Obama stated earlier in the campaign that Ronald Reagan, irregardless of his ideology, brought “new” ideas into American politics. It seems the opposite is true of Obama, there is no word or idea that he is above stealing (I mean that in a Wall Street not a State Street kind of way).
Clinton policy director Neera Tanden said the same thing in a slightly different way,
If Senator Obama has to copy policy ideas when he’s a candidate on the campaign trail, how is he going to solve people’s problems if he’s president? When it comes to fixing the economy, we need leadership, not followership.
A fellow Nader’s Raider traced Obama thievery over the past few months. The following is stolen from him.
- Hillary called for a $30 billion fund to help states and localities to fight foreclosure in their communities. [Clinton Campaign Press Release,3/20/08] One week later, Barack Obama called for an economic stimulus package of $30 billion to provide ‘immediate relief to areas hardest hit by the housing crisis. [Reuters, 3/27/08]
- Hillary’s plan introduces idea of ‘second stimulus.’ “That is why Senator Clinton is calling on Congress and the President to pass a second stimulus package. This time around, the primary focus should be on addressing the growing housing crisis. And by investing new, temporary resources in a housing-focused stimulus package, we can avoid the worst fall-out from the current downturn, keep families in their homes and stabilize communities. [Clinton Campaign Press Release, 3/20/08]Obama’s plan uses the exact same language: ‘Enact a Second $30 Billion Stimulus Package to Address the Mortgage Crisis, Protect Vulnerable Families and Strengthen the Economy. [Obama Plan to restore Confidence in the Markets ,3/27/08]
- Hillary’s plan reiterated her support for increasing unemployment insurance: “While this second stimulus package should focus predominantly on the housing crisis, Congress should also consider temporary measures to help struggling workers like extending unemployment insurance.[Clinton Campaign Press Release ,3/20/08]Obama’s plan includes the same call for increasing unemployment insurance: “Barack Obama believes we must extend and strengthen the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program to address the needs of the long-term unemployed, who currently make up nearly one-fifth of the unemployed and are often older workers who have lost their jobs in manufacturing or other industries and have a difficult time finding new employment. [Obama Plan to restore Confidence in the Markets, 3/27/08]
It makes me wonder if there ever was a genuine idea to come out of the Obama campaign. Over the holidays, as they sometimes do, things turned to politics. We began talking about Obama and Hillary, so I decided to do a little thought experiement on my mom.
I said if Hillary was elected President, what would be considered a betrayal of your vote for her. She thought for a minute and said, if everyone in the U.S. was not covered by insurance.
I then asked her if Obama was elected president, what would be a betrayal of her vote. She was speechless, there was nothing.
For me this says it all.