A message sent this afternoon over Twitter by President Obama announces a new report, “Promises Kept,” produced by “Organizing for America” (a project of the Democratic National Committee.) This brief document gives food for thought as we look towards the 2012 Presidential elections.
@BarackObama Barack Obama
Let’s be the generation that makes future generations proud of what we did here.
Some selected highlights:
Do you think that these are promises kept? This is not a simple question but one that warrants careful thought. I do not have an answer.
REBUILDING OUR ECONOMY
The Recovery Act represented the largest infrastructure investment since
President Eisenhower, the largest education investment since President
Johnson, and the largest clean-energy bill ever. It has saved or created as
many as 3.7 million jobs across America while creating a foundation for
WALL STREET REFORM
Wall Street reform empowered consumers and investors, put a stop to
predatory lending practices, brought shadowy Wall Street trades into the
light, and ended taxpayer-funded bailouts.
MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS
The Recovery Act reduced taxes for 95 percent of working families,
putting more money in the pockets of Americans who need it most.
President Obama also worked to prevent a middle-class tax increase,
while extending vital unemployment benefits for Americans who lost
their jobs through no fault of their own.
CREDIT CARD REFORM
These reforms put a stop to unfair credit card practices. Reform banned
retroactive rate hikes, implemented new protections for students and young
people, and required credit card companies to explain their terms in plain
BUILDING A CLEAN-ENERGY ECONOMY
New emissions and fuel efficiency standards for American cars and historic
investments in clean-energy technologies are helping pave the way to a
more sustainable future, creating new jobs and entire industries here in
REBUILDING THE AMERICAN AUTO INDUSTRY
The Obama administration acted decisively to invest in America’s auto
industry, preventing hundreds of thousands of job losses across the country
and revitalizing the backbone of America’s manufacturing sector.
HISTORIC HEALTH REFORM
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
The Affordable Care Act provides stability and security to Americans who have
insurance and provides affordable options for those who don’t. It lowers costs for
families, businesses, and America as a whole, provides the largest middle-class tax cut
for health care in our history, and puts an end to the worst insurance industry abuses.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE
The expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) extended
coverage to another 4 million low-income children, increasing the total number of
children covered by the program to more than 11 million.
REFORMING STUDENT LENDING
President Obama signed into law student loan reform that makes college more
affordable for students and families and will save American taxpayers roughly $68
billion over the next 10 years.
Programs like “Race to the Top” and “Educate to Innovate” are giving American
schools and states the tools and resources they need to be successful.
A NEW GI BILL
The implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill increased educational opportunities for
veterans by making college more affordable for returning service members.