Another Democratic debate has come to an end and I can’t help but hope I am not the only one who noticed how many times both H. Clinton and Obama said “well on this issue we have considerable overlap.” If your platforms are essentially the same then seriously . . .
Here are the things that I find of interest from last night:
- supports the Dream Act which would provide education at all levels to every child in the U.S. regardless of citizenship
- believes immigration reform must be two-fold: controlling the border AND making the process for existing undocumented immigrants to become legalized without exorbitant fees nor special perks (ie “the back of the line” plan)
- would allow remittances to Cuba from families living and working in the U.S.
- would relax travel restrictions for Cubans living in the U.S. wanting to visit Cuba (hopefully this also translates to allowing Cuban scholars to travel to the U.S.)
- subsidized health care for those who cannot afford buy-in plans
- once again spent a considerable amount of time with the audience before and after the debate
- believes in diplomacy with “our friend and our enemies”
- believes in an open process amongst those who disagree in the party, with Republicans, and with the N. American people
- supports bilingualism for immigrants, wants required bilignualism for all students to support a stronger ability to compete and cooperate on the global stage (most “first world” nations already require this), and English proficiency for everyone
- referenced her groundbreaking health care plan from the 1990s which I can only hope means she is planning to go back to it instead the buy in plan she has been talking about so far
- dinged Obama for plagarizing (he says he had permission, the person he took it from is in his camp, but admits he should have cited him, & he should have) then plagarized from an Edward’s speech for her “triumphant” debate conclusion as well as previous plagarism from B. Clinton speeches
- pointed out how ridiculous a border fence would be based on the line going through Texas school campuses (it also goes through rezes)
- does not believe in diplomatic meetings without assessment and threat where necessary
- mentioned working for health care for veterans (but avoided talking about voting for the war)
- made a better effort to interact with the crowd after the debate (tho once again went straight for moderators at the beginning)
- supports bilingualism for immigrants but also fluency in English
They both spoke quite a bit about policy, but again the policies as addressed in the debate were prefaced with “well we basically agree here” and then were outlined to show that they do. So, I for one have gotten quite bored with the whole thing.
Obama has won 11 primaries since Super Tuesday. He has more states and more delegates. When she was ahead, I questioned the media’s assertion that she was tied not winning. I question it again now that he is winning. At the end of the day, it boils down to what you want out of a leader and who you think will deliver that to you. The rest of this drawn out silliness needs to stop. I for one am done with silly town.
I do have a question for readers though: Does anyone know if Obama’s campaign has employed more Asian American staffers or if he has issued any comment on being behind H. Clinton in the employment of Asian staffers?