Since Jan. 23, 2009, President Barack Obama has accomplished the following for the American people:
Passed universal health care. Its focus is on preventive care. It covers 32 million more people and reduces the deficit by an estimated $1.3 trillion.
Financial industry reform. Corrects industry problems that created the recession.
Stimulus package. Saved three major car companies and more than 1.5 million jobs; saved thousands of public sector jobs for teachers, police, etc.; and prevented another depression.
Implemented education reforms, "Race to the Top" and other state and local reforms.
Reached agreement with Russia and other countries on nuclear nonproliferation.
Lifted restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.
Overhauled food safety laws under the Food and Drug Administration.
Installed sweeping changes to credit card industry, helping consumers.
Expanded the State Children's Health Program.
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Since January, the Republican majority in the House has wasted time passing bills that:
Repeal the health care law and all its funding.
Reduce the power of the Consumer Protection Agency.
Reduce regulations under the Clean Water Act.
Reduce the powers of the National Labor Relations Board.
Reduce regulations under the Clean Air Act.
None of these pandering, politically motivated bills has become law. The comparison speaks for itself.
Philip W. Wolfe