A Disturbing Start

The AP has a story today, Obama to use executive orders to make immediate impact. It says, “President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.”

I have two reactions to this:

1. Unfortunately, it looks like Obama will govern from the left. Believe it or not, I was hoping that he wouldn’t. One of Bill Clinton’s first moves as President was to champion gays in the military. Through that act, he no longer looked like the centrist he campaigned as, but as a radical leftist. And the Republicans took control of the Congress two years later. Mike Huckabee said last night that he thought Obama would learn from Clinton’s mistake and govern as a centrist, but it looks like that may not happen, considering Obama is prioritizing the pro-abortion agenda.

2. Obama wants to overturn Bush’s executive order on drilling? I thought he said in his campaign that he supported drilling, and that McCain was distorting his record by claiming otherwise. Unless Obama wants to ban drilling only for certain areas, this is a massive flip-flop. It’s like a candidate pledging to receive federal campaign money, only to change his mind. (Wait a second!) What’s next? Will taxes go up on the middle class?

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to A Disturbing Start

  1. Anonymous says:

    Uhh Yes they will.
    Taxes will go up for everyone who pays them.

    A check in the mail to those who don’t.


  2. James Pate says:

    That could happen. Obama does change his mind repeatedly, so he may decide not to raise taxes in a bad economy. On the other hand, if he wants to tackle the deficit, he may use that as an excuse to raise taxes.


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