A Hollywood Republican

This blog is for an open discussion on politics. My views will be to the right as will be most of the posters. But, we are willing to post alternative viewpoints as lons as they are well thought out. I started this in response to the Obama election and will continue it as long as it feeds a need.

Nov 26, 2008

Change We Can Count On?

I guess we have all accepted the fact that the first few years of the Obama Administration are going to basically be the third Clinton term. Is this the “Change” that America voted for? Hell, no. America has been duped again. However, all is not bad.

Some of the choices are extreme left wingers such as Rahm Emmanuel. But, some are center-right. And, at least, one is an actual supply-sider.

This morning the President-Elect chose Paul Volcker to be the head of his economic recovery team. As you know, he was the Chairman of the Fed during the Reagan Administration and is credited with overseeing one of the longest non-wartime expansions in American History. When you couple Christine Romer in another Key Economic position, you have the beginning of a supply side tinge to what we thought would be a very left wing administration. In fact, Romer has gone so far as to say that raising taxes does not create expansion and may even harm it.

On the international and security side, Obama has chosen Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to stay on in his position and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. These two are far from the left and seem to show that Obama is backing away from waving the white flag of surrender in Iraq. Don’t get me wrong, I do not like the Clintons, Hillary or otherwise, but, at least, she voted for the war in Iraq and will seem to follow through on the current policy along with Gates. I anticipate that they will remain in Iraq until the war is won. Of course, Obama will have to explain to his left wing supporters why he isn’t pulling out of Iraq immediately. But, they will have to live with this.

The appointments of Podesta, Emmanuel, Holder, and Craig scare me. These four men were very active in the Clinton administration and held key posts there. This is another example of the lack of change. As stated above, Rahm Emmanuel is not a centrist at all. In fact, he is probably further to the left than any of the appointments so far. And, his position as White House Chief of Staff will have a major influence on the President.

In fact, the appointment of Emmanuel seems to have elicited the most angst from Washington Insiders. House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio called his appointment an "ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil and govern from the center."

Craig Holder, although a competent attorney, is also not a good choice for Attorney General. His bungling of several key pardons during the Clinton administration and the mess-up with Elian Gonzalez should be warning signs to the President-Elect, but I guess not.

On the whole, it seems that we are in for four more years of Clinton and a slew of Washington insiders. I will elaborate on this more in future columns, but since this is now Thanksgiving, I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday.

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