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July 20th, 2009
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PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter: Political scorecard

Editor's Note: PolitiFact.com is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that aims to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, etc. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter.

At 6-month mark, Obama has long to-do list

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By Bill Adair – PolitiFact.com

At the six-month mark of his presidency, Barack Obama has made progress on some of his biggest campaign promises. Of the Top 25 we're tracking with our Obameter, we've rated two as Promise Kept, one as a Compromise and 10 as In the Works. (The rest: one earned a Promise Broken, one Stalled and 10 No Action.)

But when you step back and look at all 515 promises that we're tracking, it's clear that Obama still has a huge to-do list: Of the 515, we've rated 32 Kept, seven Broken and 10 Compromise. A whopping 376 are still rated No Action.

Monday (July 20, 2009) will be six months since Obama took the oath of office. He has wrestled with the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, but as we noted in February, he used the crisis as an opportunity to fullfill many of his campaign promises through the $787 billion economic stimulus bill.

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Health care reform bill jolts the Obameter

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By Angie Drobnic Holan – PolitiFact.com

We've heard lots of talk about health care reform over the past few months, but this week we got the actual bill to look at. On Tuesday, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced major legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system. The 1,000-plus page bill, called America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, includes most of President Barack Obama's key proposals on health reform.

That kicked off a flurry of activity on our Obameter. We moved 10 of the president's campaign promises from No Action to In the Works. We'll likely find a few more to move as the legislation works its way through the process.

Obameter says: IN THE WORKS

Promise Broken

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Bennett says stimulus is spending too much on road signs promoting stimulus
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/20/bennett.getty.art.jpg caption="Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) speaks during a news conference on the economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill January 29, 2009 in Washington, DC."]

"The Obama administration has spent millions of taxpayer dollars for roadside signs to tout the economic stimulus." Robert Bennett on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 in a news release.

The Truth-O-Meter Says: HALF TRUE

False

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  1. Jim

    obama will go down in history for sure. Due to the inexcusable spending since he took office he will be remembered as the president that bankrupt this country and doomed generations to come to third world status. Most of the income of the poor and middle class will go to the government as taxes to pay the debt this country has incurred during the first few months in office. There aren't enough rich people in this country to pay for this in fifty years. After four years we will be one of the biggest third world debtor nations in history

    July 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  2. chris

    How about we pay for illegal immigrants health costs, pay for their colleges and give them free room and board while the people that were born here can go broke and homeless.....oh wait we are already doing that, nevermind. Well at least all the servicemen that died for our country and fought all our wars died for something...

    July 20, 2009 at 7:35 pm |
  3. Steveo

    The funniest ones on this blog are the ones who would say Obama is a GAWD even if he ran around naked in the rose garden.

    They are all bought and paid for. We are doomed.

    July 20, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  4. William

    Now, people saying that Bush was allowed to do whatever he wants for 8 years makes no sense whatsoever in combination with this article. Name 1 campaign promise Bush made that he didn't keep, because I can't think of one. You know why? Bush didn't give Americans lip service, he was up front from the beginning. "Oh, Bush was a criminal, he just wanted to get his people richer! Ahhh! It's a conspiracy! Ahh!" I lose hope for our country everyday when idiots are able to spout their delusional opinions wherever they want. No, I'm not the biggest fan of Bush, and I think he had horrible taste in his staff and he really let the wrong people lead his government. The most you could say about him is that he wasn't prepared to be president. He didn't go around making 500, yes 5-0-0 campaign promises, that's absurd. Obama has made promise after promise after promise after promise, typical politician, the OLDEST trick in the book, and the American Sheep bought it. I don't know if he actually thought he could miraculously fulfill those promises, or he just wanted to get elected, I don't know the guy personally. I think he seems like a great guy characteristically, but whether or not he's fit to lead America is still up in the air. His views are far too socialist for my liking, and a government run health care program is definitely not American, so if people really want it, quit griping and move to Canada or Europe. If I want something that I can't get where I'm at, I'm going to go wherever it is that I can. Denmark has already learned from experience that socialism is a horrible idea, and they've gone right back to free enterprise. And for those of you saying to tax the "greedy rich people who would cheat everyone for another dollar," I would advise that you do a little research on the fall of the Roman empire, and you can find out just how that'll work out for us too. God forbid people work hard and benefit from their efforts. If they want to be greedy, that's their business, but it'll all come back around in the end, after all, it's only money. I would say more, but I'm tired of typing.

    July 20, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  5. Robert

    gary-he has to promise people stuff or he will not get elected again. He may not anyway. I am one independent who voted for him but now see I was blind and didn't do enough research on him. So if you want you can blame me for part of him getting into office. The next thing we need to do is make sure we get some of these in congress and senate out of there. A lot of them are not listening to the people on the special intrest groups that give them money. Vote your heart not your party that means vote for the person you think will listen and do what you want, don't vote for someone just because they are a Dem or Rep and don't not vote for someone because they don't agree with you a couple of items look at everything and see who you think will do the best job over all not just on a couple of special intrest items.

    July 20, 2009 at 7:31 pm |
  6. patrick

    i am an independent and i did not vote for obama or mccain. I felt mccain was another bush and i was afraid that obama would be way to left for my taste. i think people need to see health care reform is just another way to get money from our pockets. taxing us 2.5% if we dont have "government approved" health care is very brave. we are headed to socialism. every bill that passes the government gets more and more control of us. but we the people elected this president. no one wanted another republican in office after bush, so we elected a man that we didnt fully understand. people say they are happy to see the president put his own agenda aside to work on health care. control over the people is his agenda people and guess what with this bill he kills to birds with one stone. they push bills through because they know the longer the debate the more people will see it for what it is. the number 43 million uninsured is inflated. atleast 9 million of that is for people in the country illegally. why should we pay for them too? this is a joke and its nice to see people are starting to wake up. yes, bush had a 27% approval at the end of his 8 yr term but obama is rapidly losing support and it may not take him 4 yrs to sink that low. i have been a registered independent from day one and never have i been so dissappointed in the government. i also love the "join us or else" theats. we are going to be a socialist country at the end of the 4 yrs. and all it takes is spend one trillion at a time!

    July 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  7. Trevor

    Diane says that "the American people do not want this health care bill to pass", but all of the polling data shows that is completely untrue. A good sized majority of the country supports the President's efforts at reforming healthcare, and this sort of spinmeister statement does nothing productive.

    Just because you say something publicly doesn't mean it is true. I don't know how you could possibly believe that the "american people" are against this health care reform when the numbers are clearly against you. But then, Republicans never did have much time for actual facts.

