I have been observing the events leading to the US presidential elections for some time and I hope you are also doing the same. Barrack Obama is a candidate who is making his way to the top, according to many. Whether that will happen or not only time can reveal, but Obama is taking prudent steps. In a decisive move, he has come up with his proposed Obama earmarks list on his Senate Web site. He has included more than 100 such Obama earmarks for the current year’s appropriations. No other presidential contestant had done this so far, according to the report of Chicago Tribune.
Do you feel this is his way to challenge his rivals to come up with their own earmarks? At least, that is what I think. Obama earmarks is aimed at making the image of a presidential contestant transparent to the public. Other candidates are expected to follow suit.
As a matter of fact, Obama has focused on government transparency right from the start of his campaigning. It is something he is counting on. But he should practice as a Senator what he is preaching a president should do. You know, I feel that Obama is a quick learner and he is learning tricks from his earlier mistakes. He is trying to pre conceive the strategy of the opponents. I think, he has made some progress. Obama earmarks proves it. Earmarks have often led to disputes among politicians. They are basically spending measures that are added into the legislation. They are often interpreted as money invested after a community or state. Do you remember that Obama’s Senate is yet to come up with the earmarks he put in 2006? This is the scenario even after repeated appeals. That is why some rumors are doing the round. His arch rival McCain heavily came upon Obama, accusing him of practicing double standards in matters of Obama earmarks . McCain openly said that Obama should disclose his own earmarks before he wants to set the government straight on that account. Obama’s retaliation that he reveals more than what Clinton does shows a lack of fervor. It is more of a calculative statement. He should remember that now it is not only Clinton that he will have to face, the threat of McCain looms large in the way ahead. http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/795499,CST-NWS-sweet15.article