10 Reasons Why I’m Thankful Barack Obama is Our President

obama-thumbs-up-4I’ve made it no secret that I simply don’t understand why so many people have such negative feelings toward President Obama. While I’ll be the first to admit that he hasn’t been perfect, considering the circumstances he inherited and has had to deal with since becoming president, I think he’s done a damn good job.


I usually attribute it to three things:

  • People forgetting just how bad things were when he was elected.
  • People had unrealistic expectations as to what he could actually do.
  • The conservative media has done a great job at filling our society with such false information about him that most people can’t decipher fact from fiction.

So I thought I’d try to clear the air of some of the false information about the president and list 10 reasons why I’m thankful that Barack Obama is our Commander-in-Chief.

1. Because we’ve had continuous private-sector job growth every single month since March of 2010, creating over 13 million jobs.

2. Seven years into his presidency he hasn’t started any new wars, despite the fact that it would have been very easy for him to have done so several times by now.

3. Since he signed the Affordable Care Act into law, millions of Americans have gained health insurance who wouldn’t have been able to without it.

4. We avoided another Great Depression due in large part to the stimulus he passed in 2009 that stopped the economy from spiraling even further out of control.

5. Despite all that he’s had to fix following the catastrophic Bush presidency, he’s still managed to reduce our deficits by over $1 trillion since he was elected.

6. No matter what propaganda Republicans try to perpetuate about him, the truth is he’s outperformed Reagan on jobs, growth and investing.


7. LGBT rights have progressed further during his administration than under any other president in United States history, with proud gay Americans now serving their country without the fear of being kicked out of the military for their sexual orientation and same-sex marriage being legal in all 50 states.

8. During his presidency we’ve not only seen a rebound of our stock market, but stocks have broken multiple records throughout his presidency.

9. We saved the American auto industry, killed Osama bin Ladin and removed chemical weapons from Syria without firing a single shot.

10. Our unemployment rate is at 5% for the first time since before the economic crash of 2008.

And while there are many other reasons why I’m glad he’s our president, I’ll end it there. Like I said, I know he’s far from perfect, but considering the circumstance he inherited and the blatant Republican obstruction he’s had to deal with, I think he’s done a damn good job.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Guest

    Reasons to view Obama as a complete fraud:

    1) No criminal indictments of the bankers who committed fraud and RICO Act violations among other crimes during the bubble and resulting crash.

    2) Obama LIED when speaking of that.

    3) Obama had an American murdered without due process. Some constitutional law professor he turned into. He also lied about al-Awlaki’s role in AIAP.

    4) ObamaCare was a massive wealth transfer to private insurance corporations. He lied about that: “If you like your health care plan….”

    5) Russia was more responsible for Syria’s chemical arms disarmament than Obama.

    6) After saying we were winding down our efforts in Afghanistan, he secretly escalated our efforts there.

    7) The TPP, another corporate coup over the U.S. He has no Republican or SCOTUS to blame for this turkey: Obama is a corporate tool, not a “progressive.”

    This is NOT a progressive website; it’s a liberal website. Genuine progressives know that Obama is a fraud and a corporate tool.

    • Mitch Black

      Kind of a sore loser are you not,guest

      • JOHN KLINE

        The kind that will not use his name with his comments.

      • Ghost

        John, I have a team of Glenn Beck’s followers searching for my comments on Disqus in order to attack me and assassinate my character FOR DEFENDING OBAMA and pointing out Beck’s lies and hypocrisies. Now I see Obama as George Bush II, so I no longer defend the Liar in Chief.

      • JOHN KLINE

        Well, at least you are good at alienating everyone.

      • Ghost

        Got more false claims to make? I’m good at telling the truth, and the truth is Obama is a fraud how speaks the language of progressivism and governs like a moderate Republican.

      • JOHN KLINE

        How would you know how a Republican governs. They have done nothing for six years but say no and try to ruin our President, our government and our country. And before that there was Bush who almost bankrupted our country and lied to start a war so he could get money to Halliburton.

      • Han Hanna

        Sore loser, Mitch?? Simply posting the gaps in facts. If one reads enough and listens to news enough,then one will know the simple facts of this presidency cannot be sugar-coated.

      • Mitch Black

        I’m sorry you are right!! OH BY THE WAY my name is really not mitch and i’m not setting at a resort in Belize in this picture, and on account that I believe their are gaps in your comment which has been sugar coated.Will be waiting on your sugar coated rebuttal to Obama’s credits

      • Han Hanna

        I don’t care what your name is nor does Obama. You can take your socialist agenda and drape it fauxly over your shoulders because Obama and the government could give a sh#$ for you. You’ll be dumped into the hell soon enough.

      • Ghost

        Mitch, I supported Obama, first out of hope and then as lesser of two evils. “Loser” I am not. I understand what you do not: Obama is all-in with corporate America, NOT a progressive by any stretch. Genuine progressives understand what O-bots cannot wrap their heads around.

      • Mitch Black

        That is because you are the great and powerful oz

      • Han Hanna

        and because you are a troll with nothing important to say.

      • Han Hanna

        Mitch replies these dumba$$ replies because he has nothing intelligent to say. Obama gives a sh%^ about who voted for him, but Mitch still thinks he cares about his electorate. Obama lied too youall. Get a real job and stop complaing and stickin your hand out.

      • Mitch Black

        A real job Han. I own A business Han therefore I have deductions i.e. cheap insurance hmmm” those damn republicans” Hell you are right han i’m votin republican next time

      • mjw1952

        He is not an all in with corporate president. He is definitely too corporate for my taste. His push to raise the minimum wage, making corporations cover health insurance, and the threat to veto the tax giveaway negotiated in congress shows that. The problem is, I don’t think a true progressive like Sanders or Warren could ever be elected, even more since Citizens United.

    • Jim Bean

      Allen Clifton is very much like Alan Colmes. All light that reaches his eyes has been channeled through a prism that bends it in such away that it always confirms exactly what he was hoping to see.

      • zivo24

        And the Obama haters suffer a similar disability. They can’t/won’t see the positive things he’s done even when it’s benefiting them. But then they can’t admit that republicans are screwing them over in favor of big corporations.

      • guest

        Before the spear-chucker Muzzies became President, this country was a better place to live, we were well-respected by our allies and feared by our enemies, keeping them in check.

        I believe the same people who committed the 9/11 murders are the very same people who got BO elected. So my message to them is to know that not everyone likes or trusts this guy in the White House and when it comes down to the REAL nut-cuttin’, they will be quite, unpleasantly surprised.

        Watch and learn.

      • Ghost

        Wow, where do you get your “information,” The Blaze?

    • zivo24

      I challenge you to provide VERIFIABLE facts from CREDIBLE sources to back up everything you’ve said above.
      We’ll be waiting for your response.

      • Ghost

        You want me to do your Google work for you? How ignorant do you have to be to not know that NOT ONE criminal indictment for the Wall St. bankers has proceeded from Obama’s Justice Dept? Want a reference? Read Predator Nation.

    • Edie

      Why no name if you are so sure of your statements. Note you did not address any of those ten positives which are worth an awful lot more than your flimsy negatives.

      • Kevin Carroll

        I’ll start with the first 5 of them, hopefully you’ll learn something. 1) job creation? has been slow at best, and the only reduction in the unemployment rate has been due to people dropping out of the work force. The labor participation rate is at the lowest in 40 years. 2) no new wars? More people have died in Afghanistan under Obama than Bush and Obama has totally mishandled Iraq and the Middle East, because he refused to listen to ALL his military advisers we are now sending troops back to Iraq and the Middle East is a mess. 3) Obamacare? More people have lost their policies that have gained coverage , Obama lied through his teeth to pass the monstrosity , remember how his pal Gruber called people like you stupid? Remember how Obama was cited as the liar of the year by Politifact for his Obamcare lies? 4) The stimulus was a failure , there is no evidence that it worked , remember how yourleft wing prince joked about “shovel ready jobs” ? 5) The deficit? The fact is that every trillion dollar deficit has occurred under democratic congresses and Barack Obama has added more debt than anyone else in history. He criticized Bush for adding 4 trillion , and he has now added 7 trillion. I guess he plays by different rules. Can you address those? Then we can move on to the rest.

    • Kyle Walker

      You are one of the few critics of Obama that I’ve personally seen that actually bases their argument off of solid facts, not speculation, opinion or propaganda. Well done sir or madam!

    • mjw1952

      Obama did not run as a progressive. He was, and continues to be, a middle of the road candidate. It was the progressives who were under that illusion. The conservatives have gone so far right that he looks like a liberal to them, but they are wrong too.

      • Ghost

        He should be impeached for murder of an American, a high crime if the phrase has any meaning.

      • mjw1952

        Are you referring to the guy who joined al Qaeda? I am sure you are so concerned with his civil rights.

      • Ghost

        There is no asterisk in the Constitution for that situation. He was an American. First they came after the suspected terrorists, and I did nothing because I’m not a terrorist. Then they came after…. who’s next?

    • WeNeedCommonSense

      “1) No criminal indictments of the bankers who committed fraud and RICO Act violations among other crimes during the bubble and resulting crash.”, wouldn’t that be the responsability of the senate?

      • Ghost

        No, the justice department.

  • CobrayRPB

    Nice try, but those accomplishments are padded at best. Much like the softball interviews afforded Dear Leader, they don’t hold up.

