17
Mar
08

A Man of Nothingness: Obama

Obama ChangeIt seems that a lot of people are supporting Obama these days. Their reasoning? He makes them feel good or they think he has the desire to change. I do not understand this hogwash. You are voting on someone that is going to be leader of this country, if not the world. And you are going to vote on him because he makes you feel warm and fuzzy?

What is he going to change?

How is he going to change it?

How about this for change. Obama says of war, “No timetable, no funding. It is time to bring this to an end” and “We are going to bring an end to this war and I will fight hard in the United States Senate to make sure we don’t pass any funding bill that does not have a deadline.” Then on 14 December he is absent from a crucial vote on this matter. His “no vote” can be seen here. How in the hell are you going to change something when you can’t even make it a priority to go do your job and vote against it, especially when you made a stink about not “giving in”? Bad policy. Bad politics. Bad negotiating skills. And IMHO, bad President.

I decided to look up Obama’s bills that he has sponsored. After all, if he wants change, then he would be writing bills that promote change, right? Let’s see what I find. (He had 120 between 1/31/2007 and 3/13/2008). Just for sampling purposes, I will take numbers 6, 31, 33, 48, and 64.
6. S.RES.268: A resolution designating July 12, 2007, as “National Summer Learning Day”.
31. S.1222: A bill to stop mortgage transactions which operate to promote fraud, risk, abuse, and under-development, and for other purposes.
33. S.1306: A bill to direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to classify certain children’s products containing lead to be banned hazardous substances.
48. S.1989: A bill to provide a mechanism for the determination on the merits of the claims of claimants who met the class criteria in a civil action relating to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture but who were denied that determination.
64. S.AMDT.41 to S.1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged.

And let’s compare his bills to someone that I like – Ron Paul – using the same numbers.
6. H.R.191: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the inclusion in gross income of Social Security benefits.
31. H.R.2117: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act concerning foods and dietary supplements, to amend the Federal Trade Commission Act concerning the burden of proof in false advertising cases, and for other purposes.
33. H.R.2415: To reduce the price of gasoline by allowing for offshore drilling, eliminating Federal obstacles to constructing refineries and providing incentives for investment in refineries, suspending Federal fuel taxes when gasoline prices reach a benchmark amount, and promoting free trade.
48. H.R.3343: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make health care coverage more accessible and affordable.
64. H.R.5191: To prohibit the use of Federal funds to carry out the highway project known as the “Trans-Texas Corridor”.

I assure you that I picked those numbers completely at random. If I had picked them, I would have quoted numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, (etc.) where he motions for people to be honored by Congress (do we really need to waste floor time with such frivolous bills?). In his defense, he does have some beefier bills throughout the list, but a lot of them seem to be really vague…. I just think that you can clearly see that Paul wants to take down the things that impede on you and your freedoms, whereas Obama is more interested in “leveling the field” by taking those who have and giving to those who have-not. Point-in-case, his Global Poverty Act of 2007 (S.2433) which requires you, an American taxpayer to pay people in other countries…. just because… (which BTW, helping people is good. Forcing people to pay for other people is not good. Furthermore, not all of your “donated” money is going to go to those that need it. A quarter (or whatever) of it is going to be consumed by the government that collects it.)

In any case, I am just getting really tired of hearing people support him, but have no idea, whatsoever, what he is going to change. I find such logic to be disparaging…

So what is it about Obama that makes you think that he is the man that will change it all?

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"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

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