Friday, September 14, 2012

OBAMA FIRST TERM Summary the TOP 300 reason to vote for him....

1. Reneged on pledge to filibuster FISA Amendments Act (July 2008)2. Lobbied for $700 billion Paulson TARP bank bailout3. Pushed for no sanctions against Lieberman despite his support for John McCain4. Nominated healthcare company lobbyist Tom Daschle as Secretary of HHS5. Had neoliberal Robert Rubin as his chief economics adviser6. Then had the equally neoliberal Larry Summers assume this role7. Chose the failing upwards Timothy Geithner to head Treasury8. AIG bonuses and money to Goldman under Obama9. Doubling down in Afghanistan10. Delay and reduction of withdrawal from Iraq11. Moving Guantanamo activities to Bagram12. Military commissions for some detainees13. Support for indefinite detention14. Refusal to release torture photos under FOIA15. Refusal to investigate and prosecute Bush era criminality16. Geithner’s DOA economic rescue programs: the PPIP and TALF17. Minimal help for homeowners and no cramdowns18. Treatment of Chrysler and GM with bankrupcy compared to bank no fail “stress tests”19. Kabuki of TARP repayment by banks while still dependent on government credit lines20. Extra-Constitutional use of the Fed by the Executive for fiscal policy21. Credit Card bill without usury caps and with 9 month delay for other reforms22. Business friendly Mary Schapiro named to head SEC23. Gary Gensler who helped deregulate derivatives named to head CFTC24. $787 billion stimulus: too little, too late, poorly structured25. Use of financial crisis to attack Social Security and Medicare26. The great healthcare non-debate27. Continued use of state secrets argument in ongoing Bush era cases28. Use of signing statements, including one to punish whistleblowers29. Vetting process problems, especially tax related ones30. Leaving Dawn Johnsen's nomination to head OLC twisting in the wind31. Eric Holder, failure to reform DOJ, not removing worst of Bush USAs32. Failure to move against new oil bubble33. Retention of Bush Defense team: Gates, Patraeus, and Odierno34. Continued missile strikes inside Pakistan35. Keeping Bush’s domestic spying programs and adding a new one, cybersecurity36. Choice of Elena Kagan who favors expansive Presidential powers as Sollicitor General, her subsequent nomination to the Supreme Court37. Leaving EFCA (to help counter anti-union companies) to wither in Congress38. Welcoming Arlen Specter who brings nothing to the Democrats into the party39. Weak ineffective proposals for financial reform40. Obama wanted John Brennan at CIA but settled for making him his counter- terrorism adviser41. Chas Freeman with broader Mideast perspective done in by AIPAC42. Dennis Blair made DNI; failed to act to stop atrocities in East Timor43. Choice of McChrystal involved in torture in Iraq to head Afghanistan command44. Obama threat to suspend intelligence cooperation with UK over Binyam Mohamed case45. Efforts to keep Bush and Obama White House logs secret46. Playing games with “Don’t ask, don’t tell”47. Filing a brief to overturn Jackson (access to lawyer) in the Montejo case48. Not withdrawing Bush brief in Osborne DNA case49. Egregious brief in challenge to Defense of Marriage Act50. The Supplemental which made Iraq and Afghanistan Democratic wars51. Choice of Rahm Emanuel as the President’s Chief of Staff52. Choice of Dennis Ross as Iran envoy and then his move to the White House53. Politically embarrassing processes to fill Obama and Clinton’s Senate seats54. Choice of Bill Richardson, then Judd Gregg to head Commerce Department55. Reneging on pledge to re-negotiate NAFTA56. Obama's throwing his pastor Jeremiah Wright to the curb, then reaching out to religious conservative Rick Warren57. Continued challenges to habeas corpus petitions over indefinite detention, the Janko case58. The Obama White House website59. Continuing an ineffective program that Iran can exploit politically60. Going slow on climate change when there is no time to61. Not withdrawing a Bush-era amicus brief in the Ricci v. DeStefano reverse discrimination case and supporting a rollback of Title VII62. Appointment of a CIA General Counsel who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture63. Appointment of a DNI General Counsel who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture64. CIA delay in a FOIA request concerning torture65. The influence of Goldman Sachs in the Obama Administration66. Attempt to keep secret the Cheney interview on the Plame affair67. Mountaintop removal under Obama68. Attempt to restrict Congressional notification on intelligence matters69. Opposition to a second stimulus70. Another egregious attempt to fight a habeas corpus petition in the Jawad case71. Continuing charter schools and standardized tests72. Holder's decision to support a weak, narrow review of torture73. Re-appointment of Ben Bernanke as Fed Chairman74. Continuing renditions75. Politically dubious company was used to vet reporters in Afghanistan76. Judge vetoes a too weak SEC plea bargain with Bank of America77. Justice’s argument for making Bagram a new Guantanamo, the al Maqaleh case78. Defense to turn over