Guess you're against 'em? Why you're against equal pay for equal work, just for example, is beyond me. But given that this is a right wing circle-jerk board, let me know why you don't consider these accomplishments good things:
• Ordered the Pentagon to cover expenses of families of fallen soldiers if they wish to be on site when the body arrives back in the US (2009)
• Ordered better body armor to be procured for US troops (2009)
• Funding new Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles (2009) * Note: The old Hummers were very vulnerable to roadside explosives and an alarming percentage of our soldiers lost in Iraq were on account of IEDs
• Working to increase pay and benefits for military personnel (2009)
• Improving housing for military personnel (2009)
• Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses (2009)
• Ordered that conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other neglected military hospitals be improved (2009)
• Improving benefits for veterans as well as VA staffing, information systems, etc. (2009)
• Authorized construction of additional health centers to care for veterans (2009)
• Suspended the Bush-era decision to purchase a fleet of Marine One helicopters from suppliers in favor of American made helicopters (2009)
• Signed bill providing assistance for caregivers of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan (2010) * Note: The omnibus bill does the following: Training, funding, and counseling for caregivers; promoting pilot childcare programs for women vets under treatment at the VA; independent oversight to prevent abuse; readjustment counseling for National Guard and reservist units; etc.
• Eliminated co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled (2010)
• Fulfilled campaign promise to have combat troops (90,000) out of Iraq by August 31, 2010 (2010)
• Established a new interagency task force to assist veterans owning small businesses (2010) * Note: The efforts include promoting federal contract opportunities, improve access to loans and capital, mentor assistance programs, etc.
• Signed The Families of Fallen Heroes Act, which covers the moving costs of immediate family members of those lost in service (military, intelligence, and security personnel) (2010)
I left out one or two b/c I know you guys have echo-chamber nya nya nya points on them; the sorts of things like "Sure we contracted out whole wars but someone bought a legal pad without going to three competing sources so he didn't end no-bid contracting." That stuff. Haven't seen that sort of thing about the above list (scurry to google, my minions, scurry!)
I can buy that one guy who said he thought everything in Washington was going to change b/c Obama got elected... okay, fine. Every administration seems to say that, and he's taken as good a shot at it as any.
But it's ludicrous to say he's done nothing thus far, and simultaneously say he's enacted this horrible radical agenda... well, he couldn't very well have enacted some sort of radical agenda if he didn't do anything.
And to boot, he's done stuff that just isn't that radical. It's pragmatic, but a lot of it's big. He said when he was elected he'd rather get it right and be a one-term guy than do business as usual. He succeeded where just about every president since the turn of the 20th century failed, with health care. If people weren't such morons, that bill would have been that much better... but we ended up with a debate where covering the right
to consider advanced directives was called a "death panel."
Like I said, enjoy the big mid-term swing. It's not the first one in American history, and it won't be the last. These guys are so
ready to overplay their hand, and once you get to the House, it's grownup time. You have to make your stands, and you have to get into the guts of bills these guys pride
themselves on not understanding. I doubt their staffers are much better. Hell, we won't hear them complain "nobody's read the bill" anymore, because the current crop can't read, from what I've seen.
It'll be fun