The first one hundred days under Obama
Many of my friends are excited by Barack Obama and his promise of hope and unity for our country. Lost in the enthusiasm, however, may be the policies that a President Obama would enact with the help of exapnded Democratic majorities in Congress. Despite his lofty rhetoric, Obama is still a Democrat, and he believes in Democratic priorities.
What, then, would the first one hundred days under an Obama administration look like? No one can know for sure, but I believe that an article from the respected political website, Real Clear Politics gives us a glimpse of how things would shape up from January 20, 2009 to April 30, 2009:
-- Rep. Barney Frank is calling for new tax hikes on the most successful and a 25 percent across-the-board slash in national defense spending.
-- Sen. John Kerry is talking up new and massive federal spending, a la FDR's New Deal.
-- Swift amnesty for 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens and a drive to make them citizens and register them, as in the Bill Clinton years. This will mean that Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona will soon move out of reach for GOP presidential candidates, as has California.
-- Border security will go on the backburner, and America will have a virtual open border with a Mexico of 110 million.
-- Taxes will be raised on the top 5 percent of wage-earners, who now carry 60 percent of the U.S. income tax burden, and tens of millions of checks will be sent out to the 40 percent of wage-earners who pay no federal income tax at all. Like the man said, redistribute the wealth, spread it around.
-- Social Security taxes will be raised on the most successful among us, and capital gains taxes will be raised from 15 percent to 20 percent. The Bush tax cuts will be repealed, and death taxes reimposed.
-- Two or three more liberal activists of the Ruth Bader Ginsberg-John Paul Stevens stripe will be named to the Supreme Court. U.S. district and appellate courts will be stacked with "progressives."
-- Special protections for homosexual persons will be written into all civil rights laws, and gays and lesbians in the military will be invited to come out of the closet. "Don't ask, don't tell" will be dead.
-- The homosexual marriages that state judges have forced California, Massachusetts and Connecticut to recognize, an Obama Congress or Obama court will require all 50 states to recognize when it repeals the Defense of Marriage Act.
-- A "Freedom of Choice Act" [which failed in this Congress] nullifying all state restrictions on abortions will be enacted. America will become the most pro-abortion nation on earth.
-- Affirmative action -- hiring and promotions based on race, sex and sexual orientation until specified quotas are reached -- will be rigorously enforced throughout the U.S. government and private sector.
-- Universal health insurance will be enacted, covering legal and illegal immigrants, providing another powerful magnet for the world to come to America, if necessary by breaching her borders.
-- A federal bailout of states and municipalities to keep state and local governments spending up could come in December or early next year.
-- The first trillion-dollar deficit will be run in the first year of an Obama presidency. It will be the first of many.
The choice is stark. I know that some of my friends support policies like these, and that is their prerogative. I disagree that these policies would be good for the United States or her people, and I believe that many of my friends would find policies like these appalling.
When the question is framed as "change against more of the same," change may seem appealing. But when specific policies that constitute this "change" are mentioned, some may find that their enthusiasm for the junior Senator from Illinois may be quite misplaced.
LISTENING TO: My conscience