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Wingnut Alert: Our President Does What He Says He Will Do

President Obama Has Kept 35 Promises So Far http://ow.ly/llzH

Here they are. Full details at PolitiFact at the link above.

No. 15: Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

No. 33: Establish a credit card bill of rights

No. 36: Expand loan programs for small businesses

No. 40: Extend and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch

No. 58: Expand eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)

No. 76: Expand funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners

No. 77: Increase funding to expand community based prevention programs

No. 88: Sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

No. 125: Direct military leaders to end war in Iraq

No. 134: Send two additional brigades to Afghanistan

No. 174: Give a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration

No. 222: Grant Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

No. 224: Restore funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program

No. 225: Establish an Energy Partnership for the Americas

No. 239: Release presidential records

No. 241: Require new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.

No. 278: Remove more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires

No. 290: Push for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors

No. 307: Create a White House Office on Urban Policy

No. 327: Support increased funding for the NEA

No. 346: Appoint an assistant to the president for science and technology policy

No. 371: Fund a major expansion of AmeriCorps

No. 391: Appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer

No. 411: Work to overturn Ledbetter vs. Goodyear

No. 421: Appoint an American Indian policy adviser

No. 427: Ban lobbyist gifts to executive employees

No. 452: Weatherize 1 million homes per year

No. 458: Invest in all types of alternative energy

No. 459: Enact tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars

No. 480: Support high-speed rail

No. 498: Provide grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes

No. 502: Get his daughters a puppy

No. 503: Appoint at least one Republican to the cabinet

No. 507: Extend unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits

No. 513: Reverse restrictions on stem cell research


Splitting Hairs on Obama Tax Pledges

Splitting Hairs on Obama Tax Pledges

Raising taxes of smoking is a service as would be raising taxes on what goes into private cars.

WASHINGTON (AP) – One of President Barack Obama’s campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday.

The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama’s promise not to raise taxes of any kind on families earning under $250,000 or individuals under $200,000.

This is one tax that disproportionately affects the poor, who are more likely to smoke than the rich.

To be sure, Obama’s tax promises in last year’s campaign were most often made in the context of income taxes. Not always.