Obama's First 100 Days -- The Black Agenda Report Card

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

Why a Report Card At All?
The hundred day report card is an enduring tradition in American journalism for a very good reason. It's journalism's job to help citizens make sense of the world, to seek the truth and tell it without fear or favor no matter where it leads. Three months and a week into a new administration, everybody knows where the mens and ladies rooms are, most of the key hires are in place, and the bus has definitely cleared the station. There's plenty of evidence by now to assess where it's going, and whether it's anyplace we really ought to be headed.
 
Should We Grade President Obama on What He Promised, or on What People Need?
The answer to this should be easy. It all depends on whether we imagine government derives its authority from the blessedness of anointed men and women in office, or whether legitimacy comes from the informed consent of the governed. Most of us who were not home schooled learned it the latter way: governments are legit only insofar as they serve the people. Limiting the scope of a report card to what politicians promise confers upon them the power to lock down our collective imagination and deny our hunger and thirst for justice before we can even express it.
 
Why These Categories?
Because these are the issues that matter to our people. As the journal of African American political thought and action, they are what our authors write about every week.
 
1. Health Care Reform (9 points)
2. Creating New Jobs and Preserving Old Ones (5 points)
3. Fully Funding and Preserving Public Education (6 points)
4. War & Peace (9 points)
5. Transportation (5 points)
6. Caribbean and Latin America (4 points)
7. Obama's Africa Policy; Our Brotherman and the Motherland (5 points)
8. Wall Street Bailout (6 points)
9. Debt and Foreclosure Crises (6 points)
10. Investigating Bush-era Crimes (5 points)
11. Criminalizing Immigration, Militarizing the Border (5 points)
12. Broadband For Everyone and a Just and Fair Media (5 points)
13. Environment (5 points)
14. Agricultural Policy, and Policy Toward Black Farmers (5 points)
15. Mass imprisonment (5 points)
16. Employee Free Choice Act (5 points)
17. Urban Policy (5 points)
18. Privatization of Government Agencies and Services (5 points)
  
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1. Health Care Reform
President Obama himself declared that we should judge his first term on whether we get a national health care plan. While the exact specs of the Obama campaign have not been formally introduced, it's been no secret for a couple years now that Barack Obama and his advisors abhor any form of Medicare-For-All or single payer health care. When the president's people ordered their activists to convene a wave of health care house meetings in December, the demand most often voiced was for single payer, everybody-in and nobody out. Despite this, and despite polling data that shows a majority of physicians and a majority of the American people favor single payer health care, the Obama administration buried the results of those house meetings. Obama's series of regional health care "summits," although billed as the chance to get input from all the relevant have pointedly excluded any voices for single payer health care.
Currently, private insurance companies consume a third of every health care dollar for advertising, lawyering, salaries and bonuses, bad investments and the vast bureaucratic machinery they have created to deny coverage to the sick. We are the only nation where half the bankruptcies are caused by illness. The Obama health care plan, modeled on the failed "individual mandate" health insurance experiments of Massachusetts, Tennessee and other states will make health insurance like car insurance.
Everyone will have to buy a policy from a private company or face tax and other penalties, with no guarantee the policy will be either affordable or comprehensive. The myriad shortcomings of this plan are detailed in a report from Physicians for a National Health Care Plan, and in several previous BAR articles. When asked during the campaign whether he thought health care was a human right, Barack Obama said he thought it was. His health care plan does preserve the prifits of insurance companies.
Five points for admitting health care is a human right, minus one for suppressing discussion of single payer. Four out of nine.
 
2. Creating New Jobs and Preserving Old Ones
When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933, the nation had been in the Depression almost four years. The new president created some 800,000 jobs in the space of a few months. To be fair, this Depression hasn't been in effect nearly as long, and there are no insistent mass movements waging extralegal campaigns of strikes and civil disobedience going into the spring of 2009. So it's more complicated than measuring the hundreds of thousands of new jobs Roosevelt created against the hundreds of thousands Obama hasn't.
What we see is a failure of imagination on the part of the Obama administration. Not only does the First Black President declare it's the job of the private sector, never government, to create jobs, a stand closer to Herbert Hoover than to Franklin Roosevelt --- his "stimulus packages" have refused to fully fund the operations of local and state governments. Full funding for local governments would preserve the jobs of teachers, water department workers, librarians, coaches and park district workers, public safety employees and others who are being sent home in the tens of thousands. It's a piece of low hanging job and vital service preserving fruit the Obama administration refuses to harvest.
One point out of five for the Obama rhetoric on green jobs, and the $10 billion directed toward high speed rail..
 
