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Is Obama making progress?

  1. prosmentor profile image50
    prosmentorposted 7 years ago

    Is Obama making progress? Please answer this question with sincerity.

    1. Ken R. Abell profile image85
      Ken R. Abellposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      In some areas, yes. 

      In other areas, not at all.

      Has he made progress with the campaign promises for the healthcare reform discussion/process to be transparent & open?  Not at all.  Backroom deals & politics as usual.

      Has he made progress in elevating a sense of hope.  Maybe.

      Jobs?  No progress.  Regression, actually.

      Controlling spending.  No progress.

      Closure of Gitmo in one year.  Not even close.

      Afghanistan?  Progress???

      Situation with Iran's nuclear ambitions?  Progress???

      I still have hopes for him to accomplish some good things, but until there are more bold actions like his demand that the banks payback the money that bailed them out, I will keep wondering if all that promise/idealism was smoke & mirrors.

      Remember, he was presented as a "transformational" figure who would transcend politics & build bipartisan consensus by being entirely open & transparent.  I do not see that at all.

    2. DogSiDaed profile image60
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      LOL 1 HUBSCORE
      *ahem*

      Yeah he seems to be ticking along alright cool

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      Poppa Bluesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Define progress? If you mean is Obama succeeding at moving the USA closer to a more socialist society, and consider that progress, then yes he is making "progress".

      Personally, progress for me would be a return to the principles established by the constitution, a disbursement of power to the people and limited powers for the federal government. As the federal government gets stronger, we the people, sacrifice our freedom.

      1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
        Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Oy!

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        Wag The Dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That is what I was going to say, but you said it first and better.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes he's making progress in fundamentally changing this nation into a heathen one.

      1. Dame Scribe profile image60
        Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Define heathen hmm

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          Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          immoral.
          unGodly.
          perverse.

    5. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      He is only making the progress that business let him make. Everything else is compromise. smile

    6. starme77 profile image86
      starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      um well the only difference I have seen , besides the Presidents face on the tv every time you turn it on , is the fact that he put a crack down on Nursing Home Fraud with Medicare I thought that was pretty cool , other that that, He took a Paris vacation and talks and talks and talks till I get sick of hearing him.

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      cosetteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      not that i can see...

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      heather56posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, he's making progress.  However, this progress will negatively impact this country for at least one or two generations down the line.  More government and taxes is not the answer.

  2. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    I read yesterday he is going to levy the banks lol 'the people want their money back' wink I think he's doing fantastic even if it will cost a future prospective term.

  3. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    Curious too lol bump!

  4. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    It's easy for everybody to critize so what would you recommend he do? big_smile what is it you want to see?

    1. Mitch Rapp profile image61
      Mitch Rappposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Resign, and do it today!

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        Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I second that.

    2. Ken R. Abell profile image85
      Ken R. Abellposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Are you asking me?

    3. Marquis profile image60
      Marquisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      President Obama is making progress in destroying U.S healthcare which was already ok. We do not need MORE socialist government reform.

      What some call progress, others call destruction. Hopefully, this will be his first and LAST term as president. We do not need Big Government and socialism.

      How will that improve America?

  5. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    Yes, Ken smile thank you

    1. Ken R. Abell profile image85
      Ken R. Abellposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Okay, Dame Scribe.  Wanted to be sure.  I messed up one time on a Forum by answering a question I thought was in relation to what I had posted, but turned out it was a general observation & some folks got a bit upset.

      The "transparency" thing is what really disturbs me.  So, I would have him put all the negociations, debates, discussions, hearings & all else to do with healthcare reform on C-Span as he promised no less than eight times during last year's campaign.  That'd be a good place for him to start simply because sunshine is a great disinfectant.  And for me & many, it'd restore some credibility to him & to the process.

      Also, since you asked. :>)  I have compared him to Theodore Roosevelt in terms of his populist appeal, natural leadership skills & charisma.  The difference is that TR's base was the right-wing of his party, the Repulicans.  Whereas, President Obama's base is the left-wing of his party, the Democrats.

      TR managed to placate his base & take them on at the same time.  He governed from the center & in doing so accomplished a great deal.  I think that for President Obama to be successful & be this "transformational" figure that was promised, he has to placate his base & take them on at the same time.  He has to govern from the center which means he needs to tell Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi to get on the bus he's driving instead of allowing them to drive agendas, soundbites & policy. 

      The problem is that the extremes seem to always drive the bus.  And the majority of Americans are not extremists; the majority are in what gets derogatorily referred to as the mushy middle.  We lean a bit left or a bit right depending on the issue, so in my humble opinion & reading of history, I think that good governance comes from the center.

      And as I said in the earlier post.  I still have hopes for President Obama to accomplish some good things, though the longer he goes before presenting a firm backbone to the far left of his party, the more foggy my hopes will become.