    July 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  8. Gary

    Obama is trying to push through everything quickly before the public catches on to what he is doing. The priority of health care reform should be to do it right, not quick. He really has no desire to be President Obama; he wants to be King Obama and run the country as a dictator. He promised during the campaign that he would practice bipartisanship, but his tenure thus far has been anything but that. He doesn't even invite Republican members of the Health Care committee to the meetings to discuss reform. I have worked in many hospitals; BY FAR the least efficient has been the VA hospital system, which of course is run by the government. The ONLY was this plan to reform health care will save money is by rationing care. Also, why is there no talk (among the Democrats) to address the issue of medical liability reform, as studies have shown that defensive medicine costs over $100 billion annually?

    July 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm |
  9. Brado

    Obama is destroying our country. He is a socialist and will lose the support of the American people overnight as evidenced by his recent poll numbers. I can't wait to see him lose. It's hilarious to watch. He's a complete embicile that can't form a sentence that doesn't end with "I'm here to help." Help who? His party? He cares about power, and power alone..

    July 20, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  10. Marcia

    I live in an area that had the largest ice storm in history. When it stopped, every person who was able, checked on their neighbors. People voluntary loaned their generators to people on oxygen, etc. We checked on every single neighbor. We went out in the roads with chainsaws and started cutting the trees so the roads would be passable. The fire departments came out in full force, helping people wherever necessary. We had never needed shelters before, but they were set up within a couple of hours. Restaurants, even though they didn't have any power either, opened their doors and made sure that people could eat. Pay if you could, but eat even if you couldn't pay. When it was found that some towns would be without power for days, those townspeople were moved by volunteers to hotels that opened their doors in the same manner as the restaurants. When the state asked what we still needed, and were given a list, they responded immediately. When Fema came, later, as they were supposed to, they set up more generators and helped with cots, blankets, etc. In other words, our community didn't wait for the federal government to dosomething about the situation we were in.
    We watched when 5 days before Katrina hit, the round the clock warnings. New Orleans had no plan. Louisiana had no plan. Where is the outrage that New Orleans did not do a mandatory evacuation. Where is the outrage that all those buses that could have removed people from harm's way ended up underwater. We watched as the winds died down, and Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida returned to their homes and started the cleanup. We also watched as NewOrleans government demanded that the federal government do everything for them. Fema was NEVER supposed to be the first line of defense. They shouldn't be responsible for local and state governments that neglected their own responsibilities.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  11. David Hillman

    @ Andrew 3:18 ( not a biblical reference )...

    Of course the rest of the world loves Obama. He promised to give them almost a trillion dollars for absolutely nothing ( see Global Poverty Act, the Senate Bill he sponsored last year ).

    That's enough to pay for 7 years of the Iraq war, and he's going to give it away!

    He's going to borrow a(nother) trillion from China, and give it away, just to buy his own popularity around the world. And our grandchildren will be paying off that loan.

    We cannot afford to "wait and see". We should not have given Bush as much leash as we did, and unbelievably, Obama can actually spend money faster than his predecessor ( which is really saying something ). At some point, we as a country need to wake up, and stop these people from stealing from the next couple generations before it is too late, if it is not already.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  12. Kevin

    It is funny listening to these Obamamites. They don't have a clue what this guy is about other than the liberal media sound bytes. Ho Chi Min could be president if the media was behind him. These people are so willing to give up their rights and prosperity for their uneducated idiotic ideology. That is why a good sales person can make so much money in this country because suckers are everywhere. And no, I am not a Republican but a conservative. If it wasn't for such a pathetic loser like McCain, Obama wouldn't have had a chance. Obama is just another Carter but worse and we can only hope for another Ronald Reagan to save us all before it is too late. Our forefathers made the best country in the history of civilization, unfortunately they are spinning in their graves right now at 23 trillion RPM.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  13. Mike

    These posters sure have a short memory.
    Bush did nothing for healthcare? WRONG, he passed prescription drugs for seniors, a $500 billion waste of taxpayer money.

    Obamacare is even more rushed and more wasteful.

    What we really need is TORT reform. Listen to the Republican minority to fix healthcare.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  14. BILL

    I don't really care. I'm gay. I can't even marry the person of my own choice.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  15. David from WI

    How about we turn those that are not productive members of society into food.
    You know, the 18 to 25 year olds.

    Those that still live off their parents insurance and are reckless with their parents money and their own lives (woooo whooo party... beer bongs and joints for everyone)

    The food would be 'organic', it would have to be good for the environment.

    It would have to have 'green' in the name.

    ...Something green........I know... "Soylent Green" is a nice eco friendly name.

    It would cut the population and could be a 'national population reset' plan (just have to do it once and see how it works)

    After all those that are the biggest drain on the health care system are the sick, poor and old.

    We do preventative measure and THINK AHEAD.

    All we have to do is 'PREVENT' people from getting sick or old. Its the ultimate in preventative care.

    How about next we try weather control on a global or 'climate' scale.

    We could do what Germany did in the 1930s and KILL the mentally ill and those that were a 'drain' on their health care system.

    How about that 'PROGRESSIVE" idea of EUGENICS that didn't start with Hitler you know?

    Soylent Green its new and therefore MUST BE GOOD.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  16. Bejamin Canard

    I want a health care bill passed. I do not dare call my opinion that of the American People, but I do know others who want a health care bill passed. Why do Republicans think their opinion is that of the American People? The health care system needs reform; anyone who thinks otherwise cares nothing about those of us who aren't rich enough to afford good care.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  17. David Hillman

    @ Concerned Citizen...

    The reason you see an Obameter, but nothing similar for other politicians is because no other politician in history ran his or her campaign on such a ridiculous number of promises! 515 different promises in one campaign! He'd have to keep one almost every other day in order to keep up. "Let's see, today Health Care, and tomorrow, Gitmo."

    Only the most delusional idiots failed to realize this during the campaign, but alas, there are enough of you to elect a President. He was never going to keep his promises. He never has. He's been a pathological liar since before he was elected to the Senate. He will, and has, promise absolutely anything for a vote.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  18. john

    Wow..

    There actually is a president worse than George Bush.

    Change we can believe in.. what a bunch of crap.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  19. Tom Mc

    Here is Free Medicare Part B and D you pay for about $110/per month per person.

    Medicare Part A

    Part A of Medicare covers your inpatient hospitalization, critical access, and skilled nursing expenses. For most people there are no monthly premiums to pay; this part of the coverage is free. You will have to pay a deductible for your hospital visits. The amounts of this deductible change almost every year.

