Is there anything positive BO has done?

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    What ignorance... :roll:


    Ask FactCheck


    The Obama Phone?
    Posted on October 29, 2009 | Updated on Nov. 5, 2009


    Q: Has the Obama administration started a program to use "taxpayer money" to give free cell phones to welfare recipients?

    A: No. Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.


    http://www.factcheck.org/2009/10/the-obama-phone/
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    The dog trainer, personal trainer and excess vacations should
    be much more embarrassing to the first black President.
    Especially one who champions the lower and middle class.
    Too bad all come at the expense of the taxpayer.
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    Supposedly these threads were in violation of the new insults rule. As are the posts on here calling Obama names.

    However, don't point any of this out if you're not a right winger. Then YOU'LL get an unscheduled vacation.
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    Oh give up the bs fred. Stop trying to act like you don't have your own tendencies to violate rules around here. You're literally the last person to say ANYTHING about anyone doing wrong. Unbelievable.
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    That would be Obama when he ordered the drone killing of an American citizen without trial.
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    Actually he is adding a new addition to the lib mantra---for so long it has been "Spin and Defend....Lie then Deny".

    Now we must add "Whine and Pine" to their operating manual.
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    They might concede the successful colonoscopy. Leaving the world at the mercy of Dick Cheney for an hour or two, on the other hand...
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    I can name a few. We have a deficit out of control, a weak recovery consisting of high unemployment and more regulations on businesses. We have gasoline at record highs, a massive intrusion and abuse of our privacy, impending decline in the quality of healthcare and added costs associated with Obamacare. A Country divided by his racist adgenda. A failed and corrupt driven alternative energy plan. A massive expansion of the U.S. government and the I.R.S. A political driven adgenda attack on U.S. Immigration policy which will legalize millions. The attack on individual state's immigrarion's laws. A GDP which can not break an anemic 2%. I could go on and on....
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    You should check your facts. This program, like food stamps and virtually all federal assistance programs, has had explosive growth under Obama. Who pays for this? Why everyone who has a cell or landline phone. Originally intended to insure schools and libraries had access to communications, it has morphed into another "huge" program for mooches and slackers.

    "Assurance Wireless is a federal Lifeline Assistance program brought to you by Virgin Mobile. Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the federal Universal Service Fund. Enrollment is available to individuals who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireless or wireline account per household.

    If you qualify for Lifeline Assistance, you can receive a Free phone, 250 FREE minutes and 250 FREE text messages each month."
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    The "out-of-control" deficit?
    Time to update the talking points memo... :laugh:


    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/jul/25/barack-obama/obama-says-deficit-falling-fastest-rate-60-years/


    Barack Obama says "our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years."

    Barack Obama on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 in a speech at Knox College in Illinois


    As a reminder, the deficit is a snapshot of one year’s fiscal outlook. It’s the shortfall between what the government spends and what the government collects in taxes and other revenues.

    The White House press office told us that the proof is in the numbers. They tracked the deficit as a percent of the entire economy, measured as the Gross Domestic Product.

    In 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, after tax cuts and new spending, the deficit was 10.1 percent of GDP. In 2012, the deficit declined to 7 percent of GDP. So that’s a decline of 3.1 percentage points.

    You have to go back 63 years to the period between 1946 and 1949 to find a bigger four-year drop than what the country saw between 2009 and 2012. Right after World War II ended, the U.S. deficit stood at 7.2 percent of GDP. By 1949, America had a surplus of 0.2 percent. So that’s a decline of 7.4 percentage points.

    We downloaded data from the Office of Management and Budget that shows the deficit as a percent of GDP all the way back to 1930. When we ran the numbers, we found, as Obama said, you need to go back to 1946 to find a larger change.




    Our ruling

    Barack Obama said the deficit has fallen at the fastest rate in 60 years. While economists vary on how to best measure that decline, the president used an acceptable approach and his numbers are accurate. There are no statistical tricks in play.

    Our experts warned against reading too much into Obama’s claim. While Obama did not spend much time one way or the other on the significance of the decline in the deficit, he didn’t mention ongoing concerns over the national debt.

    We rate the statement True.
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    The program pre-dates Obama
    http://www.ehow.com/facts_6788920_federal-service-fund-telephone-bill_.html#ixzz2ctC9vaD5


    Function

    The Federal Universal Service Fund helps low-income U.S. residents who require financial assistance for the cost of monthly phone bills. The fund also ensures that rural phone service fees remains affordable and that rural medical providers can communicate with urban medical facilities. The Federal Universal Service Fund also allows schools and libraries to access phone and Internet service at a reasonable cost.


