Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Coming Obamination!

Sure, "Change" is wonderful. But what actually *are* Sen. Obama's political views? What will we have to look forward to once he's elected?

Well, he's finally beginning to mention a few details recently, in economics.
For example, everyone under $50,000 per year... no taxes. (I wonder if you could get a chicken in every pot with that?)

Oh, and here's another theme. The rich are soaking the non-rich; that's apparently how they get rich according to Obama. While he definitely claims to favor free markets, he says that they are clearly broken. They will need to be fixed: by taxation and regulation.

But even though that's about it for details, I'm sure we all want to know the Obama nitty gritty in other political areas.

Fortunately, Project Vote Smart provides some answers to Sen. Obama's political positions. Unfortunately, Obama "repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on the issues through the 2008 Political Courage Test when asked to do so by national leaders of the political parties, prominent members of the media, ..." As a result, Project Vote Smart has made available Obama's responses to the Illinois State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test. Let's just have a look, shall we?

Racial/Sexual Discrimination?

So, should Illinois government agencies should take race and sex into account in giving out contracts? In choosing whom to employ? In university admissions? Obama scored a clean sweep; "Yes" to all of those.


Should no parole be allowed for repeat violent felons? Not according to Obama. How about prosecuting juveniles (gang bangers, for example) as adults if they commit murder or other serious violent crimes? Nope, Obama didn't like it. Maybe criminals should be required to pay restitution to the crime victims? Well, apparently this doesn't look that good to Obama either.


Obama supports education. Just ask him; he'll tell you so. But he's dead set against vouchers for parents to send their kids to any good school (public, private, religious).


Obama wants you to use cleaner burning fuels, and is willing to pass a law to make sure you do.

Campaign "Reform"?

Obama would love to pass laws to impose spending limits on campaigns. But it's okay because he's willing to give tax dollars to candidates to make up for preventing supporters from contributing. At least that way, he can control how much supporters can contribute.


What about favoring allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms? Nope, Obama doesn't trust law-abiding trained citizens. He's even willing to increase the currently onerous Illinois restrictions of the purchase and possession of firearms.

Are you familiar with auto-loaders? They're also called semi-automatic guns. They were invented in the 1800s. They work like this: one trigger pull, one shot fired. They don't work like machine guns, or like military assault rifles (which were invented in WWII), and they don't work like machine pistols -- for these, instead, you just hold down the trigger. What do auto-loaders include? Many hunting rifles and shotguns, target pistols, and nearly all police firearms.

Well, bad news, Obama wants to pass laws to eliminate "all forms of semi-automatic weapons".
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So, there you have it. This is what the coming Obamination will look like: grim.

(H/T to my daughter's razor wit for the title.)

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