Aaah, Tuesday. It's one of my favorite days of the week. I'll bet you can guess why that is. It's my political day. I come from a long line of Democrats, so it's no wonder that when I turned 18, I was rarin' to hit the polls and cast my vote for Billy-Boy. (That was 1996 folks, and the livin' was e-z.) This over-long battle for the Dem nod has been wearing on everyone concerned. I'll bet you can guess why I am so happy right now, right? If you've been reading my blog, you may have noticed my growing appreciation for a certain senator from Illinois. Now that he's wrangled the nomination from Mrs. Clinton there has been a lot of joyful noise over at my house.
(Though as a woman, I do feel somewhat saddened by the loss of a prospective feminine White House.) Still - I genuinely prefer the political stance of Barack Obama.
One thing I keep hearing about Mr. Obama is his too-brief experience. Certain interested parties would have us believe that the man is a fumbling novice, and barely capable of pressing his little yea or nay button.
Let me tell you some things about the man's voting record.
One of his very first votes was a yea: To amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to establish criminal penalties for knowingly and willfully falsifying or failing to file or report certain information required to be reported under that Act, and for other purposes.
Yea: A bill to provide greater transparency in the legislative process. (McCain voted Nay.)
Yea: To increase the penalty for failure to comply with lobbying disclosure requirements.
Yea: To prohibit lobbyists and entities that retain or employ lobbyists from throwing lavish parties honoring Members at party conventions.
Yea: A bill to express the sense of Congress on Iraq. (McCain declined to vote.)
Yea: A bill to make the United States more secure by implementing unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to fight the war on terror more effectively, to improve homeland security, and for other purposes.
Yea: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that no action should be taken to undermine the safety of the Armed Forces of the United States or impact their ability to complete their assigned or future missions.
Yea for: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that no funds should be cut off or reduced for American Troops in the field which would result in undermining their safety or their ability to complete their assigned mission. (To both of which McCain declined to cast a vote.)
Nay: To strike language that would tie the hands of the Commander-in-Chief by imposing an arbitrary timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, thereby undermining the position of American Armed Forces and jeopardizing the successful conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (McCain, not surprisingly, voted Yea.)
Yea: To remove $100 million in funding for the Republican and Democrat party conventions in 2008. (Again, Senator McCain abstains from the vote.)
Yea: To provide additional funding for certain programs under the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act of 2006, by increasing funding for the United States Marshals Service to track down convicted sex offenders who have failed to register as a sex offender as required by law and by increasing funding for United States attorneys to prosecute child exploitation and child pornography cases as part of Project Safe Childhood. (I should mention here that John McCain voted not at all in the month of April, 2007, nor for most of May, as he was campaigning at the time.)
Yea: A bill to invest in innovation and education to improve the competitiveness of the United States in the global economy.
Yea: To ensure the safety of human and pet food; and concurrently
Yea: To provide for the importation of prescription drugs.
Yea: A bill to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes.
Yea: To require the consideration of certain factors relating to global climate change. (Though it didn't pass.)
Yea: Expressing the sense of the Congress that no action should be taken to undermine the safety of the Armed Forces of the United States or impact their ability to complete their assigned or future missions.
Yea: To ensure that the renewable fuel standard does not harm the environment.
Yea: To ensure agricultural equity with respect to the renewable fuels standard.
So far, you can see that he votes for our soldiers, but not necessarily for the war. He also tends to vote for fiscal reform, tighter control over federal programs, and eco-friendly legislature.
(As an aside, I noticed that McCain often abstains from voting when the subject is Medicare, Social Security, and energy tax provisions)
This is only January through May of 2007. I'll post tomorrow with more.
My point though, is that unless you are willing to look it up yourself, Don't believe everything you see in a paid advertisement! Or, worse in so "helpful" chain-emails.