Of course, this analysis by Adam of The Metropolis Times assumes some consistency between Obama’s record as a Senator and his record as a President. Still, it’s informative:
The Metropolis Times: World Hunger…. Still Around
There are a lot of issues to consider this November, but global poverty should be near, if not at, the top of everyone’s list. Research your local candidates to determine who to vote for. The Cato Institute has done our work for us when it comes to the Presidential candidates, tracking Congressional votes and assigning representatives spots on a free trade matrix.
John McCain has voted against trade barriers 88% of the time, and against trade subsidies 80% of the time. He is a solid Free Trader, and has kept to that position throughout the campaign.
Barack Obama voted against trade barriers only 36% of the time, and against trade subsidies exactly 0%. This puts him in the Interventionist area of the matrix, exactly the opposite of a Free Trader.
Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate, voted against trade subsidies 93% of the time, but voted against trade barriers only 17% of the time, making him an Isolationist.
Cynthia McKinney, a possible Green Party candidate, voted against trade barrier 31% of the time and trade subsidies 74% of the time, also making her an Isolationist.
The choice seems pretty easy. Assuming that vote records and stated positions line up with future Presidential behavior, an Obama victory would be a tragedy for the starving poor of the world, while a McCain victory would help economic growth in areas that need it most.
Support the developing world. Support Africa. Vote McCain.