8 years of “suffering” under Barack Obama

Take a moment and think. What have/did we “suffer ” under 8 years of President Obama? An improving economy. Kindness and outreach to all. No scandals in the White House…. 

I say, “Let’s have more of this. Not more of 45’s junk, scandal, and fear mongering.”

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The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled.

General Motors and Chrysler were on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ford not far behind, and their failure, along with their supply chains, would have meant the loss of millions of jobs. Obama pushed through a controversial, $8o billion bailout to save the car industry. The U.S. car industry survived, started making money again, and the entire $80 billion was paid back, with interest.

While we remain vulnerable to lone-wolf attacks, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed a mass attack here since 9/11.

Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

He drew down the number…

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Social Security Needs to Give Credit for Caregiving!

Today is the 78th birthday of Social Security. As part of the celebration NOW’s Say It Sister! blog has organized a blog and twitter carnival. Central Oregon Coast NOW is one of the followers of my blog AND one of today’s bloggers for this carnival. Amanda LePine, a member of Central Oregon Coast NOW raises a very good demand – GIVE credit to Social Security for Caregiving. Which I agree with. I discussed this very issue, presenting such a proposal to strengthen Social Security towards the end of my posting this morning.
Working together, we may get this done. It may take a while as we will need to replace the Tea Party members of Congress who want to eviscerate our safety net. But we will get it done. Meanwhile check out some of the other blogs on this issue today at National NOW’s Say It Sister! blog.

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By Amanda LePine

Member, Central Oregon Coast NOW

Many women are in the same circumstances that I am in!

None of the extensive work I do on my husband’s behalf is reflected in my Social Security benefits. 

My Social Security benefits are greatly diminished because I stayed home to raise my two children.

After they were grown, then I went to work in health care. 

In January of 2006 my husband had an Agent Orange-related stroke.

Any opportunity I may have had to work evaporated.

My husband needs a caregiver all day every day. 

As his sole caregiver I work 24/7.

I haven’t had a full night’s rest since 2006.

Any negotiations with the Veteran’s Administration are taken care of by me.

For all appointments I’m the decision-maker, and I drive and accompany my husband.  All of my work goes unrecognized by Social Security.

 

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