiency to create jobs and strengthen US manufacturing while saving businesses $100 billion over a decade.

Set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to oversee Gulf Coast restoration efforts after the 2010 BP oil spill. The money to fund the restoration efforts comes from fines against BP.

Engaged in the most comprehensive plan to combat climate change in a generation.

Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021.

Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers.

Guided a 418% increase in solar power capacity between 2010 and 2014.

As of May 2015, 74% of new electrical capacity was provided by solar and wind power.

Bypassed Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.

Oversaw a tripling in the use of wind power to generate electricity. The US now leads the world in increased wind power capacity.

Ordered the federal government to incorporate climate resilience and climate science into all international development in which the United States engages.

Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards.

Fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in more than a decade.

Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies.

Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history.

Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.

Obama EPA ruled that excess CO2 is a pollutant.

Closed a deal with China to limit carbon emissions to slow down climate change.

Blocked all oil and gas drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the most pristine environments in North America

Signed an Executive Order to improve environmental efforts in the Arctic region and to combat climate change by better coordinating the efforts of the 23 federal agencies operating in the area.

Vetoed a bill to fast track construction of the parallel Keystone XL pipeline.

Expanded clean water regulations to more stringently protect all of the nation’s waterways, even when states fail in their duty.

Signed an Executive Order committing the federal government to lead the way in building a sustainable economy. It’s his fifth doing just that.

Banned the use of antibiotics in food served in US Government-run cafeterias and ordered agencies to only use antibiotic-free meat.

Developed new rules to address climate change and to create a significant boost to clean energy.

Negotiated and signed a virtually Republican-Proof global agreement on climate change, with 190 countries signing on.

Became one of 196 countries that signed onto a UN Framework on Climate Change.

Ordered a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal land, and they will examine the whole leasing process.

Signed a bill to better protect pipelines and to authorize greater oversight.

Signed an order turning more than 87,000 acres of Maine Woods into the North Woods National Monument.

Signed into law a measure directing the Department of Transportation to issue guidelines for minimum standards for underground storage of natural gas.

Established the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in an effort to preserve the Bering Sea and to protect the people who live in the area and depend on the sea for their lives.

Permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in many areas of the Arctic and North Atlantic, to preserve the environment and stave off climate change.

Infused a lot of extra money to assist Texas in its study of better hurricane protection.

Created national parks in Nevada and Utah to do as much as possible to preserve the environment before the Trump debacle.

Pledged $500 million to United Nations Climate Fund that Trump promised to de-fund.

Signed a pact with Cuba to coordinate resources in cases of oil spills.

There’s So Much More!

Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices.

Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.

Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.

Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.

Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first responders.

Placed major restrictions on the ivory trade in a bid to prevent the wholesale slaughter of elephants in Africa.

Signed a bill that will seriously curb the use of animal testing and establish alternative testing methods.

Signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who had been cheated out of government loans and natural resource royalties in the past.

To help those communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, issued an executive order setting up the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and asked Congress to approve $60 billion in supplemental assistance to aid in storm recovery.

Produced 23 Executive actions designed to make it easier for law enforcement to identify those who shouldn’t have guns, thus helping them enforce the law.

Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements in trade pacts like NAFTA.

Oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015.  He protected the funding during budget negotiations.

Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Expanded the authority of Customs to improve enforcement of trade and customs laws and to better coordinate said enforcement among various agencies.

Was voted most admired man of the year for 2016.

And Did You Know?

Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office.  Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%.

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