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Barack Obama Signature Stances: 7 Issues That Will Define President's Legacy

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 08:41 PM

The mark left by Barack Obama signature positions will be felt for years to come. The changes in his policy decisions were known to have far-reaching effects by the beginning of his second term.

Seven issues that will define his legacy include:

1. The two midterm elections during Obama’s presidency ended with an astounding Republican takeover after Obama had inherited a super majority of Democrats when he became president. The Republicans took back the House in 2010 after four years of Democratic control and then regained control of Congress in 2014 with House and Senate victories. Obama lost nearly 70 seats total in the House since he took office and 13 seats in the Senate following the 2014 midterms.

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2. Relations with Israel are worse than they’ve been in decades from Obama’s policies, according to critics. Former U.S. Middle East peace negotiator Aaron David Miller said there was a “dysfunctional relationship” between Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

3. Obama’s Affordable Care Act has thrown the nation’s health care system into chaos. Initially praised as a way to insure Americans who couldn’t get health insurance, it left many people with canceled insurance policies and higher costs than they had been paying. Many people could no longer keep their own doctor or hospital of their choice. The health care plan also includes involvement by the IRS, further putting medical and personal information into the hands of the government with the Barack Obama signature.

4. The Benghazi cover-up continued to plague Obama during his presidency following the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Libya. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were brutally murdered. The Obama administration originally blamed it on an anti-Muslim video, but has been accused of deliberately misleading the American public because it was a planned attack.

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5.
The U.S. national debt increased by more than $7 trillion within the first five and a half years of the Obama presidency, making the total debt top more than $17 trillion. The debt increase under Obama was more than the accumulated debt from the time of George Washington though Bill Clinton, according to CNSNews.

6. Taxing wealthy Americans was a key item in Obama’s re-election campaign. The belief that more taxes on the rich would somehow help the economy appealed to his supporters. Obama wanted to increase taxes on households with a $250,000 annual income and above, but Congress put the level at $450,000. The increase in taxes might put more revenue for the time being into the federal budget, but only time will tell how much the increase affected business owners in expanding their ventures for more employment.

7. Early withdrawal of forces from Iraq left questions about that country’s security in an unstable area, leading to the rise of the terrorist group ISIS there. ISIS has murdered soldiers and innocent civilians and threatened the security of surrounding countries and the world at large. The U.S. has responded with air strikes on the terrorists and talked of returning ground troops to Iraq.

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