    1. How many of those jobs are part time? I’d say most.
    2. He hasn’t started any new wars because he is tip toeing around the failure he caused in Iraq. Due to his inept withdrawl from Iraq we have ISIS. So he orders some air strikes which don’t do squat and relies on other nations to act. Obama likes to ignore problems or blame other people.
    3. 8 million signed up and most of those were people who lost their own insurance. The poor signed up for Medicaid. You make insurance mandatory, don’t be amazed if people sign up. Also there are still 40 million uninsured. No achievement there.
    4. No one can prove that wasteful “stimulus” stopped anything. It is specious reasoning.
    5. Who cares about the deficit when the national debt is 17 trillion. He was bankrupted this country and continues to do so.
    6. Under Reagan people esrned on the averave about 4000 more dollars. Obamas administration loves to tweak numbers and thats what they have done here.
    7. That is a non achievement. Dont as dont tell was a Clinton hallmark. Furthermore, aside from the military, there are already lots of anti discrimination laws on the books.
    8. How can you prove anything he has done has boosted the stock market? I thought Wall Street was the enemy?
    9. The auto industry wasn’t saved. The government just bailed it out. Money fixes everything and with the bloated unions in charge, who are big Democrat supporters by the way, they will be in trouble again. Bin Laden may be his only real achievement even though he took way more credit for it than he should have. He also had 3 chances to stop him but Valerie Jarrett told Barry to stand down. Syria is a mess and relying on others to clean up your mess isn’t good leadership.
    10. Again, how many part time jobs, how many people not looking for work? The disability roles are larger now than ever before. We have more people on welfare. So that isn’t an accomplishment.

    • raw608

      What has the GOP done to solve all the wrong supposedly wrought by this president? Two hundred years from now when the racists and red necks are pushing up daisies, we might have a true evaluation of this President.

      • DonRice

        I’d wager you won’t get any kind of rational response from him or any other Toilet Paper … , er, I mean Tea Party Republican. They always make excuses when asked for supporting evidence, too.

      • strayaway

        The toilet paper you mentioned must be for cleaning up after Democrats.

      • DonRice

        You just proved my point.

      • strayaway

        Don, Your post exemplified other posts I see around here and amounted to bigoted name calling; like southern whites who use the n-word. Of course, it’s ok if you fling out two anal related terms to slander people you disagree without addressing the topic of this thread. Note that I have three comments above on this thread addressing facets of this topic. You have zero. So who is without ‘rational responses’?

      • DonRice

        Bigoted? Hm. Maybe, but based on observation and my own interactions with people in and/or supportive of the so-called “tea party”. And the person I referred to fits in well with those observations. He gives no details of what he sees as wrong, he only makes generalizations. And when presented with verifiable facts, he deflects then attacks the person posting those facts. So my characterization of him in my original comment is rather fitting as a predictor of his responses, if any. And the way he’s responded is just as I predicted.

        In my opinion, the so-called “:tea party” is a cancer on both the Republican party and American society in general. They’ve done nothing nut obstruct progress and refuse to acknowledge proven facts. They appear to correspond closely with the right-wing evangelical movement, which is heavily into science denial and phony claims of persecution. In point of fact, if they are not one and the same, there is a rather heavy cross-over. I have no respect for people who deny facts in favor of a fairy-tale prespective.

      • strayaway

        Then its right wing evangelicals, as opposed to left wing evangelicals you look down on. I don’t know much about left wing evangelicals perhaps including African American churches. Do they all teach evolution? If not, the difference, in your mind between right and left wing evangelicals isn’t what they believe about science but how they vote.

      • DonRice

        Left-wing evangelicals, in my observation, tend to be conservative in some areas and liberal in others, with some middle-of-the-road positions mixed in. As for evolution, they generally tend to take a “let it be” attitude, neither accepting it as the Roman pontiff recently did nor trying to force their views on everyone else as the right-wing evangelicals are wont to do.

        And yes, it actually is, in large part, their attitude toward science, which is largely uninformed, uneducated, and heavily reliant on superstition.

        But all this is really off topic. Cobra never did respond rationally to the original criticism of his comment. All he did was to deflect. Not once in the thread did he detail or provide links to prove his position. Just as I predicted.

      • CobrayRPB

        What could the conservatives have done until now? We are one step closer to righting the ship of state this incompetent man has steered off course. Please stop playing the racist card too. I don’t care about his skin color, i don’t like his mindset, policies or background. I think Warren is a dangerous fool as well, so i guess i hate women? I think Jerry Brown is a crackpot lunatic who stands out in a state full of wing nuts. I suppose i hate all old white men too? Nah, i hate pandering, disingenuous, pretentious, out of touch liberals of ALLLLLLLLL colors, genders, shapes and sizes.

      • zivo24

        Republicans promised us a jobs bill in 2010 and 2012. They never actually created one. They promised us immigration reform but refused to allow anything to even come to a vote on the house floor for the last four years. They did find time to vote on repealing ACA more than 40 times, though. Here’s a FACT for you…the GOP led congress of 2012-2014 was the LEAST productive congress in US history.
        I’ve read your posts and you haven’t offered a single verifiable FACT to back up anything you’ve said. It’s obvious that you’re great at regurgitating rhetoric that you learned from someone else, but you don’t seem to be capable of having an independent or constructive thought of your own.

      • Frank Dissinger

        There are 7 jobs bills sitting on Harry Reid’s desk. they are stacked up there with the 4249 other bills that were passed in the House. I know in the Liberal world of Denial this is probably a non factor of responsibility.

      • CobrayRPB

        Don’t get your panties in a wad. Please explain to me how anything was passed by Senate MAJORITY leader Reid if the Republicans controlled Congress. We don’t need immigration reform…we need to enforce the laws we have. Waaaayyy back when Reagan signed an amnesty bill ( with Congressional approval I might add) there was a security measure that the Dems failed to implement. Well when the One starts issuing diktats he sets a dangerous precedent. Much like the implementation of the nuclear option…..the door swings both ways. Im sorry if I hurt your feelings with my statements. If they are outright lies then show me proof from a neutral website showing me the folly of my ways. Of course I just regurgitate what I hear on Fox so it may not make sense to a tea bagging redneck such myself. Thanks for the smug enlightenment. If condescension fueled elections maybe your goofy party wouldn’t be running out of options. All your new breed leftys had their careers immolated on the pyre of Obama’s massive ignorance, so you have a bunch of social security jockeys running in 2016. Happy Thanksgiving

      • Kyle Walker

        Lol, don’t you remember we had a republican president right after Reagan who did the exact same thing as Reagan on immigration? How is that the “Dem’s” fault?

      • CobrayRPB

        Quit repeating that lie. The Reagan Bush amnesties were completely different. Look it up

      • Kyle Walker

        Lies? Just because evidence proves contrary to your individual beliefs does not make that evidence false. Something is not “completely different” if there are more similarities than differences. Or is Obama’s action of immigration completely different simply because he’s not a conservative? If they are completely different, please elaborate and inform us…

      • CobrayRPB

        One was passed by Congress and one was not. I’ll give you 3 guess which one did not go through Congress, and the first two don’t count. I’ll give you a hint…..pen and phone.

      • Kyle Walker

        You argument is not very strong, and let us please talk in a civil manner, your sass is not welcome.

        In the overall scheme of Immigration, all three president’s executive actiona have one thing in common, extending protection from deportation to millions of immigrant parents and
        spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and expanding a
        program that shields immigrants brought illegally to this
        country as children.

        On the matter of Congress passing a law, you have presented a half truth and resurrected a debate that is a generation old.

        During the Reagan administration Congress failed to address the issue of the children of said immigrants. Early efforts in Congress to amend the law to cover family members
        failed. In 1987, Reagan’s Immigration and Naturalization Service
        commissioner announced that minor children of parents granted amnesty by
        the law would get protection from deportation.

        In a parallel to today, the Senate acted in 1989 to broaden legal status
        to families but the House never took up the bill, just like Boehner has blocked a bill from appearing before the house for over a year now. Through the INS, Bush
        advanced a new “family fairness” policy that put in place the Senate
        measure. Congress passed the policy into law by the end of the year as
        part of broader immigration legislation.

        Just as Reagan and Bush before him, Obama took executive action to address an issue that is of major concern to the American people, stepping in where Congress failed and refused to act. As a result of Bush’s executive action, Congress finally acted on an urgent issue. As a Result of Reagan’s executive action, and failure of congress to address a mistake they made intentionally or not, illegal immigrants were sheltered from deportation.

        In the present, Obama is stepping in with executive action to act where Congress has failed, and quite literally refused to act out of sheer spite and not for the good of the country or their constituents (Bohener), in the hopes that Congress will finally address the issue at hand and pass a law that will take the place of the executive actions, no longer making them necessary.

        Conservative anger is misplaced in this issue at best. Instead of directing anger at the president for using powers that are granted to him and that have been used by presidents of both parties in the past on the same issue, acting where Congress has failed or has refused to act, perhaps they should be mad at their own representatives for blocking legislation that was passed a year before by the senate with overwhelming partisan support (68/32)? Perhaps they should be mad at Bohener, who is holding the legislative process hostage to advance his personal agenda, who shut down the federal government, instead of behaving in a civil manner and seeking negation? Perhaps they should be mad at Bohener who cries for partisan cooperation yet takes no action of the sort? Perhaps he should finally take action himself instead of shutting things down and then complaining when nothing gets done?

        One side is not to blame more than the other in Washington, both sides are guilty of behaving like children.

      • Kyle Walker

        For starters, lets continue this discussion with a civil tone like grown adults, your sass is unwelcome.

        One what was passed by congress? Please be more specific in your arguments. One bill? One executive action? Now let’s walk through this together.

        Reagan took executive action in 1987 to address an issue that Congress neglected to address in the 1986 act and then failed to fix afterwards. He extend amnesty to the spouses and minor children of immigrants covered by the 1986 law.

        Three years later, H.W. Bush took executive action, to broaden legal status to families, when the House refused to address the issues at hand. His action prompted them to finally pass legislation on the issue at a later date.

        Here’s how I see this situation. Obama took executive action to address an issue of great concern to the American people where Congress has failed to act in a humane way, like Reagan did. Obama’s executive actions are in response to a House that has refused to act, intentionally blocking legislation that was passed by the Senate over a year ago from even coming up for debate or discussion, like H.W. Bush did.

        Combine the situations Reagan and H.W. Bush faced, and that is the scenario in Washington today. A congress that has failed to act and one that
        refuses to act.

        Now please explain to me why you believe that my
        first two guess don’t count? I’m not being sarcastic, I honestly want to know your train of thought as to how these scenarios are “completely different.”

        On the issue of Obama acting outside of the law. Is
        he not acting within the parameters of the last immigration legislation to be passed by congress? Or acting within the parameters of any past legislation to be passed on the issue such as that 1986 law?

