The Real Obama

Will the real Barack Obama please standup?  We hear him talking about “change” and “hope” and everyone coming together.  He tells us that he is above partisanpolitics.  He tells invokes the name of the Savior in his speeches.  Yet, his voting record is very disturbing.

From OntheIssues.org:

  • Ok for state to restrict late-term partial birth abortion. (Apr 2008)
  • We can find common ground between pro-choice and pro-life. (Apr 2008)
  • Undecided on whether life begins at conception. (Apr 2008)
  • Teach teens about abstinence and also about contraception. (Apr 2008)
  • GovWatch: Obama’s “present” votes were a requested strategy. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand access to contraception; reduce unintended pregnancy. (Feb 2008)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL on pro-choice votes in 2005, 2006 & 2007. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted against banning partial birth abortion. (Oct 2007)
  • Stem cells hold promise to cure 70 major diseases. (Aug 2007)
  • Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion. (Apr 2007)
  • Extend presumption of good faith to abortion protesters. (Oct 2006)
  • Constitution is a living document; no strict constructionism. (Oct 2006)
  • Moral accusations from pro-lifers are counterproductive. (Oct 2004)
  • Pass the Stem Cell Research Bill. (Jun 2004)
  • Protect a woman’s right to choose. (May 2004)
  • Supports Roe v. Wade. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill providing contraceptives for low-income women. (May 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Can’t do anything at home with $12 billion a month on Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • Protect consumers with Credit Card Bill of Rights. (Feb 2008)
  • More accountability in subprime mortgages. (Feb 2008)
  • Bush stimulus plan leaves out seniors & unemployed. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted against limiting credit to 30%, because 30% too high. (Jan 2008)
  • Account for every single dollar for new proposed programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Help the homeowners actually living in their homes. (Jan 2008)
  • Bankruptcy bill pushed by banks &. (Jan 2008)
  • Lack of an energy policy is a financial burden. (Jan 2008)
  • Bush & GOP dug budget hole; need years to dig out. (Dec 2007)
  • Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don’t need them. (Dec 2007)
  • Take China “to the mat” about currency manipulation. (Dec 2007)
  • Rejects free market vision of government. (Oct 2007)
  • Regulate financial instruments to protect home mortgages. (Aug 2007)
  • Government regulation needed for when markets fail. (Aug 2007)
  • Return to PayGo: compensate for all new spending. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush’s economic policies are not working. (May 2004)
  • Supports federal programs to protect rural economy. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs’ effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable. (Feb 2008)
  • People want to move beyond our divisions. (Jan 2008)
  • 2004 DNC speech merged “heritage” with “diversity”. (Dec 2007)
  • The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties. (Oct 2007)
  • 1980s boss predicted Obama would be heir to MLK’s voice. (Aug 2007)
  • Racial equality good for America as a whole. (Jun 2007)
  • Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house. (Apr 2007)
  • Muslim heritage gives Obama unique influence in Muslim world. (Oct 2006)
  • No black or white America–just United States of America. (Oct 2006)
  • Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry. (Oct 2004)
  • Forthright on racial issues and on his civil rights history. (Jul 2004)
  • Defend freedom and equality under law. (May 2004)
  • Politicians: don’t use religion to insulate from criticism. (Apr 2004)
  • Miscegenation a felony in 1960 when Obamas practiced it. (Aug 1996)
  • The civil rights movement was a success. (Aug 1996)
  • Apply affirmative action to poor white college applicants. (Apr 2008)
  • Fight job discrimination to give women equal footing at jobs. (Feb 2008)
  • Remove discriminatory barriers to the right to vote. (Feb 2008)
  • Benefited from affirmative action but overcame via merit. (Dec 2007)
  • Include class-based affirmative action with race-based. (Oct 2007)
  • Better enforce women’s pay equity via Equal Pay Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Blacks should infiltrate mainstream to affect change. (Aug 2007)
  • African-Americans vote Democratic because of issue stances. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports affirmative action in colleges and government. (Jul 1998)
  • Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. (Nov 2007)
  • Decisions about marriage should be left to the states. (Oct 2007)
  • Homosexuality no more immoral than heterosexuality. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to expose 6-year-olds to gay couples; they know already. (Sep 2007)
  • Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands? (Aug 2007)
  • We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions. (Aug 2007)
  • Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church. (Aug 2007)
  • Disentangle gay rights from the word “marriage”. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay rights movement is somewhat like civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage. (Jul 2007)
  • Supports health benefits for gay civil partners. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality. (Oct 2006)
  • Marriage not a human right; non-discrimination is. (Oct 2004)
  • Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws. (Jul 1998)
  • Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Cap the farm subsidies for Fortune 500 companies. (Dec 2007)
  • End tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas. (Aug 2007)
  • Hold corporations responsible for pensions & work conditions. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax incentives for corporate responsibility. (Jun 2004)
  • Close tax loopholes for US companies relocating abroad. (Jun 2004)
  • REAL USA Plan: Reward companies that create domestic jobs. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Reduce recidivism by providing ex-offender supports. (Feb 2008)
  • Ban racial profiling & eliminate disparities in sentencing. (Feb 2008)
  • Have a civil rights division enforce laws fairly and justly. (Jan 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, more young black men in college than in prison. (Jan 2008)
  • Lack of enforcement sets tone for more hate crimes. (Dec 2007)
  • Legislated protecting police detainees during interrogation. (Nov 2007)
  • Pushed Illinois bill to videotape all capital interrogations. (Oct 2007)
  • No extra penalty for gang association. (Oct 2007)
  • Works on ex-offender laws because it could have been him. (Aug 2007)
  • Need justice that is not just us, but is everybody. (Jun 2007)
  • Some heinous crimes justify the ultimate punishment. (Oct 2006)
  • Videotape all capital punishment interrogations. (Oct 2006)
  • Passed 150 laws to toughen penalties for violent crime. (Oct 2004)
  • Restrict police entry rules, to protect our civil liberties. (Oct 2004)
  • Death penalty should be enforced fairly and with caution. (Oct 2004)
  • Death penalty should not discriminate by gang membership. (Oct 2004)
  • Battles legislatively against the death penalty. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports alternative sentencing and rehabilitation. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Rated 75% by the NCJA, indicating a mixed record on criminal justice. (Dec 2005)
  • Look at needle exchange; and expand treatment. (Feb 2008)
  • Fight to rid our communities of meth. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse. (Feb 2008)
  • 2001: questions harsh penalties for drug dealing. (Oct 2007)
  • Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it. (Oct 2007)
  • Do not lower drinking age from 21 to 18. (Sep 2007)
  • Experimented with cocaine but turned down heroin. (Aug 2007)
  • A “secret smoker”, especially around reporters. (Aug 2007)
  • Smokes cigarettes now; smoked some pot in high school. (Feb 2007)
  • Admitted marijuana use in high school & college. (Jan 2007)
  • Deal with street-level drug dealing as minimum-wage affair. (Oct 2006)
  • Understand why youngsters want to use drugs. (Aug 1996)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)
  • Merit pay ok if based on career instead of a single test. (Apr 2008)
  • Evolution & science aren’t incompatible with Christian faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Supports charter schools; it’s important to experiment. (Feb 2008)
  • Children’s First Agenda: zero to five early education. (Feb 2008)
  • $4,000 college tuition for 100 hours’ public service a year. (Feb 2008)
  • Put billions of dollars into early childhood education. (Jan 2008)Need after-school and summer programs with good parenting. (Jan 2008)
  • Get parents re-engaged in educating the children. (Dec 2007)
  • We need a sense of urgency about improving education system. (Sep 2007)
  • Nationwide program to reconstruct crumbling school buildings. (Sep 2007)
  • STEP UP: summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged. (Aug 2007)
  • We left the money behind for No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Pay “master teachers” extra, but with buy-in from teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Sends kids to private school; but wants good schools for all. (Jul 2007)
  • Supreme Court was wrong on school anti-integration ruling. (Jul 2007)
  • Incentives to hire a million teachers over next decade. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more money & treat them like professionals. (Jun 2007)
  • Public school system status quo is indefensible. (Oct 2006)
  • More teacher pay in exchange for more teacher accountability. (Oct 2006)
  • Guarantee affordable life-long, top-notch education. (Jun 2006)
  • Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation. (Oct 2004)
  • Provide decent funding and get rid of anti-intellectualism. (Jul 2004)
  • Address the growing achievement gap between students. (May 2004)
  • Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas. (May 2004)
  • Supports charter schools and private investment in schools. (Jul 1998)
  • Free public college for any student with B-average. (Jul 1998)
  • First Senate bill: increase Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored legislations that recruit and reward good teachers. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on $52M for “21st century community learning centers”. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • GOP right on cap-&-trade: guidelines instead of bureaucracy. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise fuel efficiency standards to reduce long-term demand. (Apr 2008)
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Self-contradictory on Bush’s clean-energy plan. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce the consumption of energy and be more efficient. (Jan 2008)
  • Aggressively address accelerating climate change. (Dec 2007)
  • Fuel efficiency and Middle East stability help on fuel costs. (Oct 2007)
  • Nuclear power ok if we safeguard against waste & terrorism. (Sep 2007)
  • Explore nuclear power as part of alternative energy mix. (Jul 2007)
  • Cheney met environmentalists once; but Big Oil 40 times. (Jul 2007)
  • Cap-and-trade carbon emissions; raise CAFE standard. (Jun 2007)
  • Stop sending $800M a day to Mideast dictators for oil. (Mar 2007)
  • Wants Detroit to build more hybrids & use more ethanol. (Oct 2006)
  • We cannot drill our way out of our addiction to oil. (Oct 2006)
  • 3-way win: economy, environment, & stop funding terror. (Jun 2006)
  • Cap-and-trade is more specific on reducing greenhouse gases. (Jan 2006)
  • Conserve, develop alternative fuels, increase efficiencies. (Oct 2004)
  • Sponsored legislations that improve energy efficiency. (Sep 2004)
  • 20% nation’s power supply from renewable sources by 2020. (Sep 2004)
  • 20% renewable energy by 2020. (Jul 2004)
  • Invest in alternative energy sources. (Jun 2004)
  • Increase CAFE to 40 mpg. (Jun 2004)
  • Tradable credits for renewable energy. (Jun 2004)
  • Renewable Fuels Standard: require ethanol in fuel supply. (May 2004)
  • Passed tax credit for installing E85 ethanol at gas stations. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska’s ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for tax credit for providing 85% ethanol gas. (Apr 2005)
  • Sponsored bill to notify public when nuclear releases occur. (Mar 2006)
  • Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018. (Jul 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Genesis teaches stewardship of earth: sacrifice for future. (Apr 2008)
  • Regulate animal feeding operations for pollution. (Feb 2008)
  • Will end the notion of Yucca Mountain nuclear storage. (Jan 2008)
  • Promote green technologies and fuel efficiency standards. (Dec 2007)
  • Organized inner-city recycling; fought environmental racism. (Oct 2007)
  • Reduce mercury and lead to protect community health. (Aug 2007)
  • Protect the Great Lakes & our National Parks and Forests. (Aug 2007)
  • 1985: Organized asbestos removal in Chicago housing project. (Aug 2007)
  • Passed lead abatement & 24 other laws in IL Senate. (Aug 2007)
  • Give Katrina contracts to locals, not to Halliburton. (Jun 2007)
  • Scored 60% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Three months working on minority students recycling. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Tax credit to remove lead-based housepaint. (Nov 2005)
  • Establish commission to examine Katrina response. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored health impact bill for environmental health. (Apr 2006)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Teach both abstinence and contraception to teens. (Apr 2008)
  • Expand flex-work & Family and Medical Leave Act. (Feb 2008)
  • Parents should control what’s coming over the airwaves. (Jan 2008)
  • Restore dream of making children’s lives better than parents. (Dec 2007)
  • All kids should learn about sexual abuse. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: ‘Sex Ed for Kindergarten’ means ‘age-appropriate’. (Jul 2007)
  • Listening to evangelicals bridges major political fault line. (Oct 2006)
  • Sponsored bill banning high lead levels in children’s toys. (Nov 2005)
  • Meet with Cuban leaders only with agenda of US interests. (Feb 2008)
  • Cuba: Loosen restrictions now; normalization later. (Feb 2008
  • Important to undo the damage of the last seven years. (Feb 2008)
  • Never negotiate out of fear, and never fear to negotiate. (Jan 2008)
  • Ok to postpone Pakistani elections, but not indefinitely. (Dec 2007)
  • Pakistan crisis: secure nukes; continue with elections. (Dec 2007)
  • President must abide by international human rights treaties. (Dec 2007)
  • Obama Doctrine: ideology has overridden facts and reality. (Dec 2007)
  • China is a competitor but not an enemy. (Dec 2007
  • Willing to meet with Fidel Castro, Kim Jung Il & Hugo Chavez. (Nov 2007)
  • Wrote 2006 law stabilizing Congo with $52M. (Oct 2007)
  • No Obama Doctrine; just democracy, security, liberty. (Oct 2007)
