#ThanksObama

220px-President_Barack_ObamaHere’s a list of 10 great reasons (in no particular order) the country can be thankful for President Obama’s leadership:

  • JOB GROWTH – THE ECONOMY IS MUCH BETTER TODAY THAN IN 2009. While people are still hurting from the effects of the Great Recession, we’ve come a long way from the days when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month at the end of George W. Bush’s administration and foreclosure signs littered streets all across America. Today, we’ve enjoyed 68 straight months of private-sector job growth, added 13.5 million jobs and counting – including more than 800,000 manufacturing jobs – and are at the lowest unemployment rate (5.0 percent) since the recession began. In addition, President Obama’s rescue of the auto industry saved 1.5 million jobs.
  • HIGHER WAGES & FAIR PAY – MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF AMERICAN WORKERS. Wages have grown faster over the past 12 months than any other point in the economic recovery. President Obama signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour, and Democrats want to raise the wage across the board. As one of his first acts in office, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. Since then, President Obama has also signed two executive orders to make it harder for employers to pay women less than their male counterparts. Under President Obama, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has also strengthened rules to ban discrimination against pregnant workers.
  • NATIONAL SECURITY – ENDING THE FAILURES OF THE PAST AND KEEPING AMERICA SAFE. President Obama ended the Bush administration’s under his direction has crippled al Qaeda. President Obama has signed an historic agreement with Iran to ensure that it never becomes a nuclear power. Now, the president is leading a 65-nation coalition against ISIL/Daesh, with the support of Arab partners in the region. U.S. strikes have killed several top ISIL/Daesh figures including “Jihadi John” and the group’s second-in-command, top hacker in charge of online recruitment, and leader responsible for moving supplies and people into Syria and Iraq.
  • OBAMACARE – IT’S WORKING. Just a few years ago, people like breast cancer survivors either weren’t able to get insurance due to pre-existing condition limits, or the costs were outrageous, and 45 million Americans overall lacked health insurance. Today, more than 17 million Americans have gained access to quality, affordable health care and up to 129 million Americans no longer have to worry about being denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. We’ve seen the largest coverage gains in four decades, the lowest uninsured rate ever recorded, and health care inflation is at its lowest rate in nearly 50 years. Women can no longer be discriminated against by insurance companies, or charged more just for being women, and  contraceptive coverage is now guaranteed.
  • EQUALITY FOR LGBT AMERICANS – FORMING A MORE PERFECT UNION. Just a few years ago our brave men and women serving in uniform were discriminated against and even dishonorably discharged simply because of whom they loved. Under President Obama’s leadership, Congress repealed the discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, allowing them to continue serving our country without having to hide who they are. The president also signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Marriage equality is now the law of the land. President Obama has appointed more openly LGBT officials than any president in history.
  • DACA – MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO GREW UP IN AMERICA TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. President Obama’s executive actions on immigration have allowed those who were brought to America as children and grew up here to come out of the shadows, study, work and pay taxes legally, and fully participate and contribute to the communities they grew up in without fear of deportation to countries they didn’t know. DAPA would have done the same for the parents of U.S. citizen children and others who are part of our communities across the country, and we’re thankful that the President continues to fight to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.
  • WALL STREET REFORM – PREVENTING ANOTHER ECONOMIC MELTDOWN AND RETURNING MONEY TO CONSUMERS.  Created by the Wall Street Reform Act signed into law by President Obama, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has now returned over $5 Billion (with a B!) to 15 million consumers who were wronged by credit card companies, debt collectors, student loan servicers, and other financial institutions.   
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM – MAKING OUR SYSTEM MORE JUST. President Obama’s administration has made significant reductions in non-violent drug sentencing guidelines for current prisoners, releasing thousands from U.S. prisons. As a result, the U.S. prison population, which is the largest prison population in the world, has dropped for the first time in 32 years.
  • CLEAN POWER PLAN – FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE, PROTECTING HEALTH AND CREATING NEW JOBS. Earlier this year, President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan, which established the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants, and which set achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The plan will lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, create tens of thousands of jobs while ensuring power grid reliability, result in 30 percent more renewable energy by 2030, and save consumers a total of $155 billion.
  • THE SUPREME COURT – LOOKING MORE LIKE AMERICA IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT ALL AMERICANS. President Obama’s two appointments to the Supreme Court have doubled the number of women – from two to four — who have served on the Court in its entire 226 year history. Justice Sotomayor is the court’s first Hispanic justice and its third-ever female justice. Justice Kagan is the court’s fourth-ever female justice. The make-up of the Supreme Court is at stake in this election, as the next president may appoint several justices.