        Conservative anger on this issue is misplaced at best. Perhaps instead of being angry at Obama for taking action on an issue they wanted him to take action on this past summer they should be mad at
        their legislators who have failed to act? Perhaps they should be mad at Boehner who has held up the constitutional process for his own political gains and has blocked the legislation passed in the Senate last year with bi-partisan support (68/32), for
        over a year now.

        I understand you’re frustrated, we all are, but conservative anger directed solely at Obama is contrary to the reality of what is going on in Washington. The entire system is broken and rotten to the core and it has let the American people down, both conservative and liberal.

      • Melissa L.

        “…Warren is a dangerous fool….” is a statement you can’t possibly defend in any reasonable way, but you’re welcome to try. And calling Obama “incompetent” is hysterical! Obama “incompetent”?!?! Please, feel free to enlighten us as to whether you believe George Bush was also “incompetent”. This should be fun.

      • CobrayRPB

        Who said I supported Bush? Warrens 11 demands on progressivism is pretty nutty my dear. The fact she thinks she is an Indian speaks volumes about her delusional mental state

      • Melissa L.

        So our current centrist President is no good, our previous conservative-driven President didn’t have your support, and one of two front-running progressive Senators is “nutty” because she acknowledges a Native American ancestry. Your standards could be viewed as “delusional”.

      • CobrayRPB

        If you think Obama is a centrist then this conversation is truly over.

      • Melissa L.

        If you think Obama is progressive you’re not paying enough attention.

      • Mitch Black

        you are correct

      • Mitch Black

        He is a centrist. the right is so far right everything else seems extreme left to them

      • Kyle Walker

        He’s certainly not much of a leftist, if so then he’d be the worst one in recent history.

      • Mitch Black

        ghost has the same problem.you can not debate with a ghost

      • Kyle Walker

        How exactly has Obama gotten this ship off course? Do you remember how things were in October 2008? I’d say the ship was way off course then and that was before Obama. For the past six years, conservative leaders have made no proposals that would right said ship, but simply continue on the course that led us to into the mess we’re in now.

    • digitlburn

      I was going to destroy your argument point-by-point, but I couldn’t get through reading. Your reply is so riddled with grammatical errors that you do a fine job demolishing your own credibility.

      I will say, with point #1…good to see that somebody on the right will finally admit that Reaganomics (or, as it was rightly named BY A REPUBLICAN, “Voodoo Economics”) is a fairy tale.

      • CobrayRPB

        “Get through reading” is an incomplete sentence at best. Saying you will go point by point and then begging off doesn’t prove your point.

      • zivo24

        Cobray….I challenge you to have the integrity to back up everything in your list with VERIFIABLE FACTS FROM CREDIBLE SOURCES.
        We know you won’t…but when you come back with a snarky response instead of proof…it will just expose you from the ignorant, loud-mouthed fraud that you are.

      • Concerned

        Prove him wrong, then.

      • DonRice

        General rules of debate: The person who makes the statement must be able to prove the veracity of that statement. In other words, it’s up to Cobra to provide proof, then wait for any rebuttal that may come.

      • no1uknow1

        However, “I couldn’t get through reading” is a complete sentence. As an impartial observer, such disingenuous debate tactics (or is it just flat-out stupidity?) have given victory to your ideological opponents.

    • Joe

      The departure date for Iraq was set by the Iraqi government with President Bush, not President Obama.

      • Concerned

        Obama campaigned on it. Get real.

      • Joe

        The U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement was announced on November 17th, 2008. President Obama was sworn into office on January 20th, 2009. Obama strongly supported this and made only slight alterations to the original agreement (but honored the official withdrawal date), but the date was set prior to him taking office.

    • Kyle Walker

      Most of these responses are so oblivious to reality they don’t even warrant a letigimate response…

      • Breathial

        Lol. Your comment is so ironic as to be highly entertaining! Clearly you are one of the people Thomas Edison referred to, who “would rather die than think.” Lenin referred to your type as “useful idiots.”

        Anyone who still supports obama is either on the gravy train, a hopeless ideologue or terminally stupid. In your case I’m guessing it’s “all of the above.”

        Cheers, dummy.

      • Kyle Walker

        Lol to you too! Your comment and petty insults is also very ironic as it reflects your complete ignorance and lack of refinement.

        Your quoting of Thomas Edison and Lenin are a poorly veiled disguise in an attempt to belittle your opponent and make yourself seem intelligent without offering any evidence to support your argument. Since you neglected to cite any reason as to why someone who supports Obama is, “terminally stupid,” you only made yourself appear unintelligent instead. It would be wise not to assume too much from so little, as it also makes you appear ignorant of your surroundings. So instead of refuting whatever position I may have, you only served to make yourself appear as you say, “either on the gravy train, a hopeless ideologue or terminally stupid. In your case I’m guessing it’s all of the above.” (On a side note, your use of quotation is atrocious. Were you quoting someone you cited earlier or yourself in that last sentence? Context please.) Concluding with a passive aggressive insult would have made up for your lack of form had you used a more intelligent insult to begin with.

        Now if you would like, you can try and debate my opinions in a civil discussion, and actually find out where I stand, with a refined and intelligent approach like a grown adult. Or you can continue to make uninformed assumptions and accusations based off of little evidence with no supporting evidence of your own, akin to holding a debate with a toddler.

        Your move ignoramus…

      • Breathial

        All that wasted text in a feeble attempt to boost your meager reality to match your inflated ego. I didn’t attempt to “belittle” you. You already ARE.

      • Kyle Walker

        Wow. Ignorance, hypocrisy, arrogance and poor syntax. What a combination! I redact my first comment. It is your comments that are so oblivious to reality that they do not warrant a logical response. Carry on. Continue to follow, never questioning what you hear, continue to have others think for you and parrot what they feed you, continue to live in the reality that others have constructed for you, continue on in your blissful ignorance…

      • Breathial

        Between your disgusting attempts to defend the indefensible actions of Barry Soetero, you go to great lengths to paint yourself as educated and highly intelligent. When I point out that you’re merely mouthing the empty platitudes that are hallmark of the collectivists, you call me uneducated, ignorant, propagandized and incapable of independent thought. Again, the irony is delicious.
        I am- literally- a genius. This is not a matter of ego, but a documented FACT. That intelligence is combined with multiple advanced degrees and a doctorate for advancing an entire INDUSTRY, and the long-term benefits will be enjoyed by all- even collectivist idiots like you.
        So try to imagine how unimpressed I am, by the bleatings of yet *another* sheep pushing the collectivist agenda.

      • Kyle Walker

        Yet again you miss the point entirely! Allow me to help you. Not once in this entire discussion with you have I mentioned anything about politics. Not once have I attempted to defend Obama or liberals. Not once have I issued any criticism of Republican politicians or conservatives. This entire discussion I have been debating YOU.

        From your initial comment you rashly jumped to a conclusion that your formed within the confines of your own warped self centered reality. You foolishly made assumptions and accusation based off of no indisputable facts then attempted to site credible, yet unrelated, sources to mask the fact that you have been having a discussion about politics with yourself this entire time.

        I have not as you say, mouthed the empty platitudes that are hallmark of the collectivists, because again, I have not mentioned politics once.

        l have not attempted to paint myself as educated, I have been trying to call attention to the fact that you formed a conclusion and built an argument out of thin air with hot air. That you delivered said argument with poor tact and a lack refinement, which has reflected poorly on your personal character, intelligence and contradicts any argument you may have.

        You are correct on one thing, the irony is delicious! Because of you were so quick to assume and comment without first giving proper thought to what you were saying or how, you highlighted your own ignorance. In continuing your discussion of politics with yourself you only served to draw attention to that ignorance. You make claims yet cite no credible source or debatable fact, merely your own opinions. Not a sign of an intelligent individual and certainly not a genius.

        Your claim to be a genius also highlights your ignorance as well as your arrogance. It is not a documented fact, merely your opinion with no source to give credit to your claims. Having a degree does not make you a genius and neither does having multiple degrees. Politicians of all creeds have multiple degrees yet exhibit no signs being geniuses. I hold a degree myself and am working on another en-route to a doctorate as we speak, so by your flawed logic you are also claiming that I am a genius.

        Despite all the degrees you boast of you still demonstrate no critical thinking or analysis skills, no tact, and insufficient debate skills. You have not demonstrated your intelligence, merely the fact that you can be trained. Combined these deficiencies give you no foundation from which to build any plausible argument with. I weep for the unspecified industry that you think you believe you are advancing.

        So try to imagine just how unimpressed I am, by the bleatings of yet *another* sheep, pushing the collective conservative agenda. One who cannot even form a proper argument that states facts not opinions. One who has not proposed any original train of thought, merely the regurgitation of others speculation. One who does not even read thoroughly before responding. One whose one-sided arguments contradict themselves at every turn.

        This irony here is quite delicious indeed.

      • Breathial

        Hey, dumbass, I read your many posts to other people, which lead me to call your statements about other people to be unable to think, “ironic.”

        I didn’t even make it past the first three sentences of your drivel, before boredom hit me.

        Bye, douche-nozzle.

      • Kyle Walker

        Ah, finally, he sites an actual source! I figured you had done your research, but I wanted to see if you could actually construct a coherent argument from your observations. I knew you had it in you but honestly I was beginning to worry. Now we can move forward despite your still lacking sense of refinement.

        I never stated others were unable to think, if you recall I stated that some of their comments were oblivious to reality, contrary to factual evidence, much like many of the opinions you claim were facts stated in that political debate you had with yourself.

        I don’t have to be a supporter of the president or Republicans to recognize hypocrisy when I see it. Conservative anger and their arguments are so ironic they contradict themselves and it is hilarious, and the Democrats inability to form a united front to defend themselves is pathetic. I honestly believe that both sides in Washington are at fault I just see one side demanding action from the other, yet sabotaging all progress at their own expense, then complaining when nothing gets done. That is the true definition of irony my belligerent friend, and it does not take a Democrat or a Liberal to see that.

  • By some of the comments below, I guess we can see who was crying for milk when President Obama had it rain cookies. And if they’d have gotten milk, they’d have suddenly become lactose intolerant and started crying about that. If they’d have gotten lactose intolerant milk, they’d cry that they’d just started a diet.

  • digitlburn

    Mr. Clifton cannot state the obvious reason conservatives hate him…because he’s black. And being successful and being black doesn’t compute to the redneck hillbillies that comprise the Republican Party and the Teabaggers.

    • guest

      And YOU are another pile.

    • Mac

      How come conservatives liked Herman Cain then?

      • Pennsylvanianne

        Because Herman Cain told conservatives what they wanted to hear and is not a black man in the White House. Obama does not and is.

      • fedele

        But he was a HALF wit….uzbeckibekistanstan…and someone you could have a beer with. ..intelligence does not equate arrogance and lack thereof does NOT equate presidential. ..You can bet Republicans would have never elected him president. .. his color only mattered when it was convenient.

      • David Flentje

        As op noted, Obama is successful, Cain was a half wit failure, just as the tealiban expect of a negro.

    • Kevin Carroll

      You show your ignorance and weak argument with your comments, but considering that Obama’s has been such a failure I understand it’s all you got. And BTW, just a short while ago the country rejected the left’s politics of hate and division. Be prepared to lose again in ’16.

      • Kyle Walker

        How is it exactly that Obama has been such a failure? What time period are you referencing when you state, “the left’s politics of hate and division?” You are also showing ignorance with your comments if you have no evidence to support your claim.

      • Kevin Carroll

        Well we can start with the dishonest manner in which Obama passed Obamacare, to wit , he lied through his teeth. We can then point to the lowest labor participation rate in 40 years. We can them point to the failed Fast and Furious operation and the flushing of taxpayer $$ down the drain in loans to Solyndra and a wasted trillion $$ on a failed stimulus bill, where he joked about the lack of shovel ready jobs. Then we can reference his blatant hypocrisy in criticizing Bush for adding 4 trillion in debt while he is now approaching 8 trillion. Next we can llok at the mess he created in Iraq where his stubbornness caused him to go against the advice of all the military experts. That’s for starters, get back to me when you’ve addressed those.

      • Kyle Walker

        Okay let’s address these but let’s keep it civil like adults,

        Obamacare passed with dishonesty, like the Patriot Act? Like the invasion of Iraq?

        The lowest labor participation rate? How is that in correlation to the presidency? Not enough government sponsored projects to create jobs? Be more specific because the blame for this is also shared with the recession that began in 2008, where millions of jobs were lost and where we are now finally starting to make consistent progress. The Great Depression was not over by the sixth year of FDR’s terms, but things were better off in year six than in year one. Recovery is not instant. It took 8 years to break the system. We are not out of the woods yet.

        Wasted taxpayer money? Again like Iraq. Failed stimulus? you mean the one that was not intended to turn things fully around, simply ease the fall and cushion the impact? The same stimulus bill that was denied by several republican governors therefore denying federal stimulus to the people of those states (ex. Texas). Joked about shovel ready jobs? Like conservatives with the Keystone Pipeline? Millions of jobs, LOL.

        Criticizing Bush for $4 trillion in debt? You mean he didn’t start two wars, that continued into Obama’s term and whose final cost was added onto Obama’s tab? Or the first round of bailouts that were also added onto Obama’s tab? Or the sweeping corporate tax cuts with no other stream of revenue to supplement the wars and bailouts he undertook? Not very fiscally conservative…

        Mess Obama created in Iraq? You mean the war that began in 2003, when Bush invaded the country on a false pretext, destabilizing international relations in the entire region, setting up a new government with corrupt inept leaders, disposing of the leader that maintained stability in that country, then signing a treaty of withdrawal by a due date three years after he left office.

        Against the advice of his military advisers? So his military advisers wanted him to break a treaty signed by the previous president, promising a withdrawal of forces by 2011? A president who invaded a country at whim with no clear exit strategy? His military advisers, who despite the will of the American people for peace and their unwillingness to sacrifice more American lives for no real cause wanted to continue to sacrifice more?
        ISIS began in Syria, a separate conflict from the US war in Iraq, and due to the inept and corrupt government and military put in place by Bush’s administration, ISIS was able to gain control over large swaths of territory in Iraq. Bush shares just as much of the blame for ISIS as Obama if not more.

        And now your rebuttal

      • Costel Ungureanu

        The widraw of troops were up for negotiations as with everything among nations these days , Obama and his state department chose to not negotiate again but rather fulfill a promise and get out of Iraq, take a look at Afganistan same situation yet it was announced we are going to leave troops there.

      • Costel Ungureanu

        Wasted government money all I have to say who spends billions of dollars on a website that still don’t work when now a days I can put a website up for a couple thousand, who spends millions on phones without over site to suppose needy families, I can go on and on with wasted government money and I will agree that bush has wasted government money as well but Obama has outspent him twice over….

      • Daniel Axe

        If you are wanting to spend thousands to put up a website, I’d really like to be your web designer. It didn’t take long to fix the website, and it when it was down the government made concessions to help people. It wasn’t actually down, it was just that it wasn’t setup properly. You could still use it, the problem was that things that normal required one click required a double click and people couldn’t figure it out. So, when you clicked on something and it did nothing, folks assumed the website was broken.

        The website now works flawlessly and has for a very long time.

      • Vicky Walker

        Yes but can you make a website that thousands will be trying to access at the same time? That was a mistake and they corrected it. You can do better I’m sure. Oh and the phones!! You should do some research because the free phones thing was put in place just before Obama was elected but it didn’t begin until just after the election so its been mistakenly blamed on him. And you would have outspent Bush twice over as well if you had been left with an economy that was on the brink of total disaster and 2 wars that weren’t budgeted for. Get over yourself

      • regressive white trash reli

        notice how he did NOT reply????

      • Kyle Walker

        I didn’t reply because I had far better things to occupy my time with during the holiday season than continuing arguments with irrational individuals. The holidays are stressful enough without consistent comments from the peanut gallery. Now that it is the new year I’ve realized that continuing such conversations are pointless. Only the most irrational or radical nit wits take to commenting online and no amount of rational thought will bring them to sanity. I no longer wish to be one of those fools.

      • regressive white trash reli

        ahem; kyle–
        I asked YOU if YOU noticed that HE (kevin carroll) did not reply
        =======================================
        he didn’t reply because u crushed him with facts

      • Breathial

        With a screen-name like yours, you wouldn’t know “facts” if they b!tch-slapped you upside your empty little skull.

      • Lynn-Marie Papi Nilson

        No, you actually can’t go to the labor participation rate. When those number were tallied consideration was not given to all the baby boomers that took retirement as well as individuals going on Social Security Disability. Again, research..

      • RB

        I just want to say, Solyndra? Really? It was $500 Million dollars. To put that into perspective, that was the amount of money that was spent every 15 minutes on the two wars that Bush/Cheney started illegally. One of them which was based on lies – which you speak of. The debt? Please. The Republican house has continually rejected any regulation closing the tax loopholes for the large corporations that hoard money overseas and set up dummy corporations overseas to avoid taxes. It’s estimated that there are some $4.2Trillion dollars woth of money being hoarded overseas which by right should of gone into the U.S. treasury. That and the wars which have cost the American people dearly is what drove up the debt.

      • Kevin Carroll

        Bush didn’t start any war illegally , that is just the rantings of an ill informed left winger and the lie portion of your rant is equally ill informed. You should educate yourself about the belief in WMDs and Iraq that the Clinton administration promoted for years. You’ve been trained well. And FYI information for 2 years at the start ofObama first term the democrats controlled the White House, the Senate and the House, why didn’t they close those loopholes you speak of? And you claim of $4 trillion that “should go right to the Treasury ” is nonsense. Face it , your guy Obama has added more to the debt than anyone in history. And he’s he’s not done yet. And just to add one final thought, he is absolutely clueless on foreign policy matters. Sorry to burden you with facts.

      • RB

        According to U.N. Security General Kofi Annan -“From our point of view and the UN Charter point of view, it (the war) was illegal.” Also – “Opposition to the Afghanistan war stems from numerous factors, including the view that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was illegal under international law and constituted an unjustified aggression,” As far as the money overseas. Are you going to deny that they are actually hoarding it overseas? http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/18/corporations-hoard-cash-overseas-away-from-high-us/?page=all
        I’m sorry… sorry to burden YOU with facts.

      • RB

        Don’t try to justify the war(s) with your right wing bullshit. I was there for both of them. We weren’t fighting for “freedom”, we were fighting to enrich people like Cheney, who by the way, Halliburton profited by $43 Billion dollars from the wars. (conflict of interest anybody?) Clinton may have supposedly “known” about the WMD’s but who started the wars? It was only speculation on Clinton’s part. It was Bush that pushed this speculation and made it “reality” by pushing these lies to the American people by way of Condoleeza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld. 9/11 certainly didn’t help. Yes, punishing Afghani’s and Iraqi’s for something Saudi’s did, really made sense. History showed that nobody has been able to successfully invade Afghanistan, but they did it anyway and look at where we are now. Trillions on dollars spent for this bullshit. 1/4 of the budget for the Iraq war alone would of sustained Social Security for another 75 years. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people killed. Oh yeah, rest easy Mr. Bush, no wrong doing there. If I had anything to do with killing hundreds of thousands of people, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night, much less paint pictures of puppy dogs.

      • RB

        And… it’s ok with you that companies hoard money overseas to avoid paying taxes? Of course, this along with the wars had absolutely no consequence in increasing our national debt? Yes, this all happened because of some poor African American woman that collected her welfare check, as you people are so quick to blame. Billions on top of billions of dollars that should of gone into the treasury is being hoarded overseas. Check your facts instead of Fox “News”. As far as the President being clueless on foreign policy – I think he’s doing an excellent job of it if only the Republicans would get out of the way and let him do his job and quit doing their “treasonous” acts in colluding with foreign governments. I think $3 Billion dollars / year in aid to Israel is totally ridiculous, when we need the money domestically. Especially after the disrespect their President just gave to ours. They should of been cut off long ago.