3. Fully Funding and Preserving Public Education
There is no good news here. While Obama's Secretary of Education has not called teachers unions "terrorists" as his Bush-era counterpart did, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is as committed to de-funding and privatizing public education as his predecessors. Obama's pick for Secretary of Education is an underqualified stooge whose longest lasting job was as a pro basketball player, and who has not a single hour of classroom teaching experience. Duncan's innovations as Chicago Public Schools CEO, detailed in a December BAR interview with longtime Chicago teachers union activist George Schmidt, include the closing and privatizations of dozens of schools in African American communities and the summary firing of their mostly black teachers and principals, and the handing over of several inner-city Chicago middle and high schools to the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
No Child Left Behind, the bipartisan corporate Bush era "education reform," which allows schools and entire districts to be threatened with closure and privatization, seems destined to remain intact for the forseeable future under an Obama administration.
Zero points here of a possible six.
 
4. War and Peace
From 2003 onward, Barack Obama staked his political career on conveying to voters the impression that he opposed the war in Iraq, while vigorously signalling to the bipartisan freign policy establishment that he was really one of them. By early 2008 Obama closed the circle, openly endorsing the Bush "surge" and war aims in Iraq, confirming that thirty or fifty or seventy thousand troops, depending, could remain in Iraq throughout his first term. Unlike John McCain, who said the US should increase troop levels in Afghanistan because "we" are "winning," Obama wanted to boost the number of American boots on the ground there because "we" are losing. Halfway though his first week in office, Obama was launching missiles from drones at Pakistani mountain villages.
While the US spends more on things military than the rest of the world combined, the Obama military budget is higher than Bush's. Though the laughable "war on terror" is gone from our government propaganda, all or most of its machinery remains in motion under the new administration.
Barack Obama has kept Robert Gates, a bloodstained Reagan-era war criminal as chief of the Pentagon, and designated the bloodthirsty Susan Rice as National Security Advisor. Susan Rice is an enthusiastic advocate of genocidal military intervention practically everywhere on the African continent under the monstrously hypocritical cover of "stopping genocide."
The president says he will talk to Iran, which is worth a point, but continues the Bush policy of threatening Russia with NATO expansion right up to its borders, which takes away the single point.
Zero out of nine points.
 
5. Transportation
After more than a half century of disinvestment, the US passenger rail network is the laughing stock of the developed world. Passenger railcars have not been manufactured in the US for decades, and no high speed rail exists at all outside a single line in the northeast. Investment in high speed intercity rail was one of the first promises broken by the Clinton administration.
The initial investment of $10 billion, apparently pushed at the president's personal initiative is a modest start, with the potential to create tens of thousands of new jobs, though not right away. Obama probably knows that $100 billion over his first term would be a minimally reasonable down payment on a world class passenger rail network, which will be cheaper and more sustainable than America's dependence on highways and air travel. Assuming he does have the vision, the question are whether he has the political will, and whether, after allowing Wall Street to pillage and loot the US Treasury under the guise of a "bailout," whether we have the money, and how much of it can be executed before the price of fuel makes air and highway travel prohibitive.
Also, existing urban mass transit is in tatters, thanks to management that believes transit is a profit center rather than an economic right. Those awaiting an Obama commitment to the future of urban mass transit on the scale of his pledges to intercity rail may have a long wait. After all, urban mass transit is identified, in the minds of many, with African Americans, a political identification the First Black President determined to avoid wherever possible.
Four points out of five.
 
6. Caribbean and Latin America
Given that one black person in ten in the US has a spouse, sibling or parent born abroad, most often from Africa or the Caribbean, administration policies toward these regions have a special resonance in the African American community. Obama deserves a half point for shaking hands with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and another half point for not striking the usual full frontal crudity pose toward Cuba at the inter-American summit earlier this month. But massive taxpayer subsidies of US agribusiness to dump millions of tons of genetically modified corn, soybeans and other products on Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, Central and South America continue to crush local agriculture, deepening food dependency in and driving immigration from these countries. There is no sign that an Obama administration is reconsidering any of these policies.
The brutal occupation of Haiti by a US financed proxy force of so-called peacekeepers, also continues unmentioned by the US press, and unremarked upon by the Obama administration.
Lots of room for improvement here. One and a half points out of four.
 
