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During the 2008 presidential election I have the privilege of serving as the Montgomery County campaign manager for then Candidate Barack Obama. I briefed my team of volunteers about the tough road we had ahead of us especially with the economy being in bad shape and with soldiers losing their lives in foreign countries.
I reminded them to stay focused on the issues that our country was facing as they went about their daily campaign tasks of canvassing, registering voters and phone banking. I asked them to concentrate on the five bullet points that were drastically affecting our country as they came down the chain of command from the National Obama 08 headquarters.
Those bullets point to hit on and to pass on to the voters were as followed. Rebuilding our Economy, Historic Health Reform, National Security, Education and Civil Rights.
During we election we all worked very hard to bring change to our nation and over the past two years President Obama has fulfilled some of these promises in just his short time in office. I would like to present to the community a report titled Promises Kept that will point out these changes and also remind us that there is still work to be done!
Promises Kept is a report put together to tell the story of President Barack Obama’s first two years in office. In two years, President Obama and Organizing for America have moved America forward–through the Recovery Act, health reform, Wall Street reform, and much more.
The challenges that President Obama and this administration inherited were immense. Two wars, an economy in freefall, record deficits, and a health care system in crisis. Although there is still more work to do, we have made an incredible amount of progress over the past two years. Together, we have begun to lay a new foundation for growth, building an economy that works for all Americans.
The report was commissioned by Organizing for America, a project for the Democratic National Committee.
Rebuilding Our Economy
The Recovery Act represented the largest infrastructure investment since President Eisenhower, the largest education investment since President Johnson, and the largest clean-energy bill ever. It has saved or created as many as 3.7 million jobs across America while creating a foundation for future growth.
Wall Street Reform
Wall Street reform empowered consumers and investors, put a stop to predatory lending practices, brought shadowy Wall Street trades into the light, and ended taxpayer-funded bailouts.
Middle Class Tax Cuts
The Recovery Act reduced taxes for 95 percent of working families, putting more money in the pockets of Americans who need it most. President Obama also worked to prevent a middle-class tax increase, while extending vital unemployment benefits for Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Credit Card Reform
These reforms put a stop to unfair credit card practices. Reform banned retroactive rate hikes, implemented new protections for students and young people, and required credit card companies to explain their terms in plain language.
Building a Clean-Energy Economy
New emissions and fuel efficiency standards for American cars and historic investments in clean-energy technologies are helping pave the way to a more sustainable future, creating new jobs and entire industries here in America.
Rebuilding the American Auto Industry
The Obama administration acted decisively to invest in America’s auto industry, preventing hundreds of thousands of job losses across the country and revitalizing the backbone of America’s manufacturing sector.
Historic Health Reform
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act provides stability and security to Americans who have insurance and provides affordable options for those who don’t. It lowers costs for families, businesses, and America as a whole, provides the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in our history, and puts an end to the worst insurance industry abuses.
Children’s Health Insurance
The expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) extended coverage to another 4 million low-income children, increasing the total number of children covered by the program to more than 11 million.
Ending Combat Operations in Iraq
We have ended our combat mission in Iraq and removed nearly 100,000 troops so that we can focus on fighting al Qaeda and rebuilding our nation at home.
Towards a World Without Without Nuclear Weapons
The President reached the most important arms control agreement with Russia in two decades. New START will reduce our nuclear arsenals, put inspectors on the ground in Russia, and renew America’s leadership in pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons. President Obama also rallied the world behind a plan to secure all nuclear material from terrorists within four years, fulfilling a key campaign promise.
A New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan
The United States and our allies have gone on the offense in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, and around the world to ensure that al Qaeda and other terrorists do not have any safe place from which to plan future attacks on America.
Reforming Student Lending
President Obama signed into law student loan reform that makes college more affordable for students and families and will save American taxpayers roughly $68 billion over the next 10 years. Spurring innovation Programs like “Race to the Top” and “Educate to Innovate” are giving American schools and states the tools and resources they need to be successful.
A New GI Bill
The implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill increased educational opportunities for veterans by making college more affordable for returning service members.
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