Thursday, February 01, 2007
Political Bio of the Week
This weeks bio will cover the mostly loved, but yet unknown Barack Obama. It's been about two weeks since I started to look into him. After two weeks I am convinced of two things...the first is that there is very little information out there about him and his true stances on topics. The second is that he really is loved, but unknown.
OBAMA, Barack, a Senator from Illinois; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 4, 1961; obtained early education in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii; continued education at Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif., and Columbia University, New York City; studied law at Harvard University, where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, and received J.D. in 1992; lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago; member, Illinois State senate 1997-2004; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2004 for term beginning January 3, 2005.
Here is the best site I have found for comparing candidates with your own political philosophy. I will be referencing this site for every candidate that we go through, which also fits in with the political spectrum we had on the site a few weeks ago.
This is a list of Obama's stance on certain big name topics:
Choice on Abortion
Affirmative Action (Wants to require companies to hire more minorities and woman)
More Funding for Education
Environment - (Alternative Fuel Sources)
Healthcare is a right, not a priviledge for the few
Fight against AIDS
Prescription Drug Importation
Immigration and amnesty of illegal aliens
Raising of Minimum Wage
Union and Worker Rights
Tax Cuts (Corporations and the Rich)
Gay Marriage (Pro same sex unions and gay equality)
Oil Drilling in the United States (Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico)
Guns - (Ban Semi-automatics and increase possession restrictions)
Wiretap provision of the Patriot Act (Supported the rest of the Act)
Iraq War (and Bush's increase in troop levels)
UN troops taking over for US troops in Iraq
Free Trade agreements (Unless they directly help the US)