Accomplishments? Yes!

That hyperactive blowhard, Chris Matthews, mercilessly drilled a Texas State Senator about Obama’s legislative accomplishments, and the Senator, Kirk Watson, blanked out. The poor guy couldn’t think of a single legislative accomplishment of Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. See this interview:
Later Kirk Watson posted a statement on his website, including this paragraph:
My most unfortunate gaffe is not, in any way, a comment on Senator Obama, his substantial record, or the great opportunity we all share to elect him President of the United States. …
So how about Obama’s substantial record? Kirk couldn’t think of it but here is some of it:

During his first two years in the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama sponsored 152 bills and resolutions, and cosponsored 427 more.

Two bills have become law: (1) The Lugar-Obama bill, an anti-proliferation bill that expands on existing efforts to locate and destroy WMDs, e.g. shoulder fired missiles and antipersonnel mines; (2) The Coburn-Obama Transparency Act which tracks all federal spending, and allows Google-type searches based on agency, types of funding, etc.

A major ethics/lobbying reform bill, with Senator Feingold, was a huge victory for Senator Obama. It still needs to be reconciled with a House version of the bill, and then signed by the president.

The Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007 which would cap troops at January 10, 2007 levels, begin withdrawal by May 1, 2007, and call for complete withdrawal of combat brigades by March 31 of 2008.

He cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act, S-2611, sponsored by John McCain which passed the Senate on May 25, 2006, by a vote of 62-36.

He is on the senate committees for foreign relations; homeland security; veterans affairs; health, education, labor and pensions.

For a lot of further information on his legislative activities in the U. S. Senate, and before that in the Illinois State Senate, see An overview of Barack Obama’s 10 years as a state and U.S. senator.

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  1. GeologyJoe’s avatar

    I would really love to see Obama wallop Hillary in Texas.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Yah, that would nearly seal it! 😈

  3. Mardé’s avatar

    I watched the U. of Texas debate from beginning to end. I tend to agree with many pundits that it was a draw. But I think Hillary’s final moment was magnificent.

  4. Michael Eric berube’s avatar

    It is clear that Ron Paul will not be the next president of the United States. I will still support him as a Delegate at the Maine GOP convention in May because I think that his (mostly) libertarian viewpoints are the direction that the Republicans need to move (back) to if they are going to continue to make any claim at being conservatives who favour a limited role for Government at all.

    That being said, I cannot support John McCain (another Bush) for President and the thought of our nation (possibly) being in the hands of Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton for 28 years makes me very ill.

    I have never yet voted against any candidate for the Presidency of these United States, but should McCain and Obama win the nominations of their respective wings of the Corporate Incumbent Party, I will cast my vote for Obama.

    I believe that Obama passionately believes in what he says he believes in even though I just as passionately don’t believe in what he believes in. An honest man I disagree with is far better than a lying politician who claims to be libertarian but too often votes as an authoritarian.

    That will have to be good enough. If Obama can get us disentangled from the wars in the middle east, even the $281 BILLION that he wants to add to the cost of the Federal Government Entitlements will seem a drop in the bucket compared to the TRILLIONS of dollars and thousands of lives that we are wasting fighting an undeclared Extra-Constitutional war for record profits on oil.

  5. Mard’s avatar

    Thanks very much for your very thoughtful and honest comment, Michael. I agree with a good part of it.

    On another note, I hope at least part of your Ron Paul sign at the bottom of the hill is still visible through the endless pilings of snow we seem to get. But how would I know? It’ll be 80 today in sunny Florida, at least around Fort Lauderdale. 😀


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