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On Balance, Barack Obama's presidency has been much more beneficial than harmful.

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Started: 11/3/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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Parameters and Precepts:

  • Round 1-Acceptance

  • Round 2-Case

  • Round 3-Rebuttals

  • Round 4-Defense

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Pro will support the claim that Obama's presidency has been more beneficial towards America. Con will support the contrary claim that his presidency was more harmful.



First of all Thanks to my opposition for wanting to discuss this topic, because it's a topic that needs the upmost light shead upon it. I have not come to prove that barack is a bad presedent; or that he is wrong for the country. I only have to prove that he is not beneficial, which is the proposition my opposition proposes. I'm sitting on the side of the people who have been changed by the promised Hope. I'm sitting on the side of the people that were left underwhelmed by one man's weakness that act's as strength, and his violence that disguises itself as love.

I beleive the hardest job in the world is being a criminal defense lawyer and that is what my opponet is planning on being, although his job is much more difficult since he has to not only prove that his client is innocent, but actually was on the side of those who currently accuse him of very immoral acts. To you my opponet I must say that I do not envy you, and I wish you the best of luck with the job you have; because the task ahead of you is difficult, and the chance of reaching salvation is very slim.
Debate Round No. 1


According to our research engine:
President Obama had the following domestic accomplishments:
  • Signed economic stimulus legislation like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Stimulus) and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 into law in response to the Great Recession of 2008
  • Signed the Dodd´┐Ż-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, strengthening financial regulations to an extent not seen since the Great Depression
  • Pushed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) overhauling the nation's health insurance system through Congress in 2010
  • Signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and became the first sitting U.S. president to publicly support same-sex marriage
  • Repealed a Bush-era policy preventing federal tax dollars from being used to fund research on new lines of embryonic stem cells
  • Signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 ending the role of private banks in lending out federally insured student loans

    Obama also had these foreign policy accomplishments:
  • Ended US military involvement in the Iraq War and increased US troop levels in Afghanistan
  • Substantially increased the number of drone strikes targeting suspected terrorists around the world
  • Ordered U.S. military involvement in Libya following a popular revolt against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
  • Authorized the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011
  • Signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia reducing the number of long-range weapons held by both countries

Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%.

Fiscal Responsibility.

Within days after taking office, Obama signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.

Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.

On his first full day, he froze White House salaries.

He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending.

He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system.

Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression.

Obama pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act.

In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%.

Obama completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs.

He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

Obama oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years.

He oversaw a bailout of General Motors that saved at least 1.4 million jobs, and put pressure on the company to change its practices, resulting in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world.

Obama also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency.

He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.

Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.

He increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect.

Obama signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market.

Through the Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, Obama and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.

He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.

Obama created, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with

He played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.

Obama took steps to improve minority access to capital.

He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges.

He implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Obama saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.

Obama dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby moving forward to cut ties between energy companies and the government.

He provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.

He used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.

Obama crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans.

Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection.

Obama ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

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