Alex Massie

Obama’s Legislative Record

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Andrew, as one would expect, is defending his candidate:

It was a great line:

"Listening to [Obama] speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform, not even in the state senate."

I guess we should thank Matt Scully for inserting the word "major." You can go look at Obama's State Senate legislative record here. And his US Senate record here. At last count, sponsorship of 820 laws in Illinois, and authorship of 152 bills and co-sponsorship of 427 in Washington.

Let's take "authorship" at face value. So, in three and half years in Washington Obama has "written" 152 new pieces of legislation? And supported 427 more? The Senate tends to sit for around 160 days a year, meaning Obama* has been in Washington for something like 600 days of Senate activity: in other words (unless I have this wrong: always possible!) he's supporting a new bill almost every day. Being a sour old cynic, I tend to take the view that there are too many laws, not too few. Andrew, a self-professed believer in limited government, seems to think this legislative record is something to boast about. Others might find it terrifying...

*Not that the rest of them are much or at all better, of course.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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