For those of you who believe that John McCain will be the third term of George Bush, did you know that Barack Obama may be a George Bush too? There is a great article on CNN.com by Tara Wall. In the article Tara Wall describes 20 policies that Barack Obama has agreed with or supported President Bush. You can find the whole article here.
I thought I would share a few of the highlights.
3. Budgets: Obama voted for Bush's budgets, which included 19 spending bills.
**This is hardly surprising as this is one of the biggest Bush policies that Obama would likely continue. It is also one of the biggest thing I and most other fiscal conservatives will cringe at the most.
7. Energy: In signing the $12.3 billion Energy Policy Act of 2005, Bush said it "promotes dependable, affordable, and environmentally sound production and distribution of energy for America's future." Obama voted for the energy plan and called it a "first step toward decreasing America's dependence on foreign oil."
**Ironically this is the one that John McCain voted against because it gave too big of tax breaks to big oil companies......and yet Barack Obama had no issue voting for tax breaks for "Big Oil"......until he needed to run against big oil in his campaign rhetoric.
9. FISA: Of the Senate bill passage that rewrote intelligence laws to grant immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the Bush administration's wiretapping program, 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, who supported it, after opposing FISA last year, 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 the privacy and civil liberties of the American people." Almost identical, huh? Are we sure they don't share the same speechwriter? But Obama did take heat for his change of heart, as The Washington Post reported that: "The Illinois senator's reversal on the issue has angered liberal groups." Guess you can't please everyone.
**Isn't this the one big campaign promise that Obama made to his supporters in the primaries? This was one of the biggest issues that won him the nomination. Yet, he had no issue changing his position after securing the nomination. If he broke this promise to his most loyal supporters what will he do to the rest of us.
15. National security: Obama voted yes on preauthorizing the much ballyhooed Patriot Act, sought by the Bush administration.
**And yet another betrayal of his supporters. Isn't this one of the biggest reasons that liberals hate President Bush.
I don't want to be snarky on this issue, but there is such hatred for President Bush. I disagree with Bush's economic policies. I don't believe he handled the war as well as it should have been after we went in there. The fact is that you will never agree with everything any politician does, but you can always find something to agree on.