    In 2006, for the first 60 days of your hospital stay, you will pay $952 to meet the Medicare deductible. After you meet this deductible, Medicare typically pays 80% of your expenses, which means you will be billed for the other 20%. If your hospital stay lasts longer than 60 days you will need to meet an additional deductible, charged each day. For days 61-90 of your hospital stay you will have to pay $238 each day to meet your deductible. For days 91-150 you will have to pay $476 each day to meet your deductible.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  20. Mark

    The response to this is so predictable and so indicative of why nothing productive happens in Washington. We have the usual "The Past Administration ...." rubbish and the "liberal media" rubbish and the "asleep at the switch media" rubbish. There are hundreds of fingers pointing in congress. What this country really needs is some statesmanship. We need 100 Senators to have an intellectually honest debate. To agree with the solutions from the opposition that have merit, identify the weaknesses of the parts they disagree with, and offer constructive alternatives in their place. The hyperbole and grandstanding to claim death and ruination is just nonsense. The current system has many flaws (60% of personal bankruptcies are caused by medical expenses) and other solutions around the world have flaws which many are quick to point at. Who is looking across the board and choosing the best of each plan? NOBODY!

    July 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  21. NoToObamaCare

    First, Obama tells us we are all doomed if we don't pass the $800 Billion stimulus package that no one has read. After it passes, unemployment still goes above 10% (15% in Michigan). Obama says the stimulus is "working as intended".

    Now, Obama was to spend twice that much to muck up heath care. "JUST SAY NO".

    July 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  22. jacky smith

    lets just face it... we have a black president, people get over it..., it amazes me how many people are against obama after 6 months in office. What? did u really believe that Obama was a angel sent from heaven that would wipe all your pathetic problems within the first couple of months? well!!!! news flash!!!!!!!! life doesnt work that way, I believe Obama is rushing things to meet expectations of what u people want and need. I say screw u, i am black and voted for clinton and mccain...

    I JUST DIDNT WANT A BLK MAN GETTING INTO OFFICE, SO HE CAN CLEAN UP ALL YOUR DIRTY MESSS, AND GET BLAMED IN THE PROCESS because ITS NOT THE WAY U WANT IT..... IF I WAS OBAMA... I WOULD SHOW THE FINGER AND SAY IMPEACH ME!!! HAVE YOUR COUNTRY!!! I MADE MY DOUGH..

    OBAMA 2012

    July 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  23. JM

    You can bash bush all you want and you can say its all his fault but remember the Obama administration didnt inherit this mess they helped create it.

    Obama was a Congressman when Bush was President so he had a hand in what was done then also. Most if not all of the Democrats who are now Bush bashing were all in office during his presidency and they all had a vote in how things went.

    They are just as culpable as the Repubs! Have you ever seen an honest politician? Really, the idea that the Repubs are the reason things are going well is ludicrous! Did they make some mistakes, yeah they did and TARP 1 was the biggie! Did the Dems make mistakes yes they did too. Obama is the one at the reigns now running us at high speed towards socialism and he is the one running up the deficit not Bush. At least be honest with yourselves!

    July 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  24. Jake Merrmax

    'There is a 2.5% tax penalty if you do not have health insurance.'

    How is that going to help anybody that is a low wage earner, even with stipends? How is that going to help the poor? How is that going to help those people (w/o children) who are healthier than a horse, and pay cash when they do need medical care?

    To fine and possibly imprison people (the 'or else' statement by Obama) for not having insurance is socialist and even communistic in its verbage, if not intent.

    What do you do to those people (the Amish) in Pennsylvania and beyond you are self supporting, who are healthier than any group of people in America, and pay as needed? Are you going to single out a group of people with fines and worse? If that is the case, than we have religious liberty issues.

    Once we create a bill it is kind of difficult to put the genie back in the bottle, don't you think?

    Sign me: Work smart, but use our brains first.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  25. Steve

    "what I would like to see is an option for those who can afford to pay and for businesses to offer insurance as it is done today and for those who can’t afford to go through some kind of government program. then you have a choice. this also lowers the burden on hospitals and other healthcare providers and thus manage the insurnace cost for the rest of us."

    Concerned Citizen:
    I would agree that assisting in the reform of health care should be addressed. My issue is the approach. The government doesn't manage anything efficiently and despite many views, we have the best health care in the world for a reason, but it comes at a price. Should you radically interfere with the current system, you risk traveling down a slippery slope. This government ideal is really a poor approach. Raising taxes on groups is discriminatory at best, hey, why don't we raise health insurance costs on black because they carry more AIDs, they have sickle cell traits, makes them more suseptable and costly. As rediculous as that sounds, target taxes are about as insane, the same as having the government be involved. So lets looks a maybe some ways to look in a different direction:

    How about opening up VA hospitals to non insured and lower income? The doctors are already getting paid (trying to pay off that student load and get some practice for the big payday). There's a place I would agree to expand tax money for the benefit of not only the uninsured, but also are Veterans.

    Limiting malpractice suits. Much of that inflationary spending for health care comes from frivilous lawsuits and malpractice ins.

    How about the government putting some incentives to partnered hospitals to create there own insurance system. Several clinics have started doing this where you pay a monthy premium into the system and it pays for most of your requirements.

    Last but not least....why don't we have our government workers (very specifically the pres and congress) have only medicare afforded to them...seems it might stimulate a more realistic approach to fixing the problem intead of disguising a prime example of non action.

    Thanks for your comments

    July 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  26. Anne

    Be very wary of the health care bill.......i, for one, do not want the government telling me what my choices are, I'd rather leave it to the professionals. The only ones that would suffer the consequences would be, again, the hard working middle class, you'll take tax dollars and our choices.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  27. AnyoneButBarack2012

    how typical for msnbc to block my post, the truth about obama hurts when you spent a whole election praising him on your knees

    1st amendment rights dont mean anything i guess

    July 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  28. B huessian O

    What's with this Kilby guy and his lessons on the monetary system? ( I spelled it correctly) You don't spend your way out of this problem by borrowing from the chi-coms, who are out sworn enemies. We should all pray that B. Huessian keeps none of his promises and if he doesn't keep any of them we may have a chance to survive his 4 years once we can get a republican back into office.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  29. Robbie

    Wow...Lots of people feeling entitled to the earnings of another person in here...Disgusting.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  30. Wayne Gallipeau

    It seems so many of you wanted hope and/or change but what do you expect when he brought in almost all the same people who have been in the democratic paryt for the last 50 years. Thats not change
    Its hope that it will be different and in a way it is. We are going broke. When you have a vp who says we need to spend money or go bankrupt what does that tell you. And scare tactics- Obama says if I don't do this, this will happen and if I don't do that something else will happen and everything is a scare tactic. Wake up people .....we are in worse shape now and its a sinking ship

    July 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  31. jonasbros4life

    bobbette, you are a moron. i pity you and your peanut sized brain. please do not dirty this forum with your radical ideologies and foul language. outrage is already setting in for most americans, if obama taxes any more he will have a rebellion to deal with.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  32. Rich (Chicago)