  • Invest in our relationship with Mexico. (Sep 2007)
  • Strengthen NATO to face 21st-century threats. (Aug 2007)
  • $50B annually to strengthen weak states at risk of collapse. (Aug 2007)
  • No “strategic ambiguity” on foreign policy issues. (Aug 2007)
  • At college, protested for divestment from South Africa. (Aug 2007)
  • Increased aid to Republic of Congo. (Aug 2007)
  • Visited largest slum in Africa, to publicize its plight. (Aug 2007)
  • My critics engineered our biggest foreign policy disaster. (Aug 2007)
  • China is a competitor, but not an enemy. (Aug 2007)
  • Meet with enemy leaders; it’s a disgrace that we have not. (Jul 2007)
  • No-fly zone in Darfur; but pay attention more in Africa. (Jun 2007)
  • Europe & Japan are allies, but China is a competitor. (Apr 2007)
  • Palestinian people suffer-but from not recognizing Israel. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: Palestinian suffering from stalled peace effort. (Apr 2007)
  • Protested South African apartheid while at college. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on corruption to improve African development. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports Israel’s self-defense; but distrusted by Israelis. (Oct 2006)
  • Visited Africa in 2006; encouraged HIV testing & research. (Oct 2006)
  • Never has US had so much power & so little influence to lead. (Jul 2004)
  • US policy should promote democracy and human rights. (Jul 2004)
  • Sponsored aid bill to avert humanitarian crisis in Congo. (Dec 2005)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Strong labor, safety, and environmental standards on trade. (Feb 2008)
  • More Transition Assistance for displaced workers. (Feb 2008)
  • Enforce environmental & labor provisions in trade agreements. (Jan 2008)
  • Enforce existing safety laws against Chinese products. (Dec 2007)
  • NAFTA needs to be amended. (Dec 2007)
  • Stand firm against CAFTA for labor & environmental standards. (Aug 2007)
  • Congress subsidizes megafarms & hurts family farmers. (Aug 2007)
  • People don’t want cheaper T-shirts if it costs their job. (Aug 2007)
  • Amend NAFTA to add labor agreements. (Aug 2007)
  • Reinvest in communities that are burdened by globalization. (Jun 2007)
  • Insist on labor and human rights standards for China trade. (Jul 2004)
  • Fair trade should have tangible benefits for US. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Lobbyists & special interests have strangle-hold on agenda. (Feb 2008)
  • Consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks. (Feb 2008)
  • Created a publicly searchable database on earmarks spending. (Feb 2008)
  • Need a government that listens to the people again. (Feb 2008)
  • Give D.C. the opportunity to elect its own representatives. (Feb 2008)
  • Shine light on federal contracts, earmarks, & proposed bills. (Feb 2008)
  • Capping credit card interest rates at 30% is not enough. (Jan 2008)
  • Never took money from federal lobbyists or their companies. (Jan 2008)
  • Release people in bankruptcy due to health care problems. (Jan 2008)
  • I opposed both the 2001 and 2005 bankruptcy bills. (Jan 2008)
  • Accountability and oversight over the financial markets. (Jan 2008)
  • Modify some of the fraudulent & predatory lending practices. (Jan 2008)
  • Bad idea to over-classify information. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush’s signing statements are a clear abuse of prerogative. (Dec 2007)
  • Public submits policy ideas on Obama’s “My Policy” website. (Oct 2007)
  • Create “Google for Government” to track government spending. (Aug 2007)
  • Prayer can’t prevent disasters; good policy can handle them. (Aug 2007)
  • 1998: First law passed, 52-4, stripping legislator perks. (Aug 2007
  • 2004: Used state money for seemingly political mailing. (Aug 2007)
  • Registered 150,000 new minority voters in Chicago in 1992. (Jul 2007)
  • Half of us don’t vote; time for taking it back. (Jun 2007)
  • Sponsored bill to disclose earmarks on Internet. (Oct 2006)
  • Filibuster has long tradition, but used to harm civil rights. (Oct 2006)
  • Electing US Senators empowers people: keep 17th Amendment. (Oct 2004)
  • People are really ready for a message for change. (Jul 2004)
  • Campaign race baiting works in both directions. (Aug 1996)
  • Ended corporate jet travel subsidized by lobbyists. (Feb 2008)
  • No lobbyist money; no PAC money; fund campaigns instead. (Jan 2008)
  • Money is the original sin in politics and I am not sinless. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduced cost TV ads for candidates; $85M presidential limit. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to take $5 donations from drug company employees. (Sep 2007)
  • Public campaign financing with free television & radio time. (Aug 2007)
  • No “bundled” money from federal-registered lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Campaigns last too long & cost too much. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn’t take PAC money or federal lobbyists’ money. (Jul 2007)
  • People know his “bundlers” because he pushed disclosure law. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money; yes from bundlers who lobby. (Jul 2007)
