I agree that Obama hasn’t had many big accomplishments in the Senate, wth the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 being one
that stands out in my mind: www.dailykos.com...
Being an executive is much different from being a legistator though, so I don’t know how important that kind of experience is. I think where Obama
excels is his ability to communicate his ideas in a way that inspires action. This is reflected in his fundraising, the fact that he’s inspired
almost 1 million people to donate to a PRIMARY campaign. (my.barackobama.com...
) As a point of
reference, about 120,000 people donated to Bush’s campaign in 2000 and about 215,000 people donated to him in 2004. (Gore had 50,000 contributors,
Kerry had 220,000 contributors). And this is contributors in the primary AND general elections combined.
When you can get that kind of involvement, you can get more people to exert pressure on Congress directly, taking back control of the government from
the lobbyists groups that have severely hampered our government’s abilities to function in our best interests as opposed to big business’s.
Words of Texas Senator Kirk Watson from www.kirkwatson.com...
Had I not lost my mind, here are the accomplishments I would have mentioned:
* Senator Obama’s fight for universal children’s health care in Illinois.
* His success bringing Republicans and Democrats together (a huge selling point for me in general) on bills such as the one in Illinois requiring
police interrogations and confessions to be videotaped.
* His leadership on ethics reform in Washington (the bill that lobbyists and special interests are complaining about right now has his name on it).
* His bill to make the federal budget far more transparent and accessible to Americans via the Internet – we could use that openness in Texas.
* And his vital work with Republicans to lock down nuclear weapons around the world.
Perhaps the Clinton's and the PTB used a little mind control. If those scenes didn't look contrived, I don't know what would.
I liked this quote.
I’m amazed you discounted all evidence that this is a man of substance. It tells me more about you than it does about Obama. Look at what you
value and consider what Obama would have to have doen to meet your standards… resolve conflicts in the middle east? Prevent the loan scandle?
Prevented GWB from occupying Iraq? I can’t imagine. One man can only lead. Alone we all fall short. If Obama unifies the country and gives the young
a reason to believe in the power of democracy then that will be his lasting legacy. You may stand on the sidelines and shake your head but you may at
some point get the feeling that something good is happening this year. A change that matters.
Hey Guys, have you ever seen Obama's PUBLISHED BLUE PRINT FOR CHANGE?
It's actually an inspiring read.
Some more accomplishments...
Cosponsored with Tom Coburn an act that requires public documentation of all congressional earmarks.
Passed ethics and lobbying reform (tightening gift and disclosure rules)
Passed laws requiring the securing of loose nukes, shoulder-fired AA missiles and land mines.
Supported the Gitmo defense attorneys who were lobbying congress for fair trials (including loaning them office space in 2006) — they’ve since
Taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago
Passed a law in IL requiring mandatory video recordings of police interrogations
Community activist and lawyer:
Pursued and won several lawsuits ensuring full access to the ballot box.
registered thousands of voters in for the 1992 US Senate race, credited with helping Carol Mosely Braun win.
Speaking about respect and character...
Promised to come back to the community he had helped rebuild when he went to Harvard law.
Turned down [reputed] supreme court clerkship and/or certain high paying positions in NY to make good on his promise.
And I don't think Ronald Reagan Legislated anything, yet he is widely considered to be the best prez of the era.
Just wanted to throw some fuel on the other side of the coin.