Friday, March 28, 2008

Clinton v Obama

Too funny not to repost... copied from a followup forum post on a news story about Dean saying they should resolve the nomination by July 1 (haha, yeah, right).


Senator Clinton, who served just one full term of 6 years and another year campaigning, managed to author and pass into law only 20 twenty pieces of legislation in all of her six years.

(These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress

1 . Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name a courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name a courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name a post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name a post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness
preservation system.


Senator Obama, in his 8 years in the Senate, has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.
In fact, in just his first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These include **the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 - became law, **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, - became law, **The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate, **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, - became law, **The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill
Among his many bills are:
233 regarding healthcare reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
6 veterans affairs

That... is comedy gold.

Edit: Newsweek analyzed this distributed account, and found it inaccurate. In particular, while the Clinton facts are reasonably sound, the Obama legislation is incredibly exaggerated, including bills from his time in the state legislature and bills he just attached his name to. If you do an apples to apples comparison, Obama has pass two bills:

S. 2125, A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
S. 3757, A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 950 Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois, as the "Katherine Dunham Post Office Building."

Maybe it's just me, but this makes the original story even more funny. Course, the whole judging a politician by bills sponsored is dumb, consider the obvious political bias of the source, and imagine the voice-over: "CRIPPLE-FIGHT!!!"

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