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At various times, I have added the above text (sometimes in whole, sometimes in small parts, all of it multiple times) to the various wikipedia articles on Barack Obama, and in particular, the article Presidency of Barack Obama, but they always erase it. The liberals who make up the "majority consensus" want the Obama articles to be puff pieces which are devoid of any serious, critical content, no matter how true and reliably sourced that content it.

For example, the article has a section called "Wall St. Reform," but the liberal consensus that controls the article will not allow it to mention that Obama was actually the #1 recipient of Wall St. donations over the past 20 years.

As another example, the article has a section called "Transparency" which mentions all sorts of wonderful promises that Obama has made, but does not mention his major violations of transparency, or that many of his promises were actually broken.

==Barack Obama's lies, cronyism, non-transparency, warmongering, lawbreaking, and unconstitutional actions==

===Notable non-Cabinet positions===

In February 2009, U.S. Senator [[Robert Byrd]] (D-West Virginia) expressed concern that Obama's dozens of czars might violate the U.S. Constitution, because they were not approved by the U.S. Senate.[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19303.html Byrd: Obama in power grab], Politico, February 5, 2009 U.S. Senator [[Russ Feingold]] (D-Wisconsin) expressed a similar concern in September 2009.[http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/59071-feingold-questions-obama-czars Feingold questions Obama 'czars'], thehill.com, September 16, 2009

In September 2009, Obama's green czar [[Van Jones]] resigned after conservatives pointed out that he was a self described "[[communist]]" and had blamed [[George W. Bush]] for the [[September 11 attacks]].[http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/09/06/phil-kerpen-van-jones-resign/ How Van Jones Happened and What We Need to Do Next], September 6, 2009

In September 2009, it was reported that [[Kevin Jennings]], Obama's Assistant Deputy Secretary for the [[Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools]], had written about his past frequent illegal drug use in his 2007 autobiography.[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/23/critics-assail-obamas-safe-schools-czar-say-hes-wrong-man-job/ Critics Assail Obama's 'Safe Schools' Czar, Say He's Wrong Man for the Job], Fox News, September 23, 2009


In 2011, after [[Boeing]] had hired 1,000 new employees to work at its nearly completed new factory in [[South Carolina]], the Obama administration ordered Boeing to shut down the factory, because the factory was non-union.[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/business/21boeing.html?_r=2 Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law], New York Times, April 20, 2011

Obama fired the CEO of [[General Motors]][http://www.suntimes.com/business/1501561,w-obama-gm-wagoner032909.article Obama fires GM's CEO], Chicago Sun Times, March 29, 2009, and had the government take 60.8% ownership of the company.[http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/us_owned_gm_rolls_off_the_lot_7MTALtVxWbRUK0OCm4uQgK US-Owned GM Rolls Off The Lot], The New York Post, July 11, 2009

During the [[Chrysler]] bankruptcy, Obama violated the [[Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution|Fifth Amendment]] and more than 150 years of [[bankruptcy law]] by illegally treating [[secured creditors]] worse than unsecured creditors.[http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=32074 Interview With Richard Mourdock], Human Events, June 1, 2009

The Obama administration gave $535 million to [[Solyndra]], claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the company's shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obama's campaign, and that the company had also spent a large sum of money on lobbying.[http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/01/bankrupt-solar-company-with-fed-backing-has-cozy-ties-to-obama-admin/ Bankrupt solar company with fed backing has cozy ties to Obama admin], The Daily Caller, September 1, 2011

Obama nominated [[Timothy Geithner]], a repeat tax cheater, to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws.[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/18/AR2009011802070.html Timothy Geithner's Tax Problems], Washington Post, January 19, 2009

While Senator, Obama had voted for the [[Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008]],[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00213 U.S. Senate vote on Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008] which included [[corporate welfare]] for [[AIG]].[http://bailout.propublica.org/main/list/index Bailout Recipients] propublica.org As President, Obama signed a [[American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009|stimulus bill]] that protected AIG bonuses.[http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/17/aig.bonuses.congress/ Bonuses allowed by stimulus bill], CNN. Prior to signing this bill, Obama had said, "when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."[http://www.votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=413002 The First Presidential Debate - Transcript], votesmart.org, September 26, 2008 However, after reading "line by line" and signing the stimulus bill that protected the AIG bonuses, Obama [[Crocodile tears|pretended]] to be shocked and outraged at the bonuses, and said, "Under these circumstances, it’s hard to understand how derivative traders at A.I.G. warranted any bonuses at all, much less $165 million in extra pay... How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?" and also said that he would "pursue every single legal avenue to block these bonuses."[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/17/us/politics/17obama.html?fta=y Obama Orders Treasury Chief to Try to Block A.I.G. Bonuses], The New York Times, March 16, 2009

