Health Care Debate - Emigrant, MT
Discuss the national Health Care debate in Emigrant, MT.
Do you support President Obama's health care policy?
Since: Oct 11
I'm not supporting someone who really does not seem to ne helping our country. Maybe he should learn to put some effort into being president as much as he does his golf and going on all his vacations
There are many ways to assess President Bush's eight years in office. Countless hours of broadcast time and tons of newsprint are being consumed in that pursuit these days.
And you can agree or not with what's being said and written.
It's difficult for any of us to convey an objective assessment of the Bush presidency - but numbers come close to offering a bit of unbiased insight.
So here - in no particular order - are some of the numbers that mark the record of the 43rd President of the United States. When no source is cited, the numbers are from the tallies I maintained during day-to-day coverage of President Bush.
National Debt Increase:$4.9 trillion.
National Debt as of Jan. 15, 2009:$10.6 trillion
Debt when Mr. Bush took office:$5.7 trillion
(Source: U.S. Treasury Dept.)
Number Of Political Fund-Raisers Attended By President Bush: 338
Amount Or Money Raised At These Fund-Raisers:$802,586,070
(Some campaigns refused to disclose the amounts)
Number Of Baseball Games Attended: 12
(Including Game 3 of the World Series in Yankee Stadium on Oct. 30, 2001)
Number Of All Sporting Events Attended: 98
(Counting the Beijing Olympics as one)
Number of Cabinet Meetings: 49
Number Of Times President Bush Had Dinner Out At A Restaurant: 21
U.S. Military Deaths In Iraq: 4,228
(Source: Dept of Defense as of Jan. 16, 2009)
U.S. Military Deaths In Afghanistan: 634
(Source: Dept. of Defense as of Jan. 16, 2009)
Medals Of Honor Bestowed By Pres. Bush: 12
(Nine were awarded posthumously. Four were for service in Iraq, 1 for Afghanistan.)
Number Of Commencement Speeches Delivered: 23
(The last one was Dec 12, 2008, at Texas A&M)
Number Of Visits To Camp David: 149, totaling all or part of 487 days.
Number Of Foreign Leader Visits To Camp David: 19, including 3 by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and 2 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Number Of Visits To His Texas Ranch: 77, totaling all or part of 490 days.
Number Of Foreign Leader Visits To His Texas Ranch: 20, including 2 by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (Crown Prince at the time) and 2 by President Vicente Fox of Mexico.
Number Of Visits To His Parents' Home In Kennebunkport, Maine: 11, totaling all or part of 43 days.
Number Of Out Of Town Domestic Trips: 609
(That's not counting Camp David visits or bike riding outings)
Number Of Foreign Trips: 49
Number Of Foreign Nations Visited: 75
Foreign Nations Visited Most: Mexico, Italy and Russia, 6 times each.
Number Of Rounds Of Golf Played As President: 24
(The last one on Oct. 13, 2003. President Bush has since explained that he stopped playing golf out of respect for the families of Americans killed in the war in Iraq.)
Number Of Katrina-Related Visits To The Gulf Coast: 18
Number Of Formal, Solo, White House News Conferences: 44
Total Number Of News Conferences: 212
(Including many joint sessions with foreign leaders at home and abroad)
Number Of News Conferences At Which Shoes Were Thrown At Him: 1
Number Of Presidential Pardons: 189
The red shows the growing job losses by month from the end of 2007 through January of 2009. There were over 4.5 million jobs lost during that period, all of which occurred BEFORE President Obama took office. And the trend was getting worse, big time.
The blue shows the job losses AFTER Obama took office on January 20, 2009. Immediately the number of jobs lost started to decrease (we even got a job increase in November 2009). Obviously there is more work to be done. But considering that the economy was racing downhill into what economists say was a likely depression rivaling the "Great Depression" of the 1930s, the current administration has clearly put us the right track toward recovery. Since jobs are a lagging indicator, meaning that private industry (you know, the "free market") likes to put money in the bank before they hire new people and so job growth always takes a while to catch up to the recovered economy.
It would be nice if this graphic had been displayed at the tea party convention this weekend, the one where everyone is complaining about being "taxed enough already" despite the fact that likely 100% of the attendees got a tax break in 2009 from President Obama and the stimulus package.
Need another graphic? How about this one from Business Insider that shows the economy is creating jobs again!
Another terrorist dead, the Pan AM deaths avenged. Thank you President Obama for making the world a safer place. Another murderous tyrant from the Middle East taken out, this time without the loss of a single American life. Again thank you President Obama. As Commander In Chief you have taken on two wars and managed to expand the fight taking out our enemies. In just 3 years you have taken the fight to our enemy wherever they attempt to run and hide, killing them in short order. It is a sad state in our country however, as Republicans cheer a Governor who has executed more innocent people in his state than any other, cheer the death of a 30 year old man because he has no insurance, and boo an American soldier who defends their way of life, safety freedoms and all.
Ru says it right, everyone should listen.
Facts are facts, no smoke and mirrors.
Ru is about facts, and conservatives that deny facts, are only making fools of themselves.
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