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Question: (2009-06-16)

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Do you think Congress will pass Obama's health reform bill? Do you think Obama's health reform summit will lead to a bipartisan reform bill? Do you think the federal stimulus has significantly helped the economy over the past year? What was your reaction to Obama's State of the Union speech? Do you think Obama has been devoting enough attention to environmental issues? What should Obama's Afghanistan troop strategy be? Are you concerned the U.S. is becoming too involved in military operations in Pakistan? Did Obama deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? Do you think Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan? Twinkies? Soda? Cigarettes? What items would you pay higher taxes on to ensure health care for all? Do you agree with Obama's decision to continue the practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation? Should President Obama be tackling both the economy and health care at the same time? Some gay rights activists say Obama is not taking their concerns seriously enough. Are they right? How should Obama prioritize the battles he takes to Congress? Will Obama's speech in Egypt improve America's image in the Muslim world? Who should Obama nominate as the next Supreme Court justice and why? Has the press been too lenient on Obama in his first 100 days? What do you think of Obama's performance on his debut trip abroad as president? Do you think Obama's budget plan is too ambitious? How do you think Obama has done in his first 50 days in office? Do you blame Obama for not living up to his no-earmark pledge?

Commenter: William Duane
Why do we never hear about what Obama is doing right?

Obama passed a $780 billion stimulus package that went towards creating construction, manufacturing and other working-class jobs. Evidently this doesn't count as economic stimulus in Washington where the fantasy "post-modern" economy is paramount. The Washington press corps would much rather see more jobs created for people who don't have any real skills.

Obama saved the automakers, an industry that employs more than 3 million including a new plant in Michigan to make more fuel-efficient cars. Again, this move was objected to in Washington on purely theoretical grounds. It looked too much like "socialism" to the same people who endorsed a fantasy car industry based on non-existent truck and SUV sales. Remember, those are all coming back on loan-default, while the top selling models for the past decade have been small and efficient, like the Corolla, Escort and Focus. And all those dealerships that went broke--they were already broke, was an illusion.

Obama cleaned out Wall Street, initiating more than 70 investigations that resulted in indictments, including the multibillion dollar Madoff and Standford scandals, and recouped much of the embezzled money through seizures of property. Again, the press says almost nothing about these investigations, outside Madoff, since many of them were investors and contributed to the fraud through their reporting.

Obama also: pushed through credit and lending laws to protect consumers against predatory practices--the same practices still being pushed on infomercials on the major TV networks' affiliates and cable channels dedicated to house-flipping and other get-poor-quick schemes. He persuaded Pakistan to undertake a massive military operation agains the Taliban in the Swat Valley, the first time one of our "allies" in the Middle East actually did their part...Remember Pervez Musharraf, the darling of the Washington press, who cut deals with our enemies?

And Obama tripled the national science education budget, got $80 billion for senior prescriptions out of big pharma, and is pushing through cap-and-trade and healthcare reform legislation--and yes, he'll get these, too.

But until we get rid of the reigning "culture of stupid" in the Washington media--leftover from the Bush years and the past thirty years of Friedmanite sociopathic policy, spreading murder and chaos around the world--Obama will get only the least amount of credit. Even on so-called progressive programs like NOW.

William Duane

Commenter: selene verecunda
Correct the economic crash even if that means government work programs like Franklin Roosevelt. Put people back to work.

Commenter: Sarah Honea
There comes a point after an election when the dust clears. Where you find out the real substance of what a candidate truly is. we who have understanding of the Chicago machine knows that loyalty over ethics is a norm. I think if there is to be real change given or endorsed by Obama, We as the people need to put the acetylene torches under our congresspersons and senators and people who are close to the presidents ears.

Commenter: Claudette Valery
First of all, President Obama needs to prepare of ahead of time the battles he takes to Congress so that the matter of importance be handled correctly and effectively in the light of those who present at the meeting. In my own point of view, I think he is doing his best to fix the problem that facing America now or in the past. He is only one person, and needs his team to work together with him in order to solve any problems or issues that is presented. May God bless him to work out those issues.