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    BoredomKillerposted 7 years ago

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    Obama is making great progress in the eyes of Vladimir Lenin, and Karl Marx


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  7. bgpappa profile image85
    bgpappaposted 7 years ago

    Obama is making progress.  The economy, while no means fixed, has improved.  The stock market is up, the job market is improving, foreclosures are slowing. Please remember that the world was going to end financially a year ago.

    Internationally much progress has been made.  Most of the world respects us again. And no terrorist has been able to attack the homeland in Obama's first year, a claim that George Bush cannot make.

    Torture has ended, Guitmo is almost closed.  Healthcare, while I am not happy with the plan, is a national issue that is being debated by both sides are most Americans are deciding what Healthcare means to us.  Politics is back to being about domestic issues rather than fear mongering and using threats against us as a tool to ram through anti-constititon bills such as the Patriot Act.

    Afghanistan and Iraq actually have a plan and an exit strategy.

    yes there is progress, and we are nowhere near a socialist state.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    The only thing I think he can do is show minorities that the only thing holding them back is their own hate, lack of motivation and their perpetuation of the cycle of poverty. He can demonstrate the need to respect the women and children so they start life with half a chance. That would be the greatest progress we could hope for.

    1. rhamson profile image77
      rhamsonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Is their own hate, lack of motivation and their perpetuation of the cycle of poverty something that all minorities suffer from or is there a particular brand of minorities you are refering too?  The need to respect the women and children so they start life with half a chance could better be handeled by Obama how?  Do you think by being a good role model he could make this happen?

      He would have to be Christs return to make anything that monumental happen.

      I think you have some real distorted views as to what the problem is at the lowest level based on your statement and what Obama or any other person could achieve.

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        We Conservativesposted 7 years ago in reply to this
        1. rhamson profile image77
          rhamsonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          And how has he helped the blacks in their predicament?

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            We Conservativesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Ask a Black person, I don't see where he has helped anyone but himself.

            1. rhamson profile image77
              rhamsonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              The point being that nobody has the power to change the dilemma presented by sneaker through being a role model.

  9. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    I don't see President Obama committing sins smile it's said that a leader who isn't criticized, isn't doing his job but Obama has a lot of criticism which says a lot.

  10. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    LOL Dame, you are probably the last of his defenders around smile

  11. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    I just like to hear the 'why behind the hate Obama' tirade tongue rational or irrational reasons. Answers are interesting tho, don't you think smile big_smile

    1. Ken R. Abell profile image85
      Ken R. Abellposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I gave a reasoned answer, Dame Scribe. 

      There is no 'hate' in my questioning him or his policies.

      1. Dame Scribe profile image60
        Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I loved your honesty smile thank you

    2. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I would take in one direction, but it gets blurred by religion and racism. smile

      Just a thought? lol lol

      1. Dame Scribe profile image60
        Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago in reply to this



        add paranoia tongue

  12. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Nah, not really. smile It all was quite predictable, at least on my books smile

  13. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    Obama is popular with a few people around here lol and we aren't US citizens tongue but I will have to learn to see that predictability too smile

  14. PrettyPanther profile image85
    PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago

    Yes, Obama has actually accomplished quite a lot.  Whether or not you agree with what he has done, you can't deny that he has taken action on a lot of issues and problems in one year.

    He reversed Bush's decision to restrict federal funding for stem-cell research.

    He developed an exit plan for withdrawal from Iraq, something Bush left for him to do.

    Health care reform is closer to being enacted than ever before, and if it passes, it will be a transformative accomplishment.

    He banned the use of harsh interrogation and ordered the closing of Guantánamo.

    He signed the stimulus bill that even McCain's former economic adviser admits has helped keep the economy from sinking into a depression.

    He has changed the entire tone of foreign policy and relations with other countries, gaining new respect for Americans throughout the world.

    He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (yeah, I know, it was premature, but it will still go down as one of his accomplishments).

    He increased the number of drone attacks on Al Qaeda — more in the last year than all the Bush years combined.

    He is sending more troops to Afghanistan, a war that was largely ignored by Bush in favor of Iraq.

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      Wag The Dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      "He reversed Bush's decision to restrict federal funding for stem-cell research."  Though stem cell research has proven to be of little to no use.

      "He developed an exit plan for withdrawal from Iraq, something Bush left for him to do."  So now the enemy knows how long they have to waite till they can take over.  Good move.  NOT.

      "Health care reform is closer to being enacted than ever before, and if it passes, it will be a transformative accomplishment."  More like health care De-Form.  Once he get's health care, he and the political party in charge has you by the nads,  "Vote for us or they will take away your health care."  or  "Vote for us or you will not have health care.  But those of you who do vote for us, will go to the front of the line." 

      "He signed the stimulus bill that even McCain's former economic adviser admits has helped keep the economy from sinking into a depression."  He bailed out the rich guy's.  Or paid them off is more like it.  But he mainly did it so that he could take over the companies that where bailed out.  Ever heard of fascisim?

      "He has changed the entire tone of foreign policy and relations with other countries, gaining new respect for Americans throughout the world."  Respect?  I can not hear the respect over all the laughing.

