Thursday, February 21, 2008

Where's the Beef, Hillary?

Hillary Clinton continually touts her "experience" as evidence of her ability to be the best President. She defines Barack Obama's campaign as nothing but words. Let's take a look at the facts. Scrutinize the records of both candidates and then decide for yourself whose campaign is rhetoric over substance:

Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term (6yrs.) and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law (20) twenty pieces of legislation in her first six years.
 These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress, but to save you trouble, here is the sum of what she has accomplished:
  1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.

  2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.

  3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

  4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.

  5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.

  6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
  7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

  8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

  9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.

  10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.

  11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.

  12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.

  13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.

  14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.

  15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

  16. Only five of Clinton's bills are, more substantive:

  17. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.

  18. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11

  19. Assist landmine victims in other countries.

  20. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.

  21. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.
There you have it, the fact's straight from the Senate Record.

I would post Obama's record, but the list is too substantive, so I'll summarize:

During the first (8) eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced
 233 on healthcare reform,
 125 on poverty and public assistance,
 112 crime fighting bills,
 97 economic bills,
 60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
 21 ethics reform bills,
 15 gun control,
 6 veterans affairs, plus many others.

His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These included:
  1. The Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law)

  2. The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act (became law)

  3. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (passed the Senate)

  4. The 2007 Government Ethics Bill (became law)

  5. The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill (In committee)
... plus many more.

In all, since entering the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.
 An impressive record, for someone who supposedly has no record according to one presumptive candidate who would prefer that this comparison not be made public.

Barack Obama may be a good talker. But he's managed to pack a whole lot of wallop behind those words. The same cannot be said for Mrs. Clinton.

Pass it on...It's impressive.

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