Huffington Post: 14 Things Obama Doesn’t Want You to Know About the last 4 Years
The Huffington Post has broken down Obama’s economic policies into a nice neat little list. A nice little list that should enrage all Americans, not enough so that they would vote for Romney, who would actually be more of the same, but enough to demand actual reform of this entire kabuki theater that is our current two party death spiral.
1)Prosecution For Financial Fraud Hit A 20-Year Low During The Obama Administration
Despite Obama’s promises to crack down on Wall Street, federal prosecutions of financial fraud hit a 20-year low last year, according to a November study from a watchdog group. The number of these types of prosecutions has been falling every year since 1999 — in other words, there were more prosecutions during every year of George W. Bush’s presidency than during every year of Obama’s.
2)Income Inequality Is Worse Under Obama Than Under Bush
The rich took home a greater share of America’s income pie
from 2009 to 2010 than they did between 2002 and 2007, according to an April analysis from Emmanuel Saez, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. That means the gap between the rich and the poor was more pronounced under Obama’s presidency than under George W. Bush’s.
3)Obama Wants To Lower The Corporate Tax Rate
Some of America’s most profitable companies used a variety of loopholes to pay less than zero in taxes
between 2008 and 2010, according to a November 2011 report from the Center for Tax Justice. But the Obama administration wants to make it even easier for corporations to have a smaller tax bill; Obama proposed a tax overhaul that would cut the corporate tax rate
from 35 percent to 28 percent.
4)Health Care Reform Won’t Make Health Care Cheaper For Most Americans
Once the health care law takes effect, insurance companies will be footing the bill for millions of previously uninsured Americans and for those who were denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. And health insurance companies willlikely pass on to consumers the cost
of insuring the new patients. After Massachusetts enacted a similar health care plan in 2006, premiums for an individual plan in the state rose 18 percent
over three years.
5)Obama’s Housing Programs Have Largely Been A Failure
In 2009, Obama announced the Home Affordable Mortgage Program, promising to help 3 to 4 million borrowers, but as of January — more than three years into the program — HAMP had only reached 1 million borrowers
. In an aim to give the program legs, administration officials changed the rules
in January to make more borrowers eligible. Still, the fixes were likely too little too late, experts said at the time.
6)Homeowners Haven’t Seen Much Out Of That Huge Mortgage Deal
The Obama Administration touted the $25 billion mortgage deal it reached with 49 states and the big banks to settle allegations that banks mishandled mortgages. As part of the settlement, banks said they would offer at least $10 billion
in loan forgiveness to homeowners. But months after the deal was inked, banks have been slow
to hand out the money.
7)Democrats Have Received Lots Of Campaign Cash From Bain
8)Goldman And Other Wall St. Firms Have Largely Escaped Punishment For Their Role In The Financial Crisis
The announcement last month that the Justice Department wouldn’t be prosecuting Goldman Sachs over allegations surrounding the financial crisis was a reminder for many
that the Obama Administration has largely let banks off the hook for their role in the meltdown. And regulators and officials may be running out of time; the statute of limitations
for crimes related to the financial crisis is fast approaching, according to The New York Times
9)The Revolving Door Is Alive And Well In Obama Administration
Many current and former members of the Obama Administration have ties to Wall Street. The list includes
the president’s current and former chiefs of staff — Jacob Lew and Bill Daley, respectively — as well as his former budget director, Peter Orszag, and others.
10)Too Big To Fail Banks Have Grown Under Obama
At the end of 2011, five big banks, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, held 56 percent of the U.S. economy
, according to Bloomberg, compared to 43 percent five years earlier. That’s right, the too-big-to-fail banks have actually gotten bigger.
11)The U.S. Has Gained A Lot Of Low-Wage Jobs During The Recovery
Welcome to the U.S. of Low-Wage America. Most of the jobs lost during the recession paid middle wages, while most of those gained during the recovery were low-wage jobs
, according to a recent study from the National Employment Law Project.
12)Incomes Declined More During The Recovery Than The Recession
Median household income fell 6.7 percent
between June 2009, when the recession technically ended, and June 2011, according to a Census Bureau study cited by The New York Times
. That’s more than the 3.2 percent incomes fell during the recession, between 2007 and 2009.
13)Payroll Tax Cut May Expire On Obama’s Watch
Last December, congressional Democrats managed to save the payroll tax cut for one more year, giving 122 million workers a few extra bucks each paycheck, but now that boost may quietly disappear
, according to the Wall Street Journal
. That’s because the White House won’t be pushing for another payroll tax cut extension this year.
14)Many Top Obama Donors Are Employees Of Major Corporations
Of the top 10 companies with employees donating money to Obama’s campaign, three are big banks: JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics
. Some of Obama’s other major contributors include employees from big companies such as Microsoft and Google.
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