Friday, February 22, 2008
Barack Obama's Accomplishments as Illinois State and US Senator
UPDATE, Feb. 25, 2008
The redoubtable Neponset from Atrios' comments at Eschaton has this to add:
"What's Obama done? Just this:As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he co-sponsored bipartisan legislation for controlling conventional weapons and for promoting greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In the current 110th Congress, he has sponsored legislation on lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S. military personnel. As of February 21, 2008, Obama had sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress, of which 15 have become lawEnough. --Neponset 02.25.08 - 12:32 pm"
I'm tired of hearing the lazies ask what has Barack Obama accomplished.
Even the melon-headed Tweety of Hardball is too lazy to find out for himself, so he played "gotcha" with an unsuspecting Texas state legislator.
What has Barack Obama accomplished? For those of you too busy to look for yourselves, see below.
From Democratic Underground:
What has Barack Obama ever accomplished?
"Some Say" that those who support Obama do so without a clue, and do so because of a "Svengali" effect his has on his "cult".I say that it is unfortunate, in this age of the Internet, that folks aren’t able to inform themselves, yet are able to post on a Political blog to have a say.I have done my research on Sen. Obama, and so have many of the others who support him. Maybe that is why he is attracting the most educated progressives in this nation; maybe it is because they do their homework, and do not rely on name recognition to determine whom to vote for.So to inform you, please note the following articles that sum up some of what Barack has “done” in his last 11 years in public office.
Considering that Obama may be the Democratic Nominee, I believe that it is important for you, as a public voice, to be informed:His bold legislative work on the Illinois Death Penalty, and how he made a difference between life and death:http://www.icadp.org/page236.html http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/11/12/obama.death.penalty.ap /
His sponsorship of a bill that brought health insurance to 150,000, including 70,000 uninsured Children, again, during his time serving in the Illinois Statehouse: http://factcheck.barackobama.com/factcheck/2007/12/14/fact_check_on_milbanks_claim_t.php http://mediamatters.org/items/200712170003
His work on both the Immigration bill during his time in the US senate and his sponsorship of Ethics legislation (something he did both while in the State House, and in the Senate) that called for some of the most impactful reform regarding lobbyists since Watergate (as he likes to term it):http://factcheck.barackobama.com/factcheck/2007/12/14/fact_check_on_milbanks_claim_t.php http://feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/releases/07/01/200...
And the rest is here: