February 28, 2008

Matt Gonzalez on Change we should avoid: Obama's voting record

A progressive's closer look at Obama's voting record.   Matt Gonzalez is a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and will be the running mate for Ralph Nader's quixotic quest for quadrennial attention but has some values common to a lot of us.  
" He reminds us again and again that he had the foresight to oppose the war in Iraq. And he seems to have a genuine interest in lifting up the poor.

But his record suggests that he is incapable of ushering in any kind of change I’d like to see. It is one of accommodation and concession to the very political powers that we need to reign in and oppose if we are to make truly lasting advances."
When Hillary Clinton voted against the CAFA (Class Action Fairness Act - fairness to businesses against class action suits), Obama joined Republicans in voting FOR it.  Democrats against this particular loss of protection for consumers included Clinton, Kennedy, Biden, Feingold, and Kerry.  This is the kind of Change we can expect to see more of.

When Clinton voted FOR capping of consumer credit interest rates at 30%, Obama voted AGAINST it.  As a result, Mike Williams of the Bond Market Association, which represents Wall Street firms, said that "Some assumed he would just go along with consumer advocates, but he voted with us on several points.  He understood the issue.  He wasn’t closed-minded.  A lot of people found that very refreshing."

His 'flexibility' was similar to what we saw with Exelon, in which he gave Exelon and the Republicans everything they demanded and left a skeleton of the remaining, revised "bill," which failed but was re-introduced Oct 2007 in its revised, useless version.  Nevertheless he told an Iowan audience he had passed a regulatory bill... "I did that just this past year."  If he believes what he told them, it's worrisome, and if he doesn't believe it, it's troubling.

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Blogger Arturo Ui said...

Obama has the #1 Liberal voting record in Senate, according to the non-partisan National Journal. Hillary is #16.


5:29 PM  
Blogger Andrys said...

Oh, sure. But that will not set aside the details of where he chose not to vote in a liberal way - they're important areas, and you do know it. The article was written by Nader's running mate, who may lean even more toward liberal ideas, but what he points out are conservative positions Obama did take.

I support Hillary but not 100%, but too often Obama supporters are 100%, the man can do no wrong, except that he does.

The credit card industry and the nuclear industry love the guy, as far as Dems go, because he's "reasonable" but then he has promised he'd cross the aisle and show understanding (as he did with Exelon, the details of which are pitiful, considering that he told an Iowa audience he'd recently passed the {tremendously weakened} bill -- but then it wasn't even passed -- but Exelon did manage to give him about $250,000.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Arturo Ui said...

I would agree with you completely that Obama is not perfect at all. I seriously disagree with his vote on the class action lawsuit, and am very uncomfortable with his corporate connections.

That said, his money for the campaign is overwhelmingly coming in $96 average individual donations. Well over $1,000,000 individuals have made tiny donations to support his candidacy. That's quite different than Hillary's financial support, which has come from a much smaller pool of large donors. That tells me that Obama has less chance of being bought off.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Andrys said...

There's no doubt Obama has energized more individuals. But there's also a reality with him of corporations, industries, bundlers. Here's a comparison source/guide I might put up sometime.

Obama isn't, overall, largely funded by small private donors, as some have said.

Many have come to believe this due to his speeches implying it.

Bundlers bundle individual contributions for companies (usually at max) and are a huge factor.

See http://opensecrets.org/pres08/index.asp
That's the umbrella page for presidential elec 2008

Clicking on names will get you how much they got from various industries and sectors.

= Clinton - Top industries

- Top contributors

- Sector totals

= Obama - Top industries

- Top contributors

- Sector totals

For Selected Sector totals to each, for the money-focused areas:

- Finance/Insurance/Real Estate
- Misc Business

For Selected Industries for each, for $-entities

- Commercial banks
- Insurance
- Securities and Investments

Here's also, a not-much seen article that's interesting too:

7:51 PM  

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