7. Obama's Africa Policy: Our Brotherman and the Motherland
In recent years the US has provided arms transfers, military training and military assistance to more than 50 out of Africa's 54 nations. Hence Africa is the most war-torn region on earth, containing millions of square miles in which hospitals, schools, agriculture, industry and civil society have collapsed into vast law-free zones, such as the eastern Congo, where 5 million souls have perished since the mid 1990s. These law-free zones have proven an ideal business-friendly environment for the extraction of Congo's timber and mineral wealth, including 90% of the world's coltan, an essential strategic mineral found in every cell phone, computer, aircraft and modern electronic device. Resources extracted from law free zones in the Congo and elsewhere in Africa invariably find their way into "legitimate" markets of Western Europe and the US.
While the death toll in neighboring Darfur the death toll is a twentieth or a hundredth that of the Congo, according to Mahmood Mandani and others who are in a position to know, but the Obama Administration, just like the Bush Administration before it, calls Darfur a "genocide," and not the Congo. The difference, say many, is that the Sudanese oil is being pumped out by the Chinese, while the profits from 5 million Congolese dead end up here. The "genocide" label is about as truthful as Saddam's WMD, another excuse for military intervention.
Barack Obama has been to Somalia, but his administration continues the twenty year low-intensity war against that unhappy country. Somalia hasn't had a central government in two decades not because its people don't want one, but because successive US Republican and Democratic administrations brand as "terrorist Al Qeada sympathizers" any Somali government that won't grant the US the exclusive rights to the untapped lake of oil beneath the country.
The Bush administratin established AFRICOM, the US imperial command on the continent, a move so unpopular that only one African government in 54 will dare openly accept it, fearing the wrath of their own constituents. Although it is a military command headed a black US general AFRICOM is seconded by a civilian from the State Department, and liberally sprinkled with representatives of every US civilian governmental, and some ostensible non-governmental entity which does business in Africa. Thus AFRICOM deliberately blurs the line between US civilian and military involvement on the African continent, and even more thoroughly militarizes US policy toward Africa.
Nobody who thinks half a minute about it imagines that the militarization of Africa, and of US policy toward Africa is a good thing. It has been US policy for more than two decades. Among the bipartisan designers of this policy are Obama's top foreign policy advisors including Madeline Albright and Susan Rice. You can look awfully hard for some good news in Obama's policy toward Africa so far, and find no reason for optimism.
We'll give him one point out of five anyway, for no good reason. Call it hope.
 
8. Bailing Out Wall Street
The extent to which Wall Street and the Obama administration are in bed with each other is deeply disappointing to most Americans, according to a recent NBC News Gallup poll.
Not a single economist, regulator, or financial analyst who predicted the bursting of the bubble economy, and there were many, has been hired by Obama's financial gurus, and every financial policy seems aimed at rescuing speculators rather than the American people. Rather than recognize the systemic crisis of capital for what it is, the end of business as usual, all the Obama 'stimulus" paackages are offered in the folorn hope that that lending can be re-started, another bubble re-inflated, and business can be resumed as usual.
Zero points out of six.
 
9. Debt and Foreclosure Crises
For ordinary people, the financial crisis has become a debt crisis. Mortgage, consumer and credit card debt have mounted to unpayable levels, as the parasitic masters of capital attempt to extract an interest payment out of every transaction. Acquiring a college education, for example, has become virtually impossible for most Americans without incurring a five figure debt at usurious interest rates. The Obamas, despite their much higher than average income, were unable to pay off their college loans till a couple years ago, when they received royalties from his best-selling book. Until there is a commitment on the part of the Obama administration to lower interest rates on current and new consumer, mortgage, and student loans, to restricting interest rates in future lending, and a restoration of bankruptcy laws that enable individuals to liquidate their debt and start anew, we cannot give Barack Obama any more than a single hopeful point out of six.
 
10. Investigatng the Bush Era Crimes
Unlike the nation's political elite, a substantial majority of the American people want the Bush crimes against humanity and the Constitution at least investigated, But the Obama administration on every front seems to affirm a bipartisan elite consensus that government officials are above the law. The Obama vision of reconciliation without truth incentivizes further violations of law on the part of government, If there were negative points, we would award them here.
Zero out of five.
11. Criminalizing Immigration and Militarizing the Border
Despite some promising campaign rhetoric in which Obama declined to adopt the racist and scapegoating language of Republican and many Democratic politicians toward immigrants, the Obama administration designated Janet Napalitano, the evil twin sister of Phoenix sheriff Joe Arpaio to head the Department of Homeland Security. In our opinion, this is an executive agency which should never have been formed, and ought to now be dissolved. Under the Obama administration, construction of the border wall continues.
Obama gets one point for rhetoric, and another point for not deploying troops to the border. Two out of five.
 