    I love to listen to all you who figure you can tax your way to salvation. Obama and the liberal Democrats are in for a very short ride as by taking the country into bankrupty is not why he was voted in and is the reason why he will only be a 4-year president. Say what you want about Bush,; I never liked him nor his way of handling the war, but he is, and will be, a whole lot better "President" than Obama. Obama who thinks all he has to do is give speaches, apologize for America all over the world, smile, and not care about the backbone of this country which is our financial strength, and there will be peace in the world and we will all prosper. LOL What a phony and a fake. Typical Chicago politician.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  33. Steve

    "I have a suggestion…All you seniors who are on Original Medicare or Medicaid that complain about the “government getting involved in healthcare”, drop your Medicare coverage and YOU buy private insurance if you think it’s so great. You cry about “socialism” but depend on the big, bad government to cover your rears for healthcare. I am absolutely FOR Single-payer healthcare to get the greedy insurance companies out of my life.
    OUR President is doing a fantastic job (and honestly, I might add). We Americans are proud of him and support him 100%. We Americans want and need healthcare costs reformed NOW!!"

    ProudDem: Your speach is well, democratic. Those seniors that your refer paid for that medicare by putting money into the system. How much have you put in? Something less can be said from the true welfare recipients wanting the working America to give free hand outs, especially those coming across the border. If you are absolutely "FOR" socialized medicine, it's available in France, and Canada, an maybe in the UK...feel free to pack your bags. As far a our president doing a "fantasitc job", well that would be your opinion but I would be careful about speaking for all Americans, even the 49% that might agree agree with you it is still a bit presumptuous. Try not to degrade those who have sacraficed before you.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  34. John-VA

    Every U. S. Citizen should have the same health care plan, at the same out-of-pocket cost, as President Obama and Congress. (Or are they better than the serfs that do the real work? Perhaps they are Royalty?)

    July 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  35. Tom Mc

    @ProudDem - I do not believe you can decline medicare. If you are medicare eligible you can only buy insurance that will add to what medicare doesn't cover. Which is a lot towards the end of your life. 45 days in ICU then you pay out of pocket or supplemental insurance. No coverage for convalescence center unless transfered directly from hospital to center ordered by doctor with valid medicare reason.

    To the fellow who said Health Care is not a Right is incorrect yet correct. The doctors take an oath to treat everyone. In the USA, you have access to be treated, you also have the ability to negotiate the rate that the doctor will take for a procedure or visit. The issue is not access to getting heath treatment. The issue is how do you pay for health treatment once it is administered? How do you change treatment to keep the same level of care or improve it without increasing the cost or the goal is to decrease the costs?

    I am sure that our group of representives could write up a bill that is readable that will could correct the heath treatment payment program in less than 100 pages. They need to remove the garbage projects from it and remove the legalese that will allow themselves and their donors to profit from this bill. This bill will not do as advertised and will profit their campaign donors. This bill is really a farce.

    July 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  36. Dougp

    I wish the press and the American people would have kept the last president this accountable!

    July 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  37. Karen

    Stan Dyer....I agree with you.

    I too love President Obama. He works every day to try to fix the economy in addition to the numerous other things on his plate. and in the midst of the tremendous amount of criticism he receives for everything he does......AND HE STILL KEEPS ON

    Oh and by the way Bush did nothing with either 9/11 or Katrina.

    OBAMA FOR 2012....GO OBAMA.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  38. Limitgovt

    Steve July 20th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

    “The guy has been in the office for 6 mos. He has done much more good in 6 mos than the other guy in 8 yrs, so please SHUT UP and let the man do his job.”

    I couldn’t disagree more Amanda. He hasn’t done any good that I could think of, please let me know if you think of something. If the man would do a job, any job, instead of prancing around like he is Michael Jackson (oh sorry, he’s dead), it would be more than the back peddling flip flop many will soon come to realize. Hang on, it will be a bumpy ride. Oh, what was it that Bush didn’t do? I love to hear that, all talk no substance.

    Nice Steve-

    Amanda- the man's JOB is going to cost many more of our jobs as taxes go up. My guess is either you don't actually make enough money to see where it goes OR you just don't care that much where your money goes. Either way- Obama's is going to be eliminating more jobs if he keeps doing HIS JOB the way he is.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  39. Lil Jimmy

    I am for healthcare reform but he is willing to push through something that is going to make things worse just to say he reformed healthcare. Democrats and Republican governors have, by a large majority, told the Obama administration that they don't want another " No Child Left Behind " type of bill ( which the current healthcare proposals are) because it would destroy already overloaded state budgets.

    The oddest thing about the big rush is.... The new taxes would start in 2011, but the actual healthcare program wouldn't start till 2013. So whats the hurry to rush through a bad bill?

    July 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  40. Flagrante Delicto

    All of you Dem and Rep bashers need to take a step back and realize that the whole of Washington is corruptable. The representatives that WE elect into office wind up in the pocket of lobbiests who are functionaries of what it is that WE the people sent them there to clean up. I mean for God's sake, these asslcowns in Washington have it rigged so that they have to vote NOT to get a pay increase. As long as we keep sending lawyers to Washington, the corruption will continue.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  41. linda

    its all about give, help, take
    its always been that way
    give them more food stamps to sell
    give then health inc. to go to the dr. for free and sell the meds. they give. give them housing and let the man not on the lease move in for free w/ selling drugs and driving bmwS
    put all the money into jobs, make them work and pay for heath care and there food and housing and we the people can, get along just fine.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  42. vickysinclai

    I think it's funny that anyone would say every single one of Bushes moves wasn't monitored with intense scrutiny, the poor man was blasted for the entire time he was president (save shortly after 9-11), Obama is the one who has gotten the free ride from the people and the press, until now when we are finally figuring out what he is really up too...trying to socialize the U.S.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  43. David

    It scares me to listen to the tone of liberals. If you do not agree with them they respond with veiled threats. What ever happened to freedom of speech? Are we all now supposed to follow Obama like lemmings over a cliff? Can't we disagree with Obama's socialist agenda? The banter from the left reminds me of Russia prior to Stalin coming to power.

    May God watch over us (oops, can't say that!). May Obama watch over us (Now that's better). May Obama take care of us. May Obama lead us to the promise land.

    Now I am getting the hang of it. Just follow blindly into the abyss.

    David from Arizona

    July 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  44. norman s

    Health care is a lobbyist dream. There is nochange just more of the same and every taxpayer will pay more for less.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  45. Steve

    "The guy has been in the office for 6 mos. He has done much more good in 6 mos than the other guy in 8 yrs, so please SHUT UP and let the man do his job."