      • Kevin Carroll

        Companies that have money overseas earn that money overseas and pay taxes on that money where it is earned. If you owned a restaurant in Canada and paid taxes there would you like to pay more taxes if you brought the money here? Same scenario. Every borrowed $ contributes to the debt. Obama has added more than anyone in history. Fact. And like the true well trained leftist you instinctively mention Fox News. Where do you get your “news” from? Obama’s doing an excellent job on foreign policy? What would you cite as his biggest achievement?

      • RB
      • RB

        Kevin, and this one about companies avoiding $600 Billion in taxes for 2014 alone –

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/02/1375215/-Companies-Dodging-600-Billion-In-Taxes?detail=facebook_sf

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        Failure? Did you read the article? Your bigotry and racism is bleeding through.

      • Lynn-Marie Papi Nilson

        Kevin make sense. your republican not an idiot..Who do you really think you have that can beat Hillary? Come on,think hard…lol..Obama has hardly been a failure..Do you need help researching?

      • Kevin Carroll

        Hillary won’t even run but she is a pathological liar just like Obama , it’s no surprise you left wingers like her.

      • Kevin Carroll

        Hillary won’t even run. remember when it happens that I told you.

    • Breathial

      Because he’s BLACK??? That’s it? That’s the BEST reason you can come up with????

      Martin Luther King said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

      We (conservatives, overall) DO judge people based on their character, or lack thereof. Obungler, in every possible way, is found wanting. You, the collectivist supporter and voter, were snookered by obungler and his lackeys, because of your “stupidity” resulting in obunglercare. How’s THAT going for you, praytell?

      If JC Watts ran for POTUS I’d vote for him. If Allen West ran, I’d vote for him. If Thomas Sowell ran for POTUS, not only would I vote for him, I’d work on his campaign, knock on doors, do whatever I could to help.

      But hey, it’s ALL about race, right? NOT. A dead giveaway is that when somebody immediately knee-jerks into commentary about racism, THAT is the racist in the crowd. Congratulations, digitlburn, YOU are the bigot.

      • mjw1952

        No one will ever take you seriously because you won’t even use the President of the United States’ real name. Just that one thing shows you to be the partisan idiot you are.

      • Breathial

        Excrement. I hold his predecessor in equally low regard. Unlike you, I will not automatically bow down to such people. Let’s be blunt, shall we? You’re a boot-licker of the state, nothing more. Insults from you, I take as complimentary. 🙂

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        db is correct, the majority of people that hate the President hate him because they consider him an arrogent black man. You speak of character – please…. I can’t imagine the things that keep our leaders up at night, the decisions that they have to make, with information that we will never know. He’s not perfect, but I stll think that he has been a better President than either McAin or Romney would have been. McAin would have had us in perpetual and expanding war and Romney would have made the gulf between us regular folks and the rich bigger. Yes, the people that hate POTUS are MOSTLY raging racists.

      • Breathial

        It seems reading comprehension is not one of your strengths. So I’ll repeat myself:

        “If JC Watts ran for POTUS I’d vote for him. If Allen West ran, I’d vote for him. If Thomas Sowell ran for POTUS, not only would I vote for him, I’d work on his campaign, knock on doors, do whatever I could to help.”

        Your claims of racism are based on nothing but personal opinion. You simply cannot accept that the rest of us disagree with everything he (and by extension YOU) stands for. Thus, it MUST be race due to process of elimination.

        You people… what a bunch of sheep, mindless members of the herd.

      • Lynn-Marie Papi Nilson

        You are an arrogant little man aren’t you? You try to sound like your smarter then someone, its funny. When you say “the rest of us disagree with everything”, who the hell are you talking for? Maybe you can’t accept the fact that your really the asshole,

      • Breathial

        There’s a distinct difference between arrogance and confidence born from experience. The ignorant can’t comprehend that any more than a dog can understand Vivaldi.

        If you ever succeed at something, you’ll have an idea what I mean.

      • Vicky Walker

        No, seriously you are very arrogant. You claim experience but you seem petty and mean spirited not to mention very defensive. Experienced at what?? Hatred and name calling? You do a lot of that

      • Breathial

        “…arrogant, petty, mean spirited, defensive, hatred and name calling….”
        That’s a LOT of hatred coming from you, Vicky. Clearly, you’ve never been successful at anything.
        Making the point that successful people are confident (but mistaken as arrogant by those who’ve never tasted true success), draws commentary from the stupid, the lazy and the losers, like a flame draws moths.

      • barb

        VIcky is just fine while you are an idiot. Get lost.

      • barb

        You’re the sheep following the redneck crowd.

      • Lynn-Marie Papi Nilson

        Your so full of shit..Conservatives don’t judge people by character..Most of them are money people and they could care less about the disadvantaged in this country..You voted for Bush who tanked the economy and started an endless war..You lay claim to people like Nixon,Reagan,2 Bush’s,Boehner ,McConnell,Palin..its like a friggin clown car..Do you disagree with the facts stated above or are you just in denial that the fact of the matter is Obama is doing fine with out any help from your cronies..

      • Breathial

        I *was* one of the “disadvantaged,” 2 years homeless, living on the streets. Didn’t take a dime from the government, and was slowly starving… I swore that I would change the situation, go back to school, and change my life.

        Exactly 20 years after making a promise to change life, I finished my doctorate. I’m at the top of my field- a LONG way from where I was. But I won’t forget what it was like, and that keeps me grounded in reality.

        Taking responsibility for your own life- for the good AND bad in it- is the key to quit being “disadvantaged. ” All the social programs fail because they don’t address this. But if people became independent and self-sufficient, then they wouldn’t need YOU.

        The entire collectivist movement- from bottom-of-the-bucket losers like you to obungler- is comprised of societal parasites on the productive members of society. We want a divorce. The good news is that we’ll get it, and soon. Then you’ll have nobody to SUCK blood from, and die. 🙂

      • MeLaPelas

        Sounds like your bitter because u did not get a handout when you were in the gutter… and now those that are in the gutter are…

      • Breathial

        It’s shameful to on the dole. Facing up to the consequences of our own actions and making corrections, is what changes the direction of our lives.

      • MeLaPelas

        i would like to think that the intention of the president or any for that matter …. are to essentially help someone get back on their feet so that they can return to society and contribute themselves…. the fact that other’s take advantage of this isn’t something that I think the president should be blamed on… the good intention is there. whether the people are strong-willed as yourself to pick themselves up is a different discussion….

      • Vicky Walker

        I admire that you were able to overcome the problems and obstacles that you were faced with. But not everybody is able to do that and some just ask for a little help but people like you who arrogantly think we should ALL be just like YOU would rather see others suffer than to give them a hand up. And SCREW YOU for calling our President obungler time after time!! It’s not cute or funny or clever in any way! President Obama is what a respectful person would call him even if they don’t agree with what he stands for. You not only disrespect him but you disrespect the OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and above all you disrespect yourself as a citizen of this country.

      • Breathial

        Calling him “obungler” is not an attempt at humor, any more than calling George W. Bush “herr dumbass.” No, it’s NOT cute, it’s NOT funny… but if you want me to perfectly accurate, I’d have to refer to him as “traitorous piece of sh!t.” Does THAT make you feel better??? I don’t simply not respect him for what he stands for, I despise EVERYTHING about him, the same way that I despise Bush, juan mcStain (responsible for the USS Forrestal fire, killing 160+ sailors), hildebeast Clinton and every other elitist piece of shit in DC. I despise Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and every other pol who welcomes illegal aliens into our country, and says we have to appreciate them driving our wages into 3rd-world (or should I say “turd-world”) status. The office of POTUS is now a figurehead position; the REAL power is the banksters who rob, murder and steal, in the name of profits. And YOU want me to be “respectful” to that buffoon…
        Bow down, LICK the hand that feeds you…

      • barb

        Get a brain. Your comments are moronic.

      • Breathial

        Chasing my name on various posts, going back 9 months? Lady, you are damaged goods. That you happen to lack the intelligence to formulate coherent responses (to long dead threads) tells me you’re probably a collectivist (aka “progressive”).

      • Breathial

        I was offered handouts, but I was raised with the idea that taking handouts was shameful, and to be avoided at all costs. Perhaps you’re not familiar with such thinking?

      • barb

        You sound like a real bigot.

      • tumbleweed

        I am embarrassed for you. What a waste you are

      • Breathial

        The opinions of an obungler pole – smoker have no value. Lenin referred to your type as ” useful idiots. ” But I think that’s an exaggeration; you are in no way “useful.”

      • Daniel Axe

        The Affordable Care Act has been working out great for me, thank you. My insurance went from a $1,000,000 lifetime maximum to NO lifetime maximum and magically they dropped the employee share of cost!

        My father whose company went out of business at the end of the catastrophic Bush years left him high and dry 10 years before he would become eligible for Medicare. He couldn’t afford healthcare and didn’t qualify for Medicaid, so until the exchanged kicked in he was left uninsured.

        So many others have benefited greatly. However, you just hear the stories of people who lost these pathetic plans that didn’t cover SHIT. Plans that left you high and dry after a lifetime benefit maximum or left students to fend for themselves at the age of 19, or at best 21, are no longer around. Do you really think somebody should be denied coverage because of a condition? That’s when you need it the most! Companies were happy to take your money when you’re healthy.

        What folks never realized it that there were many plans that people “liked” because they were cheap and they never actually used the services other than for an annual checkup. But, those plans did not cover the catastrophic services or only covered a very small portion of catastrophic services. People were stupid to look at their EOB to see exactly what was and wasn’t covered. If you only had any idea the kind of plans that were no longer good enough after the ACA, you’d have to agree that those plans were crap. They did nothing but offer you regular doctor visits, which most people saw oh $10 copay and thought, great that’s all I need! Then, when they actually did need the services they were left in the dark to pay the full cost of services on their own.

        You know NOTHING about the insurance industry. I certainly don’t care what your reason is for not liking the President, you’ve been misinformed if you dislike what he’s done, because we are in a much better position now to lead into the future.

      • Breathial

        You are delusional. TRULY.

        Your response tells me you believe all the propaganda. If they handed you a shiit sandwich and called roast-beef, you’d happily eat it, thinking it was roast beef.