12. Broadband For Everyone, Low Power Radio, and a Just and Fair Media
One of the administration's professed goals is the extension of broadband availability to underserved rural and urban areas. The designation of $7 billion for this purpose, and the nomination of former FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein to supervise its dispensation is a promising start. But the failure thus far to neutralize corporate forces who want to keep any broadband mapping data concealed from the public is a loathsome concession to cable companies and telcos. Obama's new FCC chief has not yet been confirmed, and so cannot be judged. The administration says it is for network neutrality, and has not opposed low power FM radio as far as we know. Its position on media consolidation and the future of music remain unknown.
Two points awarded here for substance, and one for hope. Three out of five.
 
13. Environment
The so-called "Cap And Trade" scheme favored by the Obama adminstration enacts the reprehensible suggestion of Obama advisor Larry Summers' that African and other less developed countries are I"underpolluted" by establishing a corporate "right" to pollute, along with a financial market to buy, sell, trade and speculate on the value of these imaginary pollution "rights." It doesn't appear to have reduced carbon emissions in Europe, according to Dartmouth's Dr. Michael Dorsey, but it has made a lot of traders and speculators rich. , and is a product of the same market-as-solution-to-everything exhibited during the Bush years. A tax on carbon emission s would be more straightforward. No points there, and none for "clean coal" either.
The Obama adminstration gets a single point for talking up fuel economy standards and green jobs, with another thrown in for hope. One point out of five.
 
14. Agricultural Policy, and Policy Toward Black Farmers
The broad Obama policy toward agribusiness is unlikely to be good news. Obama is committed, for instance, to ethanol, which often takes more energy to produce than it does when burned. On the other hand, one of the first acts of Obama's new Secretary of Agriculture was to meet with black farmers of the Southern Federation of Rural Cooperatives. After decades of malign neglect toward African American farmers, a single meeting isn't much, but it's hopeful, worth two points of a possible five.
 
15. Mass Black Imprisonment
Some things are too hot for a First Black President with no real allegiance to African Americans as a community to touch, but too important to the lives of millions in that community to ignore. Not long ago, Obama declared that despite an incarceration rate seven to nine times that of white America, blacks were "90% of the way to equality." If the First Black President cannot grow a pair on this issue, and come out for restorative justice, elimination of disparate penalties, banning of incarceration of juveniles with adults or an end to indeterminate sentencing, he deserves no points. It's tough, it's a high standard, but a fair one.
Zero out of five.
 
16. The Employee Free Choice Act
The EFCA would better enable workers to form unions across the country. It would give them some of the same vital tools for raising their own living standards that workers in other countries like Canada have --- the ability to exercise democracy on the job and assert their economic rights to security and survival. On the campaign trail President Obama endorsed the EFCA, but gererally, only when asked or when appearing at union halls and labor functions. Since assuming office he has rarely mentioned it. The Chamber of Commerce and other employers including Wal-Kart and Home Depot are spending tens or hundreds of millions on deceitful PR campaigns to misrepresent and distort the issue. They are not being countered by the Obama administration. Some Democrats have declared against EFCA, and others appear ready to trade off pieces of it for goodness knows what. This is a time when presidential leadership can enable tens of millions to lift up their own living standards.
We are waiting for President Obama to show this leadership. Still waiting.... Two points of a possible five, and slipping.
 
17. Urban Policy
Despite the elevation of tens of thousands of African Americans to public office in cities and states and counties across the land, the creation of thousands of black millionaires, along with an educated and empowered black middle class, the only model of urban economic development any of us have seen consists of moving poorer people out of urban neighborhoods and richer ones in. The black misleadership class seems not to know how to create jobs or low income housing, or how to develop, to value, to stabilize communities where they are. They just know how to get paid, and they do that by playing the development game as their white counterparts have handed it to them. Sadly, Barack Obama's administration brings little to the table on this score. We award the Obama administration two points for establishing an office of Urban Policy, and take away one of those for appointing a New York pol with ties to real estate developers to the post.
One out of five.
 
18. Privatization of Government Agencies and Services Including the Military
A hallmark of the Bush, and before that, the Clinton administration has been the conversion of public wealth, public property, even public services and the military, to centers of private profit. In principle, most Americans know that privatization of public resources is a bad idea. Publicly transparent processes become proprietary information. Public services are cut back to wring profits from every transaction, and needed services that don't turn big enough profits are cut back. Vast portions of the nation's intelligence, prisons and military establishments, for example, have been privatized. This is an issue never mentioned by candidate Obama or President Obama, but one vital to the future of any sort of democracy.
Zero points out of five.
  
A hundred days is far too early for anyone to score a hundred points on a list of concerns like these. 55 would have been passing, and 45 a sign of hopes being actually redeemed on some fronts.  But at under 25 out of a possible 100 our First Black President  is at best a chronic underacheiver, as far as the real needs of African Americans go.
 