On September 12, 2008, Obama promised, "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." However, less than three months into his Presidency, he broke that promise when he raised the cigarette tax. Studies show that poor people are more likely to smoke than rich people.[http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D979POSG0 Promises, Promises: Obama tax pledge up in smoke], Associated Press, April 1, 2009

Obama had armed federal agents raid the Gibson guitar factory, order the employees to leave, and seize guitars and other property from the factory - and all of this happened without any charges being filed.[http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/12/us-guitar-idUSTRE79B7PT20111012 Gibson Guitar CEO slams U.S. raids as "overreach"], Reuters, October 12, 2011

In December 2010, Obama signed a two year extension[http://articles.cnn.com/2010-12-17/politics/tax.deal_1_tax-cuts-lower-tax-rates-tax-bill?_s=PM:pOLITICS Obama signs tax deal into law], CNN, December 17, 2010 of George W. Bush's "tax cuts for the rich."[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/08/washington/08tax.html Tax Cuts Offer Most for Very Rich, Study Says], New York Times, January 8, 2007

Obama said that he wanted to simplify the tax code.[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30228444/ Obama pledges to simplify the tax code], MSNBC, April 15, 2009 However, in the real world, Obama's proposals would actually add thousands of pages to the tax code.[http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=are4y0wpjqXU Obama Tax Plan Targets Equality, Clinton Eyes Conduct], bloomberg.com, March 13, 2008

In January 2012, it was reported that 36 Obama aides owed a combined total of $833,000 in back taxes.[http://news.investors.com/Article/599002/201201260818/obama-white-house-staff-back-taxes.htm 36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes], Investors Business Daily, January 26, 2012

Obama sued Citibank to force it to give mortgages to people who could not afford to pay them back.[http://www.mediacircus.com/2008/10/obama-sued-citibank-under-cra-to-force-it-to-make-bad-loans/ Obama Sued Citibank Under CRA to Force it to Make Bad Loans], mediacircus.com, October 3, 2008

The Obama administration pressured [[Ford Motor Company|Ford]] to stop airing a TV ad that criticized Obama's bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler.[http://nation.foxnews.com/obama-administration/2011/09/27/wh-pressures-ford-pull-bailout-ad WH Pressures Ford to Pull Bailout Ad], Fox News, September 27, 2011

On September 22, 2008, Obama said, "I am not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there... We will fire government managers who aren't getting results, we will cut funding for programs that are wasting your money and we will use technology and lessons from the private sector to improve efficiency across every level of government... The only way we can do all this without leaving our children with an even larger debt is if Washington starts taking responsibility for every dime that it spends."[http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2008/Sep/22/obama_vows_deep_cuts_in_spending.html Obama vows deep cuts in spending], Associated Press, September 22, 2008 However, [[Citizens Against Government Waste]] gave Obama a 2007 rating of only 10%, and a lifetime rating of only 18%. [http://councilfor.cagw.org/site/DocServer/2007_Senate_Ratings_Final.pdf?docID=3282 2007 Senate Ratings], Citizens Against Government Waste

===Lobbying reform===

While running for President, Obama promised that he would not have any lobbyists working in his administration. However, by February 2010, he had more than 40 lobbyists working in his administration.[http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Obama-makes-a-mockery-of-his-own-lobbyist-ban-83385832.html Obama makes a mockery of his own lobbyist ban], The Washington Examiner, February 3, 2010

In June 2010, the [[New York Times]] reported that Obama administration officials had held hundreds of meetings with lobbyists at coffee houses near the White House, in order to avoid the disclosure requirements for White House visitors, and that these meetings "reveal a disconnect between the Obama administration’s public rhetoric — with Mr. Obama himself frequently thrashing big industries’ 'battalions' of lobbyists as enemies of reform — and the administration’s continuing, private dealings with them."[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/us/politics/25caribou.html Across From White House, Coffee With Lobbyists], New York Times, June 24, 2010


