Friday, November 28, 2008

Did conservatives win this election even with an Obama victory?

It appears to me that the liberal democrats got their man, but the conservatives and republicans got their policies.

Wasn't it McCain who preached the importance of staying the course in Iraq until the Iraqi government is capable of defending themselves and Obama that claimed just the opposite and promised to remove troops from Iraq within 16 months?

Wasn't it McCain who preached the importance of Bush's tax cuts to stimulate the economy and Obama who claimed just the opposite and promised to repeal the Bush tax cuts immediately and provide tax relief ONLY to those who make less than $250,000 a year (and then changed his mind to those making les than $200,000 and then changed it again to those making less than $150,000 a year

And what happened to Obama's campaign slogan of "CHANGE"? He has filled his cabinet with Washington insiders and former Clinton aides. Sounds like more of the same to me?

Looking at Obama's plans now, one would think McCain is advising him on policies. Take a look:

  1. Iraq's government approves security pact with US - 3 MORE YEARS!!! Iraqi's want us for 3 more years to help maintain security until they are capable of defending themselves. Iraq and US governments agree to the pact. "President-elect Barack Obama would honor the agreement". Isn't this EXACTLY what McCain was saying he wanted to do while Obama said it was a bad idea? Am I missing something here?
  2. The article mentions, "that Obama might be forced to delay his pledge to repeal President Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy." Why would that be? Could it be that the Republican's plans to stimulate the ecnonomy through tax cuts (especially on the wealthy who spend more) would have worked in the first place?! And why repeal them at all then...ever, if they work to stimulate the economy. Read between the lines doesn't take a genious to realize what is being admitted by Obama and the democrats here!!!
  3. President-elect promised change, picking insiders
  4. Barack Obama defended his decision to pack his new Cabinet with veteran Washington insiders and former Clinton officials yesterday after a campaign in which he promised change.
    The President-elect responded after naming the former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, a veteran of the Carter and Reagan Administrations, as the head of a new economic panel to stop “groupthink” infecting his inner circle of White House financial advisers.
    There have been mounting concerns, particularly from the liberal wing of his Democratic Party, that Mr Obama has pivoted sharply to the centre-right with his choice of top Cabinet posts.
    His main economic advisers have close ties to the Clinton White House and Mr Obama has already chosen Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State. His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, once served Bill Clinton, and more appointments still to be announced will include a slew of officials who served in the most recent Democratic Administration.

The bloggers' view
“Is it true he is going to allow Bush’s tax cuts to continue until 2011? We voted for change, not to govern with the same old cronies”

“How can economists who supported deregulation of the markets provide the answer to regaining our economic viability?”

“Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Janet Napolitano, Jim Jones, and Robert Gates — that is, overall, a centre-right foreign policy team. All of them, with the possible exception of Jones, supported the Iraq war from the outset”
(Chris Bowers,

“Not a single, solitary, actual dyed-in-the-wool progressive has, as far as I can tell, even been mentioned for a position in the new administration”
(Christopher Hayes,

Clinton DID NOT give the US a balanced budget. The Republican Congress that we elected two years afer he came into ofice did. The President cannot balance the budget, Congress can. That said, Clinton DID sign into laws several bills that have contributed HEAVILY to the current Economic meltdown.
Carla, San Diego, CA , USA

The choice of Volcker is, all by itself, proof that Obama is simply another tool of the Oligarchy. So those on the right can at least take comfort that nothing much has changed, while those on the left can watch their leftist revolutionary hopes just get folded in to the same old rule by money.
Gian Paolo, Sakura,

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