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Obama’s Onerous And Offensive Agenda

From an approving Washington Post:

Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions

Stem Cell, Climate Rules Among Targets of President-Elect’s Team

By Ceci Connolly and R. Jeffrey Smith
Sunday, November 9, 2008; A16

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office….

Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush’s controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases, such as Parkinson’s…

“We have been communicating with his transition staff” almost daily, Richards said. “We expect to see a real change.”

While Obama said at a news conference last week that his top priority would be to stimulate the economy and create jobs, his advisers say that focus will not delay key shifts in social and regulatory policies, including some — such as the embrace of new environmental safeguards — that Obama has said will have long-term, beneficial impacts on the economy.

The president-elect has said, for example, that he intends to quickly reverse the Bush administration’s decision last December to deny California the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles. “Effectively tackling global warming demands bold and innovative solutions, and given the failure of this administration to act, California should be allowed to pioneer,” Obama said in January…

Some related reforms embraced by Obama’s transition advisers would alter procedures for decision-making on climate issues. A book titled “Change for America,” being published next week by the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think tank, will recommend, for example, that Obama rapidly create a National Energy Council to coordinate all policymaking related to global climate change.

The center’s influence with Obama is substantial: It was created by former Clinton White House official John D. Podesta, a co-chairman of the transition effort, and much of its staff has been swept into planning for Obama’s first 100 days in office

The center’s new book will also urge Obama to sign an executive order requiring that greenhouse gas emissions be considered whenever the federal government examines the environmental impact of its actions under the existing National Environmental Policy Act. Several key members of Obama’s transition team have already embraced the idea.

Other early Obama initiatives may address the need for improved food and drug regulation and chart a new course for immigration enforcement, some Obama advisers say…

Despite enormous pent-up Democratic frustration, Obama and his team realize they must strike a balance between undoing Bush actions and setting their own course, said Winnie Stachelberg, the center’s senior vice president for external affairs.

“It took eight years to get into this mess, and it will take a long time to get out of it,” she said. “The next administration needs to look ahead. This transition team and the incoming administration gets that in a big way.”

Once again we see the unifying post-partisan Obama people at work:

The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

Or should we say we see the liver-spotted hand of George Soros at work:

Some related reforms embraced by Obama’s transition advisers would alter procedures for decision-making on climate issues. A book titled “Change for America,” being published next week by the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think tank, will recommend, for example, that Obama rapidly create a National Energy Council to coordinate all policymaking related to global climate change.

The center’s influence with Obama is substantial: It was created by former Clinton White House official John D. Podesta, a co-chairman of the transition effort, and much of its staff has been swept into planning for Obama’s first 100 days in office.

As we have previously noted, the Center For American Progress was created by Mr. Podesta along with the help of the subprime mortgage fat cats Herb and Marion Sandler — and of course George Soros.

So we get to see who is pulling the strings right off the bat.

Not that there was ever any real doubt.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama’s Onerous And Offensive Agenda”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    Not that there was ever any real doubt.

    So Soros is the defacto POTUS now.

    Just peachy…

  2. JohnMG says:

    If this idiot wants to allow California to establish unrealistic regulations concerning auto emissions, especially in light of the financial plight the auto industry is in due to current CAFE standards, I say fine! You (California) establish your standards, and we (auto manufacturers) won’t sell cars to you.

    Is there ANYTHING, anything at all, that Barry understands about free markets? There’s been a lot of talk on the site lately about Texas seceeding from the Union. Instead, how about the other forty-nine states kicking Kalifornia out? They seem to think the rest of the U S couldn’t survive without them. I say if Obama wants to experiment with the social and civic fabric of our government, the west coast is the logical place to start. I’d welcome that experiment!

    No safety nets, though. If the land of “fruits and nuts” goes belly up, they’re gone! Forever gone!!

  3. proreason says:

    The idiot could destroy the economy even before he gets into office.

  4. wardmama4 says:

    Ok SG – how about a bit of reconnaissance and go to the library and check out this gem (Change for America) to see and post exactly what these radicals want to do to America. I won’t ever advocate the purchase of such a book – won’t give anyone of them a single dime.

