Obama’s Unprogressive People

December 17, 2008

The main way President’s use their authority is by choosing who to delegate it to. What do Obama’s early picks say about him?

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

  • Drafted resolutions condemning the World Court’s for criticizng Israel’s construction of a “security wall” inside the terrority of another country and major human right’s groups condemnation of Israeli targetting of cilivians inside Palestine and Lebanon. (Because it’s not enough for us just to finance these crimes, we also have to immediately officially condemn any ethical organization that brings them to light.

Robert Gates, Secretary of “Defense”

  • First ever military chief to be carried over from a president of a different party.

Lawrence Summers, Director of White House National Economic Council

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Fatherland Homeland Defense

Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff

  • Enlisted in the military. Not the US one. The Israeli one. Making him the only US congressperson to have ever done so.
  • One of the most pro-war Democrats who worked to convince others in his party to support Bush.
  • To quote his dad: “Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t he be? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to clean the floors of the White House.”

Eric Holder, US Attorney General

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education

Richard Holbroke, Special Envoy to Southeast Asia

Ray Lahood, Secretary of Transporation

Greg Craig, White House Counsel

Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

Sonal Shah, Transition Team Advisor

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

More important even than who Obama’s appointing is who he ISN’T APPOINTING:

  • Opponents of war, military waste, or the kind of destructive corporate economics that led to our current crisis.
  • Proponents of universal healthcare, serious humanitarian aid, or radical changes to the way we use natural resources.

Al Gore, the last elected president from his party, Al Gore, believes Obama should announce a national goal of getting 100 percent of electricity generated by renewable sources within 10 years. Guess what? He’s not going to have any kind of authority in Obama’s administration.

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Your tax money at work. Death squads and nuclear weapons, military and energy waste, financial chaos, lack of social safety nets… Do we want more of the same, or real change that brings progress for all people?

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One Response to “Obama’s Unprogressive People”

  1. Brian said

    As a teacher it is especially grim to have suffer another four years under business values and ideology–the dominant mode for the last hundred years–with Arne Duncan at the helm.

    Sadly, the NEA has endorsed him. That’s how low we are in terms of understanding. Our own leadership promotes misinformation about Duncan’s real performance as CEO of Chicago Private, oops, I mean Public Schools.

    Duncan is called a reformer even though he embodies the very business like approach to schools that is at the root cause of our public school crisis. Reformers such as Linda Darling Hammond and Deborah Meier, with their leadership on improving accountability to include performances, exhibitions and portfolios, are termed supporters of the status quo in the mainstream press. Orwell would be impressed.

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