The Obama campaign has unfairly levelled accusations throughout the election season that a John McCain presidency would amount to a Bush third term. Now whilst I deplore scare tactics such as this which defy reality, I believe it is time to look at the links between Obama and Bush and see whether or not Obama is the ‘fresh start’ his campaign claims he will be. Whilst there are a number of areas of agreement between Bush and Obama I am going to focus on a few in particular: The Economy, Gay Marraige, Off shore drilling, National Security FISA and Guns.
The Economy– despite being a fierce critic of Bush’s economic record and using it to his campaigns benefit, Obama actually voted forall of Bush’s budgets which included tax cuts and over 19 spending bills. Similarly Bush has consistently pushed for drilling offshore in order to help the ailing economy and reduce dependency on foreign oil. Obama, who until recently opposed it, now says he’s for it. In Nashville, Tennessee, he told an audience: “We’re going to have to explore new ways to get more oil, and that includes offshore drilling”
Gay Marriage– Obama and Bush agree that marriage is and should remain between a man and a woman. As far back as 2004, Obama said: “Gays should not marry.” And in a Senate debate, he said: “I agree with most Americans, with Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Cheney, with over 2,000 religious leaders of all different beliefs, that decisions about marriage, as they always have, should be left to the states. Personally, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman” So if gays were hoping Obama would be more supportive of their cause than McCain… think again!
National Security and FISA– Again despite his rhetoric of living under Bush’s ‘big brother’ state, Obama voted yes on preauthorizing the much ballyhooed Patriot Act, as sought by the Bush administration. Similarly the Senate bill (FISA) that rewrote intelligence laws to grant immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the wiretapping program was supported by Obama despite his initial opposition. In regards to FISA:
Bush said “This vital intelligence bill will allow our national security professionals to quickly and effectively monitor the plans of terrorists outside the United States, while respecting the liberties of the American people.”
Obama said “Given the grave threats that we face, our national security agencies must have the capability to gather intelligence and track down terrorists before they strike while respecting the rule of law and liberties of the American people”
Sound farmiliar?! All in all it is quite plain to see that Obama’s campaign rhetoric does not stand up to his Capitol Hill record. The point is no one knows what they are getting with Barack Obama. He is untried, untested, a talker not a do-er and I would rather, in these uncertain times, have someone who has the experience, has the courage and has the record to steer America and the world through these uncertain times. People say they want change. They will get it with John McCain, but with Obama its all talk. McCains record clearly shows he can reach across the aisle, he opposed Bush on a number of issues and both he and his running mate have outed corruption in their own parties. Sadly I feel Obama will win for one reason: the economy.