As it becomes a serious possibility that B. Hussein Obama ('BHB') may become the Democrat candidate for president in November, it becomes prudent to take a closer look at what he would do if elected to become president.
Sometimes there is a concern that a potential nominee does not have a sufficient understanding of domestic or international matters; with BHB we can worry about what he would do as president on both the domestic and foreign fronts.
Although BHB has carefully avoided actually publicly presenting his programs and policies if elected president, he has from time-to-time commented on various issues and these remarks show the direction in which he would lead the country and what could be expected from his leadership. We can also look at what those advising him and working for his election believe, say and do as an indication of the person BHB really is behind the teleprompter. It is unlikely someone seeking to become president of our country would surround himself with people who do not reflect his beliefs.
With all this in mind, it is important to consider the following:
Senator BHB has introduced a bill (the ‘Global Poverty Act’) that calls for the United States to single-handedly extinguish ‘global poverty’. A Senate committee approved the bill and sent it to full Senate. The Global Poverty Act would appropriate $850 billion, over and above what the US now spends, to eliminate poverty in the world; an amount that represents 0.7% of our country’s gross national product. [If my arithmetic is correct, assuming a total population of 300 million, this works out to cost each man, woman and child in our country $2,833.]
The Global Poverty Act also requires the president not only to accomplish that goal but, "not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this act," to submit a report on "the contributions provided by the United States" toward poverty reduction.
A statement from BHB's office said:
"With billions of people living on just dollars a day around the world, global poverty remains one of the greatest challenges and tragedies the international community faces. It must be a priority of American foreign policy to commit to eliminating extreme poverty and ensuring every child has food, shelter, and clean drinking water. As we strive to rebuild America's standing in the world, this important bill will demonstrate our promise and commitment to those in the developing world. Our commitment to the global economy must extend beyond trade agreements that are more about increasing profits than about helping workers and small farmers everywhere.
BHB further said this bill "declares" that the official U.S. policy is to eliminate global poverty, that the president is "required" to "develop and implement" a strategy to reach that goal and requires that the U.S. efforts be "specific and measurable."Among the more mundane policies BHB supports, in addition to ridding the world of poverty:
- He said he would support federal legislation based on a California law that would facilitate immediate tracing of bullets used in crime by requiring stamping each bullet with a serial number.
- He supports the District of Columvia's ban on handguns.
- He blames problems with the economy on a "failure of leadership in Washington" that includes decisions by the Bush administration on taxes and the Clinton administration on trade.
- He wants to remove American troops from Iraq immediately.
- He wants to lead the world in combating man-made global warming.
- He wants universal healthcare (for all people in the country, including illegal immigrants).
- He wants to give social security benefits to illegal immigrants using false social security numbers.
- He said he has not considered whether he would give up his Senate seat if he wins the presidential nomination.
- There is a flag featuring Che Guevara, the South American revolutionary who became Fidel Castro's executioner after the communist takeover in Cuba, in BHB’s campaign office. Investor’s Business Daily asks the (rhetorical) question in regard to his patriotism- "How is it a front-runner for the highest office in the land can reject an American flag on his lapel but permit the display of a huge Cuban flag at one of his offices, emblazoned with a mass murderer's mug?" [Contrast this with BHB’s failure to salute the flag with his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance to the country he wants to preside over as president, and his ostentatious refusal to wear a U.S. flag in his lapel. Also, BHB dismissed his Senate colleagues who wear lapel flags as 'hypocrites.']
Investor’s Business Daily had it right in an editorial:
"The display of the Castroite flag with Che's picture on it sends a particularly disturbing message about his campaign. Apparently, Obama tends to attract the kind of people who think of mass murderers like Che and Fidel as romantic revolutionaries. Those same people see Obama as a man with a messianic message. These are the voters he'll be indebted to should he win higher office”.