Friday, February 22, 2008

Political Debate

While I've become a "lady in waiting" I've also become a political junky. I've watched the debates, stay up waiting for the primary returns, and watch the political pundits. Last night was another democratic debate, if you can call it that. It was more like a firehouse chat between two old teammates that have run out of new things to say. Barak is often characterized as the candidate of change (Clinton says it is words over substance) and she continues to repeat that she has 35 years of experience. Barak Obama's tagline is "Yes we can!" Hillary Clinton's is "Read to be President on day one."

Below is an interesting report of their political records. I didn't do the research on this but found it very interesting. Senator Clinton - One 6-year term as senator and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law - 20 These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress, but to save you trouble, I’ll post them here for you.

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L . Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O’Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty. Only five of Clinton’s bills are, more substantive.
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11. 17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

Barak Obama: In 8 years elected state official he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced 233 regarding healthcare reform, 125 on poverty and public assistance, 112crime fighting bills, 97 economic bills, 60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills, 21 ethics reform bills, 15 gun control, 6 veterans affairs and many others.

His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427.

The Coburn-Obama Gove rnment Transparency Act of 2006 - became law,
The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, - became law,
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, - became law,
The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, In committee, and many more.

In all, since entering the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.

1 comment:

Shrijnana said...

Thanks for this comparison. What a difference between Clinton's and Obama's records! It is a good thing there are bloggers to let people know these details, because the mainstream media isn't doing it.

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