Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fact check, thank you!

The FALSEHOOD

The FACTS

"Sen. Obama supports infanticide."Sen. Obama addresses this claim in a recent interview with Relevantmagazine:

“The email rumor that’s been floating around is that somehow I’m unwilling to see doctors offer life-saving care to children who were born as a result of an induced abortion. That’s just false. There was a bill that came up in Illinois that was called the “Born Alive” bill that purported to require life-saving treatment to such infants. And I did vote against that bill.

The reason was that there was already a law in place in Illinois that said that you always have to supply life-saving treatment to any infant under any circumstances, and this bill actually was designed to overturn Roe v. Wade, so I didn’t think it was going to pass constitutional muster.

Ever since that time, emails have been sent out suggesting that, somehow, I would be in favor of letting an infant die in a hospital because of this particular vote. That’s not a fair characterization, and that’s not an honest characterization. Itdefies common sense to think that a hospital wouldn't provide life-saving treatment to an infant that was alive and had a chance of survival.” [1]

Senator Obama has stated repeatedly that he supported the federal version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which passed Congress and addressed this same issue. Senator Obama opposed a state version of this legislation in Illinois because there was an existing state law that had been on the books for 20 years that already required such medical care, it was drafted in a way that would have rendered it unconstitutional, and it was even opposed by the Illinois State Medical Society. [2]

"Senator Obama supports ‘partial birth abortion.’"

Sen. Obama does not support Partial Birth Abortion. He has stated this repeatedly over his long legislative career. Senator Obama told Relevant Magazine,

“I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don’t think that “mental distress” qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.” [3]

Some will cite Senator Obama’s ‘present’ votes on Illinois Senate Bills SB203, SB 1093, SB 1094, SB 1095 as evidence of support for partial-birth abortion. [4] However, Sen. Obama did not believe the legislation would pass constitutional muster. He has supported legislation which bans partial birth abortion as long is there is an exception for the health of the mother." [5

"Sen. Obama is an abortion 'extremist' who will do nothing to counter the number of abortions in this country."

Sen. Obama has sought to reduce the number of abortions. Sen. Obama has supported many practical efforts to reduce abortions, expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and supporting parents with young children by expanding the Nurse-Family Partnership.

In a recent interview Sen. Obama stated:

“I think we know that abortions rise when unwanted pregnancies rise. So, if we are continuing what has been a promising trend in the reduction of teen pregnancies, through education and abstinence education giving good information to teenagers. That is important—emphasizing the sacredness of sexual behavior to our children. I think that’s something that we can encourage. I think encouraging adoptions in a significant way. I think the proper role of government. So there are ways that we can make a difference, and those are going to be things I focus on when I am president.” [6]

Sen. Obama reiterated these statements during a faith forum at Messiah College saying:

"We can certainly agree on the fact that we should be doingeverything we can to avoid unwanted pregnancies that might even lead somebody to consider having an abortion...And what I have consistently talked about is to take a comprehensive approach where we focus on abstinence, where we are teaching the sacredness of sexuality to our children...and I think we should make sure that adoption is an option for people out there." [7]

"Sen. Obama will raise your taxes."Some have claimed that Sen. Obama will enact “the largest tax increase since the Second World War.” Senator Obama would allow the Bush tax cuts for the top 1% to expire. That would be a tax increase only on those making more than $250,000 dollars a year. Obama has called for extensive middle class, and elderly, tax cuts. According to the Washington Post, that means that Sen. Obama will lower taxes on the vast majority of Americans.

Here you can find a chart explaining Senator Obama’s tax plan... see how it would affect you.


"Sen. Obama supports a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq."Sen. Obama opposed war with Iraq since before the war began. [8] He has said, repeatedly, that “we have to be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in.” He has never supported an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, always stating he will adjust to needs on the ground.

In April of 2008 he stated:

The commander in chief sets the mission…The general and our troops carry out that mission. And unfortunately we have had a bad mission. Once I've given them a new mission, that we are going to proceed deliberately in an orderly fashion out of Iraq, if they come to me and want to adjust tactics, then I will certainly take their recommendations into consideration. And I have to look at not just the situation in Iraq, but the fact that we continue to see al Qaeda getting stronger in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, we continue to see anti-American sentiment fanned all cross the Middle East, and we are overstretched in a way that we do not have a strategic reserve at this point.” [9]

"Sen. Obama supports gay marriage."Senator Obama has never supported gay marriage.

Barack Obama told the Chicago Tribune, “I'm a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.” [10]

Senator Obama does support civil unions and civil rights for gays and lesbians.

"Sen. Obama supports unrestricted free-trade."