Commenter: Rudy R
The Obama anti-smoking bill, or the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act puts cigarettes and other tobacco products squarely into the hands of the FDA, and even if tobacco companies are looking for a little more cash now, they are prohibited from marketing to teenagers with the bill, or engaging in any other misleading marketing. Though some are concerned with smokers' rights, tobacco use is a public health concern, and smoking is the leading environmental cause (all cancers can be caused due to genetics) of lung cancer. It might mean that many more people getting personal loans to help them quit because of the <a rev="vote for" title="Obama Signs Tough Anti-Smoking Bill, Still Struggles to Quit" href="">Obama anti-smoking bill</a>.

Commenter: Trish Henry
I trust President Obama. He is the subject matter expert on leading in difficult times, and I trust his actions, intent, and integrity in ways I have not trusted any previous administration in my voting life. Where he leads, I will follow in that spirit. I have no desire to micromanage President Obama. Hooray! At last a president I trust to act in the best interest to shape an America I can live in.

PS—I tried to comment from my Blackberry and this form wouldn't submit.

Commenter: Angela
No battle can be fought on a level playing field without campaign finance reform, media reform, and accountability for government fraud. Without these the government lacks any kind of credibility.

If we look at only one current issue--healthcare reform--we can see the effects of campaign contributions when the single payer option wasn't even on the radar screens of those who (allegedly)represent us.

The newsmedia that most Americans rely on fail to frame the debate in a fair way, and only create confusion. More worrisome is the conflict of interest due to those providing the news being owned by companies who would stand to benefit from legislation. (Not to mention a lazy public who refuses to do any of their own research, but that's another story).

Finally, lack of accountability for what many (including myself) consider crimes of the Bush administration will forever mar trust in any administration that fails to address these grievances.

There are many battles, but these 3 remain at the core of fighting those battles with fairness. Without fairness, it's not the "best man" who wins, but the best funded and most well lawyered up man who wins. What kind of change is that?

Commenter: Fran Arbulu
I think International relations and Economy should be the priority now: Better International relations will decrease necessity for war efforts and maintaining troops overseas... Also it will help increase international commerce and improve economy. A stronger economy and better international relations will decrease risk of radical groups inside or outside of the US resorting to terrorism. Also a stronger economy and less war and security expenses will mean more funds and a better leverage to undertake the reforms that would be necessary for a universal health care...

Commenter: Rob Perkins
1. Jail the Banksters (TFG/BB), dump the fake FED.
2. Do Single Payer Healthcare as promised in campaign,
3. Allow only volunteer lobbyists!!!! Fine the bribers

Commenter: Anne Ross Lyon
health care plan with public option...

Health care is primary. Too many people are dying and unnessarily suffering because of a lack of health care coverage. The process of health care reform should be deliberate with as much thought into the plan as in eventually paying for it. The Economy is secondary. Once policies are in place, the Economy should right itself. This may take some time. The wars need to wrap-up and come to a successful conclusion.

Commenter: S. E. Hertel
1. Health care costs are effectively breaking up families and ruining lives, AND -- in extreme cases -- taking lives. Reforming health care has to be the number 1 domestic priority.
2. Foreign policy issues (Iran, N. Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq), if handled badly -- or ignored -- also cost lives, not to mention A LOT OF MONEY; so they need to be a collective non-domestic number 1 priority.
3. Without a reasonably health world to live in, we ALL die; hence it's high position in my list. Clean, renewable energy goes hand-in-hand with individual and collective health concerns, as well as financial health.
4. Without a really good educational system, we fail or fall behind as a nation in the world markets -- this is happening now. We can't afford to fall any more behind than we already are.

That should be enough for a first term. No doubt more "stuff" will be waiting for his second term -- I have faith that he'll have one!

Colorado Springs, CO

Commenter: Tim Kelly
The Waxman-Markey bill (ACES)on energy and climate change is perhaps the most far-reaching legislation to come up this decade. It far bigger than anything else, because the consequenses of inaction on climate change will apply to the entire planet.

It's time the President fully engaged on this issue, both with the short-sighted members of Congress and the population as a whole. He needs to bring climate change, and indeed, the entire sorry state of the environment, back out of the shadows and put it on the table.

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