Friday, September 5

Barack Obama and John McCain: The Issues

Have you all been watching the Republican National Convention? I have… However, I wasn’t watching to show support; instead, I was watching to hear McCain’s take on the issues that are important to me. This is a really pivotal election for our country, and it’s important that you know the candidates before you cast that vote in November. To save you the research, I’ve put together some info you might find useful.

McCain completely opposes abortion rights, and now says he would seek to overturn the Roe vs. Wade ruling that guaranteed abortion rights at all women. Obama is completely pro-choice.

Gay Marriage
Surprisingly, McCain says that same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and similar benefits, and states should decide about marriage. Obama supports same-sex marriages and will make sure that all states recognize them.
In Iraq, Obama would remove U.S. troops at a pace of one to two brigades a month. His proposed schedule would remove them from Iraq completely by 2010. He however wants to add 7,000 troops to Afghanistan to fight terror directly. McCain has been quoted as saying, “I’d rather lose an election than have my country loose a war. McCain has no clear timetable for a troop withdrawal.

Gun Control
Unsurprisingly, McCain has been quoted as saying, "I believe the Second Amendment ought to be preserved — which means no gun control." Obama voted to leave gun-makers and dealers open to wrongful suits. Also, as an Illinois state lawmaker he, supported ban on all forms of semiautomatic weapons and tighter state restrictions on firearms.
McCain isn’t planning to make any major changes to our failing education system. He does however want to make it easier for poor kids to go to private schools. Obama wants to focus his efforts on improving our public school system. He wants to encourage pre-k, give raises to teachers who teach well, and make room for classes like art and music. Also, he’s going to PAY up to $4000 to college students who perform 100 hours of community service a year!!! To pay for this, he plans to end tax deductions for CEOs and delay NASA’s moon and Mars missions. Basically, we’re going to have a bunch of smart astronauts with nowhere to go, lol.

With regards to Cuba, Obama wants to allow trade and family-related travel; FYI, we haven’t traded openly with Cuba since 1961. He even wants to meet Raul Castro, the country’s new leader. His foreign policy is clearly a lot more open than McCain who has no plans of allowing the U.S. to become any closer with the communist Cuba. Basically, Obama = Cuban Cigars!

Capitol Punishment
This is always a touchy subject. Obama supports the death penalty for extreme crimes. When in office in Illinois, he wrote a bill that made it tougher to wrongfully convict. McCain however wants to expand the death penalty and make it more difficult to appeal convictions and sentences.

Energy & Gas
According to his speech at last week’s DNC, he wants to put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid on the road by 2015, ensure that 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025, and implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. He even wants to provide a $1,000 Emergency Energy Rebate to American Families that will be paid for by big oil companies. McCain wants to drastically increase offshore drilling and federal money to help build 45 nuclear power reactors by 2030. He opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and he has a global warming plan that would increase energy costs. McCain also wants to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for short-term relief from high energy costs. His global warming plan would increase energy costs.

Global Warming
McCain led the Senate effort to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Also, he favors tougher fuel efficiency standards McCain plans to see greenhouse gas emissions cut by 60 percent by 2050. Obama supports a ten-year, $150 billion program to produce "climate friendly" energy supplies that he'd pay for with a carbon auction requiring businesses to bid competitively for the right to pollute He wants to cut greenhoue emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
Campaign Finance Reform
Obama refuses to accept money from federal lobbyists and has instructed the Democratic National Committee to do the same for its joint victory fund, an account that would benefit the nominee. However, he does accept state and local gifts from lobbyists. McCain is the co-author of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. He accepts campaign contributions from all lobbyists. By the way, lobbyists are people who pay candidates and elected officials to support legislation that works in the lobbyists’ favor.