President-elect Barack Obama and his administration have developed a new website to detail the plans of the coming Obama-Biden Administration. It can be found here. I will highlight some key points here, but before I do please stop clinging to your Bible and gun and take a deep breathe. The plans really are not all that nefarious, seriously…
Here we go with foreign policy. Remember how Obama kept trying to downplay that whole “no pre-conditions” thing? Here is what Change.gov says: “Obama supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to pressure Iran directly to change their troubling behavior. Obama and Biden will offer the Iranian regime a choice. If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for terrorism, we will offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization, economic investments, and a move toward normal diplomatic relations. If Iran continues its troubling behavior, we will step up our economic pressure and political isolation. Seeking this kind of comprehensive settlement with Iran is our best way to make progress.” Hmm…is that before or after Israel is toast? I’m sure Ackmaddidajob will do anything to be part of the WTO.
Obama on the Israel/Palestinian Conflict: “Obama and Biden will make progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a key diplomatic priority. They will make a sustained push – working with Israelis and Palestinians – to achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state in Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security.” Dream on! Everytime Israel gives a little, the terrorist part of the Palestinian population lobs missiles. It is happening presently.
Obama on fighting global poverty: First of all, is this our responsiblity? They don’t want us involved in foreign conflicts, but this is okay?! “Obama and Biden will embrace the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty around the world in half by 2015, and they will double our foreign assistance to $50 billion to achieve that goal. They will help the world’s weakest states to build healthy and educated communities, reduce poverty, develop markets, and generate wealth.” Sounds like a great plan with our booming economy. I guess Obama can redistribute debt just as well as wealth.
Obama on nuclear weapons: “Obama and Biden will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons, and pursue it. Obama and Biden will always maintain a strong deterrent as long as nuclear weapons exist. But they will take several steps down the long road toward eliminating nuclear weapons. They will stop the development of new nuclear weapons; work with Russia to take U.S. and Russian ballistic missiles off hair trigger alert; seek dramatic reductions in U.S. and Russian stockpiles of nuclear weapons and material; and set a goal to expand the U.S.-Russian ban on intermediate- range missiles so that the agreement is global.” I feel safer already.
Obama on the economy: “Provide $50 billion to Jumpstart the Economy and Prevent 1 Million Americans from Losing Their Jobs: This relief would include a $25 billion State Growth Fund to prevent state and local cuts in health, education, housing, and heating assistance or counterproductive increases in property taxes, tolls or fees. The Obama-Biden relief plan will also include $25 billion in a Jobs and Growth Fund to prevent cutbacks in road and bridge maintenance and fund school repair – all to save more than 1 million jobs in danger of being cut.” Where is he getting the money? He’s been asked many times, but never answers. Guess we’ll just print more so inflation goes up, so people have to pay more for food and gas so that they need more, so that Obama will give them more, so that inflation goes up…
Obama on tax filing: “Obama and Biden will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama and Biden will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama-Biden proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.” Umm..yeah…I’m pretty sure I don’t want the government filling out my tax forms. And who is this for? The teenager working at McDonlad’s? Come on, what about self-employed people like me, people with kids, people with investments… Stop pandering to the poor who don’t pay taxes anyway. And what about those tax preparer’s jobs?
Obama on energy: “Obama and Biden will invest $150 billion over 10 years (where are they getting the money and two terms is 8 years, what are they planning here?) to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids,(that need coal fired plants for electricity) promote development of commercial scale renewable energy, invest in low emissions coal plants (didn’t he say he was bankrupting coal?), and begin transition to a new digital electricity grid. The plan will also invest in America’s highly-skilled manufacturing workforce and manufacturing centers to ensure that American workers have the skills and tools they need to pioneer the first wave of green technologies that will be in high demand throughout the world.” But no more drilling, right? These guys live in la-la land if they think oil is going bye-bye. Guess they’ll be buying us all those new cars in the future, right? And for all the poor people driving beaters, you’ll be poop out of luck.
Obama on housing help: “Obama and Biden will create a 10 percent universal mortgage credit to provide homeowners who do not itemize tax relief. This credit will provide an average of $500 to 10 million homeowners, the majority of whom earn less than $50,000 per year.” With all these promised tax credits, people will be getting rebates like crazy. What about us renters who pay just as much as homeowners with no tax credits? We’re just screwed, right?
Obama’s Brownshirts volunteers: “Obama and Biden will expand AmeriCorps from 75,000 slots today to 250,000 and they will focus this expansion on addressing the great challenges facing the nation. They will establish a Classroom Corps to help teachers and students, with a priority placed on underserved schools; a Health Corps to improve public health outreach; a Clean Energy Corps to conduct weatherization and renewable energy projects; a Veterans Corps to assist veterans at hospitals, nursing homes an homeless shelters; and a Homeland Security Corps to help communities plan, prepare for and respond to emergencies.”
“Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year. They will develop national guidelines for service- learning and will give schools better tools both to develop programs and to document student experience. Green Job Corps: Obama and Biden will create an energy-focused youth jobs program to provide disadvantaged youth with service opportunities weatherizing buildings and getting practical experience in fast-growing career fields.”
“Require 100 Hours of Service in College: Obama and Biden will establish a new American Opportunity Tax Credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year.” Wow, get paid $40 an hour to volunteer. Because that is what this really is and again I wonder how we are paying for this.
I’m already exhausted and I’ve just touched the surface. This website goes on and on with program after program after program. An expansion of government to this magnitude has never been seen in America. Where the funding is coming from, I have no idea. With all the volunteering and crap (which will become mandatory for everybody – just watch) how do we find time for family and for work which we will be doing twice as much of to pay our taxes and growing bills? Those glowing speeches sound so inspiring until boots hit the pavement. I’m going to love watching these guys try to get kids – who can barely step away from the television long enough to do chores around the house or who can’t seem to get an order right at McDonald’s while they saunter to and fro -to do something for nothing. And if Obama is able to inspire these kids to put on their jackboots, we are all in trouble. You’ve seen the video of those “inspired” black kids marching in fatigues chanting for Obama.
Even a rotten egg looks good on the surface.