    I couldn't disagree more Amanda. He hasn't done any good that I could think of, please let me know if you think of something. If the man would do a job, any job, instead of prancing around like he is Michael Jackson (oh sorry, he's dead), it would be more than the back peddling flip flop many will soon come to realize. Hang on, it will be a bumpy ride. Oh, what was it that Bush didn't do? I love to hear that, all talk no substance.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  46. ProudDem

    I have a suggestion...All you seniors who are on Original Medicare or Medicaid that complain about the "government getting involved in healthcare", drop your Medicare coverage and YOU buy private insurance if you think it's so great. You cry about "socialism" but depend on the big, bad government to cover your rears for healthcare. I am absolutely FOR Single-payer healthcare to get the greedy insurance companies out of my life.
    OUR President is doing a fantastic job (and honestly, I might add). We Americans are proud of him and support him 100%. We Americans want and need healthcare costs reformed NOW!!

    July 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  47. Concerned Citizen

    steve,

    "That’s not my problem. For those of you with charitable hearts, please give what you can but for me, I pay enough for the socialist enviornment so it’s not my responsibility nor the government to give away my tax dollars, and provide free rides for others, that is my “choice”.

    but we give away taxes, including the 43 million. don't they get a vote? we already give taxes for everything else from social workers, to building roads, on and on and on. am I happy about maybe paying taxes for healthcare for the rest of the people? no. and I also don't think the bill at hand is the final answer. its still being debated.

    my other posts mentions that its an issue that requires to be put on the front table and discussed and not dismissed as untouchable. we can't simpy ignore it, because at this rate in 10 years you, I and those who do have insurance will pay for it through higher insurance rates (wich by the way is what has been happening) what's the difference between paying taxes or higher insurnace rates, or does it just make you feel good that its not called a "tax".

    what I would like to see is an option for those who can afford to pay and for businesses to offer insurance as it is done today and for those who can't afford to go through some kind of government program. then you have a choice. this also lowers the burden on hospitals and other healthcare providers and thus manage the insurnace cost for the rest of us.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  48. BUTTACAVOLI

    Stimulous, this all started for the american people to get a check. thank you mr. bush, but now stimulous has taken a whole new turn everyone wants one and the american people are getting doo-doo.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  49. Jen

    Listen to us....Obama promised to rid us of partisan politics and here we are becoming more polarized than ever! Sure, presidents make promises and don't deliver....but I fear that with Obama it is going deeper than making promises and not delivering. He's letting us down with all this rush to pass legislation without so much as some meaningful debate. Most presidents have to negotiate with the other party because one party hasn't controlled both houses of Congress for some time, and look at what happens when they do.....

    July 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  50. BUTTACAVOLI

    They should fine the 43 million people who don't have health insurance around 1,000 per person and that will cover health insurance. yea right; you try and get money out of me you will be waiting a long time mr. nobama. i can't afford it now and i probably won't later.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  51. Steve

    32 promises kept that's 32 more than George Bush.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  52. Gdad

    I'm so ashamed. I voted for this idiot and he keeps letting me down. I took him at his word that he was for "CHANGE." I just didnt know it would be change for the worst. I believe in the US Constitution. Our president has violated his oath.

    I am now a Republican like Martin Luther King was. He had it right. I am ready to fight for freedom !!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  53. Concerned Citizen

    JayG

    Obama has been in the white house for 6 months. bush was in the office for 8 looonnngggg years. and by the way, two very bad examples on your part because bush clearly messed up both how he handled katrina and 9/11. fabricating intelligence data to make a case to attack Saddam. awsome.

    neal put me in my place!!! ooohhh iRaq is 6th on the list he mentions the top 5. can I make a top 10 list!?

    and lets see. Exxon, Haliburton and a long list of Oil companies were the only companies who made money hand over feast during a time when every other company on the planet suffered through economic down turn. how can it not be about money. but why does cheney and bush care. Cheney will be back on the board of haliburton with a multi-million dollar salary as a thank you!!!! the most corrupt president I remember. wiretapping the citizens without cause and reason under the name of security. reminds me of KGB. if obama is a socialist then bush-cheney were fascist.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  54. Steve-Ohio

    It is the attitude of people such as Walter Blaney that is ruining this country.

    TAX TAX TAX everything......then the air we consume and CO2 we exhale.
    What is a lousy 100 Billion in National Sales Tax revenue with the drunken bunch of degenerate legislators we have ( Dem and Rep) in DC.

    Just shoot them up with more money,money,money,money.

    I am ashamed to be nearly sixty.....what a selfish generation we of the sixties.......screwed it all up for the future of everyone else.

    Be proud.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  55. BUTTACAVOLI

    Did anyone read the bill from the senate, if you can't produce you have health insurance then you will be fined. boy is a lot of people gonna be fined.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  56. Rick McDaniel

    It still comes down to jobs, for the domestic agenda. No jobs, no economy, no economy, no recovery, no recovery, foreclosure.

    Sounds like a household, doesn't it? Well it is......just a whole lot bigger one.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  57. Kevin

    I just want to ask Obama if I can buy the White House from him he can name his price his great great Grandchildren will pick up my tab. Honest.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  58. Jake

    more of the same old stuff. Remember Clinton's attempt at healthcare? The Dems stopped it. Any legislation that is rushed thru is bad. Let's slow down and get a GOOD bill

    July 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  59. Concerned Citizen

    AnyoneButBarack2012

    you would sing a different tune if you lost your job, didn't have healthcare and your child had cancer. where would you go then? or are you saying that child doesn't deserve a chance to live and should die because he can't afford the luxuary. spoken like a true republican. I am rich. I have it. screw the rest.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  60. Bev

    Obama is rushing to push through Healthcare "reform" because he knows if people have time to realize exactly what this bill means it won't have a chance in you-know-where to pass. Senator Kennedy explained himself that this bill will ration healthcare. The American people need to wake up and realize what this will mean to our quality of life. The deficits created by this president have already crippled our economy and future. Government is expanding in every direction and it means we are going to be facing huge cost of living increases, decreasing jobs, decreasing paychecks, and inflation like has never been seen before in our lifetime. This cannot be blamed on George Bush. These programs are as a direct result of Obama and the Democratic congress. If we thought things were bad during Jimmy Carter then just wait to see what happens to this country under Obama. When the American people realize what has happened it will be too late. We cannot allow this to happen. If this healthcare bill passes it will change our country forever. It will be horrendous.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  61. Steve

    "You’re full of it. Obama overwhelmingly won the election and he is trying to do the right things to make the country better, despite the irrational carpings of a bunch of sore losers. Anytime the government wants to set up guidelines and administer programs for the American people, the pinheads scream “socialism”. "

