Please excuse the teacher in me for a moment, but let’s review President Obama’s performance so far in bringing “Change” to America. In foreign affairs he has kept Bush’s Secretary of Defense and old time Cold Warrior Robert Gates on. He has made Hillary “I voted for American aggression in both Serbia and Iraq” Clinton his Secretary of State. His Chief of Staff, Rahm “Rhambo” Emanuel is a firm supporter of Israel whose dad actually perpetrated terrorist acts in the 1940s to bring about the birth of that nation. Lastly, it took him all of four days in office to authorize a cross border bombing of Pakistan.
Economically, his first priority in office has been to outdo George Bush by supporting an even bigger “stimulus” (notice the quotation marks) bill than the one signed by “W” in October. By the way, the current “stimulus” bill is growing as we speak to close to $800 billion and Obama is using the same rhetoric Bush used (if it doesn’t pass we will face catastrophe) to railroad the bill through. He also made Tim “I have no idea what happened to $350 billion of taxpayer money from the first stimulus bill and several of my own tax returns” Geithner Secretary of the Treasury. Imagine that; make a tax cheat the boss of the IRS. Isn’t anything sacred anymore? Of course, Geithner isn’t the only tax cheat Obama has nominated – Daschle, Richardson, and Killefer make up the remainder of the elite group. For this record, I give Obama an “F” for “Change”.
But wait, there is one policy area I neglected to mention –- social policy. A part of social policy is the so called “War on Drugs”. Americans have spent a half a trillion dollars since the 1970s fighting this endless battle. Over half of all federal prisoners are drug offenders. The prohibition of illicit drugs in the United States has directly financed, through consequent high prices for the rebels’ product, the longest running civil war in the world in Columbia. The violence that has resulted because of the renewed fight against illegal drugs by the government in Mexico is destabilizing our border with that country and threatening to spill over into American cities in the Southwest.