I didn't jump aboard the Obama bandwagon until it was between him and Hillary. I wasn't a fan of Hillary, so I kept my fingers crossed for Obama in the primary and the general election. He promised widespread change in America during his campaign. so what is that change, exactly?
The right-wing media has been grappling around for every kind of criticism they can throw at the president, from bashing him for (gasp) saying we aren't a Christian nation, to (gasp) shaking the hand of Hugo Chavez, or (gasp) bowing as a sign of respect to a Saudi leader. The greatest amount of criticism has been thrown at Obama for his spending plan and the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act. Glenn Beck and the rest of the FOX crew have done a very good job at distorting and spinning the truth for the convenience of their audience.
What with the contrived populist anger drummed by right-wing talk radio and conservative blogs, I think the outspoken ignorant masses drown out the other 60% of Americans who actually approve of what our president has done in his past 100 days or so. I'm going to point out a few positive things Obama has done, seeing as that news rarely gets heard in the midst of all the nonsense.
In 100 days, our president has-
~Repealed restrictions on federal funding of stem cell research.
Lifted a ban on federal funding for planned parenthood facilities.
~Approved continued funding for NASA's moon/mars habitat program, 'Project Constellation.
~climbed in bed with America's largest nuclear power company.
~Appointed nobel prize winning physicist Steven Chu as energy secretary.
~Appointed Harvard professor John Holdren as environmental advisor.
~Confirmed the construction of highspeed rail between major cities.
He's also been accused of diverting federal tax dollars to those dreaded "special interests" with his "pork-laden" stimulus bill. While the "pork" republicans talk about amounts to less than 2% of the bill's language, I'd like to show all of you who those "special interest" groups are who are benefiting from Obama's spending plan.
$86.6 billion for Medicaid
Special interest group: the sick
$40 billion to provide extended unemployment benefits through Dec. 31, and increase them by $25 a week
Special interest group: the unemployed
$19.9 billion for the Food Stamp Program
Special interest group: the poor & hungry
$13 billion for low-income public schoolchildren
Special interest group: poor children
$6 billion for the cleanup of radioactive waste (mostly nuclear power plant sites)
Special interest group: the irradiated
$2 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (drinking water infrastructure improvements)
Special interest group: humans
Obama isn't taking your land, or your gun, or your bible, or your bible's gun's land. He isn't making us ripe for terror attacks, and he isn't a muslim socialist tyrant trying to rend the constitution apart. Give the man a chance, and let him continue to right the wrongs of the previous administration.
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