databases to poorly controlled fusion centers79. Obama changes but keeps Bush's Star Wars program80. Failure to win an Israeli freeze on settlements81. White House refuses to back its own staffer environmentalist Van Jones82. Politicized US Attorney in the Siegelman case cleared by Office of Special Counsel83. Criticism of Iranian nuclear program; support of Israeli nuclear weapons84. Support for a weakened reporter's shield law85. Use of the Zazi case to retain broad Patriot Act surveillance provisions86. Wilner v. NSA, continuing the coverup of warrantless surveillance of communications between attorneys and detainees87. Attempt to spike the Goldstone report on Israeli-Hamas war crimes in Gaza88. Slowness in filling federal judgeships89. Inadequate aid to overwhelmed state budgets90. Attempting to dodge the Supreme Court deciding whether innocent Guantanamo detainees can be resettled in the US91. Allowing drilling in the waters off the north coast of Alaska92. Keeping detainee accounts of CIA torture secret93. Current FBI manual allows for widespread domestic spying94. Securitization invalidates most foreclosures95. Geithner wanting unlimited powers to save large banks96. Another state secrets defense to conceal domestic spying97. Circuit Court dismissal of Maher Arar suit98. Weakening Sarbanes-Oxley and calling it financial reform99. Unemployment100. Inspector General for Fannie and Freddie ousted for investigating fraud101. Gaming courts to convict Guantanamo detainees102. White House counsel removed for his principled stands on torture and Guantanamo103. US seizes mosques claiming Iranian connection104. Howard Dean removed as head of the DNC105. Scientist with close ties to Monsanto put in charge of all governmental agricultural research106. Pesticide lobbyist nominated as Chief Agricultural Negotiator for trade107. Effort to let some government contractors avoid paying taxes108. A bad US Attorney nomination for Northern Iowa109. Hunger in America110. The breast cancer recommendations fiasco111. Ongoing confusion and disorganization in the military commissions process112. Phillip Carter another official in closing Guantanamo resigns113. Refusal to sign anti-land mine treaty114. The Ghizzawi case and the legal limbo of "cleared for release"115. Black prisons at Balad and Bagram116. Delay in declassifying historic documents117. Max Baucus' conflicts of interest in healthcare and with his girlfriend118. Major security breach at a White House party and a ridiculous assertion of "executive privilege"119. Dana "Pig Missile" Perino nominated to the Broadcasting Board of Governors120. Cass Sunstein, an anti-regulator in a regulatory position121. Warrantless for profit electronic surveillance by telecoms and search engines122. The government sides with torture lawyer John Yoo and attacks Bevins actions again123. The TSA publishes its security manual online124. Toxic legal arguments in al Zahrani v. Rumsfeld, yet another Bevins action125. The Nobel Peace Prize and a neocon acceptance speech126. Blackwater's involvement in military and CIA assassination and drone programs127. Congressional Research Service censorship in the firing of Morris Davis128. AIG writes off $25 billion in debt and sticks taxpayers with the bill129. The Administration plays hardball to kill an amendment that would lower drug costs130. A poorly considered blank check to Fannie and Freddie131. Continuing a Bush botch in the Nisoor Square massacre case132. Jonathan Gruber, a major defender of Obamacare was also a paid consultant for it133. A Geithner related cover up of the AIG at par payments on swaps134. Adoption of stealth signing statements135. al Bihani, more bad legal reasoning in another Guantanamo habeas case136. Cutting Medicare and Social Security by deficit commission proposed137. A 3 year non-freeze budget freeze proposed138. NASA flights privatized139. OPR report on Yoo and Bybee watered down and its relation to the Padilla case140. Government targeting of US citizens for assassination141. Abuse of informants by ICE agents142. Obama leaves Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board empty143. Obama backs firing of teachers in Rhode Island144. Irish human rights advocate Edward Horgan has US visa pulled145. Threatened veto of 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act over Congressional notifications146. Obama Administration intimidation of whistleblowing site: wikileaks147. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to ignore science on endangered species148. Senate vacation more important than jobless benefits149. Government seeks to compel turnover of emails without a warrant150. Obama goes after an NSA whistleblower: the Thomas Drake case151. Obama goes after a CIA whistleblower: the James Risen case152. Weakening Miranda rights in national security cases153. Advocating the privatizing of public housing154. Another step in making Bagram the new Guantanamo, the al Maqaleh case, the appeals court edition155. Massey mining disaster, 29 die because of corporate greed and poor regulation156. Obama proposal for a line item veto157. A military commander allowed to use military forces for intelligence operations without Presidential approval158. Political pandering in sending 1200 National Guardsmen to the Southwest border159. A sad record on resisting Guantanamo habeas petitions160. Israel attacks an aid convoy for Gaza; Obama punts161. A further erosion of Miranda: Berghius v. Thompkins162. Naming James Clapper, a Bush appointee, to be the next DNI163. DOJ seeks to protect Vatican in sex abuse scandal164. Yahya Wehelie, an American exiled without charge165. Failure to replace National Labor Relations Board members means hundreds of decisions must be reviewed166. SCOTUS opts for overly broad definition of material support to terrorist groups167. Speaker Pelosi backstabs Social Security168. Complaints by government scientists of political interference at Bush era levels169. Flip flop on free trade agreement with Colombia170. SEC declares major victory but lets Goldman off easy171. Private contracting of intelligence continues under Obama172. Two Guantanamo prisoners to be deported back to Algeria against their will173. The Shirley Sherrod affair: trumped up charges of racism and a bungled response 174. Whitewash report on Bush era US Attorney firings175. Despite its record, Blackwater still gets big US government contracts176. Wikileaks releases government files showing Pakistan involvement with Taliban and admission that things are going poorly in Afghanistan177. Obama seeks to get access to everyone's web histories without a court order178. Teacher funding sacrificed to keep Education Secretary Arne Duncan happy179. State's top Iran hand resigns over Obama's Iran policy180. Citizens United: validation of unlimited corporate political funding181. Push to expand US arms sales around the world182. Project Vigilant, Infragard and "volunteer" corporate spying for the government183. Obama's approval hits Bush levels in Arab world184. Effort to pre-empt state environmental lawsuits involving green house gases185. Justice's Anti-trust division asleep at the wheel186. Kagan's recusals render her even more ineffective on the Supreme Court187. Poverty level highest since 1994188. Courts run interference for corporate violators of international law189. Warren named to set up but not to run Consumer Financial Protection Board190. Chief economic adviser Larry Summers leaves; Obama looks for someone even more pro-business to replace him191. DOJ IG report goes soft on Bush era surveillance against peace groups and other activists; meanwhile the Obama Administration conducts raids against similar groups192. Move to put backdoors in the internet to facilitate spying and more requirements on banks on international money transfers of any size193. HHS Secretary Sebelius delays for at least two years required insurance coverage for contraception194. Americans on Medicaid increased to 48.5 million in 2009195. Big home lenders suspend foreclosures as their documentation gets challenged in court196. HR 3808, a bill passed by Congress, to facilitate the acceptance of false documentation by banks in foreclosure proceedings197. ICE raids and deportations increase under Obama198. Social Security COLA frozen for second straight year; no action taken199. Waivers for military aid to countries with child soldiers200. Big and deserved losses in the 2010 elections201. 42 million Americans on food stamps at the end of FY 2010202. No indictments for those involved in the CIA destruction of the torture tapes203. The Bowles-Simpson Cat Food Commission proposals204. $3 billion in aid for Israel for a 90 day settlement freeze205. No change in Democratic Congressional leadership after 2010 election disaster206. Forced proselytizing still prevalent at US Air Force Academy207. TSA harassment and violation of the 4th Amendment208. More TSA idiocy: full body scans and invasive pat downs209. The response to the 2009 coup in Honduras210. Use of diplomatic personnel to spy at the UN211. Fed proposes rule change to Truth in Lending Act to protect bank fraud212. FCC head Genachowski takes an axe to net neutrality213. Lieberman and Amazon.com seek to censor wikileaks214. Pressuring the Spanish government into dropping torture prosecutions against 6 high level Bush officials215. Neoliberal free trade deal with South Korea at a time of high unemployment217. Massive screwup in printing $100 bills218. Extending tax cuts for the rich in a poor compromise on jobless benefits219. Dancing boys of Afghanistan paid for by US contractor Dyncorp220. EPA backtracks on smog standards221. Former OMB director Peter Orszag goes to Citigroup222. Obama breaks the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to supply Israel with nuclear fuel223. DREAM Act for children of illegal immigrants done in by Senate Democrats224. DOJ drops investigations of corrupt members of Congress225. The FBI's Guardian database, another useless, intrusive surveillance program226. Pentagon weakens rules on contractor conflicts of interest227. Investigation by state Attorney Generals into foreclosuregate: no criminal charges228. Obama names Mr. NAFTA Bill Daley as his new Chief of Staff229. Obama names neoliberal free trader Gene