An Itemized Case For Barack Obama

I’m going to bite off of Ron Chusid, who in turn is borrowing from D-Kos diarist ShadowSD, simply because the list below the fold is a solid case for Barack Obama as our next President of the United States.

  • During the primary, McCain ditched every difference he had w/Bush to get nominated
  • McCain went from voting with Bush for 90% of the last 8 years to 100% this year
  • Many of McCain’s top campaign staff ran Bush’s campaign; his ‘town halls’ staged like Bush’s
  • The last time the GOP tried to package someone as a reformer during an election, it was Bush
  • McCain never split w/Bush on Rumsfeld/Cheney, he said he would have hired them himself
  • Obama bucked his party during the primary, opposing health care mandates, addressing the future Social Security solvency crisis, and advocating teacher merit pay
  • Obama is endorsed by a long list of high profile conservatives and elected Republicans
  • Not one high profile progressive or Democrat endorses McCain (CT Dems booted JL in 06)
  • Obama bucked many of his own big donors during the primary to support the writers strike
  • Obama worked across the aisle in the Senate with Republicans like Dick Lugar and Tom Coburn
  • Obama pushed through strict ethics reforms against the will of many in both parties
  • Obama has the strongest reform record of any candidate in modern history
  • Obama pushed through the strongest ethics reform in his state for decades, The Gift Ban Act
  • Obama pushed through the strongest ethics reform at the federal level in decades, The Lobbying and Ethics Reform Act, co-sponsoring and authoring numerous other reform bills
  • McCain’s single ethics reform accomplishment in 25 years is the McCain-Feingold bill
  • McCain says he has never requested an earmark, but he asked for and received a $10 million earmark in 2006 and a $14.3 million earmark in 2003
  • Obama pushed through a bipartisan bill making every earmark public knowledge
  • Obama will cut taxes for 95% of Americans; his middle class tax cut is 3 – 8 times bigger than McCain’s according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center
  • Obama’s budget adds up better than “we’ve seen in a Presidential candidate in a very long time”; his plan will leave 1.2 trillion dollars less debt than McCain’s (non-partisan TPC)
  • McCain had to check with his staff when asked how many houses he owns and what kind of car he drives; he spends $250,000 a year on house servants alone
  • US Troops overseas donated 6x more to Obama; our troops prefer his Iraq plan by 30 pts
  • Obama always urged focus on Al Qaeda in Afg/Pak while McCain/Bush focused on Iraq/Iran
  • Obama correctly predicted that invading Iraq would increase terrorism; Obama, alone among all candidates in urging focus on Pakistan last year, was vindicated by the recent turmoil there
  • Non-partisan Disabled Veterans of America scorecard: McCain 20%, Obama 80%
  • The Obama Presidential campaign is the first in living memory where average Americans own the biggest share: more than 50% of donations to Obama have been $25 or less, 80% have been $100 or less, and 93% have been $200 or less
  • “You would have to go back a century and a half to name an incoming president with so few debts to repay”
  • Obama and the DNC accept no federal lobbyist or PAC donations; McCain and the RNC do
  • McCain has 133 lobbyists working for his campaign; his top staff is mostly DC lobbyists
  • McCain got 10x more Top CEO donations than Obama in return for corporate tax breaks
  • McCain’s flip in favor of drilling was rewarded immediately with big donations from oil execs
  • Obama has served 12 yrs at the federal and state level (4 yrs US Sen + 8 yrs IL Sen)
  • Obama co-sponsored 15 bills that became federal law and co-sponsored 570 bills
  • Obama sponsored 823 bills and cast over 4000 votes in the IL Senate
  • Obama would be the first President with 10+ yrs experience as a Constitutional Law Professor
  • Obama spent 3 years as the executive in charge of a budget that went from $70K to $400K while serving as a local community organizer in Chicago
  • Obama had 80 editors under him as President of the Harvard Law Review
  • Obama’s runs a campaign with over 2000 employees, more than the White House staff
  • Obama got an International Relations specialty in college, later served 4 yrs on Sen Foreign Rel
  • Obama’s combined time either in public service, studying foreign policy, or directly pertaining to Constitutional Law adds up to twenty-five years, as long as McCain has been in office
  • Obama’s record of experience is more diverse and in touch with America than McCain’s, as Obama understands how things work at the local, state, and federal level; McCain has zero local or state experience, with all his  experience in office taking place in Washington DC
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