Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Tuesday, July 29, 2008


All of Senator Obama's work in the US Senate is out there for anyone to research and understand. Richard Cohen of the Washington Post stupidly states in his column today that Obama's record is thin. But we know what that lazy, false, and misleading column is about, don't we.

In addition to the legislation that Obama has initiated, helped create, and passed, he has also, in a very, very short time, become one of the most compelling politicians this country has ever produced. AND he beat the Clinton political machine. He triumphed over Hillary, who was far better known, had a popular ex-president campaigning for her, had big money backing her, and had all the polls saying she was inevitable. He beat her, and he did it without slinging slime.

Senator Obama did this because he surrounded himself with very smart people, something a very smart person does.

Wouldn't we Americans love to have intelligence, class, and pride in our country back in play in 2009? And it wouldn't hurt to have other countries look up to the US, either.

And to those who keep asking "What has he accomplished?" My answer is "Stop being a lazy cuss, and find out. Stop buying into stupid sound-bites. This country is a mess because people repeat sound-bites and believe dopey cable news readers, uninformed columnists, and bloated, cigar-smoking, radio gasbags."

Barack's Senate Accomplishments:

The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act Introduced by Sen. John McCain in May 2005, and cosponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Barack Obama added three amendments to this bill. While the bill was never voted on in the Senate, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Acts of 2006 and 2007, respectively, drew heavily upon the wording of this bill.

The Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction.

Introduced by Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Tom Coburn. First introduced in November 2005 and enacted in 2007, this bill expanded upon the successful Nunn-Lugar threat reduction, which helped secure weapons of mass destruction and related infrastructure in former Soviet Union states. Lugar-Obama expanded this nonproliferation program to conventional weapons -- including shoulder-fired rockets and land mines. When the bill received $48 million in funding, Obama said, "This funding will further strengthen our ability to detect and intercept illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction, enhancing efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism."

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006

This act of Congress, introduced by Senators Obama and Coburn, required the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds in FY2007. Despite a "secret hold" on this bill by Senators Ted Stevens and Robert Byrd, the act passed into law and was signed by President Bush. The act had 43 cosponsors, including John McCain. The act created web sites, which provide citizens with valuable information about government-funded programs.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act

This law helped specify US policy toward the Congo, and states that the US should work with other donor nations to increase international contributions to the African nation. The bill marked the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor. Following this legislation's passage, Obama toured Africa, traveling to South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Chad. He spoke forcefully against ethnic rivalries and political corruption in Kenya.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act

In the first month of the 110th Congress, Obama worked with Sen. Russ Feingold to pass this law, which amends and strengthens the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. Specificially, the changes made by Obama and Feingold requires public disclosure of lobbying activity and funding, places more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff, and provides for mandatory disclosure of earmarks in expenditure bills. The House passed the bill, 411-8, on July 31. The Senate approved it, 83-14, on Aug. 2. At the time, Obama called it "the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate."

Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act

Following the Republican-sponsored voter intimidation tactics seen in mostly black counties in Maryland during the 2006 midterm elections, Obama worked with Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce this bill. The bill has been referred to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Obama said of the bill, "This legislation would ensure that for the first time, these incidents are fully investigated and that those found guilty are punished."

The Obama-McCain Climate Change Reduction Bill

The Obama-McCain bill, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., would cut emissions by two-thirds by 2050.

Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007

Introduced by Obama, this binding act would stop the planned troop increase of 21,500 in Iraq, and would also begin a phased redeployment of troops from Iraq with the goal of removing all combat forces by March 31, 2008. Explaining the bill, Obama said it reflects his view that the problems in Iraq do not have a military solution. "Our troops have performed brilliantly in Iraq, but no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war," Obama said.

Amendments to the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill

Obama worked with Sen. Kit Bond to limit, through this bill, the Pentagon’s use of personality disorder discharges in the FY 2008 Defense Authorization bill. This provision would add additional safeguards to discharge procedures and require a thorough review by the Government Accountability Office. This followed news reports that the Pentagon inappropriately used these procedures to discharge service members with service-connected psychological injuries. "With thousands of American service members suffering day in and day out from the less visible wounds of war, reports that the Pentagon has improperly diagnosed and discharged service members with personality disorders are deeply disturbing," said Senator Obama. "This provision will add additional safeguards to the Department of Defense’s use of this discharge and mandate a comprehensive review of these policies."

The Comprehensive Nuclear Threat Reduction Provision

Working with Sen. Hagel and Rep. Adam Schiff, Obama authored this provision, which would require the president to develop a comprehensive plan for ensuring that all nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material at vulnerable sites around the world are secure by 2012 from the threats that terrorists have shown they can pose. A provision from the Obama-Hagel bill was passed by Congress in December 2007 as an amendment to the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill. "It is imperative that we build and sustain a truly global effort under an aggressive timeline to secure, consolidate, and reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material to keep them out of the wrong hands. The comprehensive nuclear threat reduction plan required by this provision is an important step in that effort," Obama said of the provision.


Patrick M said...

Interesting. half of Obama's accomplishments have McCain's name on them. That explains why conservatives are not enthused.

But this tells me I'd rather vote for partial destruction than total destruction by government.

Handsome B. Wonderful said...

The Lugar-Obama bill will give him great insight and experience of dealing with Iran's nuclear issue.

Which is of course one of the most important issues facing the next president.

shaw kenawe said...


You still think our government hasn't been destroyed? Really?

Our deficit is now a half a trillion dollars. HALF A TRILLION!

We had a SURPLUS when Bush became president.

We're still in Iraq after over 5 years. And although the violence is not as bad as it was in '08, there is still upheaval and chaos there.

The price of oil went to almost $150 a barrel just a month ago. It was around $30 when Bush entered office.

The housing market is in the sh*thouse.

The economy is NOT good.

And our country has lost the sheen of liberty.

Open your eyes to Bush reality.

And I'm not even listing the incredble number of scandals that the Bush administration has generated over these past 7 1/2 years.

Not enough room.

My friend, if that isn't disaster, we don't know the meaning of the word.

Patrick M said...

You still think our government hasn't been destroyed? Really?

No the problem is that the government keeps growing. It grew under Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. And the choice for me comes down to who will expand the government more. Because I believe that neither candidate will actually reduce government, and with the
Congress we have had over the last 80 years (both Dems and GOP)
there's not much chance of improvement.

And our country has lost the sheen of liberty.

Now this is where I can easily disagree.

We are still a beacon of hope for the world. Even with all the problems (and I'm sure you could come up with a bigger list), those who seek freedom around the world come here. Those who are oppressed in the lands in which they were born come here. Those who are in desperate need look to us.

And for all the things you and I see wrong with this country, I can think of no country that is founded with such freedom and opportunity.