    Interesting, yes Obama won the election. That's about as much as I can say is correct. Change just for the sake of change creates nothing more than havic, and in this case costing a whole lot of money for nothing, where's the benefit? Or I guess you can guise that he hasn't had enough time, or maybe he hasn't whined enough. Maybe if he stop acting like some celebrity and actually do something, you could make a point. As for now, he's self serving and out of his league. Interesting that you would criticize Palin as you do....She was elected governor, she is successful, and unlike most irresponsible states, Alaska is solvent. Doesn't really sound like a "pea sized brain" to me.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  62. James

    Most of the country's ills are due to Bush appropriating liberal agendas (prescriptions, houses for unqualified, bailouts). Now, Obama is exponentially increasing government intrusion into our pocketbooks and control of our lives. Everytime Obama speaks, I'm amazed at the brain-dead masses sucking up the Orwellian doublespeak.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  63. maria

    i ‘ve being in this country for the past 3 years, and let me tell you something i belive AMERICA will stand up again not just because they have a new president who works hard and trying new ways, but because all americans support each other, yes the economy is bad in the US and let me tell you something,. when America is not doing good no body in the rest of the world is doing good. i belive in this country and i still belive in the american dream, you should do the same, it takes all of us to make things better not just the president, if we support each other and belive in each other USA will come back.
    we should stop blaming everybody else and start fixing our mistakes

    July 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  64. Michael

    Given that he's 1/8 of the way through his term, having taken action on 139 of 515 promises (and only broken 7 of them) seems like a pretty admirable record.

    The problem with being president in this day and age is that ours is a culture built on instant gratification. In our day-to-day lives, if we can't get something immediately, we get disappointed and go elsewhere. The notion of having to wait for something to happen - regardless of how complex the prospect is - seems completely foreign to most people.

    President Obama said over and over and over again during the campaign that the work that had to be done to get the US back on track wouldn't be done overnight, and in some cases, wouldn't be done during one term. Americans elected him by a 2-1 margin, knowing that and apparently being okay with it.

    How quickly we forget...

    July 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  65. Gman in TN

    Who cares about meters and poll numbers? That doesn't mean that President Obama is going to be out of office the next morning. All of this talk about unemployment going up without the help of the stimulus is nothing but the media trying to scare everyone. Just let this President do his job and judge him in the next 6 months.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  66. JayG

    Concerned Citizen: we were nowhere near depression, stop the exaggeration, unemployemnt was at 25% and people were lining up at gas stations and markets to get food and gas, do you see that happening anywhere here????

    Get a grip.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  67. ash

    Obama has done nothing to solve America's problems. He has turned a recession into a depression with bailouts of pretty much every industry, a failed stimulus package that has increased unemployment to 9.6% and insane policies that will never work because they require only a tiny sliver of the population to make any sacrifices. People are finally figuring out that the Messiah is a false prophet, and not a moment too soon.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  68. MEL IN florida

    Surely thing, we did heard about Katrina, we're seeing the news day after day, and nothing was being done, please don't give us that bologne. It was a pre-fabricated war. He aim to that wrong place, it was not suppose to be Iraq. So we still at war and our economy is our 9/11. I applaud our President Barack Obama.

    July 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  69. Dennis

    How come everyone can talk about all the money being spent and NOT realize that to make money you have to spend it, get it flowing, make investments. You all speak like we are spending trillions of dollars and we will never make another penny. Why would our grandchildren be suffering for this? He's trying to lay out a future for this country, not just looking short term but to the future in Health Care, Energy and our position in the world. Stop feeding into all the scare tactics out there and start supporting the things you know are the RIGHT things to support going forward. I can see this stuff working why can't the rest of you? Put aside petty politics and start offfering help, if you have a better idea then share it, if not, shut up and step aside cause the rest of us are moving forward! I haven't heard one republican offer a "better" solution all they can do is critize....very easy to sit back and tell someone what they are doing wrong if your not expected or capable of offering any solutions yourself......same ol' republicans sit back and watch it go by but don't roll up your sleeves and help out the people that vote for you. When will you people wake up??

    July 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  70. David from WI

    Oh please stop with the 'republicans' are the evil ones.

    ITS THE INDEPENDENTS THAT ARE WORRIED.

    The GOP and Democrats are bleeding members to the independents.

    That large part of the American voting block that DOES determine who gets elected. The dems will not vote for a republican or a repbulican for a democrat.
    Its the independents that voted for Bush that ALSO voted for Clinton that DID vote for Obama that are who Obama has to worry about

    To bad for him their lack of political allegiance makes them immune to the party bashing and Bush blaming that the president and his party continue to engage in.

    The independents are dangerous to Obamas grand plans in this way about all others, THEY THINK AND USE THEIR HEADS and do not care (some never some not any more) about what party is saying it.

    The state governors had a meeting the other day and BOTH democrat and republican governors are upset with the federal govt and its actions. The federal govt is not the ONLY govt in this county don't ya know.

    People are always more critical about the party in power and for Obama or his supporter to blame the party not in power only seems petty and seems as a bully would dictate not lead.

    What happens when a president gives a speech and no one cares what the has to say? If what I see in my own life with former supporters than we might see sooner than later what that might look like. (some people will still 'eat up' the vague goal orientated speeches and read into them what they want more and more are growing weary of the talk over substance)

    HISTORY DOES REPEAT ITSELF. Ill let you to see what presidents have fallen into these traps, of his own making, he finds himself in.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  71. Marge

    I have cancer and if you think that treatment is cheap think again... also if you are middle american and think that you have it made because you have health care think again.. the deducible is more than most middle american's can afford.. also if you think that you will be treated because you have health insurance think again.. posted if you can not pay your deducible please reschedule... what are we going to do about health care... no one cares unless you and your family are the ones not being treated...

    July 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  72. dmags

    Also, I would still take Obama's mid 50's % approval ratings compared to Bush's 27% at the end of his 8 year dissapointment.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  73. hawkechik

    The "Truth-O-Meter" actually comes from St. Petersburg Times politifact.com. And yes, it was there when Bush was in office as well and if you were to visit I believe you'll find the site monitors much more than just Obama or the Democratic Party.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  74. JayG

    Concerned Citizen: Bush had alot more to deal with than Obama, ever heard of 9/11, or Katrina??

    I'm glad Neal just put you in your place, you liberals always say its about oil, our main oil supply doesnt come from Iraq. I'm terrified of a terror attack again on this country because you liberals would just sit back and have no response to it. What would Obama do if we were attacked again?? Maybe send more troops into Pakistan or Afghanistan, then I'm sure you would say nothing about it.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  75. Stephen

    A lot of people here seem eager to cry foul because Obama has a "truth-o-meter" and Bush ostensibly did not. Just because a new idea has been recently created does not mean it was created for the specific purpose of hypocrisy. In fact, this feature was in place during last year's election cycle at least, if not all the way back to the primaries, and featured candidates from both parties during the course of their campaigns.

