He never supported the Iraq war, during 2002 during the ultimatum to Saddam from GWB Barack protested the idea of a war in Iraq actively and has been opposed to it since.
He entered Harvard Law School in 1988.
(In 1990, The New York Times reported his election as the Harvard Law Review's "first black president in its 104-year history".)
He has two best selling books, the most recent of which "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" was published in 2006. The man is obviously very intelligent.
Economically, Barack Obama is not a fool. The slander that he is a liberal fool who cant understand economics is ridiculous. He supports simply removing unfeasible tax cuts that George W Bush gave to people who earn over 1 million a year, a tax cut nearly 160 times greater than that received by middle-income Americans. Barack Obama simply believes in tax shelters for working class Americans to encourage economic growth. Taxes in essence will be moved from poor to rich, which is more sensible anyway. Barack Obama is simply an advocate of cutting wasteful federal spending, such as the immensely questionable subsidization of Oil and Gas companies who are posting record profits. Barack Obama believes in feasible and sustainable economic incentives such as tax credits and investing in infrastructure. He also believes in cracking down on credit fraud and questionable mortgage practices (he was pushing for legislation against questionable credit practices before the sub-prime mortgage crisis sent the US housing market into a recession.)
He is against the war in iraq and believes in a phased withdrawal, which is fair because it is unrealistic to expect the country to not fall into chaos if you withdrew all at once. His plans for withdrawal is over a 16 month period with excessive diplomatic support towards the Iraq government to take care of themselves.
He is pro-choice, believes in giving women the right to choose what decision to make in regards to unwanted pregnancy. This is supposed to be the land of the free after all.
Unlike other candidates Obama's campaign refuses to accept contributions from Washington lobbyists and political action committees.
47 million Americans including nearly 9 million children lack health insurance: Barack Obama intends to introduce universal health care, something that the USA can more than afford. By making sure everybody has coverage this ensures that people will be more actively making doctor visits and checking up on symptoms. This means that more serious diseases will be caught while still treatable, long debilitating illnesses like cancer cost the economy far more indirectly than free healthcare will directly. Longer life expectancy, better health, and whats more important, taking away the negative incentives in US society today of not getting checked up, for health insurance companies to not allow treatment, and the incentive for doctors that you being sick or taking drugs makes them more money. The current healthcare system simply imposes burden on demographics that are poor, such as the elderly or the demographics who are financially burdened, such as those dealing with serious illness.
“The cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and states of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. . . . If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we'd see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.” -Barack Obama
Under President Bush, the federal debt has increased from $5.7 trillion to $8.8 trillion, an increase of more than 50 percent. Combine that with tax cuts for the rich which will cost the nation 2.3 trillion.
Debt has interest, excessive spending under the bush administration is crippling the American economy. Barack Obama gets it, it bothers me when people from byond think they get economics and politics better than Barack Obama, his policy, speaches and ideas are centrist, they are feasible and they are intelligent solutions to the problems in your country.
Make the right decision, Barack '08.
Mar 6 2008, 10:20 am (Edited on Mar 6 2008, 6:50 pm)