Thank you, Mr.President

Nia Mcmillon, Technology Editor, Puma Press

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I didn’t consider myself a politically inclined individual. In fact, the only time I took an interest in politics was during the 2008 election when I heard that an African American man was running. Though my fascination was overwhelming, I didn’t quite understand what he wanted to do for America or what those plans would actually enact. Taking a step into 2015, I was able to see his plans for change with a clear understanding as to how they have improved our nation. Though many disagree with what he has accomplished, very few can argue with his intentions to help those who need it the most.

Economic Stimulus Bill (2009)

In February 2009, President Obama passed the Stimulus Package totaling to $787 billion including $288 billion in tax cuts, $224 billion in unemployment benefits, and $275 billion in grants, loans, and contracts for job creation. An estimate 900,000-2.3 million jobs would be saved for the next 10 years. The main goal was to reboot the economy, creating enough stimulus to cater to the recession without adding to the national debt. Though only a few years have passed since the bill was enacted, stimulus money continues to be spent approaching a new total of $816.3 billion: $290.7 in tax cuts, $264.4 billion in unemployment benefits, and 261.2 billion in job creation funds.

ObamaCare (2010)

The main purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to create affordable health insurance and bring down health care spending. With the creation of new benefit rights, expanding Medicaid, and expansion employer coverage to employees, this policy brought success along with some down fall. With the requirement to purchase health insurance, many were charged fees if they did not purchase their insurance by May 1st 2014. The proper opportunity to receive these health benefits comes during open enrollment periods held by private insurance companies. If these dates were missed, special enrollment periods were held if certain life events make you eligible. In a report released from the Washington Post, the rate of uninsured in the U.S. dropped to 33.0 million from the previous year rating at 41.8 million.

Osama Bin Laden Assassination (2011)

Osama Bin Laden, former leader of the Al-Qaeda responsible for the terrorists’ attack of 9/11, was killed in an assassination mission by the U.S. Special Forces. On May 2, 2011 shortly after 1 a.m. PKT, President Obama instructed the SEAL Team Six to make their move on the compound with the original intention of capturing Bin Laden and returning him to the US. In a matter of minutes, the compound was cleared and Osama Bin Laden was shot by ex-Navy SEAl, Robert O’Neil.

No Budget, No Pay Act (2013)

In attempt to produce a budget for 2014 fiscal (government revenue), President Obama put in place the No Budget, No Pay Act. This plan stated that if a budget was not agreed upon by all lawmakers of the Congress, then their pay would be held till further notice. The budget agreement was giving the Treasury Department more leeway in terms of debt-limitation in hopes of reducing the deficit by 4.4 trillion over the next 10 years. After the government shut down for 16 days, long-term spending decisions were able to be finalized by Congress.

Though his presidency has allowed him many accomplishments with a few failures along the way, these events played a significant role in our history. President Obama continued to do his job despite harsh criticism and brought change to America like we have never seen before. Moving into the 2016 election, I can only pray that the next president can make as much of a difference as he has been able to.

 

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