>> Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I recently posted on the idea that Obama should make accountability and responsibility a more visible part of his campaign. Part of this idea entails hitting McCain on something that he likes to claim as his strength, the idea he is a strong leader. People think because McCain is visible on the TV and is well known that he must have done something in terms of legislation to justify this fame. McCain claims he can lead America but what has he ever accomplished?
If you want to know the real celebrity in the race, the empty suit that man is John McCain. McCain wants to make the race about the ability to get things done but he has done very little. His only piece of land mark legislation is McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation. He has been in the halls of power for almost three decades and this is all he has to show for it? Not to mention that he has actually flipped on his own bill because the base hates it.
What has McCain been doing while in congress? Here is what Obama has to say about himself and his accomplishments
In the Illinois State Senate, this meant working with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. He also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.
In the U.S. Senate, he has focused on tackling the challenges of a globalized, 21st century world with fresh thinking and a politics that no longer settles for the lowest common denominator. His first law was passed with Republican Tom Coburn, a measure to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to go online and see how and where every dime of their tax dollars is spent. He has also been the lead voice in championing ethics reform that would root out Jack Abramoff-style corruption in Congress.
As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senator Obama has fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, he traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world.
If people are after someone who can get things done than John McCain is not the guy. People should be reminded of this. McCain, he cant remember the number of houses he has, has done nothing for three decades in congress and was wrong on the war.