Democratic Accomplishments


1. President Barack Obama’s Accomplishments Thus Far: http://www.hopeandchange.net/2009/11/90-accomplishments-of-obama.html

2. The New Deal: http://www.wwcd.org/policy/US/newdeal.html

In 1944, FDR proposed a radical economic bill of rights: http://j.mp/CDRXg  Watch: http://j.mp/9pGqq5

3. Ten More Democratic Accomplishments http://www.democrats.org/news/blog/ten_democratic_accomplishments_you_may_not_have_known_about

4. Democrats and President Obama have accomplished a great deal especially given the unprecedented number of bills Republicans Have Blocked- http://www.addictinginfo.org/?p=284  
 
5. The Democratic Party has always been on the side of the rights of workers:Please read, learn and share this important US Labor History ALL Americans should know! http://workplacecredibleactivist.wordpress.com/labor-history-everyone-should-learn/
 
From Daily Kos, here is a nice list compiled by Robert Watson of Lynn University of a few of the Obama administration’s accomplishments so far:

1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women

4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information

7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family

8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act

9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible

10. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House

11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

16. New federal funding for science and research labs

17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect

19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

20. New funds for school construction

21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out

22. US Auto industry rescue plan

23. Housing rescue plan

24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

26. US financial and banking rescue plan

27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales

39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government

40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program

42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones

43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

44. Expanding vaccination programs

45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

46. Closed offshore tax safe havens

47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

49. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices

50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

51. Lower drug costs for seniors

52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings

53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

54. Improved housing for military personnel

55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses

56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

57. Increasing student loans

58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

60. Established a new cyber security office

61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness

64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

66. Improving benefits for veterans

67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud

69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive

74. Making more loans available to small businesses

75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare

76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production

84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

86. Held first Seder in White House

87. Attempting to reform the nation’s healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured

88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform

89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform

90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

100. Gave an amazing, unifying speech in Tucson, AZ after Gabrielle Giffords was shot.

101. Has chosen to not waste taxpayer money on continuing to defend DOMA in court – which is an important civil rights accomplishment for Obama’s administration.

Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office!

And this list does not even mention that the Obama administration has put the US financial system, which was still near collapse when Obama took office, on much firmer footing. That the administration put GM and Chrysler through bankruptcy in record time. That the housing market has started to rebound. That the stock market is up about 50% from its low point about a month after Obama took office. That the US is now once again the most admired country in the world. That the President has reached out in a major way to the Muslim world through his speech in Cairo and other efforts. That he achieved a unanimous vote in the UN Security Council for nuclear non-proliferation. And that the President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!

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YOU HAVE RIGHTS!

 

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, age, or disability, you have the right to file a complaint.  In certain programs, discrimination based on sex, religion, citizenship, or political affiliation or belief is also against the law.

 

This brochure is intended to help you get the results you deserve.  In order to ensure that your complaint is being handled properly, please follow the instructions given.

 

First, find the program or activity that you are involved in.  Then make sure that alleged discrimination charge is covered in that program.  Send your complaint to the agency listed.

 

Your complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged incident.

 

Make sure you include all the information that is important to your complaint.

 

Please write or type your letter legibly.

 

FEDERAL AGENCY

 

Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

Mary E. Switzer Bldg

330 C Street Southwest

Washington, DC  20202

(202) 205-5557; 1-800-421-3481

 

Equal Employment Opportunity          Commission (EEOC)

131 M Street NE, Fourth Floor Suite 4NW02F Washington, DC  20507

(202) 663-4900; 1-800-669-4000

 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights

200 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, DC  20201         

(202) 619-0403; 1-800-368-1019

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

451 7th Street SW 

Washington, DC  20410

(202) 708-4252; 1-800-669-9777

 

Department of Labor Civil Rights Center

200 Constitution Avenue, NW Room N-4123

Washington, DC  20210           

(202) 693-6500

 

PROGRAM/ACTIVITIES COVERED

 

Educational institution, private employers, State and local governments

 

State and local governments, educational institutions, unions’ apprenticeship programs employment agencies and private employers with 15 or more employees

 

Private employers, state and local governments, post secondary educations institutions in the health field, hospitals, nursing homes, social service agencies and facilities.

 

State and local governments and housing authorities

 

Private employers, State and local governments if participants in Department of Labor programs.

 

BASIS OF DISCRIMINATION

 

Race, color, sex national origin, and disability

 

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, and disability

 

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, and disability

 

 

Race, color, sex, national origin, disability, political affiliation or belief, and citizenship

 

FEDERAL AGENCY

 

Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

200 Constitution Ave NW, Room C-3325

Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693- 0101

 

National Labor Relations

1099 14th Street NW, Room 9700

Washington, DC 20570

(202) 273-3891

 

Small Business Administration of Equal Employment Opportunity & Civil Rights

Compliance

409 3rd Street SW

Washington, DC 20416

(202) 205-6750

 

Department of Labor Office Wage & Hour Division (WHD)

200 Constitution Ave NW, Room S-3502

Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693- 0563

 

U.S. Postal Service

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, DC  20260

(202) 768-1000; 1-888-308-7654

 

COVERED PROGRAM/ACTIVITIES

 

Federal contractors and sub contractors, contractors and sub-contractors and federally assisted construction.

 

Prevents and remedies unfair labor practices by employers and labor organizations.

 

Aids and protects small business interests through financial investment, procurement and management assistance.  Ensures that beneficiaries of SBA’s programs are in compliance with civil rights legislation

 

 Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor requirements; Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act

 

Handles complaints of discrimination from employees, present and former

 

BASIS OF DISCRIMINATION

 

Race, color, sex, national origin, disability, disabled Veterans and Veterans

 

* If your complaint does not appear to be covered by one of the above-listed agencies, you should contact your State government for the name of the organization within the State that would handle your complaint.

 

(U.S. Department of Labor, 2009) 

 

 

 

 

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