    To say that this feature proves CNN has "moved to the right" – in light of the facts – is about as short-sighted as saying Bush is 100% responsible for all the country's ills. Liberals can relax: CNN is still content to have on-location reporters cut off conservatives in mid-sentence and act like they're in danger of some kind of bodily harm because some people are unhappy with federal taxation.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  76. dmags

    I'm just happy we have an administration that is doing something about our problems. Unlike the bush administration that would run to Crawford and chop wood unless it had something to do with war or torture. Recessions can't be cured in 6 months, most of the stimulus money won't be distributed until next year anways, so let's just wait and see what happens. I'm still very confident in the Obama administration and I think an overwhelming majority of the country is too, not just the republicans who vote on this one website.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  77. Steve

    "what did bush have to deal with in his presidency that was more than Obama? he inherited a healthy economy, reduce government spending, lower taxes, etc. etc. then he created a war based on made up reports on saddam. decided to over throw another countries leader by fabricating intelligence reports, killing…yes killing thousands of our troops and at the end didn’t find anything that his intelligence reports had provided. a war we didn’t need to be involved in. all in the name of OIL…..exactly what happened the last time some one from texas was president.

    he also took the US to the lowest depths it has been in since the carter era."

    If you really want to speak about inheriting a healthy economy, you should look back a bit further, Clinton maybe? He inherited tax revenues beyond belief from Bush 1 and Reagan and the benefit of telcom diversification and the beginning of the dot com era. Vast tax revenues made it appear that he actually did something for the economy. But...don't be dilusioned to believe that he left anything for Bush 2. Bush took office in 2001 on the bust of the dot coms, the scandals left from Clinton's failures like oversight of Enron, Global Crossing, and lest we mention Worldcom. The real difference in the handing off of a bad economy then was Bush didn't use the excuse "I inherited it"

    July 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  78. T Jones

    A meter of promises....REALLY. I do not recall this meter for ANY former president. You would think we were in the final 6 months rather than the first. Come on people, we know that had this been a republican the issues that President Obama has tackled would be a mute issue. In my opinion, he has done what he has promised he hit the ground running and I for one appreciarte that he has backed up what he has said in the campaign. I made the right desicion with my vote and I have much faith in our President and his cabinet. Let's give this a chance for pete's sake. Already ready to jump ship and we haven't even left the harbour.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  79. ww4cash

    I agree with the one that proposed a Sales Tax to pay for Health Care. But, lets just insure the ones that, from their IRS Tax Forms, show they cannot afford it themselves. Put the Sales Tax in a pot and spread it among the Health Care Providers to pay for their insurance. No Illegals, only Citizens and LEGAL aliens. Many of the uninsured can and do Self Insure (pay for it themselves).. Others prefer a nice bass boat (insert toy here) to insurance. Others really can't afford it, and those are the ones we should help first, and subsidize later, as their income increased, to the point we can stop subsidizing them. Cheaper, efficient, and little involvement of Government.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  80. Pete

    DJH,

    You're full of it. Obama overwhelmingly won the election and he is trying to do the right things to make the country better, despite the irrational carpings of a bunch of sore losers. Anytime the government wants to set up guidelines and administer programs for the American people, the pinheads scream "socialism". If the government lets the system go on as it always has, the same meatheads say the government is in the pockets of big business. There's no satisfying those that don't know what's happening to begin with. Go ahead, intellectual lightweights, support the agenda of a pea brain like Sarah Palin, or the incoherent rantings of the RNC and of self-aggrandizing blowhards like Limbaugh; the American people have left you behind for a new beginning, to a future that maybe can be better than the tired old disease of conservatism and backwardness. Enjoy your view from bottom of the hill, from the back of the train, from the room full of empty-headed nitwits that fear the future. Adios.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  81. Russell

    Obama's plan is ridiculous, bipartisan or not.

    Raising hundreds of billions of taxpayer money for a plan that will contain very limited coverage (sure, you'll pay only $10 copay for each checkup, but won't be covered if you need major medical care), is idiotic. Instead, try expanding COBRA, cutting out unecessary government spending already implace, ensuring those who can obtain healthcare do (like the 9-10million Americans who are simply too lazy to do so, and excluding the 10million illegal immigrants who are both included in the infamous "46 million" number), stopping nonsense medical malpractice suits, and putting more money into the American citizen's (and doctor's). Nationalized health care is not the answer; this is a society founded on free-market principles, now is not the time to abandon ship.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  82. Curt

    Can someone explain to me why the rush to force through this bill before the recess if there is such a "mandate" by the American people!?

    July 20, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  83. MEL IN florida

    Funny thay Ry is spelling about EXPERIENCED. With all the experience that Bush had look what he did, they stil looking for missiles of mass destruction, look at our health care system, our housing problems. Our President is trying to fix all of this, and is going to take time. My daughter has a pre-existing condition and she could not be in my group ins. only is she was a full time student. Yes we need change. Lets roll out our sleeves and work for a better future and for all of us to make it better.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  84. Curt

    Ignore the fact that democrats in congress voted for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, ignore the fact that Barney Frank and the democrats in the house and senate since 2006 forced freddie and fannie to extend mortgages to those who could not afford them(which is very much to blame for the current recession), ignore that the President said “First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”...yet page 16 of the AAHCA of 2009 proves this to be another false claim(they didn't even try to bury it, its right there 16 pages in...i guess they know nobody reads those things anyways). Stop letting your party of choice blind you...republicans and democrats are both at fault yet many of you are supporting an unprecedented government takeover of health care...are you insane!? The foundation of our country is based on limited government and that is why we have been successful. LIVE FREE OR DIE!!

    July 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  85. JAMES DUCKWORTH SLC UTAH

    THE REPUBLICRATS ARE RUNNING SCARED THEY FAILED IN 8+ YEARS AND THEY WILL TRY AND SCUDDLE BO'S SHIP

    July 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  86. Steve

    "The same people who created this mess (Republicans) now want to tell us how to fix it. It’s a good thing they are no longer in control, and let’s hope they will never again have control. Republicans are worthless communists."

    Inteligence is a virtue. I would ask that you substantiate this but the smoke and mirrors that would resonate would be too much to bare.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  87. Steve

    "you mention the country is broke. we can’t afford healthcare. but what about the 43 million americans without health care? what’s their lives and health worth? should we just look the other way? perhaps most will die and be under ground and we don’t have to think about it. "

    That's not my problem. For those of you with charitable hearts, please give what you can but for me, I pay enough for the socialist enviornment so it's not my responsibility nor the government to give away my tax dollars, and provide free rides for others, that is my "choice".

