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Obama's Legislative Voting Record

They say a Man is known by the company he keeps. With this in Mind, let's examine the voting record of the new President Elect.

S Amdt 1184. Vote to pass an amendment that would prohibit undocumented immigrants convicted of aggravated felonies, domestic violence, stalking, violation of protection orders, crimes against children, or crimes relating to the illegal purchase or sale of firearms, from gaining legal status. Vote: NO

HR 1424. Vote to pass a bill that allows the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase troubled assets from financial institutions, with a total outstanding balance of up to $700 billion, and also provides tax incentives for alternative energies and contains income tax and alternative minimum tax provisions. Vote: YES

Vote to concur on HR 2642, a bill that appropriates $190.39 billion and rescinds $3.86 billion for a net expenditure of $186.53 billion. This bill provides education funding for certain veterans, extends unemployment compensation, establishes a moratorium on certain actions regarding Medicaid, and appropriates funds for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Vote: YES

S AMDT 4909 to HR 5631: To prohibit the use of funds for a public relations program designed to monitor news media in the United States and the Middle East and create a database of news stories to promote positive coverage of the war in Iraq. Vote: NO

HR 4939: Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes. Vote YES
Highlights $70.58 billion for "Global War on Terrorism," Prohibits funds to aid the Palestinian Authority or other Palestinian political entities until such entities show a commitment to nonviolent principles, recognize Israel, and accept previous agreements (Sec 1304)

HR 3199: Vote to adopt a conference report that extends the authority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct "roving wiretaps" and access certain business records through December 31, 2009, and makes the remaining 14 provisions of the Patriot Act permanent. Vote: YES

HR 3057: Making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes. Vote: YES
-$4.6 billion for the Foreign Military Financing Fund, of which $2.28 billion in grants only for Israel, $206 million for assistance to Jordan, and $10 million for Tunisia

HR 7081: To approve the United States-India Agreement for Cooperation on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, and for other purposes.
Provides for the transfer of nuclear technology and materials to India for non-military use (Sec 101).
Requires the president to certify to Congress that this agreement does not violate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by assisting India to produce or acquire nuclear weapons (Sec. 102). Vote:  YES

So what we can we learn from this very small sample of his voting records ? What can we assume to be his positions on the issues ?
  1. Funding for Israel to continue it's illegal occupation and continued human rights violations is fine.
  2. Believing that Palestine must recognise Israel but Israel does not have to recognise Palestine is fine
  3. Believing that Israel can use force against Palestine but Palestine cannot use force is fine. The Irony is stunning here as this is a war of rocks versus Helicopter Gunships.
  4. Allowing Mexican murderers to gain legal status in the US is fine.
  5. Transferring Taxpayers' wealth to his Wall St Cronies is fine. (Look at Obama's Campaign Donations list.)
  6. Funding for American Illegal aggression in the Middle East is fine.
  7. Covering it up by means of propoganda is fine.
  8. Sending billions to Israel is fine.
  9. Constitutional Guarantees being denied to American citizens, without them being involved in the debate, is fine.
  10. Abrogation of the Nuclear Non Proliferation treaty is fine where India and Israel (who have nuclear weapons) are concerned  but not for Iran (Who do not have Nuclear Weapons).


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( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 7th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'd love to share this post with my friends who honestly believe Obama is going to be our saviour... but that would be too cruel.
Nov. 7th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling ;)
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
What part of "increasing taxes for everyone making over $250,000 and finally taxing oil companies huge windfalls at consumers' expense" fit into "rewarding Wall Street cronies, all of whom make over $250,000 a year? Nobel prizewinning economists who were very critical of Obama from the start like Paul Krugman agreed that action was necessary to PROTECT all the little guys who sank their life savings in the market. There should be more regulation of how those companies spend that money, but it was necessary.

The bailout package also includes a major defeat to the insurance industry by protecting the millions of Americans with mental illness who have their insurance cut off. But no one seems to want to protect THOSE taxpayers.

This account is no more accurate than those of the people who treat him like a savior.
Nov. 10th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
Charlotte, AIG was bailed out and is currently seeking another few billion. Obama passed the Bailout bill, even after he said that a real economic stimulus package and proper oversight was needed. The bill was passed with no oversight demanded and no economic stimulus package ,as in real help for real people who are on the verge of losing their homes, demanded either. the package has been used by Financial institutions to fund takeovers of smaller banks, hedge against their derivatives exposure, increase their capitalisation. The amount of lending to businesses and individuals who really need it has not started to happen and shows no sign of it either. When 300 economists in the US sent a letter to Paulson and Co they stated the obvious that giving $700 billion of the taxpayers money to the very Financial Institutions that caused the crisis in the first place was a really dumb thing to do. Barack Obama ignored their advice and voted for it anyway, actually urging his fellow Democrats to vote for it as well. If you look at his current economic advisory team, you will notice a strange nexus of banking interests and politics. For a brilliant investigation of the latter see Prof. Michael Chussodovsky's analysis at http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10860

Edited at 2008-11-10 11:50 am (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Your info on his minimum wage vote is just plain wrong. Even your data on the amounts is wrong. The American federal minimum wage is $6.55, and will be increased to $7.25 in 2009. And Obama voted in support of it.

Nov. 10th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification Charlotte.
Nov. 10th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
I have amended the article to remove any reference to the minimum wage vote. But, I'm still left with the others.
Nov. 7th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
You totally should.
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to be so harsh, A. But the points that you make that are valid are utterly undermined by the complete inaccuracy of other ones; this makes your views just as suspect as those of the very people you're trying to correct.
May. 11th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
The current obama bailout plan is working for everybody IMHO. But we have to wait a little longer for it to prosper more. I'm very optimistic by the approach of the administration on the current economic crisis.
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