Thursday, February 12, 2009

Moving In

President Obama started his term with a very strange maneuver; he took the oath twice. The first oath was spoken at his inauguration with his hand on the Bible. But because of a couple of bumbled words, he didn’t feel confident that this was official. So, in the privacy of the White House, without the press in the room, he took the oath once more. Strangely, however, no one could locate a Bible for the second oath, so he took it without one. As far as I know, this is a first for any President. And as far as I believe, this second oath means nothing if he didn’t include God.

Then he found that several of his cabinet nominees had tax problems. One, Timothy Gietner, who was guilty of tax evasion for several years, skated through and was put in charge of the treasury, which, by the way, is also over the IRS. How bizarre.

Shortly after, Tom Daschle showed up for his hearings under a cloud of unreported taxes. After several days of scrutiny, and still with the support of the President, the former Senate Majority Leader removed his name from consideration. A strange fact about Mr. Daschle’s situation is that when in the Senate, he stated that tax cheats should be prosecuted to the letter of the law. I guess the rules have changed now that he’s the one with egg on his face.

President Obama has nominated at least two more individuals with tax problems. At least they were honorable enough to remove themselves from the process. Mr. Gietner should have done the same.

Behind the scene, the President has been very busy. He’s already signed bills lifting the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy. This will allow homosexuals to openly serve in our armed forces. He doesn’t understand at all the problems this will cause, nor does he understand the expenses and lawsuits that will stem from this misinformed decision.

He’s called for the closing of Gitmo, without a thought about how this can be done without endangering our country. Gitmo is a vital part of our military prison system that should be left to the military to run. Congress has repeatedly investigated the prison and have yet to find any fault or problems with the facility or how it is operated.
President Obama, being true to his liberal supporters and roots, has signed orders costing billions in support of abortion, global warming, homosexual rights, and hate crimes legislation. He’s scaling back on the Iraq war and seemingly pulling back from his support for Israel by placating to the Arab nations. At the same time, he’s set up a committee to study the faith-based initiatives to include all religions equally. By doing these things, he’s proving, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he’s a far left-wing partisan.

Of course, most of this information is not readily available to the public because the websites the President promised us so we could inspect all of these proposals are still under construction. And, I can almost guarantee, they will be until this ridiculous stimulus package is signed into law. But, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

The President has promised us that his administration is and will be the most transparent and ethical administration ever. So far, he’s not delivering on that promise. With all of the tax problems, backroom orders, and hidden agendas he’s already overseen, there is nothing transparent or ethical as of yet.

And now we come to the stimulus package, a trillion dollar spending bill that will supposedly save our country from a complete economic meltdown. This is a contentious bill that has split the Congress and the country. And the more that comes out on the bill, the bigger the divide gets

Still, the President wants it and will do whatever is necessary to sell it to the people. My question is: if he believes that the stimulus is the answer to all of our problems, and he has the votes in the House and Senate, then why does he feel compelled to fly hither and yon to drum up support from those the bill will supposedly help? Why does he feel the need to waste our tax dollars on a campaign style tour for support of a done deal? Mr. President, the campaign is over. Get back to Washington and do your job.

In conclusion, the first few weeks of the Obama administration hasn’t been what he promised it would be. It hasn’t been transparent. It hasn’t been ethical. And it hasn’t been anything close to the change we can believe in. So far, it’s been nothing more than business as usual on the Democrat side of the aisle. And you can expect much, much more of the same.

If I would have voted for him, I’d be sorely disappointed in these first few weeks.