President Obama, What Has He Done for the Poor and Middle Class?

President Obama
President Barack Obama

AFRICANGLOBE – Many of the people who go around talking about President Obama hasn’t done anything for the poor and middle class generally break down into two categories – self-serving demagogues who are out to mislead the people for their own gain, and the victims of those demagogues who are basing their opinion on what they’ve been told, since most of them obviously haven’t read anything beyond the sports page in twenty years.
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While the former group are disgusting for trying to mislead the people for person gain, at least they’re trying to better their condition. The latter, on the other hand, are not only disgusting, but sad. These people are obviously too lazy-minded to, at the very least, keep themselves informed enough to protect their own families.
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Many of them can tell you the name and birthdate of the bat boy who cleaned the bat that was used to scored the winning run in the 1936 World Series. Yet, these same people won’t spare a couple of minutes to make sure their families aren’t victimized by demagogues. Maybe it would be more effective if instead of telling them that corporate fascists intend to enslave their families, we told them that the fascists are going to abolish ESPN and the Soul Train Awards. Maybe then we’d end up with a nation full of political scholars.
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I mean, they don’t have to be brilliant to obtain this information. All they have to do is go to Google and look it up. So what has Obama done for the Poor, you ask? He’s done the following – and this is just the short list:

President Obama’s Policies

1). He stopped the nation from hemorrhaging 800,000 jobs A MONTH under Bush.  I’d say that  helped the poor and middle class.

2). He stopped the nation from going into a second Great Depression. I would think, that also helped the poor and middle class.

3). He save the American auto industry. I’m pretty sure that also qualifies as helping the poor and middle class.

4). He was the first president to successfully passed healthcare reform in 70 years. That not only helped, but will save the lives of many of the poor and middle class.

5). He created more jobs in 27 months than Bush did in 7 years. That definitely helped the poor and middle class.

6). While he was doing all of the things above, he also managed to get Osama Bin Laden in his spare time – and if you remember, Bush spent 7 years, upward of a TRILLION dollars, and killed or maimed thousands of American troops in that effort. But Obama managed to pull it off with two helicopters and a handful of men.
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Bush and Cheney’s incompetence and greed in this matter destroyed and/or disrupted thousands of poor and middle class families, while the rich had to look at their ever swelling war profits just to know that the nation was involved in conflict. The war had no impact on them, because the rich don’t send their kids to die for this country – that’s a job for poor folks. Thus, Bush and Cheney’s mismanagement of both the economy, and the war in Iraq, played a major role in what got us in this economic quagmire in the first place. Yet, we didn’t hear a word from critics like Tavis Smiley and Cornel West during George W. Bush’s fiasco. Where were these two defenders of the poor and middle class then?
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But President Obama didn’t complain about that – he didn’t have time to complain, and he didn’t have time to respond to the ridiculous charges of envious Black-on-Black racists. The president is an adult, with adult concerns, so he was, and is, much too busy cleaning up the mess left behind by the relative ear-splitting silence during the Bush administration of those who have suddenly discovered a newfound concern for “the least of these.”
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While others were plotting, fighting for attention, and whining, President Obama was busy doing following:
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– Spur Job Creation: “In addition, to help those most affected by the recession, the Budget will extend emergency assistance to seniors and families with children, Unemployment Insurance benefits, COBRA tax credits, and relief to states and localities to prevent layoffs.”
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– Reforming the Job Training System: “The Budget calls for reform of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which supports almost 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers nationwide and a range of other services. With $6 billion for WIA at DOL—and an additional $4 billion in the Department of Education—the Budget calls for reforms to improve WIA.” Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Enforcement: “To strengthen civil rights enforcement against racial, ethnic, religious, and gender discrimination, the Budget includes an 11 percent increase in funding to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. This investment will help the Division handle implementation of a historic new hate crimes law. The Budget also provides an $18 million, or 5 percent increase, for the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), which is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee. This increased investment will allow for more staff to reduce the backlog of private sector charges.”
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– Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities: “The Budget proposes $642 million, an increase of $30 million over the 2010 level, to support Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In addition to this discretionary funding increase for MSIs, the Administration supports legislation passed by the House of Representatives and pending in the Senate that would provide $2.55 billion in mandatory funding to MSIs over 10 years.”