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Thirsting For Change:  Obama's First 100 Days ,

John Feffer & Chester Hartman,

Institute For Policy Studies

Overall grade:  7



Rev. Jesse Jackson,

Operation PUSH

Overall grade:  Incomplete


First 100 Days:  Keyt Civil Rights Leaders Give Obama an "A"
Hazel Trice-Edney, NNPA

One Hundred Days To Restore the Constitution,
from the Center for Constitutional Rights

  the Applied Research Center, whose video appears below, has also produced 100 Race In Review, which you can find here.

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High Speed Rail?

Thanks for this report, which is spot-on.  I wonder, however:  Doesn't the high-speed rail money need to make it through Congress?  If so, let's watch and see if Obama isn't striking a pose on this one, too.  Will he push to keep that money in whatever bill it winds up in?  I have my doubts...

No Change Yet,...

People of this great nation were expecting great changes in Obamas period, but conditions are still there, how could it be change, as he working on same policies too, am big fan of Obama and am still surprised that they have not change their war policy. They are still spending a lot of moeny on wars of other countries, like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. How could economical conditions get better, as we are spending a lot of money on wars. Most of top business, like trade, forex, web hosting, software develpement, internet marketing, and finance related firms are downsizing because to these weired economical conditions, and our govt is spending money on wars instead of driving some way out to support our economy.

You guys were far to

You guys were far to generous. What a hypocrite Bammy is. He says that affirmative action should be based on income and not race (Clinton II) yet will no doubt appoint a Hispanic female, to solidify that Hispanic vote. Affirmative action is perfectly fine when HE is the one doing it. When will people realize this guy is a complete fraud, and his words a full of contradictions? This guy is a leech off of the black community. He would be nothing without his African heritage. The only reason people laugh at his dumb jokes, endure his hemming and hawing, stammering and stuttering is because of the fact that he IS black. He must think it's because he is so charming and the force of his personality, and colgate smile

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Home-schooler bashing

Love your site; read it every week. However, as someone who was homeschooled K through 12 and has never attended a day of public or private elementary/secondary, I would really urge you to not un-journalistically imply that all home-schooled people lack critical thinking skills. We are not all insufferable, Bible-thumping wretches, contrary to what the mainstream media would have you believe.

No farm points, after all

Terrific piece as usual Mr. Dixon.
I did read the other day that Mr. O had kicked the Black farmers in their teeth once again in that he will not increase the amount in the funding for the farmers who are filing suit for unfair practices against them. He pretended to care about them so much when he needed Southern votes, but isn't that just like a slimey politician?

Great Report

Bruce,
Thanks for the wonderful report. Please read my comments here.
 
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Very few journalists/pundits considered African Policy in their grade report/card. Bruce A. Dixon for the Black Agenda Report, one of the few people I have seen grading the President on African policy, gave him one out of five. I do not know if there are major initiatives in the works for Obama’s African policy. I sincerely hope so. But based on the selection of Ambassador Jonny Carson, a career diplomat noted for a track record of working in Africa, as Assistant Secretary State for African Affairs, I give the President a passing grade with an optimism that the administration will soon move "swiftly" to act on some of the pressing African issues and fulfill Obama’s campaign promises. It should also be noted here that Obama has followed through with his campaign promise to double overseas USAID which will be valuable in achieving the so called “Millennium Development Goals”. Of course only if African leaders can use it for intended, and most of the time unintended, purposes
 

What passing grade?

Obama has not promised anything to the motherland. The African people are at the bottom of his list of "things to do". This is not a complaint as I could care less what Obama may do for Africa since it would definitely be disguised  as "foreign aid", which is nothing but imperial design to subjugate the peoples of the developing world and render them forever indebted to US imperial ambitions.
 
An Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs is nothing but an instrument to perpetuate and expand US foreign policy. It has become fashionable in Washington to designate an African-American to carry on the burden of deceiving and betraying Africa's struggling masses to advance the interests of multinational corporations whose sole interest is making profit and make-believe altruism. Africans don't need hope or optimism that Obama might turn out to be a "brother". Hogwash! Obama is no African! How could he distance himself from the travails and the struggle of the oppressed here in the US, and then identify with the needs and interests of a people he despises and has nothing in common with?
 
He may be able to build a school in some village in Kenya that will bear his name and entrench his phony Africanness in the minds of deluded, wishful pseudo-European academics and arm-chair revolutionaries. Africa is not Kenya! Africa may be hungry, but those responsible for the hunger and the misery visited upon her people should not be allowed to pose as her saviours or allies in the struggle for true liberation, independence and self-sufficiency! His grade is minus ten, period!