Sen. Obama has said he supports free trade only if it is fair. Saying in a recent debate, “It is absolutely critical that we engaged in trade, but it has to be viewed not just through the lens of Wall Street, but also Main Street, which means we've got strong labor standards and strong environmental standards and safety standards.” [11]

Further, on NAFTA and other trade agreements, Obama has stated, “There's no doubt that NAFTA needs to be amended. I've already said I would contact the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Canada to make sure that labor agreements are enforceable. But I did want to just go back briefly to the issue of trade and human rights that you had mentioned. We have to stand for human rights, and that should be part of the trade equation.”

"Sen. Obama was sworn in on the Koran."

This is an internet rumor with no grounding. Press reports from the day show that Sen. Obama was sworn in with his family Bible. The official photographs from the ceremony reflect that, as well.

"Sen. Obama is a Muslim and went to a Madrassa."This rumor was started due to irresponsible journalists last year. Fortunately, the news organization that ran the story has since back-tracked, and many other news outlets have since debunked the report. While Sen. Obama has been a strong advocate for civil rights and equality for Muslim Americans, he has never practiced Islam. He was not raised a Muslim. Sen. Obama is acommitted Christian. He has said so in public for at least 20 years.

Link to YouTube Video

"Sen. Obama stated, 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'"

Sen. Obama did write this, but deceptive emails often take the quote out of context to suggest Sen. Obama would side with Muslim extremists or is himself a Muslim. The full quote, from The Audacity of Hope:

Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.[12]

Footnotes:

[1] - Relevant Magazine, July 1, 2008 [back]
[2] - Chicago Tribune, August 17, 2004 [back]
[3] - Relevant Magazine, July 1, 2008 [back]
[4] - Washington Post “Fact Checker,” February 6, 2008 [back]
[5] - Pantagraph, March 5, 1997 [back]
[6] - Relevant Magazine, July 1, 2008 [back]
[7] - CNN, April 4, 2008 [back]
[8] - Salim Muwakkil and Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, July 15, 2004 [back]
[9] - 2008 Philadelphia Primary Debate, April 16, 2008 [back]
[10] - Chicago Tribune, May 22, 2008 [back]
[11] - 2008 Texas Primary Debate, February 21, 2008 [back]
[12] - The Audacity of Hope, p. 261 [back]

3 comments:

cforbush said...

tax raises on over $250,00 GROSS, (which believe me, from experience, it a LOT different from NET)

cforbush said...

chek his voting record.

Elsa said...

I have checked his voting record. I have also researched his REASONS for his voting record. They still sound more fair to me than the crap that we as a country have been put through for the past 8 years.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fact check, thank you!

The FALSEHOOD

The FACTS

"Sen. Obama supports infanticide."Sen. Obama addresses this claim in a recent interview with Relevantmagazine:

“The email rumor that’s been floating around is that somehow I’m unwilling to see doctors offer life-saving care to children who were born as a result of an induced abortion. That’s just false. There was a bill that came up in Illinois that was called the “Born Alive” bill that purported to require life-saving treatment to such infants. And I did vote against that bill.

The reason was that there was already a law in place in Illinois that said that you always have to supply life-saving treatment to any infant under any circumstances, and this bill actually was designed to overturn Roe v. Wade, so I didn’t think it was going to pass constitutional muster.

Ever since that time, emails have been sent out suggesting that, somehow, I would be in favor of letting an infant die in a hospital because of this particular vote. That’s not a fair characterization, and that’s not an honest characterization. Itdefies common sense to think that a hospital wouldn't provide life-saving treatment to an infant that was alive and had a chance of survival.” [1]

Senator Obama has stated repeatedly that he supported the federal version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which passed Congress and addressed this same issue. Senator Obama opposed a state version of this legislation in Illinois because there was an existing state law that had been on the books for 20 years that already required such medical care, it was drafted in a way that would have rendered it unconstitutional, and it was even opposed by the Illinois State Medical Society. [2]

"Senator Obama supports ‘partial birth abortion.’"

Sen. Obama does not support Partial Birth Abortion. He has stated this repeatedly over his long legislative career. Senator Obama told Relevant Magazine,

“I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don’t think that “mental distress” qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.” [3]

Some will cite Senator Obama’s ‘present’ votes on Illinois Senate Bills SB203, SB 1093, SB 1094, SB 1095 as evidence of support for partial-birth abortion. [4] However, Sen. Obama did not believe the legislation would pass constitutional muster. He has supported legislation which bans partial birth abortion as long is there is an exception for the health of the mother." [5

"Sen. Obama is an abortion 'extremist' who will do nothing to counter the number of abortions in this country."

Sen. Obama has sought to reduce the number of abortions. Sen. Obama has supported many practical efforts to reduce abortions, expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and supporting parents with young children by expanding the Nurse-Family Partnership.