    July 20, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  88. Chas

    When people want to point out the amount of money pumped through the stimulas bill as over spending I hope they remember that GWB pushed 4.1 trillion dollars through the fed trying to cover up the problem before the economy crashed during the election cycle. Telling the public that our economy was strong the whole time. At least Obama is honest. It was a blantant attempt to get John McCain elected before we realized just how bad things were.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  89. Scott

    The only thing this president knows how to do is give a good talk in front of the cameras. but only if his teleprompter is working. People talk about the deficit, which is four times worse since Obama took over, health care reform, which will destroy small business and tax big business to it's knees. Let me say that if small businesses crash and big business is taxed to the brink it will trickle down to ALL Americans and we will be taxed, taxed, and taxed some more. Wake up America and look past the color of this president and look at what he is not doing. Don't support him just because he is an African-American. Support him when he starts doing the right things.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  90. amanda

    The guy has been in the office for 6 mos. He has done much more good in 6 mos than the other guy in 8 yrs, so please SHUT UP and let the man do his job.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  91. DJH

    First off – the idea that Obama is being so closely watched and Bush got free reign is completely idiotic and runs counter to every single piece of HARD EVIDENCE proving the MSM's crass bias – particularly in Obama case. The media, while constantly covering Obama, NEVER takes a critical eye to what he's doing – yet his policies continue to plummet in approval with the American people.
    So – why such a drastic difference in the media coverage (very positive) and the actual public numbers? But – you just go ahead and keep thinking the media carried Bush's water for him. You only make yourself look foolish. The media bias for the dems in general and Obama imparticular is a proven fact!

    And for those who keep burying their head in the sand with the notion that Republicans are done and their days are over – perhaps you should pay a little more attention, every recent poll has shown the American people trust the Reps with the economy more than Obama and the dems – they took a bad situation and magnified 10x... and now they want to back date the disaster that they were warned about – by REPULICANS – 2 years before the election only to be ignored and mocked by Barney Frank.
    And Obama's big 'MANDATE'.... please! Yes, he won, a whopping 41%of registered voters voted for him – in other words, THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA! Pretending like he was given a mandate to socialize this country is fallacy and nothing but wishful thinking – hence his policies are taking a beating by the AMERICAN PEOPLE, not just the Republicans because they fall completely out of line with American values and beliefs. Obama is president, but he doesn't speak for the American people – he continues to stand against the will of the majority of Americans. Spin that how you please – it wont change the fact that his job approval has plummeted and none of his policies carries a majority support with the American people – never mind his own party jumping ship due to the impending disaster he's trying to cause.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  92. Andrew

    There are several points to be made here. First, the economic crisis, like any recession, has something called a lag effect. While it started with the housing and credit market, it has rippled through the economy causing spikes in unemployment and decrease in spending, savings, etc. This will continue for some time. Likewise, the stimulus will have a lag effect in its benifit. The economy will not get better over night. The important thing to remember is that recessions end. We live in America people, do you really think that we are going to collapse and become a "third world" country?? (That term is archaic and I regret using it. It is a Cold War term)
    Second, President Bush was an effective President in that he was able to do whatever he wanted to do whenever he wanted to. He used 9/11 as a guise to continue his father's fight. Even Bush 1 was a better president though, he went into Iraq with peace on his mind, not continued war. And as far as his failed promises, what about his promise to strengthen ties with Mexico and pursue immigration reform? He had plenty of time after 9/11 to work on that issue and he did nothing. Third, about taxes. Illegal aliens in reality tend to provide more for the system than they use. With that, the tax system should be regressive, where the proportion of income spent on taxes is higher for lower income brackets and lower for higher income brackets and social spending should be calculated the same way. This way, lower income families would actually be getting more for their money.

    Let's quit blaming each other and start working toward sensible solutions to the many challenges facing our country. Obama is doing a fantastic job at improving America's image around the world and I think that if we give him some time, we will see that he is really acting in the best interests of all America, red and blue.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  93. Chas

    My major concern on health care has not even been discussed at this point.
    Since the advent of HMO policies in the 80's the decisions on our health care has been moved from our physicians to the insurance companies.
    The big gripe on a government program (by the GOP) is that government would be making decisions instead of your doctor. I'm afraid the GOP hasn't noticed that the insurance companies have been making these decisions for years and jepordising our health in the process.

    Lets put the decisions for health care back in the medical side and get it away from the insurance companies.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  94. Ry

    You Dems are great at spelling. Try to proof read what you are sending, or are most of you rushing to push your agendas through without careful thought and with a ton of errors like our INEXPERIENCED President. I hope he does well because it only helps us all, but he is on his way to spending more money than Bush did in his 8 years in just a year in office. THINK ABOUT THAT!

    "There is no way to track the effectiveness of the Stimulus bill" So stop saying it is working or not working, although before it we had just above 7% unemployment rate now we are at about 10%. You decide.

    Use your heads and not your hearts.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  95. y.sister

    As Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” Health care is killing us all! If we do nothing the economy is going to die a slow death anyway. So, should we be proactive and attempt to fix the problem before we go over the cliff, or should we be inactive and just wait until the next fiscal crises develops with health care right in the midst of the mess?

    I believe in this country, and I believe in this president. I believe he is trying to do his best for our nation. If Republicans would work with him instead of against him we would all benefit from their collaborative effort.

    I just wonder what crises will have to develop before the need for coloration is realized???

    July 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  96. jack

    The same people who created this mess (Republicans) now want to tell us how to fix it. It's a good thing they are no longer in control, and let's hope they will never again have control. Republicans are worthless communists.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  97. AnyoneButBarack2012

    health care is not a right, its a luxury

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    July 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  98. Luci

    Kristen is absolutely right. We are all already paying for people that don't have health care anyway. They reason they have a problem with this health care plan, is because they are scaried that they won't be able to good to the doctor whenever they want to. Why should they have to wait to go to that doctor, they have money!!!!

    July 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  99. Average American

    Both parties are dead to me. The fact is President Obama is dealing with one of the worst inherited economic cycles in history. His approach however is inconsistent with previous success. Spending (taxpayer dollars) during economic downturns compound failure. Contraction of spending, during a debt environment, for some reason aides in stemming the dire effects.

    We cannot experience an eroding work force and the loss of U.S. consumption and maintain any horizon for growth, or a turnaround. Six figure jobs are about to become extinct. It is not good out there, and we are trying to pay for the delivery of health care for half of the population? – a total debacle and complete disregard for the financial future of the country.

    This ideological dream concept to provide high-end services for free (based on an illicit structure of capital moves – derived from the "wealthier"citizens) could be too big of a debt blow for out country's long term health. The greatest health care system ever devised was a product of capitalistic enterprise. There has been no comprehensive health care program proposed from the Belt Way to date. It is all junk. - The fact that we cannot afford any system is unfortunately not one of the talking points.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  100. Dave

    Only 7 broken promises? So much for the credibility of this article!

    July 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
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