A bad atmosphere – Fact file. September 24, 2008Posted by Giselle in Politics.
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For those of you who like me (YES! I admit. I had no clue about politics, hate it and hate it more!!!) did not know anything about these people, here is a little compiled information.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA II
Born : August 4, 1961
Birth place : Honolulu, Hawaii.
Alma Mater : Harvard Law School , Columbia University, Occidental College.
Greatest moral failure : During high school he used marijuana, cocaine, and alcohol.
Present Position : Junior United States Senator from Illinois and presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 general election.
State Legislator (Illinois) – 1997 to 2004
U.S. Senate campaign – 2004
U.S. Senator – January 4, 2005.
–> voted in favor of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
–> defended the New Deal social welfare policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and opposed Republican proposals to establish private accounts for Social Security in April 2005.
–> cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act.
–> supported a related bill, the Secure Fence Act.
–> Lugar–Obama and Coburn–Obama Transparency Act.
–> introduced follow-up legislation: Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008.
–> introduced a corporate jet provision to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act
–> introduced Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act.
–> introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007.
–> proposed a cap and trade auction system in Oct 2007.
–> sponsored an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges.
–> sponsored the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act.
–> co-sponsored legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism.
–> sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program providing one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries.
–> encouraged Democrats to reach out to evangelicals and other religious groups.
–> supports legal abortion.
Feb 10, 2007 – announced his candidacy for President of the United States.
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN :
Top priorities –> ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and providing universal health care.
–> ending development of new nuclear weapons.
–> reducing the current U.S. nuclear stockpile.
–> enacting a global ban on production of fissile material.
–> seeking negotiations with Russia in order to take ICBMs off high alert status.
–> universal health care in the U.S.
–> eliminate taxes for senior citizens with incomes of less than $50,000 a year.
–> repeal income tax cuts for those making over $250,000 as well as the capital gains and dividends tax cut.
–> close corporate tax loopholes.
–> lift the income cap on Social Security taxes.
–> restrict offshore tax havens.
–> simplify filing of income tax returns by pre-filling wage and bank information already collected by the IRS.
June 3, 2008 – passed the threshold to become the presumptive nominee.
Aug 23, 2008 – selected Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate.
John Sidney McCain III –> Maverick Republican
Born : August 29, 1936
Birth Place: Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama.
Alma Mater : United States Naval Academy.
Oct 26. 1967 : POW
Present Position : Senior United States Senator from Arizona and presidential nominee of the Republican Party in the 2008 presidential election.
1977 – Navy’s liaison to the U.S. Senate beginning through McCain.
April 1, 1981 – retired from the Navy as a captain.
1982 – ran as a Republican for an open seat in Arizona’s 1st congressional district.
1983 – opposed creation of a federal Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, active on Indian Affairs bills.
Jan. 1987 – Beginning of McCain’ Senate career.
–> one of the main authors of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
–> strong supporter of the Gramm-Rudman legislation.
–> member of the 1991–1993 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.
–> Since Jan. 1993 – McCain has been Chairman of the International Republican Institute.
–> actively supported the Line Item Veto Act of 1996.
–> proposed legislation that would increase cigarette taxes.
–> co-sponsored the Aviation and Transportation Security Act that federalized airport security.
–> October 2002 : voted for the Iraq War Resolution
–> May 2006 : supported the Bush tax cut extension.
Greatest Legislative achievement: March 2002, McCain-Feingold passed in both Houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush.
Sept 27, 1999 – announced his candidacy for President.
–> “a fight to take our government back from the power brokers and special interests, and return it to the people and the noble cause of freedom it was created to serve”
–> strong supporter of the Bush administration’s position.
–> strongly supported the Iraq troop surge of 2007.
–> supported the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.
October 2005 : introduced the McCain Detainee Amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill for 2005.
April 25, 2007 – John McCain formally announced his intention to run for President of the United States.
March 4, 2008 – McCain became the presumptive Republican nominee.
August 29, 2008 – Sarah Palin was revealed as McCain’s surprise choice for running mate. McCain chose Palin in part due to her potential to rally Christian conservatives behind his campaign.
SARAH PALIN :
–> advocated gun safety education for youth.
–> supports capital punishment.
–> supports allowing the discussion of creationism in public schools.
–> opposes same-sex marriage and supported a non-binding referendum for an Alaskan constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples.
–> supports a constitutional amendment to make abortion illegal in all cases, including rape and incest, except if the life of the mother is endangered.
–> supports sex education in public schools.
–> supports preemptive military action in the face of an imminent threat, and supports U.S. military operations in Pakistan.
–> supports NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia.
–> affirms that if Russia invaded a NATO treaty member the United States would meet its treaty obligations.
Now, what would are you going to do on Nov. 4th, 2008 – The Grand Election date which has been set..?! Who are you going to select? Why? Are you sure you are making the right choice?