    And yes, I agree these freaks seem to think that they now control this country and want to force their ideas down our throats (because they can’t get them through on fair and open votes).

    BTW, I think each and every conservative should write to the President and the Govenors of MN and GA – as the Dems are attempting to steal those elections to secure their 60 majority.

    They can’t win on ideas and policies so they cheat and steal the election – what a great, noble, civil, bi-partisan, uniting bunch of liars, cheats and crooks.

  5. NotStuckOnStupid says:

    From today’s Investor’s Business Daily:

    A Checklist of Obama’s Many Promises

  6. Professor_Repulso says:

    NSOS – that is quite a list. Everything but a partridge in a pear tree.

  7. proreason says:

    NotStuck. good list. no wonder we elected his highness. he’s truly a gift to the country.

    A quick look says the $1Trill spending increase estimate might be a few trill too low.

    The top 5% of taxpayers are generous indeed. Looks like there is going to be some circulation among those guys!!! Charles Ponzi should be able to advise.

    But where is the free porn and drugs? I coulda sworn…..

  8. Anonymoose says:

    When I first saw this article I was thinking–“Nice way to govern from the center, ask the liberal advocates what they want and redo anything they find offensive.”

    Why would a candidate who hadn’t even been elected pay FOUR DOZEN advisers to work work in solitude for months? That is unless a wealthy benefactor or two was paying the bill to further their agenda.

    And who are these mystery advisers? Will we ever know, does our media even care? As usual, if Bush or McCain had a secret group working in private to undo the liberal agenda it’d be all over the media and news as conspiracy theories abound. Instead we get quite literally a shadow government.

    I don’t buy for a minute that Obama was smart enough to come up with any of this. As I keep asking the Obamabots; three years ago he was an obscure state senator, if he’s really here to save us all, why’s he been on the sidelines all this time? I think the only hope we have is Obambi getting too swelled a head and running afoul of his handlers.

  9. proreason says:

    “As I keep asking the Obamabots; three years ago he was an obscure state senator”

    Obscure to us, but well known to his handlers since he was an undergraduate.

  10. Gladius et Scutum says:

    JohnMG “is there ANYTHING, anything at all that Barry understands about free markets?”

    It is my experience that marxists (and I am certain that is what we are talking about) have a better understanding of markets than nearly any liberal you would run into. They aim to destroy them.

    I have noted that many posters in many threads have pointed out Obama plans that would distress, rather than help the US economy. They operate from the assumption that the INCOMING (!) administration aims to improve things in the US. I do not believe that.

    One of the most common beliefs uniting the Left is that the United States is overly consumptive and unfair in distribution not only within our borders, but globally. One of them told me “Americans just have to learn to accept a lower standard of living”. The Left has a formula for handling elections (compliant media, dependent demographics, ACORN) and will benefit from, rather than suffer for, their treachery

    A depression would allow great expansion of federal power, but worse still, might allow these people to manufacture the “final crisis of capitalism”.

  11. Professor_Repulso says:

    “Of course, like many others, I envision that the coming years will bring some very tough times. And while it’s usually the case that a president who presides over a nation in distress doesn’t win re-election, I suspect Obama will defy this trend. Why?
    “That media again.
    “President Bush, through only some fault of his own, will be the gift that keeps on giving. The media have already cemented the narrative, ‘The last eight years have destroyed the nation, and it will take a long time to repair the damage.’ How long might this be? For as long as leftists need a diversionary tactic with which to deflect attention from their misbegotten policies.
    “This could, of course, be a very long period. As I wrote recently, Bush will become an ‘…omnipresent phantom of failure. It’s much like how, decades after Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile to barren St. Helena, British children were kept in line with the admonition, “Be good, or Nappy will get you.” Bush’s power will greatly outlive his tenure.’
    “Yes, if you don’t elect me, Bushy will get you. And there is yet so, so much work to be done. Pass the New York Times and the cafe latte.”

    Selwyn Duke


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