Did Obama Vote for the Debt He "Inherited"

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    The Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, yes?

    Obama was a Senator from 2004 - 2008 when the Democrats took control?

    Senators vote on laws and budgets yes?

    So the question is, did Obama vote for the Debt he whines about "Inheriting"?
     
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    That depends....

    Barack Obama Votes With President Bush
    September 15, 2008 · Filed Under Joe Biden, John McCain, News

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    The Barack Obama campaign is running their campaign on the scare tactic that John McCain is the same as President Bush. This assertion is based on Senator McCain’s voting record in 2007 where Team Obama touts that McCain votes with Bush 90% of the time.

    But what is Obama failing to say?

    First of all, George Bush is not in the Legislative Branch, and doesn’t actually vote on laws with McCain, Obama and Biden.

    As you (hopefully) know, Congress votes on bills and they go to the desk of the President to either be signed or vetoed.

    So, if we are going to be intellectually honest, nobody is ever voting with President Bush.

    The numbers we keep hearing are based on votes where the Bush administration had taken a clear position on before the vote, as estimated by the Congressional Quarterly.

    The same report from the Congressional Quarterly reveals that Obama voted “with Bush” 40 percent of the time.

    Joe Biden voted “with Bush” 52 percent of the time.

    It’s also important to note that these sorts of tallies can only count when a Senator votes yes or no on a law.

    Obama didn’t vote over 40 percent of the time since he’s been in the Senate - that’s 228 of the 568 times he could have voted, according to Project Vote Smart.

    Rather than taking a stance on issues, he voted “NV”, which means Not Voting, Excused, Absent, or Present.

    Based on the Project Vote Smart records, some areas where Obama likes to avoid having an opinion:

    Abortion Issues - 75% NV
    Agriculture Issues - 86% NV
    Budget, Spending and Taxes - 54% NV
    Business and Consumers - 47% NV
    Civil Liberties and Civil Rights - 44% NV
    Defense - 29% NV
    Education - 55% NV
    Energy Issues - 35% NV
    Environmental Issues - 64% NV
    Family and Children Issues - 50% NV
    Foreign Aid and Policy Issues - 56% NV
    Gun Issues - 25% NV
    Health Issues - 67% NV
    Housing and Property Issues - 100% NV
    National Security Issues - 39% NV
    Reproductive Issues - 75% NV
    Technology and Communication - 33% NV
    Trade Issues - 38% NV
    Transportation Issues - 63% NV
    Veterans Issues - 34% NV
    Welfare and Poverty - 64% NV
    Women’s Issues - 67% NV
    I’ve got to wonder how closely aligned Barack Obama would be with Bush if he was showing up and voting for a full work week.

    http://obama2.com/archives/barack-obama-votes-with-president-bush/

    An argument could easily be made that a "no vote" IS a vote -- to do NOTHING, to say NOTHING about the problem. That being the case, Obama deserves to inherit whatever problems he has.
     
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    It is not that he did not know regardless. Besides I don't think to many legislators are concerned about the debt they have been building in this country. Too many are still working on filling their pockets or their constituents pockets at this point to make a difference or even try to make a difference.
     
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    I doubt it junior was gone a week after he got there,, had better things to do..:eusa_whistle:
     
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    He voted 'present' when needed.
     
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    I if you want to believe that with his one vote Obama means he was able to craft legislation and a budget that reflected his personal preferences and objectives.

    But the debt was alread at about $9 trillion before he took office. He didn't vote for that.
     
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    No, just for the 2 trillion he just added.
     
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    It doesn't matter one bit how he voted now... he OWNS this economy... he's gotten EVERYTHING HE'S WANTED. The spending has been RAMPANT, and it's ALL HIS. When this country is in the tiolet six months, a year, two years from now.... IT'S ALL ON OBLAHMA!
     
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    Iriemon:
    I if you want to believe that with his one vote Obama means he was able to craft legislation and a budget that reflected his personal preferences and objectives.

    But the debt was alread at about $9 trillion before he took office. He didn't vote for that.


    Let me see if I can 'splain this to you. IF Obama voted FOR Bush's budget(s), and other appropriations that contributed to that debt [before Obama took office], that would make Obama responsible for the debt that he "inherited" [after Obama took office]. It is Congress that votes on/approves the expenditures, ya know.... Even when they [Congress] vote on/approve more than was requested....
     
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    It's about a quarter of than since he took office. But whose counting.
     

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