Posted By James Brown
As you might suspect they were both wrong, or right, depending on how you define the key terms. FactCheck.org has a nice analysis of this point of discrepancy. FactCheck focuses on the gross number of bills, not the content.
What amazed me when reading the FactCheck article is the incomparably trivial nature of the legislation Kerry has actually drafted. He has apparently not sponsored a single bill of any national importance in his 20 years as a Senator.
“At the final presidential debate, Bush said Kerry had passed only five bills during his career, and Kerry said he had passed 56. Actually, we found eleven measures authored by Kerry have been signed into law, including a save-the-dolphins law, a law naming a federal building, a law giving a posthumous award to Jackie Robinson last year, and laws declaring "world population awareness weeks" in 1989 and 1991.”
Read the FactCheck article yourself, and draw your own conclusions. I should note that drafting important bills is only one of the many things a Senator does. On the other hand, sponsoring legislation is something I would expect a Senator who aspires to national leadership to do a lot of.
You will recall that I advocate voting for the party not the person. Thus the fact that Kerry has no legislative record shouldn't really matter. Still, I found the FactCheck article rather shocking. It seems fair to ask what Kerry has been doing for the last 20 years. My guess is studiously avoiding a record that might be used against him in a presidential race. - Jim -
p.s. here is Kerry's own link to Kerry's list of 56 sponsored "bills." I am surprised he posted it.
p.s.s. I guess the bill to protect dolphins is of national importance. I don't want my post to be misconstrued as advocating injury to dolphins. I too like dolphins and only eat dolphin safe tuna! - Jim -