In a recent interview Sen. Obama stated:

“I think we know that abortions rise when unwanted pregnancies rise. So, if we are continuing what has been a promising trend in the reduction of teen pregnancies, through education and abstinence education giving good information to teenagers. That is important—emphasizing the sacredness of sexual behavior to our children. I think that’s something that we can encourage. I think encouraging adoptions in a significant way. I think the proper role of government. So there are ways that we can make a difference, and those are going to be things I focus on when I am president.” [6]

Sen. Obama reiterated these statements during a faith forum at Messiah College saying:

"We can certainly agree on the fact that we should be doingeverything we can to avoid unwanted pregnancies that might even lead somebody to consider having an abortion...And what I have consistently talked about is to take a comprehensive approach where we focus on abstinence, where we are teaching the sacredness of sexuality to our children...and I think we should make sure that adoption is an option for people out there." [7]

"Sen. Obama will raise your taxes."Some have claimed that Sen. Obama will enact “the largest tax increase since the Second World War.” Senator Obama would allow the Bush tax cuts for the top 1% to expire. That would be a tax increase only on those making more than $250,000 dollars a year. Obama has called for extensive middle class, and elderly, tax cuts. According to the Washington Post, that means that Sen. Obama will lower taxes on the vast majority of Americans.

Here you can find a chart explaining Senator Obama’s tax plan... see how it would affect you.


"Sen. Obama supports a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq."Sen. Obama opposed war with Iraq since before the war began. [8] He has said, repeatedly, that “we have to be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in.” He has never supported an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, always stating he will adjust to needs on the ground.

In April of 2008 he stated:

The commander in chief sets the mission…The general and our troops carry out that mission. And unfortunately we have had a bad mission. Once I've given them a new mission, that we are going to proceed deliberately in an orderly fashion out of Iraq, if they come to me and want to adjust tactics, then I will certainly take their recommendations into consideration. And I have to look at not just the situation in Iraq, but the fact that we continue to see al Qaeda getting stronger in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, we continue to see anti-American sentiment fanned all cross the Middle East, and we are overstretched in a way that we do not have a strategic reserve at this point.” [9]

"Sen. Obama supports gay marriage."Senator Obama has never supported gay marriage.

Barack Obama told the Chicago Tribune, “I'm a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.” [10]

Senator Obama does support civil unions and civil rights for gays and lesbians.

"Sen. Obama supports unrestricted free-trade."

Sen. Obama has said he supports free trade only if it is fair. Saying in a recent debate, “It is absolutely critical that we engaged in trade, but it has to be viewed not just through the lens of Wall Street, but also Main Street, which means we've got strong labor standards and strong environmental standards and safety standards.” [11]

Further, on NAFTA and other trade agreements, Obama has stated, “There's no doubt that NAFTA needs to be amended. I've already said I would contact the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Canada to make sure that labor agreements are enforceable. But I did want to just go back briefly to the issue of trade and human rights that you had mentioned. We have to stand for human rights, and that should be part of the trade equation.”

"Sen. Obama was sworn in on the Koran."

This is an internet rumor with no grounding. Press reports from the day show that Sen. Obama was sworn in with his family Bible. The official photographs from the ceremony reflect that, as well.

"Sen. Obama is a Muslim and went to a Madrassa."This rumor was started due to irresponsible journalists last year. Fortunately, the news organization that ran the story has since back-tracked, and many other news outlets have since debunked the report. While Sen. Obama has been a strong advocate for civil rights and equality for Muslim Americans, he has never practiced Islam. He was not raised a Muslim. Sen. Obama is acommitted Christian. He has said so in public for at least 20 years.

Link to YouTube Video

"Sen. Obama stated, 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'"

Sen. Obama did write this, but deceptive emails often take the quote out of context to suggest Sen. Obama would side with Muslim extremists or is himself a Muslim. The full quote, from The Audacity of Hope:

Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.[12]

Footnotes:

[1] - Relevant Magazine, July 1, 2008 [back]
[2] - Chicago Tribune, August 17, 2004 [back]
[3] - Relevant Magazine, July 1, 2008 [back]
[4] - Washington Post “Fact Checker,” February 6, 2008 [back]
[5] - Pantagraph, March 5, 1997 [back]
[6] - Relevant Magazine, July 1, 2008 [back]
[7] - CNN, April 4, 2008 [back]
[8] - Salim Muwakkil and Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, July 15, 2004 [back]
[9] - 2008 Philadelphia Primary Debate, April 16, 2008 [back]
[10] - Chicago Tribune, May 22, 2008 [back]
[11] - 2008 Texas Primary Debate, February 21, 2008 [back]
[12] - The Audacity of Hope, p. 261 [back]

3 comments:

cforbush said...

tax raises on over $250,00 GROSS, (which believe me, from experience, it a LOT different from NET)

cforbush said...

chek his voting record.

Elsa said...

I have checked his voting record. I have also researched his REASONS for his voting record. They still sound more fair to me than the crap that we as a country have been put through for the past 8 years.

 

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