POSITIONS TAKEN DURING AND BEFORE THE 2008 CAMPAIGN
also think that we have to think about affirmative action and
craft it in such a way where some of our children who are advantaged
aren't getting more favorable treatment than a poor white kid
who's struggled more. That has to be taken into account.'
said he would pursue a vigorous antitrust policy and singled
out the media industry as one area where government regulators
would need to be watchful as consolidation increases. . . We're
going to have an antitrust division in the Justice Department
that actually believes in antitrust law. We haven't had that
for the last seven, eight years," Obama said. - Reuters
OBAMA ADVISOR WARNS AGAINST HOLDING
THOSE IN POWER LIABLE FOR CRIMINAL ACTS
opposed impeachment action against Bush
few good ideas about how to handle the current economic crisis.
a constitutional advisor to Obama, told Jeffrey Rosen of the
NY Times: "I would be stunned to find an anti-business [Supreme
Court] appointee from either [Clinton or Obama]. There's not
a strong interest on the part of Obama or Clinton in demonizing
business, and you wouldn't expect to see that in their Supreme
that conservatives and Bill Clinton were right to destroy social
making it harder to file class action suits in state courts
for a business-friendly "tort reform" bill
against a 30% interest rate cap on credit cards
most number of foreign lobbyist contributors in the primaries
more popular with Pentagon contractors than McCain
popular of the candidates with K Street lobbyists
rightwing Democratic Leadership Council named Obama as one of
its "100 to Watch." After he was criticized in the
black media, Obama disassociated himself with the DLC. But his
major economic advisor, Austan Goolsbee, is also chief economist
of the conservative organization. Writes Doug Henwood, "Goolsbee
has written gushingly about Milton Friedman and denounced the
idea of a moratorium on mortgage foreclosures."
Left Business Observer: "Top hedge fund honcho Paul Tudor
Jones threw a fundraiser for him at his Greenwich house last
spring, 'The whole of Greenwich is backing Obama,' one source
said of the posh headquarters of the hedge fund industry. They
like him because they're socially liberal, up to a point, and
probably eager for a little less war, and think he's the man
to do their work. They're also confident he wouldn't undertake
any renovations to the distribution of wealth."
meaningful urban policy
100 days would review all Bush executive orders
the war on drugs
the crack-cocaine sentence disparity
the PATRIOT Act
the death penalty
lowering the drinking age to 18
fight for restoration of habeas corpus at Gitmo.
to take a position on the anti-constitutional Homegrown Terrorism
WHY WHAT OBAMA IS DOING IS NOT
Connecticut to support Joe Lieberman in the primary against Ned
Z Mag - Obama has lent his support to the aptly named Hamilton
Project, formed by corporate-neoliberal Citigroup chair Robert
Rubin and other Wall Street Democrats to counter populist rebellion
against corporatist tendencies within the Democratic Party. .
. Obama was recently hailed as a Hamiltonian believer in limited
government and free trade by Republican New York Times columnist
David Brooks, who praises Obama for having "a mentality
formed by globalization, not the SDS." . . .
UK - Obama is hoping to appoint cross-party figures to his cabinet
such as Chuck Hagel, the Republican senator for Nebraska and
an opponent of the Iraq war, and Richard Lugar, leader of the
Republicans on the Senate foreign relations committee. Senior
advisers confirmed that Hagel, a highly decorated Vietnam war
veteran and one of McCain's closest friends in the Senate, was
considered an ideal candidate for defence secretary.
Lugar was rated 0% by SANE. . . rated 0% by AFL-CIO. . . rated
0% BY NARAL. . . rated 12% by American Public Health Association.
. . rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. . . rated 27%
by the National Education Association. . . rated 5% by League
of Conservation Voters. . . He voted no on implementing the 9/11
Commission report. . . Vote against providing habeas corpus for
Gitmo prisoners. . .voted no on comprehensive test ban treaty.
. .voted against same sex marriage. . . strongly anti-abortion.
. . opposed to more federal funding for healthcare. . .voted
for unconstitutional wiretapping. . .voted to increase penalties
for drug violations
Hagel was rated 0% by NARAL. . . rated 11% by NAACP. . . rated
0% by Human Rights Coalition. . . rated 100% by Christian Coalition.
. . rated 12% by American Public Health Association. . . rated
22% by Alliance for Retired Americans. . . rated 36% by the National
Education Association. . . rated 0% by League of Conservation
Voters. . . rated 8% by AFL-CIO. . . He is strongly anti-abortion.