        The ONLY comfort I can derive is that the vast majority of stupid sheeple like you will be culled in the coming collapse. 🙂

        Basically, you’re just too stupid to survive “tough times.”

      • Daniel Axe

        Seems that you are truly the delusional one. I’m not sure how the politics that got us out of your party’s nightmare are going to somehow cause us to take a dive. Look around, take the tinfoil hat off your face and see the difference. We are way better off today than we were 6 years ago. No, we did not recover DESPITE the President, we recovered because of his sound economic policy and wise decision making.

        The ACA is on track to cost less than projected and under the President’s plan the deficit is on track to be reduced by even more than the 2/3rds he has already accomplished. Your party is a nightmare for the economy and for the American people. Look at history, the highest tax rates were during the times of the greatest prosperity. Might I add, this was due to spending on things like our infrastructure and not by putting $100 Billion dollars in the pockets of the Koch brothers.

        We all survived the tough times of the Bush catastrophe and only ONLY 6 years later we are far better off! Usually these kind of recoveries take longer. I can’t wait for next year’s election when we take our government back.

        The only reason the House and Senate have a Republican majority is due to gerrymandering and NO OTHER REASON. That is a fact, because the fact is that democrats hold the popular vote in the Senate, House and White House. So, the current make-up of Congress in no way whatsoever represents the people.

      • Breathial

        You think I belong to a political party?

        Instead of pointing out your fallacious thinking again, I’ll simply leave a link for you to educate yourself… perhaps you’ll read it, and understand that the political parties are a sham.

        http://afr.org/the-political-spectrum-con/

      • Daniel Axe

        Ah! A Libertarian…. I apologize to the GOP for insulting them by categorizing you with them. Sure, the parties are a sham. But, guess what, the liberal policies that pass as a part of pleasing the electorate on the left, have historically been the policy that leads to a stronger economy and higher ranking on the global stage.

        Again, I do apologize for assuming you were a Republican. I do sincerely apologize to the GOP for that. However, when I typed it I knew you were going to come back with that statement. However, even though you’ll disagree, I bet you still voted for Mitt Romney, listen to Glenn Beck and think that anyone who likes Alan West couldn’t possibly be a racist.

        Before you get all defensive on that racist thing. I’ll openly admin, I am a racist. Not consciously, I admittedly did not want Obama to win in 2008, I admit that I only got behind him once he took the party nomination. I was raised in the south in a redneck, hillbilly town and racism was the norm and I knew no other way. I’ve also made it a point to NEVER subject my daughter to those ignorant thoughts in the back of my mind. I try my best to suppress those thoughts, but sometimes they do surface. So, when people like yourself disagree with the racism thing, I call total bullshit, only because I know how hard it is to put those things behind you.

        Facts are facts and there is only one set of facts. We are better off today than we were 6 years ago. Every aspect of our economy and world standing is better. Unemployment is down even though we have yet to fully recover. The deficit is down even though the debt continues to rise, most of which can be directly related back to Bush policy, some of which Obama did continue and others of which he tried to end but couldn’t.

        As for your claim that the parties are a sham. I think most politicians only do what’s best for their chances of being reelected. However, I have a lot of respect for President Obama, his political adviser, David Axelrod, advised him not to pursue healthcare, because it wasn’t something people were voting on and it could have turned out to be political suicide risking his reelection. President Obama said, we can sit around and admire our high approval rating and do nothing, or use it to make lives better. The ACA has accomplished that wildly.

        Where I do fault the President is in how long he has taken to take a stance on things like Climate change and equality. Everyone who knew the President said he agreed that Equality was important, but he was scared to pursue it until Uncle Joe opened his mouth, however, much to his delight the public embraced his stance when he came out in support of equality. Now we are working on climate change.

        Just because you probably don’t believe that climate change is man made, and it’s true that we as a nation cannot reverse the effects ourselves, we do need to do something. Policy needs to be made on findings of science. I think standing up to the KXL is step in the right direction.

        President Obama is also criticized for his handling of ISIS. Interestingly enough the GOP calls Obama a Muslim King, yet when the actual Muslim King starts acting, the right says they wish Obama were more like the Muslim King!!! Fact is that the United States has taken 80% of all action against ISIS.

        In summary, you have no idea what you’re talking about. This President has done a lot of good things, he hasn’t been perfect and I’ve bitched about the things he’s done wrong. I’m not happy about this transatlantic trade agreement, but I’m at least willing to hear it out.

        To my surprise, even the things I wasn’t necessarily in favor of have actually helped our recovery. If you look at what’s going on and try to understand it, I don’t see how anyone could fault the President’s performance.

      • Breathial

        LMAO.

        No, NOT a Libertarian.

        Like most of my fellow Americans, you search for a neat little label that you can apply, to easily pigeon-hole other people. One can understand the attraction of this; it requires no thought, making it perfect for the intellectually lazy.

        I was tempted to say “guess again” but really, it doesn’t matter. I’d suggest you check out the link, read it thoroughly. If, at the end, you reject it, fine. OTOH, it may open your eyes. I suspect you won’t even bother, though; intellectual laziness keeps you in your prison, and you actually prefer to be a slave.

        Either way, I’m done with you.

      • Daniel Axe

        Exactly, you’re done with me because you couldn’t debate your way out of a web paper bag. You don’t want the label, because you don’t like being labeled, yet you speak like a Libertarian and you send me a link that is definitely to an article written by a libertarian.

        If somebody is of a particular race, they can’t just say they aren’t of that race and make it so. You are a libertarian regardless of what you claim, because you’ve demonstrated it.

        I’m glad you’re “done with me” because it shows me and everyone who reads these comments that you and your kind are spineless and have no idea what you’re talking about.

        If you ever actually stumble into a voting booth, maybe you should actually look at the issues and vote for the person who is in favor of the things you agree with. My advice if you do stumble in, don’t bring the tinfoil hat.

      • Breathial

        LMAO. Now THAT was funny!

        Ok, once more, and then I’ll just ignore you… LOL.

        I’ll dispense with pleasantries. You’ve made wild claims about how wonderful the economy/ACA/Obungler is, all of which are demonstrably false. You admit you’re a racist bigot, and conclude that I must share your character flaws because you apparently can’t conceive of anyone NOT being just like you.

        You then conclude your “facts” are beyond dispute…

        Thus, one can logically conclude that you cannot discern reality, nor are you open to facts which contradict your own distorted perspective. In short, you are mentally deranged.

        To compensate, you try to neatly fit others who don’t ascribe to your delusions into categories which can then easily dismiss (such as political philosophy, intelligence, education or social upbringing). Having done so, you then claim victory in the imagined “debate” you falsely believe occurred.

        It is literally impossible for you to examine your own foundational beliefs, and challenge their validity. Instead you attack that which you don’t understand, with a religious zeal reserved for only the most fanatical. And YOUR God… is the state.

        Good day.

      • Daniel Axe

        You really do have issues with reading comprehension, don’t you? You have demonstrated your ignorance again. I am not a bigot, I was raised in a racist, right wing city, and just like with an alcoholic, it never goes away. I’ve worked very hard for the past 15 years to undo the damage that was done by being raised in a racist, bigoted small southern town.

        Not only do I make it a point not to let that racism carry over to my, mixed race daughter, I make it a point to open her mind to people of all cultures. You, again, fail to see that my “wild claims” are actually facts. You continue to use the word “Obungler” to demonstrate your ignorance.

        The reason the facts are beyond dispute, is because they are simply facts. Facts do not take sides, they do not stand to be disputed, they are FACTS one sided and simple. FACTS cannot be changed due to your interpretation or ignorance.

        Since I have also demonstrated that I do not fully agree with the President on everything, it is ignorant of you to say that my “God” is the state. I worship nothing, be it the state nor the government. You, however, are no different than any of the other ignorant nut jobs that pretend like everyone else is flawed yet offer up zero solutions to any of our problems.

        I look forward to having you keep your word about ignoring me, because I can feel the collective IQ of the internet decrease with every word you type.

      • RB

        Hey Daniel Axe, well said. This guy Breathial was nothing but a blow harded troll that probably didn’t speak a word of truth. As with most Conservative idiots like him, when faced with facts, will tell you that “I’m done.” I don’t know how many times that it’s happened to me. They become loud and belligerent at first and when presented with facts.. gone, done, kaput. Bravo my friend.

      • Breathial

        “This guy Breathial was nothing but a blow harded troll that probably didn’t speak a word of truth.”
        Were I so inclined, I could prove everything I’ve said. But getting into a d!ck-measuring contest would confer onto you a level of credibility that is clearly unearned.

      • RB

        Breathial – I just want to say that I came down on you pretty hard and I’m sorry. I do think that it’s commendable that you have risen from your impoverished state to where you are now. When you start your post(s) out by disrespecting the President by calling him “Obungler”, you destroy your credibility (for me anyway) and immediately put people on the defensive that support him and everything that he’s been able to accomplish. Accomplish in the face of some of the most relentless, hateful and even racist opposition that the Republicans have given him, along with the hate media Fox “News” and everybody that is gullible enough to believe the vitriol that they spout on a constant 24/7 loop. I don’t doubt that you can prove everything you claim but we are not impressed when you post things like what you did above. You really sound like a pompous blow hard in my opinion. As much as I’ve hated certain Presidents in the past, Nixon, G.W. Bush, I’ve never resorted to making up and calling them names. It IS the office of the Presidency after all and it should be respected by the people that he’s the head of state of. Anyway, take care and I hope you take my suggestion in future posts.

      • RB

        Plus – you want to make out like you’re better than us but in reality… I’ll bet you a dollar to a donut; You’re some middle aged bald(ing) guy; sitting in front of your laptop; in your drawers with your gut hanging out; with the blue glow of the laptop shining on your face; your mouth curled down in a frown; steaming with indignation at all the “liberals” and how we’re “destroying” the United States. Not far off huh?

