From a recent AP article;
Obama argues that Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Sen. John McCain — he calls them “the two Washington candidates” — are pandering to voters by proposing to suspend the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents a gallon for three months. He says a tax holiday would provide consumers little real relief, ignore the country’s energy problems and take money from road and bridge repairs.
“This is the problem with Washington. We are facing a situation where oil prices could hit $200 a barrel. Oil companies like Shell and BP just reported record profits for the quarter. And we’re arguing over a gimmick that would save you half a tank of gas over the course of the entire summer so that everyone in Washington can pat themselves on the back and say that they did something,” Obama says.
In 2000, gasoline prices were climbing quickly, reaching $2 a gallon in the Chicago area — a remarkable price back then. Illinois legislators scrambled to offer some election-year relief to angry motorists.
Obama voted three times for a tax holiday.
The version that ended up becoming law required a six-month suspension of the state’s share of the sales tax on gasoline, a 5 percent tax paid directly by consumers rather than gas stations. It also required gas stations to post signs on their pumps saying that the Illinois General Assembly had lowered taxes and the price should reflect that cut.
Now that the seating of Florida’s delegates has come to the forefront in this election, it’s important to understand why the Florida election was legitimate as it stands. In that vein, I’m re-posting one of the first postings I wrote for this blog below. The reasons that Florida should have been considered a great victory for Hillary are the same reasons why the delegates must be seated.
Obama loses bigtime in Florida..
Of course, he doesn’t want the public to believe that, and as usual, the mainstream media is more than willing to sing his tune.In his typical George W Bush style, Barack Obama has smugly Read the rest of this entry »
I watched with nausea as Obama spoke a while back in Minneapolis and praised and praised the popular former senator from Minnesota, Paul Wellstone, who unfortunately was killed several years ago in a plane crash.
I couldn’t help but think of David Sirota’s article about Obama in The Nation, Mr. Obama goes to Washington, in which Obama refers to Wellstone as a gadfly. Gadfly is defined as; a persistent irritating critic; a nuisance.
In a similar vein and a must read is Harper’s Magazine’s, Barack Obama Inc.
ABCNews.com Analysis Shows the Campaign Still Hasn’t Returned More Than $100,000 in Questionable Contributions
By AVNI PATEL
Jan. 28, 2008—
Despite claims over the weekend from Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama that his campaign had given away all the donations connected to accused fixer Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the campaign has not returned Read the rest of this entry »
Those were Obama’s words as he curtly walked out on a press conference earlier today, a sign of the continuing deterioration of the relationship between Obama and the press. As the Rezko trial begins and more and more evidence mounts that Obama has been rather untruthful (shocking!) with the press about his relationship with Rezko.
From Obama’s best friend in the media MSNBC;
From NBC/NJ’s Aswini Anburajan
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Led by the Chicago press corps that has covered Obama for years, the candidate today faced a barrage of questions in what turned out to be a contentious news conference. Read the rest of this entry »
ABC News: The Blotter
Despite Rhetoric, Obama Pushed Lobbyists’ Interests
Away from the bright lights and high-minded rhetoric of the campaign trail, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has quietly worked with corporate lobbyists to help pass breaks worth $12 million.
In his speeches, Obama has lambasted lobbyists and moneyed interests who “have turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.”
“It’s an entire culture in Washington — some of it legal, some of it not,” the Democratic hopeful told a New York crowd in June, rallying support for his ethics reform agenda.
But last year, at the request of a hired representative for an Australian-owned chemical corporation Nufarm, Obama introduced nine separate bills Read the rest of this entry »