Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Daily political rant....

Actually, I'm just practicing for November's NaBloPoMo...

Anyway, an interesting tidbit on Governor Palin.

Basically, the Governor of Alaska (while Palin was Mayor of Wasilla) signed a law protecting victims of sexual assault from being billed for tests to collect evidence of the crime.

WTF? There has to be a law about this? Why?

Because Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon does not agree with the new legislation, saying the law will require the city and communities to come up with more funds to cover the costs of the forensic exams.

The hell????

Wasilla was charging RAPE VICTIMS the cost of the rape kit? Are you fucking kidding me?

That police chief was Charlie Fannon, Palin's appointee (she fired the previous one when she was elected). One can only assume that she supported Wasilla's policy of billing rape victims for their own rape kits--the kits police and hospitals use to collect evidence after a rape--not only because Fannon was her appointee, but also because this was four years into her tenure as mayor and because, let's be honest: in a town of that size, the mayor doesn't get to plead ignorance of policies or public statements of her own chief of police.

What was Fannon's rationale? He didn't "want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer."

Palin was willing to raise taxes to build a sports complex. Her police chief was unwilling to use public funds to investigate rapes.

Do you see anything wrong with this? Oh, and btw, Palin is against rape victims having access to abortions. So the VICTIM of a CRIME gets to pay for the crime kit, and, if made pregnant, has to carry the child to term, doing untold damage not only physically but mentally. Who pays for all the maternity care?

And this is the woman that would be one heartbeat away from being our leader if McCain wins (who, btw, is 77 years old, and has a 1 in 3 chance of dieing before his term is up.)

Anyway, enough about Palin. On to Obama!

I've already posted John McCains record regarding our troops, let's see what Obama's record shows. You can go to thomas.gov to check and compare the two yourself, if you'd like to be an informed voter.

From They Gave Us A Republic and The Zoo:

Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress.

Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005.

Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate.

His record is in fact quite impressive for a junior Senator from Illinois.

Most of his legislative effort has been in the areas of:

  • Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (25 bills)
  • Health care (21 bills) and public health (20 bills)
  • Consumer protection/labor (14 bills)
  • The needs of Veterans and the Armed Forces (13 bills)
  • Congressional Ethics and Accountability (12 bills)
  • Foreign Policy (10 bills)
  • Voting and Elections (9 bills)
  • Education (7 bills)
  • Hurricane Katrina Relief (6)
  • The Environment (5 bills)
  • Homeland Security (4 bills)
  • Discrimination (4 bills)
That's just what he's done in the US Senate. What did he do while he was a State Rep for Illinois?

Worked across bi-partisan lines, of course.

And what about our veterans and our troops?

13 addressed the Needs of Veterans and the Armed Forces:

  • Improve Benefits (117)
  • Suicide prevention (479)
  • Needs of homeless veterans (1180)
  • Homes for veterans (1084)
  • GI Bill enhancement (43)
  • Military job protection
  • Dignity in care for wounded vets (713)
  • Housing assistance for low income veterans (1084)
  • Military children in public schools (2151)
  • Military eye injury research and care (1999)
  • Research physical/mental health needs from Iraq War (1271)
  • Proper administration of discharge for personality disorder (1817, 1885)
  • Security of personal data of veterans (3592)
In short, Obama supported our troops while McCain did NOT.


Doc said...

nicely done

Keith Sader said...

I have a suggestion - why don't we elect someone based on what they've done, not what they've said.

I want to elect the smart one this time around.

Spyder said...

Well said! Thanks you!