We're a Crowd making a list

As the midterm elections approach, there is a need for a list of Obama Achievements that progressives can use for voter and media education efforts. The administration has had far more significant accomplishments than the media have given much notice to, and better information can and will help to motivate and educate voters.

Media perception of the administration has been obscured by an unprecedented number of national disasters and crises, all of which were inherited from the prior administration, or related to 30 years of conservative Republican policy decisions. Despite a hyper-partisan and nearly dysfunctional political climate in one of the most critical time-lines in our history, the administration has still forged an impressive record of positive and progressive legislation and direction. 

This project will document those achievements in a crowd-sourced public list built solely with volunteer collaborators.  It will be authoritative, and not just limited to only  laws and executive orders. It will also include the initiatives and intangible gains the administration has made in changing the tone, substance, and effectiveness of the presidency on behalf of all the American People, and not just the richest 1%.

The list will assist politicians, analysts, strategists, campaign mangers, GOTV workers, and volunteers in their many efforts from now until the November elections—and beyond to 2012. With strong wins in an always challenging midterm, we can work to move the Obama administration toward a more productive second half that isn't crippled by a contentious Republican majority in the house.

How you can help

Give us just 10 minutes a week for the next month, making just one edit (or citation source) for just one entry. This alone is a huge help. And if 20 others do one or more, we get the work down quickly, and with an economy of effort for everyone (except the project admins).

Just visit the public landing page here:      http://bit.ly/obamawiki

Once you're granted access to the Google group  (you'll be notified by email) to both the Wiki site and our authoring document (on GoogleDocs), you can help anywhere you choose.


List example

The actual list (in a Google document) is not yet public, but here's a preview of a single category from it. Notice we try to keep it simple and readable, with any sources appended via short, simple Ref links. In this example, many entries still need rewriting, and the all important source. That's were you come in.

     Banking & Financial Reform

  1. Troubled Asset Relief Plan (TARP) —  a program to purchase assets and equity from financial institutions to strengthen its financial sector. Ref
     *  Banks have already repaid 75% of Federal TARP Loans (a.k.a. Bailout), bringing cost down to only $89 billion by April, 2010   Ref
  2. Closed offshore tax safe havens Ref
  3. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
  4. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
  5. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices



* A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. In this case, a good primary source would be a speech written by Obama or a piece of legislation. By traditional definition, newspaper articles if written at the time of study are considered primary sources, but for our purposes they are 2nd choice sources because they are not from the horse's mouth so-to-speak. Even so, they are acceptable here.  In many cases, citing both types of Ref is ideal, but never required.

Almost all of these large or innovative government programs were strenuously resisted by conservatives.

  1. Panama Canal
  2. Interstate Highway System
    It wasn't Ike's idea. It was a liberal initiative begun in the '30s. Ike was a liberal.
  3. Almost all of our Labor Laws (and All Child Labor laws)
  4. The Marshall Plan
  5. Environmental Laws
  6. Freedom of Information Act
  7. Workplace safety laws
  8. The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944" (a.k.a. "The GI Bill")
  9. Social Security
  10. The Space Program
  11. Securities Act of 1933 & Most banking Regulations
  12. The Peace Corps
  13. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)
  14. The Civil rights movement
  15. Fight against Nazis, Fascism and Totalitarianism
    (Wilson, FDR ,Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy were all liberals)
  16. The Development and Deployment for the Internet (DARPA/HPCA)
  17. The Tennessee Valley project
  18. Women's right to vote
  19. Universal Public Education
  20. National Weather Service
  21. National Science Foundation/Basic Scientific Research
  22. Product Labeling/Truth in Advertising Laws
  23. Public Health Service and CDC
  24. Morrill Land Grant Act (land for State public Universities)
  25. Rural Electrification
  26. Public Universities
  27. Bank Deposit Insurance
  28. Earned Income Tax Credit
  29. Family and Medical Leave Act
  30. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  31. Public Broadcasting
  32. Hoover Dam Project
  33. Pell Grants
  34. Americans With Disabilities Act
  35. State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
  36. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act 
  37. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  38. Ended Sexual Discrimination in the U.S. Military
  39. Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.

So before you knock liberalism, remember it's given you MOST of what Americans take for granted–and so many have died for.

Please take a moment to Retweet this list below. It's far past time that America once again learned to respect, admire, and celebrate it's liberal nature, traditions and achievements.