What he’s promised

500 promises a lot to keep

St. Petersburg Times’ Politifact.com has compiled a list of about 500 promises made by Barack Obama during his historic presidential

campaign. The site will track Obama’s progress on this massive “to-do” list. Here are some of the 44th president’s promises.n Include environmental and labor standards in trade agreements

&bull Increase the capital gains and dividends taxes for higher-income taxpayers

&bull Extend the Bush tax cuts for lower incomes and repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes

&bull Require children to have health insurance coverage

&bull Begin removing combat brigades from Iraq

&bull End warrantless wiretaps

&bull Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

&bull Make White House communications public

&bull Allow five days of public comment before signing bills

&bull Increase minority access to capital

&bull Provide option for a pre-filled-out tax form

&bull Implement “Women Owned Business” contracting program

&bull Invest in electronic health information systems

&bull Allow imported prescription drugs and prevent drug companies from blocking generic drugs

&bull Provide $50 billion by 2013 for the global fight against HIV/AIDS