Does Obama Deserve Your Support? — Ten Things You Should Know
| Mar 20, 2008
Barack Obama has tapped into the anger of millions of Americans who want real change. He often speaks eloquently against the Iraq War, inequality, and injustice while emphasizing hope and change.
But would an Obama presidency bring the change we need? Is he really cut from a different cloth than the rest of the corrupt, corporate-controlled politicians?
A deeper look reveals that Obama does not deserve the support of workers, progressives, or youth. Here are ten reasons why:
1. His biggest contributors are Wall Street banks and corporate law firms.
2. He won’t end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
3. He promotes the expansion of the U.S. military.
As William Hartung writes, Obama has said “we will probably need to ‘bump up’ the military budget in a new administration” (Foreign Policy in Focus, 2/21/08). At $614 billion (not counting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!), the proposed U.S. military budget for 2008 is already larger than the rest of the world’s military spending combined.
4. He has repeatedly voted to fund the war in Iraq.
5. He supports the continuation of the for-profit healthcare system.
Moore points out that Obama is “now the second largest recipient of health industry payola after Hillary” and now takes “more money from the people committed to stopping universal healthcare than any of the Republican candidates” (michaelmoore.com, 1/4/08).
6. He supports NAFTA and corporate free trade.
This hypocrisy is not new. As the Associated Press reported, “In his 2004 Senate campaign, [Obama] said the U.S. should pursue more deals such as NAFTA” (2/26/08).
7. He voted to re-authorize the Patriot Act in 2005.
8. He voted for the 2006 bill to build a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexican border.
9. He supported Bill Clinton’s “welfare reform.”
10. He is not campaigning against the racist criminal injustice system.
In March 2007, Obama voted to reinstate $1.15 billion for the COPS program. This Clinton-era program put 100,000 more cops in the streets, leaving many inner cities feeling like occupied territory and contributing to the massive growth in the U.S. prison population, currently at 2.3 million, the highest in the world by far.
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