President Obama has highest legislative success rate in 5 decades

To Republicans who joke Obama has done nothing, and to Obama’s liberal critics who vent about the same, a study done by Congressional Quarterly suggests they are both wrong. CQ rates Obama higher than any president in the last five decades in working his will on Capitol Hill, surpassing even the fabled Lyndon Johnson. Obama’s success rate in the House and Senate on votes where he staked out a clear position was 96.7 percent, beating previous record-holder Johnson’s 93 percent in 1965.

Read it here at Newsweek.


Filed under Democratic Party, President Barack Obama

15 responses to “President Obama has highest legislative success rate in 5 decades

  1. It must really frost the GOP who were less than successful even at saying “no!” Bad enough they have so few legislative accomplishments of their own, but now they can’t even stop the Democratic Party from legislative success!

  2. indypendent

    Obama will probably be the president that accomplished the most but got the least credit.

    When people are not working and do not have many prospects of getting a new job anytime soon, people tend to not think about the big picture.

    And the successes Obama has made are just that – for the big picture. Obama has always been the person that could see down the road and then do the grunt work to prepare us for the upcoming challenges.

    Republicans are just the opposite – they are all about the short-term gains and even if they have to bankrupt the country for their wars – they are going to do it.

    Because, after all, their corporate masters demand their profits at all costs.

    I don’t expect the average American to even realize what Obama has done for them – they are only interested in ‘what has he done for me lately’.

  3. wicked

    The Dem party needs to learn how to toot their own horn. Facts are facts. Use them.

  4. paulasayles

    It depends on how you measure success, doesn’t it? I measure success by how many problems you solve, how much progress you make.

    I don’t consider any of the half-measures and politically expedient and commercially beneficial comprimises that have masqueraded as bills in this administration as successful by that measure.

    I don’t buy any of the excuses that have been made for the lack of qualitative solutions to the woes of the citizenry and the economy. If Obama has been happy with the laws that have been passed, as I believe he has, then the more’s the shame for the Democratic Party because they are willing to accept such small progress on behalf of a suffering nation.

  5. With regard to the half measure of health-care reform: you can’t improve on something that doesn’t exist. For one hundred years it’s been talked about PERIOD. I’m not happy and think it is inadequate, but there are benefits and they become increasingly apparent for more and more people over the next few years. It is possible enough people will benefit that it will become something like the sacred cow of social security retirement benefits and those benefited will not allow a backwards movement. Until you have something, you can’t improve it.

    Can you even imagine the lies and stupidity that would be happening today if Americans had gotten the Medicare for all that we deserve? The republican machine would have gone into overdrive that pales in comparison with what we’re currently seeing. The money could have bought elections for long enough to undo the few benefits wrought. Some things have to happen gradually. I’m convinced that true health-care reform would have been undone, but still think gradual implementation might just be successful and get us slowly to where we all know we must be.

    • indypendent

      We needed to start somewhere and at least there was health care reform done.

      Speaking of Medicare – everytime I go into my primary care physician’s office – there is a room full of Medicare patients.

      These are the people that are generally Republican (I can tell from that stick hanging out of their tight ass and the general disapproving look on their faces of anyone daring to get in front of them in line to see the doctor).

      God forbid one of them has to wait more than 5 minutes to see the doctor.

      Do I sound like I dislike Medicare patients – NO. But I do dislike those Medicare patients that would deny the same health care that they receive paid for from the taxpayers money to the rest of Americans.

  6. POVERTY. 1 out of 7 Americans live in it. Maybe another way Obama and Johnson could be compared?

    An old LBJ election ad:

    • indypendent

      Whenever I hear someone complaining about Section 8 housing – I remind them there are landlords/corporations that absolutely LOVE Section 8 housing. That is guaranteed money into the cash flow for their businesses.

      Does anyone remember about that guy in Planeview that was wanting to put in a grocery store but he has several hundred outstanding housing violations from his rentals in Planeview?

      Well – I wonder how many of those rentals are Section 8 – government subsidized money. I also suspect this guy is a big time Republican who is married to a certain local television celebrity.

      • wicked

        I lived in Section 8 housing for a year, although not here. I moved there shortly after I filed for divorce. My bff managed the same apartment complex for 11 years, before I lived there. Many of the tenants were older people or students–especially young women with children–or those like me who were coming from a bad marriage and needed somewhere to live for a while. It helped, and I left when I got a job that paid enough to leave.

  7. indypendent

    Wicked – I’m glad Section 8 was there for you and that is precisely why Section 8 housing is needed.

    My point was not against Section 8 housing – it is against those people who complain about Section 8 but yet they benefit greatly from the same government progam.

    That’s why I cringe when the only thing I hear from these Tea Party Republicans is about not paying taxes – but alot of the same people are the ones getting wealthy from that evil government.

    • wicked

      I didn’t think you were putting it down, indy. I’m just one of many who have been helped by it and other programs. I just wanted anyone who might pass through here to understand that. 🙂

      • indypendent

        Sometimes I think people get the wrong idea from my comments and I just didn’t want anyone to feel I dislike Section 8 housing.

        I dislike the abusers of the system . Unfortunately, the abusers will do the same thing to any well-intentioned and needed program that is out there for people.

  8. Trip to the Outhouse

    I went and read that article, which was from January of this this year. Even though the author said that the percentage needed analysis, there’s really little real analysis there. The Stimulus is mentioned and health care, which had not been passed yet in January, but no other successes that Obama supposedly had gotten behind were mentioned.

    Is there anyone here that doesn’t feel that the verdict on Obama’s economic success is still out? Did anyone here get the health care plan that candidate Obama ran on and you, as voters, expected?

    For sure, he has been no “fierce advocate” for pushing the Senate to pass DADT or repeal DOMA, in fact, sending out the DOJ to do what it can to do just the opposite.

    Sorry, you can find all the pleasure you want in that 96.7 %, but “the proof is in the pudding” as they say.

    The kid on the team that makes 18 out of 36 buckets gets only a 50% shooting average. The kid that comes in off the bench at the end of the game might throw the ball up one time and make it, for a 100% average. Unless that shot is the winning one, I’ll take the 50% shooter any time.

    I have yet to see any game winning buckets from this player.

  9. indypendent

    As for health care reform – what we got was health insurance reform – and that is not exactly the same thing as affordable health care for everyone.

    I would have rather seen either universal health care or the issue of these high health care costs needing to be dealt with.

    I see no genuine help in keeping the status quo of the current health care system which doctors and hospitals still file their inflated prices knowing that health insurance will still only pay their small negotiated prices.

    The only benefit that I see from the health care reform we got is that the lifetime maximum was done away with and they cannot turn anyone down for pre-existing conditions.

    But guess what – if you cannot afford to pay the premium for the new and improved health insurance – what good does it to do anyone to have these benefits that we did get?

    I would have much rather seen the high medical costs been whittled down so that everyone can afford to go to the doctor to be seen for routine health care. Then the insurance companies could sell major medical policies to cover hospitalizations and the major bills.