In April 2009, antiwar activists who helped elect Obama accused him of using the same "off the books" funding as his predecessor George W. Bush when Obama reqeusted an additional $83.4 billion from Congress for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - a provision which Obama had voted against when he was a Senator.[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/5133899/Barack-Obama-uses-Bush-funding-tactics-to-finance-wars-in-Iraq-and-Afghanistan.html Barack Obama uses Bush funding tactics to finance wars in Iraq and Afghanistan], The Telegraph, April 10, 2009

In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected [[KBR (company)|KBR]], a former subsidiary of [[Halliburton]], for a [[no-bid contract]] worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in [[Iraq War|Iraq]], just hours after the [[United States Department of Justice|Justice Department]] said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking [[kickbacks]] from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work.[http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2e1_1273440915 Obama administration approves No-Bid Halliburton Contract], liveleak.com, May 6, 2010

Although Obama had promised to wait five days before signing all non-emergency bills, he broke that promise at least 10 times during his first three months in office.[http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=11449 The Promise That Keeps on Breaking], Cato Institute, April 13, 2009

In December 2010, [[Transparency International]] reported that corruption was increasing faster in the U.S. than anywhere else except [[Cuba]], [[Dominica]], and [[Burkina Faso]].[http://www.businessinsider.com/transparency-corruption-increased-2010-12# Corruption Is Increasing Faster In America Than Anywhere Except Cuba, Dominica And Burkina Faso], businessinsider.com, December 11, 2010

In June 2009, Obama fired [[Inspector General]] Gerald Walpin, after Walpin accused Sacramento mayor [[Kevin Johnson]], an Obama supporter, of misuse of [[AmeriCorps]] funding to pay for school-board political activities. In a letter to Congress, the White House said that Walpin was fired because he was "confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior that led the Board to question his capacity to serve."[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23831.html W.H.: Fired IG 'confused, disoriented'], Politico, June 17, 2009 A [[bipartisan]] group of 145 current and former public officials, attorneys, and legal scholars signed a letter that was sent to the White House, which defended Walpin, said the criticisms of him were not true, and said that his firing was politically motivated.[http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/47280-allies-of-official-fired-by-obama-mount-defense Allies of official fired by Obama mount defense], thehill.com, June 24, 2009 The letter can be read [http://static.usnews.com/documents/whispers/Walpin.pdf here]. Fox News host [[Glenn Beck]] gave Walpin an on-air [[Mini-mental state examination|state certified senility test]], which Walpin passed with a perfect score, meaning that he was not senile.[http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0610/Former_IG_Walpin_loses_suit_over_firing.html Former watchdog Walpin loses suit over firing], Politico, June 18, 2010

In July 2009, White House reporter [[Helen Thomas]] criticized the Obama administration for its lack of transparency.[http://www.breitbart.tv/white-house-reporters-grill-gibbs-over-selected-questions-for-obama/ White House Reporters Grill Gibbs Over ‘Prepackaged’ Questions for Obama], Breitbart, July 1, 2009

In May 2009, the Obama administration dismissed charges that had been filed by the Bush administration against members of the [[New Black Panther Party]] who had been videotaped [[Voter_intimidation#Intimidation|intimidating voters]] and brandishing a police-style baton at a Philadelphia polling station during the November 2008 election.[http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/28/justice-department-drops-charges-in-voter-intimidation-case/ Justice Department drops charges in voter intimidation case], CNN, May 28th, 2009[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2009/05/29/charges-black-panthers-dropped-obama/ Charges Against 'New Black Panthers' Dropped by Obama Justice Dept.], Fox News, May 29, 2009 In August 2009, the [[U.S. Commission on Civil Rights]] demanded that the Justice Department explain why it dismissed the charges.[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/04/panel-demands-panther-answers/ Panel blasts Panther case dismissal], The Washington Times, August 4, 2009 In July 2010, J. Christian Adams, a former lawyer for the Justice Department, testified before the Commission on Civil Rights that the case was dropped because the Justice Department did not want to protect the civil rights of white people.[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/07/us/07rights.html Racial Motive Alleged in a Justice Dept. Decision], New York Times, July 6, 2010

