My "Sara" model is part of this wonderful website on the history of Lake Champlain

My "Sara" model is part of this wonderful website on the history of Lake Champlain
Cannons !

Saturday, January 7, 2012

What in the "Heck" has Obama done so far?

-Censored reporters covering military tribunals at Guantanamo
-Fought for government immunity in prosecutions for domestic spying
-Awarded $250 million in government contracts to Blackwater
-Dramatically increased the use of drone bombers in Pakistan, resulting in hundreds of civilian casualties
-Won the right to keep identities of prisoners at Bagram "black site" a secret
-Cracked down on government whistleblowers more than any President in history
-Used cluster bombs in Yemen, resulting in the deaths of 14 militants, and 35 women and children
-Continued Bush policy of blocking use of the Endangered Species Act to prevent climate change
-Sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan
-Gave permits to BP and other oil companies, exempting them from environmental protection laws
-Appointed Lawrence Summers as his top economic adviser (remember him?)
-Appointed Timothy Geithner to run the Treasury (you gotta remember him !)
-Passed a massive bailout of Wall Street, at the taxpayers' expense
-Appointed Monsanto executive Michael Taylor to the FDA
-Appointed former Monsanto lobbyist Islam Siddiqui as America's Chief Agriculture Negotiator
-Sided with utility companies in lawsuit to stop greenhouse gas emissions
-Successfully protected Bush officials from prosecution for torture
-Pushed for a 5 year prison term for Charles Lynch, the operator of a medical marijuana dispensary, legal under California law
-Proposed a three year freeze on domestic spending, exempting cuts from the Pentagon and Homeland Security
-Revived "Prompt Global Strike" weapons system, considered too controversial by Bush Administration
-Backed off on his promise to close the prison at Guantanamo
-Reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage
-Promised $30 billion in military aid to Israel over the next decade
-Granted 27 waivers to oil companies drilling in the few weeks following the Deepwater Horizon disaster
-Won the right to deny habeas corpus to detainees
-Eased restrictions on the use of child soldiers in Africa
-Blocked UN human rights investigations at Guantanamo
-Launched FBI raids on antiwar activists in Chicago and Minneapolis
-Used a signing statement to ignore labor and environmental standards for the IMF and World Bank
-Reversed his position on drug reimportation to appease the pharmaceutical industry
-Dropped charges against the CIA for destroying videotapes documenting torture of detainees
-Violated his own ban on lobbyists working for the administration
-Appointed Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff
-Continued renditions of alleged terrorists to countries where they could be tortured
-Refused to sign a treaty banning the use of landmines
-Extended the Patriot Act without making any reforms
-Dramatically increased government secrecy, blocking more FOIA requests in 2009 than Bush did in 2008
-Authorized the assassination of US citizens abroad, an unprecedented declaration of executive power

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