Presidential Contenders: Barack Obama

Campaign season is in full swing, its time to get to know the ones that want to be President. I’ve covered all the Republican and Libertarian candidates currently running. Now it’s the President’s turn. Going to look at his record, what he’s done, not said. Coupled with my thoughts on Barack Obama.

I’m not going to list the party, because that’s just a banner politicians hide behind, look at person, not the party. To set the stage, here’s the link to his campaign website here. This has his positions, but I prefer to look at his record instead.

Entitlements: Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)

Keeping it a Ponzi Scheme, because this actually makes sense to do. Even though I’m against it on principle.

Healthcare: Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)

Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007) Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006) Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005) Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)

National Security: Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)

Voted YES on limiting soldiers’ deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)

Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)

Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006) Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)

Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)

It’s only the Fourth Amendment, who cares about privacy. Wish I could invoke Executive Privilege.

Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act’s wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)

But had no problem signing that into law as President.

Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005) Voted YES on restoring $565M for states’ and ports’ first responders. (Mar 2005)

Foreign Policy: Voted to fund war until 2006; now wants no blank check. (Nov 2007)

Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007) Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)

Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)

Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)

Civil Rights: Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)

Agreed. Shocker I know.

Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)

Agreed again. 

Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)

Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)

Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)

Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)

Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)

Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)

Who cares about parental rights. I’m an individualist but until the kid is out of my care, my rules.

Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)

Sponsored bill providing contraceptives for low-income women. (May 2006)

Your condoms and birth-control is not my responsibility.

Second Amendment, also a Civil Right. How has Obama voted? Cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)

By what right does anyone have to tell me what I can spend my money on? Of course, Obama just forced us all to  either pay the government or the Insurance Companies.

Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)

The Economy and Taxes: Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs’ effectiveness. (Mar 2007)

Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)

Votes no on responsibility.

Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)

Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)

I notice a trend.

Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)

Agreed, however he approves of other subsidies. Corporatism at work.

Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007) Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)

Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska’s ANWR. (Nov 2005)

Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)

Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005) Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)

Sponsored bill for tax credit for providing 85% ethanol gas. (Apr 2005) Sponsored bill to notify public when nuclear releases occur. (Mar 2006) Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018. (Jul 2006)

Social Engineering.

Trade? Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)

Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)

Taxes? Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)

Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)

Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)

Of course he did, he’s a grave robber. I’ve written about the Death Tax before.

Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)

Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)

Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)

Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)

Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006) Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006) Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)

The President is consistent on wanting to raise taxes. It’s his record.

Government Transparency: Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)

Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)

However, companies like GE get favors since it’s CEO is on a Presidential Board. That’s Lobbying.

Sponsored bill criminalizing deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005) Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)

You need it for drinking, but not for something as important  as the direction of the country.

Sponsored bill to post earmarks on the Internet. (Jan 2006)

Good idea,but now that he’s President, I haven’t seen it.

Immigration: Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities”. (Mar 2008)

Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)

Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)

Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)

Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)

Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)

Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)

My Conclusion: Just about everything he does is to take power from the people and give it to the States or People. On a few Civil Rights issues I agree, but Obama is a Statist. More government and the details don’t matter. He’s actually consistent in spite of popular opinion. Though he talks more than he votes, and a lover of dictatorial decrees AKA Executive Orders. Who needs Congress?

For my problems with Obama you’ll find them scattered throughout the archives and Growls Of A Wolf.

Do your own research, see if you can agree enough with his actions to vote for him or not to. It’s up to you ultimately.

Related Links:

Barack Obama On The Issues

Politifact: Barack Obama

Barack Obama-Controverseries


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