. .voted for anti-flag desecration amendment. . .voted to increase
penalties for drug violations. . . favors privatizing Social
MCCAIN HELPED PASS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT; OBAMA OPPOSED IT
Obama spoke admiringly
of Chief Justice Earl Warren, the former California governor
who led the court in the 1950s and '60s, when it struck down
racial segregation and championed the cause of civil rights.Obama
has also praised current Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader
Ginsburg and David H. Souter. "I want people on the bench
who have enough empathy, enough feeling, for what ordinary people
are going through," Obama said.- NYT
In 2004 Obama favored
ending the Cuban embargo. He now says he won't end it. He would, however,
immediately allow "unlimited family travel and remittances
to the island."
a lot of young and minority voters to get involved in politics
OBAMA'S DRUG POLICY: MORE OF THE
failed war on drugs
curb federal enforcement on state medical marijuana suppliers.
US involvement in the failed drug war in Colombia: "When
I am President, we will continue the Andean Counter-Drug Program,
and update it to meet evolving challenges."
for a nuclear energy bill that included money for bunker buster
bombs and full funding for Yucca Mountain.
in at 48th in the ranking of senators by the League of Conservation
federally funded ethanol and is unusually close to the ethanol
has promised to double funding for private charter schools, part
of a national effort to undermine public education.
the No Child Left Behind Act while expressing reservations about
its emphasis on testing.
supports instant runoff voting.
reintroduction of the fairness doctrine for radio and television.
OBAMA WILLING TO BOMB IRAN
AND INVADE PAKISTAN
OBAMA AGAIN SAYS ISRAEL GETS JERUSALEM
expanding the war in Afghanistan
OBAMA WILL GET THE TROOPS OUT
OF IRAQ . . .EXCEPT FOR THE ONES HE LEAVES THERE
Iraq advisor wrote that America should keep between 60,000 and
80,000 troops in Iraq as of late 2010. Obama, in his appearances,
blurs the difference between combat soldiers and other troops
and has given no indication that he would reduce the massive
mercenary force in Iraq.
foreign policy advisors involved in past US misdeeds and failures
Israeli aggression and apartheid. Obama has deserted previous
support for two-state solution to Mid East situation. Refuses
to negotiate with Hamas.
turning over Jerusalem to Israel
numerous times to continue funding the war
cluster bomb ban in civilian areas
not to sign a trade bill without environmental and labor protections.
rule out first strike nuclear attack on Iran
Pakistan "the right battlefield ... in the war on terrorism."
Threatened to invade Pakistan
to vet his Veep choices
single payer healthcare
restricting damage awards in medical malpractices suits
healthcare individual mandates that would help insurance companies
and banks but not citizens
$708,000 from medical and insurance interests between 2001 and
in his own book, "I am new enough on the national political
scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly
different political stripes project their own views.
top aide, David Axelrod works for a PR firm serving major corporate
to US News & World Report, Obama was overheard saying "Blackwater
is getting a bad rap."
expand the size of the military.
have photo taken with San Francisco mayor because he was afraid
it would seem that he supported gay marriage
OBAMA DITCHES NAFTA POSITION THAT
HELPED HIM WIN THE PRIMARIES
a national service plan that appears to be in sync with one being
promoted by a new coalition that would make national service
mandatory by 2020, and with a bill for such mandatory national
service introduced by Rep. Charles Rangel.
cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the
national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian
national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong,
just as well-funded." - Barack Obama, 2 July, 2008, Colorado
Barack Obama.has issued supportive statements about nuclear power
. . . Though nuclear energy is key to meeting U.S. climate concerns,
the issue of disposing of nuclear waste from U.S. plants and
solving nuclear proliferation concerns are also paramount, Obama's
campaign said on its website.
dropped his opposition to drilling for offshore oil to supporting
a major program of offshore drilling.
OBAMA PADS HIS RESUME
Nader for daring to run for president again
the late Paul Wellstone "something of a gadfly"
Punch ranks Obama 24th in the Senate.
OBAMA THROWS PUBLIC FINANCING
UNDER THE BUS
No Child Left Behind
his campaign as though leading a cult rather than a political
a willingness to name rightwing Christians to his cabinet.
is on the table" with Social Security early in campaign.
In May 2008 he indicated opposition to privatizing Social Security,
raising the minumum age, or reduce cost of living increases.
would nominate far more liberal justices than McCain, a critical
issue given the age of the sitting bench.
THE DIFFERENCE IN THE MCCAIN &
OBAMA TAX PLANS
is backtracking on his plan to rescind Bush's tax cuts for wealthy
Americans, saying he won't do it if the country is in a recession.
MORE THAN 85% OF AMERICANS WOULD
DO BETTER UNDER OBAMA'S TAX PLAN
According to data supplies
by the Washington Post, the McCain tax plan would lower taxes
on the top one percent of taxpayers by an average of $269,000
while Obama's plan would raise their taxes by $701,000. At the
other end, the bottom 60% of taxpayers would see cuts of $19-$319
under the McCain plan and $567-$1042 under Obama.
increase capital gains and taxes on those earning more than $250,000.
eliminate income taxes for those over 65 earning less than $50,000.
OBAMA SUPPORTS AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL