a reply to: seasonal
Obama is a bit of a mixed bag. The real question is will he leave office with America in better shape than when Bush left office? Given that Bush went
out on an economic catastrophe, it would be hard to argue that we're not better off on Jan 3, 2017 than we were on Jan 3, 2009.
- The consumer confidence index was in the low-20's when he took office, it was in the low 100's prior to the election. I bring this one up because
Trump's election is being credited with a bump in the CCI of a few points post election.
- Unemployment is
lower. Yes the BLS numbers are "massaged" as one user posted but they are "massaged" in the same way they were in 2008. It's
bittersweet news though because the jobs that are being created are disproportionately in the service sector and it's hard to feel good about
employment when you understand that we still have done absolutely nothing to address the reality of technological unemployment and that many of those
low paying service sector jobs are doomed to being phased out.
- Same sex marriage represents one of the greatest expansions of personal liberty — if not the greatest — since the Civil Rights era.
- We've made a lot of ground toward the end of marijuana prohibition which is a first big step toward ending the War on Drugs which has ruined the
lives of million and millions of Americans. In this case, it's the deliberate inaction of the administration that created an environment which
fostered these developments (not challenging state laws, not enforcing federal law).
- Bin Laden is dead. Can't complain about that.
- Though net illegal immigration reached zero in his first term, that's arguably as much about the economic downturn as any policy changes. Where
Obama's policies have really been an advance is that ICE has been working smarter and targeting dangerous criminals for removal. As with marijuana
prohibition, the administration has used selective enforcement as a means of enacting policy. A big part of this selective enforcement comes by way of
giving immigration enforcement agencies discretion through deferred action (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - DACA). I can't see any
good in deporting illegal immigrants who came to the US as children, have succeeded academically and haven't committed crimes since entering the
There's a few off the top of my head.
Edit to add:
- Making Home Affordable gave a lot of Americans an opportunity to avoid foreclosure. I know a number of people who were able to keep their homes and
refinance their mortgages with better terms.
edit on 2017-1-3 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)