During the 2008 campaign, Obama broke his promise to accept public financing and the spending limits that came with it.[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/20/us/politics/20obama.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1323637278-m52eRc9C/U5pezt5K4PZMg Obama, in Shift, Says He’ll Reject Public Financing], New York Times, June 20, 2008

In January 2012, Obama violated the Constitution by making four recess appoints when Congress was not in recess. Recess appointments themselves are constitutional, but only if they are made when Congress is actually in recess.[http://www.tnr.com/blog/timothy-noah/99229/cordrays-recess-appointment-sure-doesnt-look-constitutional-me Cordray's Recess Appointment Sure Doesn't Look Constitutional To Me], The New Republic, January 4, 2012

Although Obama had promised that the website recovery.gov would list all stimulus spending in detail, a 400 page report issued by the [[Government Accountability Office]] stated that only 25% of the projects listed on the website provided clear and complete information regarding their cost, schedule, purpose, location and status.[http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/107441-gao-stimulus-transparency-site-needs-work GAO: Obama administration website on stimulus spending fails on transparency], thehill.com, July 7, 2010

===Foreign policy===

In June 2011, U.S Congressman [[Dennis Kucinich]] (D-Ohio) said that had Obama violated the Constitution when he launched military operations in Libya without Congressional approval.[http://thehill.com/homenews/house/166577-kucinich-jones-sue-white-house-over-libya-war Lawmakers sue the White House over use of military force in Libya], thehill.com, June 15, 2011

In 2010, Obama supported releasing [[Lockerbie bomber]] Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (who had been convicted of murdering 270 people) from prison.[http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/white-house-backed-release-of-lockerbie-bomber-abdel-baset-al-megrahi/story-e6frg6so-1225896741041 White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi], theaustralian.com.au, July 26, 2010

In September 2010, it was reported that Obama planned to offer [[Saudi Arabia]] the biggest arms deal in the history of the U.S.[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704621204575488361149625050.html Saudi Arms Deal Advances], Wall St. Journal, September 12, 2010

In November 2011, Obama announced that he would send 2,500 Marines to Australia.[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/world/asia/obama-and-gillard-expand-us-australia-military-ties.html?_r=2 A U.S. Marine Base for Australia Irritates China] New York Times, November 16, 2011

Antiwar groups criticized Obama for planning to create a very pro-war cabinet. Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy stated, "It's astonishing that not one of the 23 senators or 133 House members who voted against the war is in the mix."[http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/20/nation/na-foreign-policy20 Antiwar groups fear Obama may create hawkish Cabinet], Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2008

As a Senator, Obama voted in favor of funding the Iraq War.[http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/03/22/obama_defends_votes_in_favor_of_iraq_funding/ Obama defends votes in favor of Iraq funding], Boston Globe, March 22, 2007

===Guantánamo Bay detention camp===

Under President Obama, abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay became even worse than it had been under President Bush.[http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/02/25/us-guantanamo-abuse-lawyer-exclusive-idUSTRE51O3TB20090225?sp=true Exclusive: Lawyer says Guantanamo abuse worse since Obama], Reuters, February 25, 2009

===Overseas Contingency Operation===

Obama had [[Anwar al-Awlaki]], a key [[al-Qaeda]] leader, killed.[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15121879 Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen], BBC, September 30, 2011. However, because Awlaki was a U.S. citizen, and he was killed without [[judicial process]], Obama was accused of violating the U.S. Constitution.[http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/aclu-lens-american-citizen-anwar-al-aulaqi-killed-without-judicial-process ACLU Lens: American Citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi Killed Without Judicial Process], aclu.org, September 30, 2011[http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2011/10/02/2011-10-02_an_unconstitutional_killing.html An unconstitutional killing: Obama's killing of Awlaki violates American principles], by Ron Paul, New York Daily News, October 2, 2011 U.S. Congessman [[Ron Paul]] (R-TX) said that Obama's actions might be an [[Impeachment in the United States|impeachable]] offense.[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65035.html Obama impeachment a possibility, says Ron Paul], Politico, October 3, 2011 Prior to the killing, [[Dennis C. Blair|Dennis Blair]], the country's [[director of national intelligence]], had stated to the [[House Intelligence Committee]] that "Being a U.S. citizen will not spare an American from getting assassinated by military or intelligence operatives."

