timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, December 26, 2008

What does Obama do first?

There's an article on Yahoo by the AP asking about Obama's first 100 days. They ask, "Where does Obama place his priorities during the first 100 days?" It's an almost worshiping article that can't seem to decide which major issue Obama will think is the most important. Should he pull out of Iraq, raise taxes or spend more huge amounts of money that the country doesn't have?

Apparently his aides are putting together a program that could cost $850 billion over two years, but no decisions have been made about where the money will go. That's after the $700 billion bailout that republicans didn't want (and so far hasn't worked), and now a new bailout for the auto industry. The estimates for the total repaid cost of this money is over $5 trillion.

These socialist programs are going to stand a good chance of bankrupting the country, or necessitate raising taxes on everyone, not just the "richest Americans."

What's interesting about the article is the quotes explaining how Obama can set priorities quietly, to avoid offending anyone, how he can "address" issues like healthcare overhaul by appointing committees to push it to the back burner without people thinking it is being ignored and how he can discuss projects "without setting specific dates for completion."

Sounds like they're saying he has the opportunity to present more vagaries and obfuscations. He hasn't made any decisions, he doesn't have any timelines, and hasn't put forth any plans. Good way to get in to the first 100 days.

2 comments:

Joan of Argghh! said...

My guess is that he won't do much for the first two years. He has an eight-year plan. Best not to muck it up too badly in the first four.

folly said...

I still think that he's bringing in the people that piss the koskids off to lull the republicans in to thinking that he's really a moderate. Everything that he says sounds reasonable, unless you understand what socialism is.

He promised change, and allowed people to think that everything would be unicorns and clownshoes if he got elected. Well, here he is, and he's saying it's going to get worse.

I don't think that's the change people thought he'd bring. Unless something amazing happens, I don't think he's going to get reelected.