  • First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses. (Apr 2007)
  • Hopefund PAC pushes government to honor sacred commitments. (Nov 2006)
  • Lobbyist influence comes from access, not money. (Oct 2006)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama cast 130 “present” votes in IL Senate. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill criminalizing deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill to post earmarks on the Internet. (Jan 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit ‘voter caging’ which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
  • Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
  • Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008)
  • Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008)
  • 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
  • Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007)
  • Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)
  • Keep guns out of inner cities–but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • End-of-life self-medication ok; euthanasia by others not ok. (Apr 2008)
  • Hillary’s plan must either be enforced, or leave out people. (Feb 2008)
  • The problem with health care is about affordability. (Jan 2008)
  • Subsidies to people who can’t afford care–not single payer. (Jan 2008)
  • Bring GOP & Dems together to make healthcare affordable. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Reducing obesity would save $18B, not $1T. (Dec 2007)
  • Reforms in prevention and drug price negotiation save money. (Dec 2007)
  • Tackle insurance companies on reimbursement system. (Oct 2007)
  • Help young people deal with the cost of medical education. (Oct 2007)
  • Morally wrong that terminally ill must consider money. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: Correct that insurance lobbying cost $1B. (Sep 2007)
  • National smoking bans only after trying local bans. (Sep 2007)
  • Reform failed in ’90s because of drug company lobbying. (Jul 2007)
  • Take on insurance companies; drive down health care costs. (Jun 2007)
  • Address minority health needs by more coverage & targeting. (Mar 2007)
  • Health care tied to balancing costs and taxes nation wide. (Jun 2006)
  • Allowing seniors to bulk purchase will save taxpayers’ money. (Oct 2004)
  • Allow prescription drug re-importation. (May 2004)
  • Use whatever works with AIDS, including teaching abstinence. (Apr 2008)
  • We need condom distribution to deal with the scourge of AIDS. (Aug 2007)
  • Homophobia prevents talking about HIV/AIDS. (Jun 2007)
  • Got tested for AIDS, with wife, in public, in Kenya. (Jun 2007)
  • Lead global fight against AIDS. (Jul 2004)
  • AdWatch: My plan costs $2,500 less per family than Clinton’s. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Unclear if Obama’s plan costs less than Clinton’s. (Apr 2008)
  • Universal health care means anyone who wants it can get it. (Feb 2008)
  • Insurers are happy to have a mandate; issue is affordability. (Feb 2008)
  • Voluntary universal participation, like in Medicare Part B. (Feb 2008)
  • Mandating kids’ insurance ok; mandating adults has problems. (Feb 2008)
  • Young adults up to age 25 can be covered under parents’ plan. (Feb 2008)
  • My plan does more than anybody to reduce costs. (Feb 2008)
  • My health plan does not leave 15 million people uncovered. (Feb 2008)
  • Adults will get health care as they can afford it. (Feb 2008)
  • AdWatch: punishing uninsured families doesn’t make sense. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Hillary’s plan does mandate; but so does Obama’s. (Feb 2008)
  • No one turned away due to illness or pre-existing condition. (Feb 2008)
  • Buy private insurance via National Health Insurance Exchange. (Feb 2008)
  • Against enforcement mechanism for mandating insurance. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama favored single-payer, despite denial. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: No, US costs are not twice as much as others. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Pressure insurance & drug companies to change. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: OPPORTUNITY to insure all, but no GUARANTEE. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Don’t make it illegal not to have health care. (Jan 2008)
  • Being poor in this country is hazardous to your health. (Dec 2007)
  • Problem isn’t mandating coverage, but affording it. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Coverage plan might leave 8.5 million uninsured. (Nov 2007)
  • Cautious incremental plan offers choice & subsidy. (Nov 2007)
  • Added 20,000 children to Illinois healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • Government healthcare like members of Congress have. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase competition in the insurance and drug markets. (Aug 2007)
  • National Health Insurance Exchange for private coverage. (Aug 2007)
  • Health plan cuts typical family’s premium by $2,500 a year. (Jun 2007)
  • Give people the choice to buy affordable health care. (Jun 2007)