      "He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (yeah, I know, it was premature, but it will still go down as one of his accomplishments)."  Well, we have all known that the Nobel Peace Pize has been a joke for a long time.  But now we know that it is given out for wishful thinking too.

      "He increased the number of drone attacks on Al Qaeda — more in the last year than all the Bush years combined."  This one may be good, but where is Bin Laden?

      "He is sending more troops to Afghanistan, a war that was largely ignored by Bush in favor of Iraq."  My name is Wag The Dog, and that is what that is all about.

    2. Petra Vlah profile image60
      Petra Vlahposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I totally agree. With less opposition from the ones that actually never came up with a positive idea he could have done more.

  15. sannyasinman profile image60
    sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago

    He is making great progress. The New World Order is closer than ever. His masters must be very pleased with him.

    1. starme77 profile image86
      starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Exactly smile

      1. PrettyPanther profile image85
        PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I am curious to know what, exactly, progress Obama has made toward The New World Order?  Sannyasinman, you can answer, too.  What progress has he made toward that?

        1. starme77 profile image86
          starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Every damned thing he is doing is towards the new world order , why do you think he keeps trying to pass 1600 page legistaliton through before the senate and house members , or any normal human being for that matter even has a reasonable chance to read what it says  ,

          1. PrettyPanther profile image85
            PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Okay, pretend I'm stupid.  How, exactly, does enacting the health care legislation move us toward a new world order?

        2. sannyasinman profile image60
          sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          From Google: Results 271 - 280 of about 61,400,000 for obama new world order. (0.45 seconds)
          The word is getting out ....
          Start here  . .
          http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?doc … 843120756#

          1. starme77 profile image86
            starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this
          2. starme77 profile image86
            starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            check it out here read it and listen to the video , then you tell me how he is contributing to the new world world order throught the healthcare reform bill

            http://hubpages.com/hub/Healthcare-Reform-Bill

            1. PrettyPanther profile image85
              PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I think I'll write a hub about how George Clooney's little toe is conspiring with some nefarious and unnamed but very evil flip flops to take away humanity's need for close-toed shoes and provide no facts to back it up whatsoever.  I'm sure it'll be a hit with somebody.

              1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
                Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                lol

              2. sannyasinman profile image60
                sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Please go ahead and do it - while you still have the freedom to do so.

                1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
                  Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Yes, by all means.  The comedy czar is working on outlawing parodies.  Will the paranoia never end?

                  1. sannyasinman profile image60
                    sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    You still don't get it. He's not working on outlawing anything. He's reading from a script. Just like Bush. Can you honestly tell me that you believe Bush could run a country? If you answer yes, then we have nothing more to discuss. If you answer no, then the next question is, if he was not running the country, who was?
                    I submit that the same people who ran the show when Bush was in charge, are still running the show now.
                    My point is, our freedoms are being eroded so fast its hard to keep up, and you call it paranoia on my part? I call it cognitive dissonance on yours. Who knows what they'll put restrictions on next? Parody and dissent, why not! 

                    Next thing you know, there will be controls and taxes put on farting
                    http://hubpages.com/hub/RFID-chip-globa … art-police

              3. starme77 profile image86
                starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                what is that supposed to mean?

          3. PrettyPanther profile image85
            PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I have no response except ... OMG

            You can interpret that however you like.

  16. mel22 profile image61
    mel22posted 7 years ago

    86,000 jobs last month lost...and people still wodering if hes doin alright.job creation should top priority or americas dead. peeople need to stop wishing for heroes and get real donkey or elephant ,they're all corrupt

    1. starme77 profile image86
      starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well, they just laid off two at my husbands job and two a few weeks ago , and his is one of the last to go because it deals with the infastructure of the U.S , its getting scary

  17. ChapmanHester profile image77
    ChapmanHesterposted 7 years ago

    If you want to know if Obama is making progress, the simple answer is yes... But progress itself is complex, is something happening? yes... Are there changes to policy being made? yes... But the important question is what are the ramifications of those decisions going to be in the future?  There are policies in effect today from previous presidencies that are affecting people in good ways and in very devastating ways.  Look at Katrina for instance, because of a lack of action when the levies were discussed before hand and it was brought to the attention of leaders, they lacked the fortitude to act and raise the levies and they didn't sustain through the hurricaine resulting in many deaths... Same with Social Security Benifits resutlting in the insecurity of our childrens future, it isn't even known if social security will be around even though our youth is still pouring their finances into the institution, Financial institutions are crumbling as a result of poor decision making impacting the economy of the world.  The Decisions of today are the impacts of tomorrow and Some of Obamas decisions could potentially impact the world of tomorrow both positively and negatively in the future.  Look and see what previous decisions outcomes were and then try to project what todays decisions will become.  Its hard to do if not almost impossible... All anyone can do is try... The question to ask is where he is trying to guide the country and see if thats where you want the country to go...

 
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