===Gun control===

In [[Operation Fast and Furious]], the Obama administration ordered gun storeowners to illegally sell thousands of guns to criminals.[http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2011/09/28/fast-and-furious-just-might-be-president-obamas-watergate/ "Fast And Furious" Just Might Be President Obama's Watergate], Forbes, September 28, 2011

Obama stated, "I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms."[http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1818334,00.html?imw=Y Obama's Supreme Move to the Center], Time magazine, June 26, 2008 However, the [[National Rifle Association]] gave Obama a rating of 'F' based on his voting record.[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,427347,00.html Fact-Checkers Fall Short in Criticizing NRA's Anti-Obama Ads], Fox News, September 24, 2008


After the [[Deepwater Horizon oil spill|BP oil spill]], Obama rejected offers of cleanup help from Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.[http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-the-real-reason-america-refused-international-help-on-the-oil-spill-2010-6#ixzz0qOvqHe6K Here's The Real Reason America Refused International Help On The Oil Spill], businessinsider.com, June 9, 2010

===Social policy===

In May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end [[DEA]] raids on [[medical marijuana]] in states where it's legal.[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/12/MNKK10FD53.DTL Next president might be gentler on pot clubs], San Francisco Chronicle, May 12, 2008 However, in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana grower in [[Highlands Ranch]] in [[Colorado]], a state where medical marijuana is legal. [http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/opinion-an-obama-promise-thats-gone-up-in-smoke/19369764 An Obama Promise That's Gone Up in Smoke], aolnews.com, February 23, 2010 Also in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in [[Culver City]] in [[California]], a state where medical marijuana is legal.[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/federal-agents-raid-marina-del-rey-marijuana-dispensary.html Federal agents raid Culver City marijuana dispensary], Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2010 Furthermore, in July 2010, the DEA raided at least four medical marijuana growers in [[San Diego]], California.[http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15479300?nclick_check=1 Federal agents raid San Diego marijuana clinics], Associated Press, July 9, 2010[http://reason.com/blog/2010/07/09/in-the-obama-age-of-no-more-fe In the Obama Age of No More Federal Medical Marijuana Raids...More Federal Medical Marijuana Raids], Reason magazine, July 9, 2010 Also in July 2010, the DEA raided a medical marijuana facility in [[Covelo, California|Covelo]], California.[http://calpotnews.com/medical-marijuana/mendocino-county-raid-puts-dea-nominee-in-spotlight/ Mendocino County raid puts DEA nominee in spotlight], calpotnews.com, July 28, 2010 Then in September 2010, the DEA conducted raids on at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in [[Las Vegas, Nevada|Las Vegas]] in [[Nevada]], a state where medical marijuana is legal.[http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=6115 Federal Agents Raid At Least Five Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Dispensaries], September 8, 2010

Obama expanded the federal government's faith based programs which had been started by President George W. Bush.[http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/obama-calls-for-expansion-of-faith-program/ Obama Expands Faith-Based Programs], New York Times, February 5, 2009

While Obama was a state Senator in Illinois, he used tax dollars to build 504 units of slum housing, which had mice and backed up sewage. Federal inspectors graded the condition of the housing so bad that the buildings faced demolition.[http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/06/27/grim_proving_ground_for_obamas_housing_policy/?page=full Grim proving ground for Obama's housing policy], Boston Globe, June 27, 2008

The Obama administration spent $1.6 million to restore graffiti that glorified communist murderers Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.[http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2012/01/17/outrage-feds-spend-1-6-million-to-restore-la-raza-murals-celebrating-aztlan-and-che-guevara/ Feds Spend $1.6 Million to Restore “La Raza” Murals Celebrating “Aztlan” and Che Guevara], standwitharizona.com, January 17, 2012

===Health care reform===

In March 2007, Obama said of his health care plan, "I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be, potentially, some transition process..."[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/25779.html Barack Obama vs. Drudge Report], Politico, August 4, 2009[http://www.breitbart.tv/uncovered-video-obama-explains-how-his-health-care-plan-will-eliminate-private-insurance/ Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will ‘Eliminate’ Private Insurance], Breitbart, August 3, 2009

