A lot of you keep trying to tell me that Obama has done nothing for this country except get us into a war (and what president hasn’t, GWB and all), and that he has done nothing for the economy. Well, I’m here to tell you what he has done.
He passed the Recovery Act in just 28 days after the Democrats took the White House. And the Republicans screamed the sky would fall.
The Republicans have said “no” to job creation; they refused to work together; they called us names; they predicted doom; it’s as if they wanted our country to fail (Treasonous acts – you hear me Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Kyle?).
But Democratic Economic Policies added more than 3.9 million private sector jobs, cut taxes for all working Americans, and cut taxes on small businesses 18 times.
He ended the war in Iraq; he improved our standing in the world; he stopped insurance companies from dropping coverage when you get sick; he produced 10 quarters of economic growth.
The Recovery Act also: raised employment by as many as 4.2 million jobs; fixed more than 9,000 bridges, roads, and highways; saved or hired 650,000 firemen, teachers, and police officers; American manufacturing and exports are growing again; raised our nation’s GDP by as much as 2.9%.
The economy was losing over 700,000 private sector jobs a month under the Republicans. There is a chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which you will look up if you want to believe, will ignore if you don’t, which shows from December 2007 to February 2012, that an average of 700,000 private sector jobs a month were being lost under the Republicans. This same chart shows that in the first year of Obama’s presidency jobs were still being lost, but the average fell by a large number, and since February of 2010, every month has shown job growth by an average of about 100,000 jobs per month.
There has been 24 straight months of jobs growth in the private sector, 3.9 million private sector jobs added in the last two years.
You don’t like that he rescued the auto industry? Even though GWB rescued the banks, which offer little for the middle and poor classes? Well, by rescuing the auto industry, more than 1 million Americans jobs were saved, and the industry is booming again. Since the third quarter of 2009, jobs have been gained in the auto industry, with one small blip in quarter 4 of 2009, but steadily rising since then.
And finally Democrats have: ended hidden fees and unfair penalties for credit card users; passed landmark Wall Street Reform, made it easier for women to receive equal pay for equal work; doubled investments in scholarships and financial aid; supported nearly 300,000 jobs in education; expanded health care coverage to 32 million uninsured; provided new incentives to hire Veterans, supported 224,500 jobs in the clean energy industry; brought oil imports to the lowest level in 16 years, and we are on the road to nearly double fuel efficiency.
And BTW, I just learned yesterday that natural gas resources are so high that some of the people who work in this have had to cut back on the amount of natural gas being produced. Seems that this past unusually warm winter has caused natural gas reserves to back up, and there is little room for more storage for now.
If you want to disagree with me, you need to show me facts and figures to disprove it. I have proof of all of the above at my fingertips.
Go Obama – Obama in 2012 – I’ve got your back, Obama.
Carol Stepp, Austin