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Obama, who had said he would oppose any bill that would toss out lawsuits against the phone companies, has said he will support the new proposal. He said it makes sure that in the future, "somebody's watching the watchers."
"Given that all the information that I've received is that the underlying program itself actually is important and useful to American security, as long as it has these constraints on them, I felt that it was more important for me to go ahead and support this compromise," Obama said Wednesday in Chicago, Illinois.
Lifing ban on offshore drilling.
A good leader is somebody who goes first.
Eliminating U.S. nuclear weapons ensures enemies of the U.S. could hold the U.S. hostage.
Obama believes the disparity between sentencing crack and powder-based coc aine is wrong and should be completely eliminated.
jamie83 said:Obama didn't take money directly from lobbyist because he attempted to eliminate the 527 groups altogether by asking donors to bypass the 527s and contribute money DIRECTLY to Obama."
"With the racist statement in the previous post, I cannot help but think My opponent suffers from a severe case of "fear of a black man".
Universal Health Care. Hillary wants it Voluntary for those who can't afford it. Barack wants it mandatory.
Require everyone to get health insurance,
"We've got a philosophical difference, which we've debated repeatedly, and that is that Senator Clinton believes the only way to achieve universal health care is to force everybody to purchase it." -Obama"
See 1980-1988 Windfall Profit Taxes Facts Above
Excessive Profit - Windfall Tax = Sales * Price - Taxes
Affirmative Action is not a racial solution. It is a solution to even the CLASSES.
For federal contractors and subcontractors, affirmative action must be taken by covered employers to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.
Raise the Minimum wage.
Crackdown on Energy Speculators Would further decrease the cost of gas, by not allowing the same companies who charge us for the oil speculate on the costs of the future
I'd be surprised if Obama has ever even met Richard Holbrook.
2. Easing up on convicted drug users and crack heads.
While the first reason is pure pandering to the white middle-class, the second reasoning is pure pandering to blacks who have made the crack vs. coc aine sentencing disparity into a racial issue.
The Energy Information Administration says that there are "substantial resources of crude oil" offshore. However, it also notes that both time and money would be required to produce any oil from areas that are currently off-limits. Specifically, it estimates that no production would begin until 2017 and that it would take until 2030 to reach peak production, increasing total domestic production by 3 percent.
"But let's not make the punishment for crack coc aine that much more severe than the punishment for powder coc aine when the real difference between the two is the skin color of the people using them." -Obama's website speech at Howard U.
As far as the persuasive effectiveness of the debaters, I would have to suggest that jaime83, despite his lapse in response, presented a more cogent and self-sustaining case. Coven made good use of preprepared material from the candidate's political website, but still seemed to have difficulties effectively refuting some of the 'appearances of impropriety' that jaime83 presented. Circumstantial as they may be, these connections needed to be countered with rationale which deprived them of the weighty political impact they have. These 'negatives' needed to be swatted away more forcefully than with the '6-degrees' label. Politicians can afford to simply 'ignore' these negatives in light of other positives they wish to characterize as their own. In this debate however, each of those points must countered, whether or not this is convenient to argument flow.
I would give the overall win of the argument to Jaime83 over Coven (just barely, this one was really close and really difficult, they both did a remarkable job, despite the mix up over the posts.) Although Jaime83 did "lose a post" I feel Coven did as well by not utilizing the opening post for argument, and so to me that evened them out on posting.
WHY I would hand it to Jaime is the fact that Coven left one of Jaime83's main and most damaging premises un-rebutted. Jaime83 began the debate with a well supported argument that *nothing* Obama said was a policy could be trusted to be his actual stand. (The wizard argument) Coven did not, in my opinion, sufficiently address that. That, in my mind, really weakens the entire structure of Coven's "Obama stands for this, Obama stands for that," argument.
Coven made excellent points, and did a good job in his/her rebuttals, except for that single but very crucial misstep. (As he/she then based most of his/her case on proposed policies of Obama.)