I basically went through some

I basically went through some of those thoughts yesterday when the Calpari to UK talk came up. At this point, I just want Stephenson at KU. He is the versatile wing guy KU needs if Collins and or Aldrich come back. We don't have a swingman capable of putting up lots of points and that is what Stephenson would provide. i would like to add some more comments on it as i get some time from phpbb hosting services along with the vbulletin hosting services at affordable prices, but one thing i must say that i like the concept of comprehensive review and i like it.

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World Bank propagandist ... no thank you!

This comment is nothing but World Bank propaganda, the sort that assumes African nations need to be more like the USA and less like they actually are.  It assumes that "development" benefits the rural people, when actually "development" only rewards the developers, who gain massive creditor status and the rural peoples become massive debtors to the "developers."
 
It's naive to think that chasing ever-more-modern disposable trinkets and following consumerist materialism are the optimum way to live.  It's time for arrogant people like Barack Obama and his string-pulling Gepettos... and deceitful shills like Oromsis... to be overthrown and jailed for their condescending hubris toward "third-world" countries and their inhabitants.  Rural cultures are not markets waiting to be exploited.  They are societies of people who are living as they wish.  Before profiteering completely destroys the world, people like Obama and Oromsis need to be jailed and detached from power.

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You graded him way too high

He gets an F when it comes to the black agenda. You guys were far to generous. What a hypocrite Bammy is. He says that affirmative action should be based on income and not race (Clinton II) yet will no doubt appoint a Hispanic female, to solidify that Hispanic vote. Affirmative action is perfectly fine when HE is the one doing it. When will people realize this guy is a complete fraud, and his words a full of contradictions? This guy is a leech off of the black community. He would be nothing without his African heritage. The only reason people laugh at his dumb jokes, endure his hemming and hawing, stammering and stuttering is because of the fact that he IS black. He must think it's because he is so charming and the force of his personality, and colgate smile. How long will it take for the novelty to wear off?

AMEN, sall. AMEN.

Very well said, Obama trades on his Black-ness in the most callous and deceptive manner.  If he weren't a half-Black man with an exotic name, he'd never have got the nod for the 2008 Donkey Nomination.  There's nothing he's bringing to the table that Hillary Clinton or John Edwards or Bill Richardson wouldn't have brought, except for that half-Blackness and the exotic, African-sounding name.
 
I'm very stunned by the way in which people have embraced this confidence man's lies and charades.  It's disgusting and disturbing.

But I do believe that Obama

But I do believe that Obama has given some of those publications I've mentioned White House access, particularly access ( Master Dissertation ) to press briefings. Those publications also interviewed many black academics, some of which have written articles in such publications (e.g., Michael Eric Dyson, Cornel West, Bell Hooks, Angela Davis -- Lerone Bennett Jr. is the managing editor of Ebony). You're right, these publications are similiar to People and Cosmopolitan, but unlike those magazines, these publications also touch on politics and how some policies effect ( Dissertation Thesis ) black communities. So in this respect that makes them also comparable to Newsweek and Time. In this regard they can be criticized, especially since they reach a wider black audience than a site like BAR.

I just finished reading

Dr. Claud Anderson's Powernomics.  Why can't members of the black elite enact some of his recommendations, or at least protest the inclusion of white women,spanish-speakers, Arab, Asian groups along with black Americans?  Demand the original interpretations of the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitutions so that only the descendents of African slaves are included?  That rising tide lifts all boats is nonsense.

Education has approached

Education has approached social security ( Essay ) in the "third rail" fears over the last 15-20 years. Everyone is afraid they are going to get accused of throwing good money after bad. I haven't seen any of the younger Senators display the acumen and strength on education we see from Dodd and Kennedy. I LOVE watching Kennedy chairing a committee hearing on an Education bill, he can be half a bottle of scotch in and he still knows more about education policy ( Education Essay ) than anyone who the right puts in the chair to speak. Sometimes he just plays with the person a bit, gives them a chance to measure out the rope and tie a good strong noose...then he yanks the chair out and moves on to to the next victim. Dodd is similarly adept, shortly after NCLB was passed, Dodd authored an amending bill that "corrects" NCLB and was quickly endorsed by nearly every major educational authority including the major teachers unions. It has been stuffed in a drawer ever since, no chance of making the Senate floor in the previous sessions, not likely this session either. I had a number of education ( Essay Service ) based events with and without Senator Dodd present in Iowa, it is a wonderful thing to see him talking with teachers and able to communicate and truly understand what they face and what they need.