      • Breathial

        You’d lose that bet. When one attempts to imagine what another person on a forum looks like, those expectations are rarely met- for good OR bad. S’way it is. I’m in my 40’s, medium height and wiry build, full head of hair, typically in the suit-and-tie uniform. While on paper I’m an academic, my career spans 30 years in the engineering field, starting as a tech doing basic work, to now leading engineering and operations departments. My clients aren’t interested in words; all they care about are results, and I “deliver the goods,” of better quality and lower cost than they’re promised.

        My viewpoint is rather simple: ignore the words, look at the actions. The last POTUS who was the “real deal” was JFK. Every POTUS since then has been a figurehead, beholden to the banksters and military industrial complex.

        Our government has $222 Trillion of debts on the books (at current dollar value). The FED- under herr dumbass (bush) and barry soetero (aka “Obama”)- is wiping out the middle class to protect the 0.01%, and distorting our economy in such massive ways that NOTHING in the markets are real, the banks are zombies with hundred of TRILLIONS of dollars of bad derivatives paper hanging out in the breeze, actual unemployment (stripped of government manipulation) running at 23%, REAL inflation at 8%, actual GDP in the red since 2005. ALL of these are after the government manipulations to pretty-up the numbers (using 1983 base-line methodologies).

        There is no “recovery,” it’s just propaganda. Obama is no less of a war-monger than the Bush/Cheney crowd. Bush and co. bombed Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia, while Obama bombed Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria. So why exactly did Obama get the Nobel Peace Prize, exactly??? It’s a joke. It could be argued that the prize should be stripped from Obama and given to bush… it really is that absurd.
        But the reality is that the entire political system is an absurd joke, perpetrated on the American public. Right versus left, Republican vs. Democrat… like the “good guys” and “bad guys” in pro-wrestling, NONE of it is real. The article I linked to, illustrated the point with an elegance that I can only dream of… As long as we continue to believe the political spectrum con of left versus right, and ignore the REAL spectrum of “freedom” versus totalitarianism (whether fascist, socialist or communist), we will NEVER be free of the corruption.
        In the end, we either understand that what we were taught is a fat, ugly lie… or we continue to be fooled by the liars in offices of power, whatever letter happens to be behind their name. When the majority of people finally understand this, ‘the Matrix’ will collapse as people unplug from the system.
        Good luck.

      • RB

        Wow, now you completely destroyed what I thought of you, lol. You do sound “smart”, I’ll admit that. But… $222 Trillion? That number sounds way too excessive to me. Do you have anything to substantiate that?

      • Breathial

        It would seem “unsubscribe” doesn’t work. As for a citation, here you go: http://www.realclearpolicy.com/blog/2012/12/01/economist_laurence_kotlikoff_us_222_trillion_in_debt_363.html

      • RB

        I’m not an economist by any means but “until the end of time”? I mean… come on!!! Also, I meant a credible source, not a right wing blog. This seems like sensationalism to me. I don’t measure my own personal debt until the end of time and so shouldn’t these economists which you want to repeat for equally sensationalistic reasons. If I measured my own personal debt like that, it would depress the hell out of me. Anyway, I’m not going to say you won or you lost. You did blow my mind about your appearance, so I do owe you a dollar, lol. Take care and maybe I’ll run into you next time.

      • RB

        Breathial, – by citing a right wing blog as your “source”, you’ve ruined your credibility once more. I mean, $222 Trillion dollars is what you claim to be “on the books”. It’s NOT on the books if that is a forecast of what an economist says would be our debt that’s predicted until the “end of time”. I can tell you that I’m a multi-billionaire if I predicted all the money that I’ll make until “the end of time”. And here I was, giving you the benefit of the doubt and some respect. You have just gone down 5 notches, when you’ve managed to climb 2.

      • Breathial

        Not being an economist, you’re not familiar with a perpetuity. Ok, that’s fine. But you wanted the source, I gave it to you. If you want to debate the details, then contact the professor and have at it.

      • RB

        Obviously Mr. Doctorate-man, everybody is stupid except for you. I’m sure you have ALL the answers Mr. Doctorate-Self Congratulatory-man. The problem with being stupid is that nobody thinks that they are. You sir probably epitomizes it. Why are you even on this blog anyway; to troll and to feed your self congratulatory ego. Do you think we’re going to bask in your words of wisdom and thank you for all the self sacrifice that you’ve given to society, no wait, not society… yourself. Delusional huh? I think the only one delusional is you. Personally, I don’t believe a word you’ve said. If you want to hear some self congratulations, I’ve got one for you. I’m a veteran and have been involved in not one but two gulf wars. As a result, there is nobody that hates war more than I do. Fighting for freedom? Absolute bullshit. It wasn’t for freedom, it was for enriching people like Cheney so that his company could rake in $43 Billion worth of profit from the sacrifice of young Americans at the cost of life and limb.Where were you when all this happened? Working on your doctorate? Get off your high horse man.

      • Vicky Walker

        VERY well said!!! And thank you so much for your service

      • Vicky Walker

        I also notice that he has chosen not to reply to your comment yet he goes on and on arguing with others. Maybe you hit a (truth) nerve? lol

      • Breathial

        “Do you think we’re going to bask in your words of wisdom and thank you for all the self sacrifice that you’ve given to society, no wait, not society… yourself?”

        I really don’t care what you think.

      • Daniel Axe

        People like you truly are the problem. You are ignorant. You are closed-minded. You are motivated by philosophical lies. You argue against me, but make no rebuttal against my arguments. You are a waste of breath.

      • Breathial

        “…we are in a much better position now to lead into the future.”

        LMFAO!!!!!! Oh…… now THAT made me laugh!!!!!! Thank you for so perfectly demonstrating you can, indeed, fool some of the people ALL of the time. Truly, I’ve not laughed like that for *quite* some time… Thank you so much. 🙂

        “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H. L. Mencken

      • Daniel Axe

        You are one of the biggest idiots to walk the face of the Earth.

      • Breathial

        “It’s better to be despised by the despicable, than admired by the admirable.” – Kurt Hofman

      • RB

        People that are racists (like you) will swear up and down that they are not. How’s healthcare going by the way? Fan-fucking-tastic! Herman Cain is just a black man that the right can hold up and say: “Here, we’re not racists, because we support this one black conservative man… see! see!” I love how you people love to say how “horrible” the economy is while driving around in your huge pickemup trucks with your 38 inch tires, while sporting “I hate Obummer” stickers across the entire tailgate. Well… you’re not doing too bad, if you can afford a vehicle that costs probably about $60K and put gas in it, oh wait, at less than $3.00/gallon, when you Republicans had predicted that gas would be at $6.60/gallon by now. Get a grip and face reality. Where are you from anyway? Texas?

      • Breathial

        A simple rule applies: those that make race an issue, are the racists.
        The rest of your words… aren’t worth reading. Cheers.

      • barb

        Get real. Obama has been one of our best presidents.

      • Breathial

        Aha, I KNEW it. You’re just another idiot collectivist. Here’s a message for you, “barb”: your philosophical viewpoint is fatally flawed. And when the government is finally pushed into insolvency, YOU will be among the crowd that dies because you’re too stupid to survive without the nanny-state protecting your pathetic existence. You’ll simply be one more body in the pile of parasites who expired, because the host finally said “I want a divorce.” And the best part is, NOBODY will care about you, who you were or represented… You’ll simply be forgotten, like you NEVER lived. As it should be. Cheers.

    • bobs0321

      You are so wrong – nobody that is conservative is a Racist, the historical facts about rasism comes from the Democratic Party. Why I do not like Obama is because he calls people who disagree with his liberal progressive socialistic policies RASCIST. His foreign policies have created a very dangerous world with ISIS, and now people to escape ISIS are migrating to Europe.

      Believing that conservatives are RACIST is believing in the talking point PROPAGANDA that comes from the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party and if you do not know better you are IGNORANT. The people you are refusing to as hillbilies exist in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee and Northern Georgia and if you trace their political party it is traced directly to your Democratic Party.

      My background happens to be JEWISH I live in the West and I am sure not a REDNECK or a HILLBILLY, but I sure am conservative and I sure do not like Obama’s domestic and foreign affairs messed up policies.

  • Joe

    Here’s another one: America is closer to energy independence than it has been in decades. Thanks to a combination of shale oil and renewables, our net import of energy is at about 14% and plummeting, compared to over 30% as recently as 2005. Oil imports in particular have plummeted from a high of around 60% in 2005 to about 28% now.

    • donpollari

      Yup, and fracking the crap out of every shale formation possible is destroying our environment and poisoning critical aquifers across our nation. This environmental tradegy will haunt us indefinitely into the future. It also proves that big oil is in control while we accelerate towards catastrophic climate change.

      • strayaway

        You guys are confusing me. Are we supposed to be thankful to president Obama because fracking technology was deployed during the Obama years or are we supposed to be unthankful because fracking is destroying our environment? Wait, I’ve got it! Obama is so intelligent that he invented fracking but evil Republicans profit from destroying the environment using fracking technology.

      • Han Hanna

        Donpollari, While friends of mine spend $4000 per year in heating their home with oil, last winter I spent $550 in nat. gas. It is a GOOD thing. Stop diminishing the positives of this great resource, downers.

      • strayaway

        I will have to simplify my observation for you because you didn’t understand it. On the one hand, some Democrats are crediting president Obama with lowering the cost of fuel. It was the deployment of technology during the Obama administration rather than anything president Obama did that got the oil and gas out of the ground more economically. On the other hand, Democrats rightly criticize fracking for ecological destruction. You can’t do both. Either imagine and credit Obama for fracking or accuse him of destroying our environment. I was making light of Democrats rationalizing and crediting Obama for the benefits of fracking while criticizing Republicans for the destructive part of fracking.

      • Han Hanna

        No, I understood you- I replied to the wrong post, which was meant for Donpallari. The liberals want it both ways as you say, very clear for a long time with this energy discussion.

      • strayaway

        We agree then. I should have noticed that your addressed your post to donpollari.

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        The prices were sent so high because they COULD, not because it was necessary. The bush family is deep in the pockets of the oil cartel. Connection?

      • strayaway

        Why don’t billionaire Democrats start their own oil company to sell gas for less while preserving the environment then instead of blaming others?

      • Han Hanna

        It’s called psychological control (struggle) by the leftists. They want to cloud the issue to confusion, making no sense, yet want all the benefits of cheap fuel.

