This is a discussion on Anti Racism, the media, and the African American experience.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

McCain and Clinton's record listed as EXTREMELY POOR

In fairness Obama's success rate is listed as poor the other two extremely poor. So what is all of this experience that they're talking about?

Barack Obama has sponsored 129 bills since Jan 4, 2005, of which 120 haven't made it out of committee (Poor) and 1 were successfully enacted (Average, relative to peers). Obama has co-sponsored 551 bills during the same time period (Average, relative to peers).
S. 2030: A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require reporting relating to bundled contributions made by persons other than registered lobbyists.
S. 2111: Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act
S. 2066: Back to School: Improving Standards for Nutrition and Physical Education in Schools Act of 2007
S.Con.Res. 46: A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.
S. 2044: Independent Contractor Proper Classification Act of 2007 (to help workers not get exploited by employers by labeling them indie contractors)

Hillary Clinton has sponsored 354 bills since Jan 22, 2001, of which 307 haven't made it out of committee (Extremely Poor) and 2 were successfully enacted (Average, relative to peers). Clinton has co-sponsored 1728 bills during the same time period (Average, relative to peers).
S. 2114: American Home Ownership Preservation Act of 2007 (no co sponsors)
S. 2082: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a Coordinated Environmental Public Health Network, and for other purposes. ( no explanation of goals)
S. 2059: Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act (family and med leave amendment)
S. 1148: Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commemoration Commission Act of 2007 (PR bill let’s commemorate some one)
S. 2054: Neighborhood Reclamation and Revitalization Program Act of 2007 (self explanatory – want’s to give grants to realestate developers)

John McCain has sponsored 403 bills since Jan 21, 1997, of which 263 haven't made it out of committee (Extremely Poor) and 12 were successfully enacted (Extremely Good, relative to peers). McCain has co-sponsored 876 bills during the same time period (Average, relative to peers).
Some of McCain's most recently sponsored bills include... (View All)
S. 722: Walnut Canyon Study Act of 2007 (land study – goals not mentioned)
S. 2172: Saffron Revolution Support Act of 2007 (a bill to stop import of gems and hardwood from Burma?!?!)
S. 1304: Arizona National Scenic Trail Act
S. 32: Defense Acquisition Reform Act of 2007 (how they acquire stuff)
S. 1255: Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act of 2007

So, McCain get's extremely good for the amount finally enacted. However, let's look at the last 5 bills sponsored. They seem really safe! I've added explanations when the titles of the bills weren't self-explanatory. I'm not going to go back to the 1990s to look but I did at least look at 2007 and McCain’s only sponsored one bill dealing with foreign policy and ZERO dealing with the troops. Obama has sponsored 4 regarding foreign policy and Clinton 1.5 (one is so vague and has no explanation) Both Obama and Clinton have sponsored a handful of bills dealing with the troops, but Obama has sponsored more. Remember now, the Republicans claim to have the patent on patriotism. Forget a lapel pin how about trying to help our troops!!! The media doesn't bring up these things. I wonder why not...

Now let's see what they value based on these last 5 bills:
Obama: schools, public health, worker's rights, and ethics
Clinton: public health, worker's rights, housing, revitalization (though I question this last one there's not enough info)
McCain: protecting Native American arts and craft, studying the land, stopping Burma from exporting, and adding bureaucracy to the military acquisitions process

Hmmmm, now who cares more about America? Obama and Clinton win this hands down, but again the Republican's think they own the patent on patriotism. Forget the lapel pin bring our troops home!

So, we've blown experience out of the water, and values, now let's look at character.

Do I need to even comment on Sen. Clinton - naahhh
McCain was demonized by Karl Rove in the 2000 election calling his adopted daughter an illegitimate black child of his - now he embraces Rove. Hmmmm (this is a fact mentioned on numerous news programs- including CNN just last night)
Regarding Obama's church; Barack Obama attends a historically black church. This church’s pastor has some daughters who run a magazine. That magazine published by the daughters of the pastor of the church that Sen. Obama attends gives out awards to those who have helped the downtrodden — historically black communities across the country and black peoples around the world. Last year, one of those awards was given to Louis Farrakhan because of his and his organizations’ dedication to rehabilitating and improving the plight of ex-convicts. (for those of you who don't know The Nation of Islam has had a phenomenal success rate for eliminating recidivism among ex-cons. I don't agree with Farrakhan - but I cannot dispute a fact)
Regarding its African-centric views: "This is no different than the hundreds of UCC churches from the German Evangelical and Reformed stream that continue to own and celebrate their German heritage, insisting on annual sausage and sauerkraut dinners and singing Stille Nacht on Christmas Eve. Recognizing and celebrating our distinctive racial-ethnic heritages, cultures, languages and customs are what make us unique as a united and uniting denomination.' While Trinity UCC is predominately African American, it does include and welcome non-Black members. The Rev. Jane Fisler-Hoffman, Illinois Conference Minister, who is white, has been a member of the congregation for years."

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