    Benefits

    As of 2010, the Federal Universal Service Fund provides discounts on telecommunication service to schools and libraries that can range from 20 to 90 percent off of normal service rates. For low-income households, the fund provides up to a $10 discount off monthly phone bills and provides partial reimbursement for new telecommunication service activation fees.



    Considerations

    Individual telecommunication companies decide whether to bill customers to recover the cost of Federal Universal Service Fund fees. Companies that choose to do so cannot bill customers for more than the company's total contribution amount, based on a quarterly percentage of residential and business telecommunication service fees.
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    So you drag out some clip that basically states the government is printing money to buy down the deficit and using 2009 numbers as a comparison. You have to be kidding. This seems to be a problem with the Dems. They spend a trillion dollars a year and the next year they spend 900 billion and call it a reduction.
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    996, hasn't school started? We all know these issues you post about. Most of us are taxpayers and pay the cell bills for our college age kids or did. It is interesting to watch youngsters go into the work force, draw their first pay check and say, what are all these taxes? Or to look at a utility bill or cell phone bill and exlaim the same.

    Free phones are income distribution. It was created for schools and libraries. It has morphed under Obama. Why is that so difficult to understand? When one of the qualification is SNAP recipients which have grown by 20 M under Obama.
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    Didn't he pay some ungodly amount of money for the dog?
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    That's the second time you admitted Obama is no better than Bush. And we all know Bush was the debil.
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    I only wish Bush had a plan in place for Afghanistan before he let office..
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    In what ways has the program morphed under Obama?
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    He has great parties in the White House. He knows how to rap
    He gets good tee times. He keeps Air Force One from just sitting around rusting. But he does need a little help with his "hoops" shooting.
    He has managed for millions of citizens to enjoy a fairly decent life, without working, therefore giving them great incentive to never work.
    He has shown us how to claim personal success, whether we had anything to do with the action and also how to blame others if your plans fail.
    But I guess the most positive thing he has done in make the public believe that words alone solve a problem, and actions on the problem mean nothing.
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    Deficit reduction is occurring at record pace...
    (unless of course you just don't believe the sequester cuts are actually happening) :laugh:


    http://mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=488


    Let's look at the Reagan record:

    Spending

    In 1980, Jimmy Caner's last year as president, the federal government spent a whopping 27.9% of "national income" (an obnoxious term for the private wealth produced by the American people). Reagan assaulted the free-spending Carter administration throughout his campaign in 1980. So how did the Reagan administration do? At the end of the first quarter of 1988, federal spending accounted for 28.7% of "national income."

    Even Ford and Carter did a better job at cutting government. Their combined presidential terms account for an increase of 1.4%—compared with Reagan's 3%—in the government's take of "national income." And in nominal terms, there has been a 60% increase in government spending, thanks mainly to Reagan's requested budgets, which were only marginally smaller than the spending Congress voted.

    The budget for the Department of Education, which candidate Reagan promised to abolish along with the Department of Energy, has more than doubled to $22.7 billion, Social Security spending has risen from $179 billion in 1981 to $269 billion in 1986. The price of farm programs went from $21.4 billion in 1981 to $51.4 billion in 1987, a 140% increase. And this doesn't count the recently signed $4 billion "drought-relief" measure. Medicare spending in 1981 was $43.5 billion; in 1987 it hit $80 billion. Federal entitlements cost $197.1 billion in 1981—and $477 billion in 1987.

    Foreign aid has also risen, from $10 billion to $22 billion. Every year, Reagan asked for more foreign-aid money than the Congress was willing to spend. He also pushed through Congress an $8.4 billion increase in the U.S. "contribution" to the International Monetary Fund.

    His budget cuts were actually cuts in projected spending, not absolute cuts in current spending levels. As Reagan put it, "We're not attempting to cut either spending or taxing levels below that which we presently have."

    The result has been unprecedented government debt. Reagan has tripled the Gross Federal Debt, from $900 billion to $2.7 trillion. Ford and Carter in their combined terms could only double it. It took 31 years to accomplish the first postwar debt tripling, yet Reagan did it in eight.


    Mindless devotion to the party talking points....
    Not much based on facts....
    :whistle:
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    He has been a godsend for the firearm and ammo companies...

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