      • Joe

        The push toward energy independence has not been limited to shale. Renewable energy has nearly doubled during the Obama administration and accounts for about 13% of total energy usage.

      • strayaway

        Joe, I think you are addressing electrical energy rather than all energy. Only 40% of our energy is used for electricity. The good news is that the renewable part of electrical energy is up to 14.7%. Most petroleum, as you mentioned, is used for transportation. Renewables include burning garbage and probably hydro electric energy. I can’t be sure about the hydro because Democrats have taken to tearing down some hydro plants FDR built in the northwest for rich sports fishermen. Multiplying 14.7% times 40% would be closer to the actual percentage of total renewable energy use.

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        Actually fracking started in the US in 1968 and became more prevalent during the 80’s and 90’s, so…….preceding the Obama presidency….. Also, big oil does the fracking, which owns congress and the senate. We are doomed by capitalism.

      • strayaway

        Lower gas prices are recently a Democratic Party happy talking point as if President Obama had something to do with inventing fracking. You can’t have it both ways. Either he gets credit for both deploying fracking during his presidency and discredit for allowing the environmental damage to occur OR capitalists should be credited with cheap gas prices and discredit for environmental damage. What no one can do with a straight face is give Obama credit for deploying fracking to make gas prices cheaper and blame capitalists for the environmental problems. Corporations own Obama too.

      • innessa

        Fracking doesn’t destroy an environment – read what real SCIENTISTS are saying about that. But it’s useless for you – you still believe in climate change. How stupid one can be?

    • innessa

      No thanks to golfer-in-chief who constantly opposes any attempt to get more oil here in the USA.

      • regressive white trash reli

        we have an over abundance here and world wide,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, yet white trash regressive scum such as U claim we need more??? really? with gas at 2.00 per gallon???

  • veronica Alleyne

    # 9 is laudable enough on it’s own, no shots fired means no lives lost on either side

    • no1uknow1

      except for all the innocent drone victims. but you don’t hear about them, do you?

  • strayaway

    11. Voilà! When he doesn’t like laws, he changes them with his magic phone and pen.

  • guest

    Now, THIS, is a steaming pile of horse patooties!

  • Han Hanna

    Sorry. It has a been a 6 year economic catastrophe. Low economic growth top to bottom has been evident. “In September, 2.2 million persons
    were marginally attached to the labor force, essentially unchanged from a year
    earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in
    the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job
    sometime in the prior 12 months.” And Obama presidency growth (World Bank data, where the norm is 3.3+):
    2009: -2.8%; 2010: 2.5%; 2011: 1.8%;
    2012: 2.8%; 2013: 1.9% (Low)

    And now Sen Chuck Schumer has come out (recent National Press Club) with a mea culpa on ObamaCare, that it was the wrong thing to do for middle class (salaries have slipped precipitously) at a time when basic growth and jobs was needed, clearly not an economic stimulator. Democrats, Mr. Schumer said, “blew the opportunity the American people gave them” by focusing “on the wrong problem—health care.” And a tiny fraction of the populstion has been helped with the law.

    And a detached and unfriendly, utterly controlling president. Safe statements as Mr Clifton notes are very generic and lack the details.

    • Mitch Black

      The only only facts you have show economic growth. DO you have a clue of the magnitude of the depression we were in oh thats right that was sugar coated to.HEALTH CARE just signed up went from 389.00 a month to 118.00 a month and they could not ask about pre-existing conditions, which I HAVE PLENTY.

      • strayaway

        The recession was plastered over by putting more people on food stamps thus eliminate politically embarrassing lines at soup kitchens, running up over $8T of debt on the taxpayers tab (over $25,000/American), and changing the definition of employment to include some part-time workers.

      • Han Hanna

        right you have plenty. lol. Do I have any clue…lol Oh, and our premiums went from 675 to 1200 in 15 months after Obamacare was passed. Then we were threatened with being dumped. Oh well..

  • Han Hanna

    Not to mentiona horrifically low below-40% approval rating rarely seen in presidents. Democrats in his party are scrambling to distance themselves from him.

    • strayaway

      Obama’s approval rating among male white working class (non college) whites is down to 27%. These were the people who used to support Democrats at union halls. No wonder other Democrats are distancing themselves. Handing out working papers to 4M illegal aliens so they could compete for a wider range of jobs isn’t going to help Democrats until this expanded dependency class eventually gets to vote.

    • Mitch Black

      i have to think hard on this one uhhhhhh bush 26%

  • Casey

    At a minimum, one shot was fired to kill Osama bin Laden. Just saying.

    • no1uknow1

      and then they dumped his body in the ocean in accordance with Islamic law out of respect for the mastermind of 9/11!!!
      you believe that shit?

  • I agreed with you 100 %, Obama is the actual representation a true leader. he knows exactly how is people feel. He know how to make them happy, he”s always there when they call upon him. I like his way of leading his people.. he is indeed a good leader.. Americans should be proud to have him.

  • RedFIag450

    2. So the colation he launched against ISIS isn’t a new war? He’s also aided in foreign affairs of people who have started their own wars, such as giving money to the terrorist in Syria because Assad is a “horrific dictator.”

    3. But it still is basically telling people to get healthcare. Many of those people are scum who have made themselves poor and should be left to die. If you do not work, you shouldn’t eat UNLESS you’re mentally I’ll or incompetent, elderly, child, sick or suffering single parents.

    4. We wouldn’t need those stupid bailouts if Obama stopped those thugs on Wall street and abolished the Federal Reserve. The USD is a fraudulent currency and is unconstitutional.

    6. But Obama could provide more jobs if he deported all people who weren’t born in the United States who are convicted of a violent crime back to where they come from, and deporting the illegal plauges from barbaric populations and banning immigration from those places (such as Middle Eastern and African countries).

    7. I’m bisexual and I think Obama is only close to being decent. Libertarians would have legalized gay marriage by now if neo-liberals didn’t love the two-party state so much.

  • ProgressivesAreFascists

    Don’t forget # 11……I’m thankful that Barack Obama is president because I am a self loathing, disingenuous white liberal and by the token effort of voting for him I can assuage my white guilt AND show off how smug and self righteous I truly am.

  • Guest

    We saved the American auto industry, killed Osama bin Ladin and removed chemical weapons from Syria without firing a single shot. – How exactly then did we shoot osama?

  • Guest

    You claim he reduced our deficits by over 1 trillion dollars since he was elected. simply put the deficit was $10,626,877,048,913.08 the day he took office.It is now $17,963,753,617,957.26. This shows a total deficit INCREASE of $7,336,876,569,044.18. That is well over 7 Trillion Dollars, by far the largest deficit increase of any President since the deficit began. Now my question is, How could he reduce GW Bush’s deficit by 1 trillion while raising his own 7 million? Not a believer? Check Debt to the Penny. TreasuryDirect dot GOV and look for yourself. anyone can talk the talk, people that understand how people like Obama take over a country show facts and figures.

  • Bobby

    You claim he reduced our deficits by over 1 trillion dollars since he
    was elected. simply put the deficit was $10,626,877,048,913.08 the day
    he took office.It is now $17,963,753,617,957.26. This shows a total
    deficit INCREASE of $7,336,876,569,044.18. That is well over 7 Trillion
    Dollars, by far the largest deficit increase of any President since the
    deficit began. Now my question is, How could he reduce GW Bush’s deficit
    by 1 trillion while raising his own 7 trillion? Not a believer? Check
    Debt to the Penny. TreasuryDirect dot GOV and look for yourself. anyone
    can talk the talk, people that understand how people like Obama take
    over a country show facts and figures.

  • Hmmmmmm?

    Talk about actual propaganda? I guess your “truth” is perceived differently than my own. You all think it is about Obama being black instead of his politics that drives republicans yet racism resides on both sides of the isle. Grow up you little lib college weenies. Develop your own point of view and not spout what your professor told you.

  • Kevin Carroll

    Once again Clifton is a joke, with manufactured “accomplishments” . The reality is that Obama has been a failure , a hypocrite and a liar from day 1. Would you like a few examples Allen?

  • pamela hogan

    This has been done (stated). These statements are what literature calls falacy. I could take it point-by-point but I have better things to do today; stopped because I was hoping to read something new and improved. I didn’t.

  • Natalie Fisk

    OMG when you have to compare half black and half white were so screwed..its the new America, get over it…….Obama has not helped unemployment, its gone down due to folks not being able to file! check the foreclosures and bankruptcy’s. They are inline with the unemployment numbers! The real unemployment number is well over 18%, everyone understand what that is? if not I suggest you look it up, and if we are in the mess we are in its due to O voted for several issues that Bush put up for vote when he was a Senator! Are you kidding me with this?

    Also, credit card defaults have tripled in the last year since unemployment was not extended. you don’t think we don’t have another disaster coming? get ready 16. Interest rates are going up, housing starts have slowed and so has mortgage applications. Gas before O was less than $2 in Chicago and it has just hit below $4.23 here now.

    O was never an individual he is a mouth piece for the Democratic party and now, they are gone, I highly doubt he will do much so that he doesn’t ruin the chances of the Dems in 16. he would be a fool. Oh wait.

    Don’t even get me started how O sent out reps from the White house to Ferguson for that thugs funeral. 3! never mind that jerks rap sheet includes attempted murder and over 6 1st degree assaults! yeah that being a great leader and how many reps went to officer Wilsons house?

    • Han Hanna

      you are correct.

    • Mitch Black

      Where in the word did you come up with these stats . Gas is 2.50 gal in texas adjust that for inflation and see what you get. there are way to many variables you have not considered. You must be hanging with Han to much.

  • toma kay

    I can’t think of one reason.

  • Alan

    I can always tell who gets their news from Hannity.

  • Bobby F. Spriggs Jr

    I believe he is a very level headed man and has done an excellent job. I don’t agree with all his policy’s but I support his decisions.
    Reagan and Clinton are two that are not good enough to be compared to him.

  • RKirt

    Imagine how bad it would have been had the Republicans had majorities in the House and Senate when Obama was elected. Phew.