the person a bit, gives them

the person a bit, gives them a chance to measure out the rope and tie a good strong noose...then he yanks the chair out and moves on to to the next victim. Dodd is similarly adept, shortly after NCLB was passed, Dodd authored an amending bill that "corrects" NCLB and was quickly endorsed by nearly every major educational authority including the major teachers unions. Pain

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World financial crisis

World financial crisis continues the triumphal procession on the world. However in the homeland of crisis, in the USA, the situation has started to improve gradually. The quantity of new buildings again grows, Americans gradually start to increase expenses, and manufacturers at last get rid of the stale goods. Certainly, about full restoration of the American economy to speak still early, but it is already possible to assume, that II and III quarters 2009г. Will appear not such gloomy, as the first. Also some experts assure, that at last - after one and a half year after the beginning of crisis of credits subprime - the world's largest economy has followed a recover way. " It is impossible to tell, that this beginning of restoration of economy of the USA. However rates of delay of gross national product decrease, and slow growth "will soon begin, - economist Barclays Etan Harris believes. The statistical data published in the beginning of this week became acknowledgement of this point of view. So, volume of building of new houses in the USA in February 2009г. Has unexpectedly grown on 22,2 % in comparison with the last month - to 583 thousand units. Experts predicted, that this indicator will make 450 thousand units. Have started to grow gradually and consumer expenses: Americans buy again home appliances and furniture." After crash Lehman Brothers consumers sat at home and tried not to get out in shop. However recently the situation has started to vary. The sensation that there has passed the first shock and the consumer market is created has started to be stabilised gradually ", - economist Charlotte marks.
As a result, against expectations concerning fast restoration of economy of the USA, investors have started to put up again money in building sectors. Subindex Standard and Poor's has grown the day before on 3 %, and subindex S&P of the companies has grown up from the beginning of March already on 25 %. By estimations of economists, not improvement of financial indicators, and confidence that US authorities can find a way to overcome crisis became the basic occasion to pleasure of investors.
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The share market reacted that

The share market reacted that Obama has collected a command of economic advisers - supporters of an additional package of stimulation of economy. This package will be offered after the new president and new structure of the Congress will start the duties. Optimism of the market is caused by hope that the new government will pour in the huge sum of money of the most suffered from crisis economy sector. Other question - what there will be more remote results of such steps. Because there is a question which now do not wish to set and which Obama does not wish to answer now - whence it takes money for stimulation?
The president Bush and the Congress have already allocated 700 billion dollars to the aid of financial sector. Half of this sum is already spent. Administration Obamy at Congress support speaks about a new package of stimulation in the sum from 500 to 700 billion. In general, we speak about more than billion dollars. Agree, it is not not enough. And the government should take this money whence. For this purpose or it is necessary to raise taxes, or somewhere to borrow, or to address to the Federal reserve with the request to print more than new denominations. To raise taxes during the strongest economic recession when one bankruptcy follows another, Obama hardly will dare. To borrow? In home market - there is nobody, for banks in very heavy position. On external how it became earlier? But whether China, Russia, Saudi Arabia if it is not clear will lend to America, whether can return the USA these loans, moreover with percent? After all it is a question of billion! Then it is possible to undertake additional manufacturing of money. It conducts to even more inflation.
Any of these measures can become short-term stimulus for economy, but can deepen even more crisis later, lower dollar cost, raise inflation. Now we do not wish to think of it, but the future problems caused by such measures cannot be ignored. Obama promises to create 2,5 million workplaces by government programs of building and repair of highways, bridges, schools and so on. But this program will work, while the state in a condition to spend for it money and to pay in the worker the salary. As soon as the government will slow down or in general will stop this program, workplaces will disappear, because they are created by artificial image, they - time, they are not connected with long-term and stable manufacture which is possible only at real restoration of economy. All it, I repeat, short-term measures, instead of far-reaching decisions.
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Near-Eastern initiatives of

Near-Eastern initiatives of the US president represent real chance for world achievement in region, the Minister of Defence of Israel has declared on Sunday in Cairo.The Near East had now serious chances of realisation of peace initiatives of American president Obamy, - the Israeli minister following the results of negotiations with the president of Egypt has told. Thus it has specified in possibility of achievement of progress not only on Palestinian, but also on other directions of Near-Eastern settlement. At the same time the head of the Ministry of Defence of Israel recognised existence of disagreements with the American administration concerning freezing of building of the Jewish settlements.We have directory submission some remarks under the maintenance of speech Оbama in Cairo in that, as to the termination of building of settlements, - the Israeli minister has explained.It has expressed hope, that disagreements do not become an obstacle for movement to a peaceful settlement in region.In the recent reference to Muslim world Obama has promised to make efforts for settlement of the Near-Eastern conflict on the basis of peaceful co-existence of two states - Palestinian and Israeli. Thus the US president has urged Israel to stop building of settlements in the Palestinian territories.Obama has informed also, that at negotiations with Мubarak the destiny of Israeli captured soldier Gilada Shalita which Palestinians wish to exchange for prisoners in the Israeli prisons was discussed. Thus it did not begin to make comments on concrete steps on clearing of the Israeli.
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The new Minister of Finance