In September 2010, some insurance companies announced that in response to Obama's health care plan, they would end the issuance of new child-only policies.[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504744_162-20017272-10391703.html Insurers to Bail on Child-Only Policies as Health Care Law Looms], CBS News, September 22, 2010[http://www.latimes.com/health/la-fi-kids-health-insurance-20100921,0,799167.story Big health insurers to stop selling new child-only policies], Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2010

In October 2010, Obama gave [[McDonald's]] and 29 other organizations an exemption from some of the requirements of his health care plan.[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20018918-503544.html 30 Companies, Other Groups Escape New Health Care Rule for Now], CBS News, October 7, 2010 Over time, more than 700 organizations were granted waivers, and the [[United States Department of Health and Human Services|Department of Health and Human Services]] website published a list of these waiver recipients which can be read [http://www.hhs.gov/ociio/regulations/approved_applications_for_waiver.html here].

In November 2010, [[1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East]] announced that it would drop health insurance for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants. Mitra Behroozi, executive director of benefit and pension funds for 1199SEIU stated, "... new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26... meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible."[http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/11/20/union-drops-health-coverage-for-workers-children/ Union Drops Health Coverage for Workers’ Children], Wall St. Journal, November 20, 2010

===Education reform===

While living in Chicago and Washington D.C., Obama expressed his true opinion of America's public education system by sending his own children to private schools.[http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1292993,obama-kids-sidwell-friends-112108.article Obamas Choose Private Sidwell Friends School], Associated Press, November 21, 2008

Regarding school vouchers, in February 2008, Obama said, "If there was any argument for vouchers it was, all right, let's see if this experiment works, and then if it does, whatever my preconceptions, my attitude is you do what works for the kids."[http://www.nysun.com/national/obama-open-to-private-school-vouchers/71403/ Obama Open to Private School Vouchers], nysun.com, February 15, 2008 However, in March 2009, Obama signed legislation which brought an end to a successful voucher program for nearly 2,000 students in Washington D.C. Although the Washington D.C. public school district spends nearly $13,500 per student, and the vouchers for private schools were only $7,500 per student[http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31163 Obama Vouches Only for Teachers Unions], Human Events, March 23, 2009, a federal study of the voucher program concluded that the voucher program was a significant success at providing students with a better education than that of the city's public schools.[http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20094050/pdf/20094050.pdf Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program], ies.ed.gov

===Wall Street reform===

Although Obama claims to support the [[Occupy Wall St.]] movement, in 2011 it was reported that he had raised more money from Wall St. than any other candidate during the last 20 years.[http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/10/obama-attacks-banks-while-raking-in-wall-street-dough/ Obama attacks banks while raking in Wall Street dough], dailycaller.com October 10, 2011] In addition, as a Senator he voted in favor of the $700 billion Wall St. bailout.[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00213 U.S. Senate vote on Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008] Also, in October 2011, Obama hired Broderick Johnson, a longtime Wall St. lobbyist, to be his new senior campaign adviser. Johnson had worked as a lobbyist for JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Comcast, Microsoft, and the oil industry.[http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/25/obama-defies-base-hires-wall-street-lobbyist-for-re-election-campaign/ Obama defies base, hires Wall Street lobbyist for re-election campaign], dailycaller.com, October 25, 2011

===Civil liberties===

In December 2011, [[ACLU]] executive director Anthony D. Romero criticized Obama for signing a bill that gave the U.S. government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without any charges being filed or any trial taking place.[http://www.aclu.org/national-security/president-obama-signs-indefinite-detention-bill-law President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law], aclu.org, December 31, 2011

In May 2011, Obama signed a renewal of the [[Patriot Act]].[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/patriot-act-extension-signed-into-law-despite-bipartisan-resistance-in-congress/2011/05/27/AGbVlsCH_story.html Patriot Act extension signed into law despite bipartisan resistance in Congress], Washington Post, May 27, 2011

In January 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration for having put a GPS tracking device on someone's car without having a warrant.[http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/24/us-usa-police-gps-idUSTRE80M1E120120124 Supreme Court rules police need warrant for GPS tracking], Reuters, January 23, 2012




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