And it starts . . .
The AP reports that John Podesta, former chief of staff to Bill Clinton and currently head of Obama's transition team (the more things change, the more they stay the same), says that Obama plans on aggressively moving immediately after taking office to enact his refundable tax credits to lower and middle income earners (including those who pay no federal income taxes), increase government spending in some form as an "economic stimulus", provide government-funded health care insurance to those currently lacking health insurance, increase subsidies to economically-ineffecient alternative energy sources, and throw more money at public education.
Notice a strain running through all of these? Increased government spending, government control, and government interference in the free market.
(Obama refused to answer whether he would raise tax rates on upper income earners right away in his press conference this week.)
The Washington Post reports that Obama's team has identified over 200 Executive Orders they would like to immediately reverse. We'll have to watch closely to see what all this entails, but it looks like it includes shutting down oil exploration in Utah, providing federal funding for abortions in other countries, and increasing federal funding for unneccesary and unpromising embryonic stem-cell research.
Barack Obama in not change to something new; it is change back to the failed policies of the past.
I would like to see change back to the successful policies of the past: less government interference in our lives, lower taxes, restrained government spending, encouraging a strong family unit, and peace through strength. I would like to continue current successful policies of being on offense in the war on terror, increased accountability and choice in education, and beefing up security along the border.