The new Minister of Finance has suggested to allocate for these purposes from 500 billion to 1 bln. US dollars. Thirdly, Gajtner has supported increase to 1 bln. dollars of volume of financing «Programs of urgent crediting under maintenance with securities». The given program has the purpose crediting of bank sector on account of reception by the state of a part of actions of the given institutes.
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I hope Barak Obama will

I hope Barak Obama will concentrate more on public issues that matters for the whole world, health issue is one of them and so we are looking forward that the crisis will be terminated soon. Regards, Henrry - Dating Service

Sure the bailouts and stuff

Sure the bailouts and stuff were needed you could argue. But I agree with this commenter that he needs to fix things that matter to the masses (I wouldn't say the world though... but those of us who live here in the U.S.) Health care needs to be taken care of somehow. It's ridiculous the millions of dollars that medical and prescriptions companies are making and people still die because they can't afford the care they need. driver detective review

 

 

In my opinion, backing off on

In my opinion, backing off on some of President Obama's key principle like a government option will not only weaken his healthcare reform, but may hurt him among hos core base. Regards, Jerry - anti aging

I believe some Democrats have

I believe some Democrats have declared against EFCA, and others appear ready to trade off pieces of it for goodness knows what. This is a time when presidential leadership can enable tens of millions to lift up their own living standards.Dissertation Writing Regards,

The black misleadership class

The black misleadership class seems not to know how to create jobs or low income housing, or how to develop, to value, to stabilize communities where they are. They just know how to get paid, and they do that by playing the development game as their white counterparts have handed it to them.

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cooperation needed...

No matter how good a president is if the people that surrounds him are not that cooperative, all his good plans will be put to waste. People's initiative should alternately be his sidekick. The president's agenda should always have healthy food on the table for all his constituents. I'm sure he will be loved most by many.
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If it goes through, the LA

If it goes through, the LA schools handover may represent the biggest one-shot giveaway of public school property in history. The 50 recently constructed schools alone are the equivalent of a big city school district, all brand new and just out of the box, giving the charter operators a huge, built-in physical plant advantage over the city's traditional public schools.
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Mr,Obama's 100days campaign

Mr,Obama's 100days campaign article is interesting. I to know many information about his campagn by reading this article. Good
 

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seems a little too much

Privatization of Government Agencies and Services Including the Military seems a little too much.

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Affirmative action is perfectly fine when HE is the one doing it.Mr obamas first hundred days, the article tells about his rule for these days but the latest speech given by him with regards to the terror activiteis are clearly explained.

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I don't agree with Obama's

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Broadband for everyone is a

Broadband for everyone is a fantastic idea, through more internet access we can provide more education. Through the argos money off vouchers you can get cheap internet access for anyone.

will drugs also be handled?

I wonder whether drugs will also be handled. There are many people with drug problems. They can go to Narconon and get real help. But will this be made available on a broader scale?

The idea that a President can

The idea that a President can be assessed in a mere 100 days is a journalistic conceit. Most presidencies evolve too slowly to be judged so quickly. Roosevelt set the initial standard in 1933, overpowering Congress and passing a slew of legislation to confront the Great Depression during his first three months in office. "Lyndon Johnson had two 100-days periods," says historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, "one after the Kennedy assassination and another after he was elected in 1964." Indeed,cell phone Johnson's legislative haul dwarfs anything before or since; he quickly got Congress on track to pass landmark civil rights bills and create Medicare, among other things. "And you have to say that Reagan had a significant 100 days," Goodwin adds,dvd movies "because he represented a clear break from the policies of the past, even if his signature legislation — the tax cuts — didn't pass until after the 100 days were over.

It's nice to see some things

It's nice to see some things listed here that aren't as widely known. I received an email the other day that was quite disturbing about some things he has done; some of the very first things he did in office. "H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it.. It wasn ' t mentioned on the news... just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN
screen - You just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States ; housing, food, the whole enchilada."

"His first executive order was to fund/facilitate abortion(s) not just here within the U. S. , but within the world, using U. S. tax payer funds."

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