  • National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance. (Apr 2007)
  • Employers are going to have to pay or play. (Mar 2007)
  • Need political will to accomplish universal coverage. (Mar 2007)
  • Healthcare system is broken without lifetime employment. (Oct 2006)
  • The market alone can’t solve our health-care woes. (Oct 2006)
  • Focus on the affordability of a broad healthcare plan. (Jan 2006)
  • Crises happen in our lives and healthcare is necessary. (Oct 2004)
  • Believes health care is a right, not a privilege for the few. (Sep 2004)
  • Will expand health coverage & allow meds to be re-imported. (May 2004)
  • Ensure access to basic care. (Jul 1998)
  • No need to mandate coverage; just let people afford it. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • No torture; no renditions; no operating out of fear. (Apr 2008)
  • Unacceptable to have veterans drive 250 miles to a hospital. (Feb 2008)
  • Pursue goal of a world without nuclear weapons. (Feb 2008)
  • Al Qaida is stronger now than in 2001 as Iraq distracted us. (Jan 2008)
  • Colleges must allow military recruiters for ROTC on campus. (Jan 2008)
  • Rebuild a nuclear nonproliferation strategy. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Promised to repeal Patriot Act, then voted for it. (Jan 2008)
  • No presidential power for secret surveillance. (Dec 2007)
  • No holding US citizens as unlawful enemy combatants. (Dec 2007)
  • Congress decides what constitutes torture, not president. (Dec 2007)
  • No torture; defiance of FISA; no military commissions. (Dec 2007)
  • Restore habeas corpus to reach Muslims abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • Human rights and national security are complementary. (Nov 2007)
  • Don’t allow our politics to be driven by fear of terrorism. (Nov 2007)
  • 2006: Obama-Lugar bill restricted conventional weapons. (Oct 2007)
  • Judgment is as important as experience. (Oct 2007)
  • If attacked, first help victims then prevent further attacks. (Oct 2007)
  • America cannot sanction torture; no loopholes or exceptions. (Sep 2007)
  • Repeal Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell. (Aug 2007)
  • 2005: Passed bill to reduce conventional weapon stockpiles. (Aug 2007)
  • We are no safer now than we were after 9/11. (Aug 2007)
  • Close Guantanamo and restore the right of habeas corpus. (Jun 2007)
  • Get first responders the healthcare and equipment they need. (Mar 2007)
  • Need to be both strong and smart on national defense. (Oct 2006)
  • Grow size of military to maintain rotation schedules. (Oct 2006)
  • Battling terrorism must go beyond belligerence vs. isolation. (Oct 2006)
  • Going after Al Qaeda in Pakistan is not Bush-style invasion. (Jan 2006)
  • Rebuild the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (Jan 2006)
  • We are currently inspecting 3% of all incoming cargo. (Oct 2004)
  • Increase funding to decommission Russian nukes. (Jul 2004)
  • Give our soldiers the best equipment and training available. (Jul 2004)
  • Balance domestic intelligence reform with civil liberty risk. (Jul 2004)
  • Expand Peace Corps and AmeriCorps to 266,000 slots. (Feb 2008)
  • Put forward a national service program. (Jan 2008)
  • Give 18-year-old women opportunity to serve. (Dec 2007)
  • Register women for draft, but not for combat. (Jul 2007)
  • Improve veterans’ mental health treatment & PTSD benefits. (Feb 2008)
  • Address the deficiencies in the VA system. (Jun 2007)
  • The cost of the Iraq war should not shortchange VA benefits. (Jun 2007)
  • Make sure the outpatient facilities work for veterans. (Jun 2007)
  • Comprehensive plan for our veterans healthcare. (Mar 2007)
  • Support veterans via the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers’ deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act’s wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states’ and ports’ first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)

I could go on and on, but figured you guys could go look for yourself: http://www.ontheissues.org/Barack_Obama.htm

(Notes: emphasis added by me.  I included every item under the sections I posted, less someone would accuse me of cherry picking his record)

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5 thoughts on “The Real Obama

  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

  2. Would the real … (emmet grogan) please stand up…

    don’t use quotes if you don’t know where they came from…this is not emenem….see conference of the left london late 1960s emmet grogan and the diggers

    if you don’t dig it, you gonna get dug, dog.

  3. Graeme,

    It’s actually “Emmett Grogan”. So, if you are going to critize someone for using a common phrase, at least try to spell the person’s name correct.

  4. Obama has been doing a fairly good job with the economy. He at the very least doesn’t lie concerning the current state of the country. He just said today there are major problems in the housing market still. I understand in my area at least the housing market has seen some increase in the last month or two.

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