Monday, February 04, 2008

A Super (Fat) Tuesday Primer: The Democrats

As we get closer and closer to Super Fat Tuesday, I thought it might be beneficial to go through some of the more hot-button issues and where Senators Clinton and Obama stand on each… if you want information about the republican candidates, hold tight, I’ll be spreading that manure information out soon… then again...


Clinton: Voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq but says she wouldn't have done so if she knew then what she knows now (Uh-huh… sure, Ms. Clinton did oppose the surge, but she was in presidential candidate mode at that time… so take it as you will). Her future plans for Iraq would be to order military leaders to develop a plan that would start bringing U.S. troops home within the first 60 days of her administration, though she hasn’t committed to a withdrawal timetable and says some troops will have to remain in the country.

Obama: Opposed the war from the start along with opposing the surge. Vows that as president he would immediately begin to remove U.S. troops, bringing one or two combat brigades home per month until all troops are out of Iraq within 16 months. Like Clinton Mr. Obama would keep some troops in Iraq, primarily to protect U.S. diplomats and to fight terrorism.

Health care

Clinton: Ms. Clinton’s pet issue since she was First Lady… her plan now is somewhat similar to the one she tried to push through in the 90’s, but now favors keeping existing coverage or allow people to have access to the same private insurance options that Congress has.

Obama: wants to create a new national health plan that would allow individuals without access to affordable insurance coverage to buy coverage similar to that available to members of Congress… (wait? Isn’t that like Ms. Clinton’s?)


Clinton: supports permanently ending marriage penalty, extending the lower-income tax rates and providing a deduction for college tuition.

Obama: wants to increase the number of working parents eligible for Earned Income Tax Credits while increasing the benefit available to parents who support their children through child support payments. Unlike Clinton, Mr. Obama only wants to reduce the marriage penalty and not totally abolish it.


Clinton: Supports a $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund (paid for in part by Bush’s friends, I mean oil companies) to fund investments in various forms of alternative energy.

Obama: Supports implementing an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the level recommended by top scientists.


Clinton: Seeks to reopen NAFTA in order to strengthen enforcement of labor and environmental standards.

Obama: Also seeks to reopen NAFTA to strengthen enforcement of labor and environmental standards…


Clinton: Supports abortion rights, but adds that “pro-choice” doesn’t necessarily mean “pro-abortion.”

Obama: Supports abortion rights and urges efforts to reduce teen pregnancy.


Clinton: Proposes economic stimulus package up to $110 billion, including $40 billion in tax rebates, a $30 billion fund to help states and cities deal with housing foreclosures, a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and a five-year interest-rate freeze on sub-prime mortgages.

Obama: Wants to use $75 billion in tax cuts and direct spending to stimulate the economy while providing an immediate $250 tax cut to workers and their families, along with an immediate, temporary $250 bonus to seniors in their Social Security checks.


Clinton: Wants Pre-Kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. She also opposes performance-based merit pay for teachers, yet favors incentives for teachers in high-need places and subjects. Originally supported No Child Left Behind but now says it has not been properly financed or run.

Obama: Would encourage, but not require, universal Pre-Kindergarten while rewarding teachers with higher salaries that wouldn’t be tied to standardized test scores. Wants to amend NCLB… but then again, who doesn’t…


Clinton: Supports the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors), which aims to provide a path to citizenship through military service or higher education.

Obama: Supports new employment eligibility verification system and the
Citizenship Promotion Act to ensure fair immigration application fees.

Gay marriage

Clinton: Opposes same-sex marriage, favors civil unions while saying it's a state issue.

Obama: Also opposes same-sex marriage and supports civil unions.

Hope this gives you some idea… if you want more information, I suggest you visit each candidates website

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL):

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY):

And remember… VOTE TOMORROW! It’s not only your birthright, it’s a moral imperative…

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