Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Obama/Pelosi Early Agenda
Here are some of the changes that are likely to occur if Barack Obama is elected and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid get their super-majority, and Washington is a solidly liberal town again. I tried to limit the list to only the items that they would be likely to either pass, or attempt to pass, based on common beltway wisdom and campaign statements. For example, a Democrat dominated D.C would be ominous for second amendment supporters. Yet, there are no specifics on how a President Obama and a Democratic super-majority would try to regulate handguns, so it doesn’t make the list.
Democrats and Liberals will applaud many of these. Conservatives and the GOP will be gnashing their teeth. Either way, most, if not all, will be attempted.
1. Union card check would certainly pass and be signed into law. This is the Employee Free Choice Act would convert workplaces into union shops merely by gathering signatures from a majority of employees. It would eliminate the final secret ballot vote.
2. Obama has vowed to fight to ban companies from hiring permanent replacement workers during a union strike, assuring all union workers will get their jobs back if they just walk out and picket.
3. Obama promises to move us toward government run healthcare, even if he stops sort of proposing universal healthcare. He is promising a public insurance program modeled after Medicare and open to anyone of any income. According to the Lewin group, it could cause as many as 52-million Americans to move from private coverage to public entitlement.
4. Obama and Pelosi both want to increase the minimum wage to at least 9.50 an hour by 2011 and index it--tie it to the rate of inflation--so it will increase as inflation does.
5. President Obama will be appointing at least one, maybe two appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.
6. Obama and Pelosi have both vowed to renegotiate NAFTA and stand against other free trade agreements. Imagine, they want to limit trade with our allies and neighbors, Canada and Mexico.
7. Obama and Pelosi would almost certainly implement cap and trade taxes, imposing them on businesses to combat global warming. These would drive up the cost of energy and adversely impacting the economy. This is trillions of dollars that congress could grab by selling carbon credits, which it could then use to play favorites and pick winners and losers in the energy business and across the economy. It would be a new way for congress to regulate business, punish those industries they don’t like and reward those they do.
8. Obama and Pelosi want to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, which is impossible, but we’ll lose a lot of freedoms and spend a lot of taxpayer money trying. They will almost certainly pass the bill making this vow, anyway.
9. Democrats in congress vow to attempt to reintroduce the Fairness Doctrine and stifle conservative talk radio. Obama has said he has no interest in doing so, but if congress passed it and it ended up on his desk, would he sign it?
10. President Obama has vowed a quick troop exit from Iraq. Pelosi and the anti-war crowd will hold him to it.
11. President Obama will have to make good on his promise to hold personal President-level talks with the Castros, Chavez, and other dictators, with or without precondition.
12. Pelosi, Obama, Shumer, and virtually all democrats of note talk about windfall profits taxes on oil companies. They will pursue them. Other industries the left has traditionally disliked could be in for new scrutiny, regulation and profit grabs, including telecom, biotech and (almost certainly) drug makers.
13. Obama has vowed raise the top income, dividend, and capital gains rates for ‘the rich’, increasing the cost of new investment in the U-S.
14. Obama’s 95 percent tax cut for all Americans would turn the IRS into a new
welfare agency. Forty percent of American families don’t pay taxes, so they’d
receive yearly rebates, money they never paid in and don’t deserve.
15. A liberal supermajority would move quickly to impose procedural advantages that could cement democratic rule for years to come, including national Election Day registration, something ACORN has been pushing for years. It would make it easier to stack the voter rolls.
16. Felons may get the right to vote nationwide. Democrats must figure felons are more likely to vote democrat, because they have been pushing this for years.
17. The District of Columbia would be given a voice, and votes, in congress- democratic- of course.
18. The No Child Left Behind education standards would be watered down or dropped. Teacher’s unions don’t like them.
19. Terrorists at Guantanamo Bay would probably be afforded the right to have trials in civilian courts with all of the protections and rights afforded to American citizens.
20. Obama and Pelosi would pass the so-called Fair Pay Act which would set salary standards for women doing certain jobs that would be overly simplistic and would allow trial lawyers to dream up all sorts of new discrimination claims while adversely affecting employers.
21. Obama has vowed to expand and toughen federal hate crimes laws, which many people find ridiculous. A crime is a crime.
22. Obama and Pelosi support amnesty for illegal aliens. Rahm Emmanuel has said it won’t be attempted until a second Obama term, but it could be coming under the democrats. It is a vow they’ve made to illegal alien advocacy groups.
23. Obama has told Planned Parenthood that, as one of his first acts, he will pass the Freedom of Choice Act, which would overturn the partial birth abortion ban and overrule parental notification laws.