Sperling to replace Larry Summers230. Executive Order to make regulations more business-friendly231. Gulet Mohamed: Detention and torture of US citizens by proxy232. Nelson v. NASA: government can demand intrusive, unnecessary information about its employees233. Choice of GE's outsourcing CEO Jeffrey Immelt as Obama's Jobs Czar234. Failure to weaken or eliminate the filibuster235. Corporate targeting of Wikileaks and liberal organizations236. Reaction to the popular revolution in Egypt237. HHS Secretary Sebelius helps states cut Medicaid rolls and funding238. Petraeus accuses parents not US attacks for burns to children in Afghanistan239. US general in Afghanistan sets up illegal propaganda program targeting Americans240. Obama plans to devastate small block grants program for the poor241. Silence on the Wisconsin labor protests242. Former Senator Christopher Dodd quickly becomes lobbyist after promising not to243. Obama reinstitutes sham review tribunals at Guantanamo244. DOJ colludes with Bush era official Scott Bloch to keep him out of jail245. The treatment of Bradley Manning246. State Department spokesman PJ Crowley forced to resign over Manning comments247. Massive conflicts of interest in David Stevens at HUD and soon to be head of main lobbying group for the mortgage industry248. Mild reaction to bloody anti-democratic repression in Bahrain and Yemen249. Torture psychologist appointed to White House task force250. FBI program which allows them to investigate anyone doesn't work (surprise)251. In his Libya war, Obama has completed the unconstitutional process of Presidents' usurpation of Congress' power to make war252. Obama accepts award for transparency in secret253. Democrats create PACs to receive unlimited contributions from anonymous donors 254. 2011 government shutdown threat as Shock Doctrine254. The 2011 "great" biprtisan budget deal255. The OCC deal to cover for banks in foreclosuregate256. Reshuffling neocons at DOD and the CIA257. Leak of Detainee Assessments shines light on the weakness of cases against many Guantanamo inmates258. Geithner shields foreign exchange derivatives from Dodd-Frank regulation259. Crazy new application for some US passports260. DOJ wants SCOTUS to allow for GPS tracking without a warrant261. An industry stacked panel to study fracking262. SCOTUS attacks small claim class actions263. SCOTUS okays fraud in financial presentations264. SCOTUS attacks large class actions and Title VII265. DOJ's non-investigation of torture produces few results266. Department of State threatens participants of Gaza flotilla with terrorism charges267. Detainees now held on ships to avoid judicial scrutiny268. CIA operating a black site prison in Somalia269. SCOTUS and DC Appeals Court torpedoing detainee habeas petitions270. SCOTUS greatly expands warrantless searches; Obama DOJ approves271. Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after the 2011 spike in gasoline prices272. Christine Varney, head of DOJ Anti-Trust Division, goes to law firm that had case before her273. Senseless 2011 debt ceiling crisis, budget cutting, and attacks on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid274. TSA closes US airspace to Mexican human rights activist275. DHS guts its unit monitoring right wing terrorism in US276. "Recovery" benefited corporations, not workers277. Harassment of a government scientist Charles Monett because his work clashes with drilling in the Arctic278. African Americans and Hispanic wealth took hardest hit from financial crises279. Cass Sunstein sitting on labor rules to protect child workers280. Oil leasing in Gulf resumes281. Administration pressures NY AG Schneiderman to go along with bogus mortgage settlement282. DOJ dumps responsibility for its bungled gun running sting on handy US Attorney283. US ranks 41st in the world in infant mortality284. White House engages in selective prosecution of Dan Choi over DADT protest285. COBRA extension ditched286. Obama spikes EPA ozone limits287. 2011 Obama fictional jobs plan288. Contractors cost twice as much as unionized federal workers doing the same work289. New EPA greenhouse gas limits also being drawn out290. CFTC proposes ineffectual limits on commodity speculation291. State Department targets career officer Peter Van Buren for writing critical book292. Secret Law and the OLC legal justification for killing a US citizen abroad293. US incomes fall more after recession than during it294. Another Afghanistan fail: torture rampant in Afghan prisons295. Bank of America dumps derivative exposure on to the FDIC with Fed approval296. New rule to legitimize government lying in response to FOIA requests297. Cronyism and the Keystone XL pipeline298. Despite pledge, Obama still taking money from lobbyists299. Secure Communities and deportation as a business300. The Occupy movement and the attacks upon it301. DOJ prosecuting financial fraud at the lowest rate in 20 years302. US stops funding of UNESCO303. 42% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck304. The Post Office facing cuts because of unnecessary prefunding mandates





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