Barack Hussein Obama cries Change every day. He is for Change. Vote for him and there will be Change. This sounds good, but has he ever done anything in his past to bring about any Change? By his voting record in both the US Senate and the Illinois State Senate, the answer is not.
Barack Hussein Obama's has been lackluster at best. He chairs no committees, he has introduced no legislation and he has sponsored no legislation. In the last year he has either been absent or voted Present on over 100 different pieces of Legislation. Important bills such as:
HR 2419: Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (NV)
HR 1268: Future Military Funding for Iraq Amendment (NV)
S Amdt 4818 to HR 2642: Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan (NV)
HR 3221: Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions (NV)
S Amdt 4419 to S Amdt 4387 to HR 3221: Energy Tax Credits Amendment (NV)
HR 4040: Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill (NV)
S 1200: Health Care for Indigenous Peoples (NV)
HR 4986: Defense Authorizations Bill (NV)
Just a few, very few times Senator Obama decided that he was too busy to do the job that the people of Illinois sent him to Washington to do, or voted Present. Taking no position on the issue. And Senator Obama talks about his views on the "issues". In his own words on the "issues":
Energy and Environment:
“Well, I don't believe that climate change is just an issue that's convenient to bring up during a campaign. I believe it's one of the greatest moral challenges of our generation. That's why I've fought successfully in the Senate to increase our investment in renewable fuels. That's why I reached across the aisle to come up with a plan to raise our fuel standards… And I didn't just give a speech about it in front of some environmental audience in California. I went to Detroit, I stood in front of a group of automakers, and I told them that when I am president, there will be no more excuses — we will help them retool their factories, but they will have to make cars that use less oil.”
— Barack Obama, Speech in Des Moines, IA, October 14, 2007
“"...at the dawn of the 21st century we also have a collective responsibility to recommit ourselves to the dream; to strengthen that safety net, put the rungs back on that ladder to the middle-class, and give every family the chance that so many of our parents and grandparents had. This responsibility is one that's been missing from Washington for far too long -- a responsibility I intend to take very seriously as President."”
— Barack Obama, Spartanburg, SC, June 15, 2007
“The cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and states of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. . . . If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we'd see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.”
— Barack Obama, Speech in the U.S. Senate, March 13, 2006
“When I am this party's nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don't like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture — because it is never ok… I will end the war in Iraq… I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, "You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.”Health Care:
— Barack Obama, Des Moines, Iowa, November 10, 2007
“We now face an opportunity — and an obligation — to turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday's health care debates… My plan begins by covering every American. If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less. If you are one of the 45 million Americans who don't have health insurance, you will have it after this plan becomes law. No one will be turned away because of a preexisting condition or illness.”
— Barack Obama, Speech in Iowa City, IA, May 29, 2007
“The time to fix our broken immigration system is now… We need stronger enforcement on the border and at the workplace… But for reform to work, we also must respond to what pulls people to America… Where we can reunite families, we should. Where we can bring in more foreign-born workers with the skills our economy needs, we should”
— Barack Obama, Statement on U.S. Senate Floor, May 23, 2007
“But conventional thinking in Washington lined up for war. The pundits judged the political winds to be blowing in the direction of the President. Despite - or perhaps because of how much experience they had in Washington, too many politicians feared looking weak and failed to ask hard questions. Too many took the President at his word instead of reading the intelligence for themselves. Congress gave the President the authority to go to war. Our only opportunity to stop the war was lost.
I made a different judgment. I thought our priority had to be finishing the fight in Afghanistan. I spoke out against what I called 'a rash war' in Iraq. I worried about, ‘an occupation of undetermined length, with undetermined costs, and undetermined consequences.’ The full accounting of those costs and consequences will only be
known to history. But the picture is beginning to come into focus.”
—Barack Obama, Clinton, Iowa, September 12, 2007
Just a few of the ideas Barack Hussein Obama has for Change. He claims to be against the Iraq war. Over and over he says that he would never have voted for it. But yet he voted for the Surge and continuing operations in Iraq. If he was so against the war, he should have voted against further funding of the war.
But this inactivity isn't new for Barack Hussein Obama. It is part of his trend of laziness. A trend he started in the Illinois State Senate.
In 1999, Barack Obama was faced with a difficult vote in the Illinois legislature — to support a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults, a position that risked drawing fire from African-Americans, or to oppose it, possibly undermining his image as a tough-on-crime moderate. In the end, Mr. Obama chose neither to vote for nor against the bill. He voted “present,” effectively sidestepping the issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator.
Sometimes the “present’ votes were in line with instructions from Democratic leaders or because he objected to provisions in bills that he might otherwise support. At other times, Mr. Obama voted present on questions that had overwhelming bipartisan support. In at least a few cases, the issue was politically sensitive.
130 times he refused to take a position. He refused to put himself on the record. In his years at the Illinois State Senate he had no hand in Change. He voted only on the safe issues, never putting himself out on a limb to make a Change.And still Barack Hussein Obama calls himself the instrument of Change. That a vote for him will bring about Change, a new direction for America.
When looking at Obama's record I can see no Change. I see a do nothing Senator. A man who has introduced not one bill. A man who has sponsored not one piece of legislation. A man who would rather be elsewhere than vote. A man who cries for Change and yet has not effected any.
Barack Hussein Obama is not an instrument for Change. To elect Change one must have first tried to bring about it. And that is something he has not done. To cry for Change and not to have brought about any Change doesn't make you a maverick, it makes you a phony. And that is something Barack Hussein Obama is. A phony.