Sunday, November 09, 2008

Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions

Washington Post reported Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.
He can do that, and quickly show he is catering to his extreme left wing, and does not intend to govern as a centrist.
.... Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush's controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases, such as Parkinson's. Bush's August 2001 decision pleased religious conservatives who have moral objections to the use of cells from days-old human embryos, which are destroyed in the process
Bush's action was made after a deliberatively way to try to protect life while allowing research, but since the embryos are being destroyed anyway the only bad thing about this is that it may pull some research money away from the very promising discoveries that are now being made in adult stem cell research, and move to to embryonic stem cell research, where even if a cure is found, it would face rejection by the body, something that might not occur if the patient's own adult stem cells could be used for the cure.
.... lift a so-called global gag rule barring international family planning groups that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion, even in countries where the procedure is legal
If doing this will remove the pressure for federal legislation to block all state restrictions, even for partial birth abortion, then I can live with the executive order
.... reverse the Bush administration's decision last December to deny California the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles
If he really wants to tick off Detroit and the auto unions, and at the same time allow California to cause great pain to its own citizens, then go for it.
.... A book titled "Change for America," being published next week by the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think tank, will recommend, for example, that Obama rapidly create a National Energy Council to coordinate all policymaking related to global climate change
O joy, rapture, thrill, and bliss. Another Government Agency.
....The center's new book will also urge Obama to sign an executive order requiring that greenhouse gas emissions be considered whenever the federal government examines the environmental impact of its actions under the existing National Environmental Policy Act. Several key members of Obama's transition team have already embraced the idea.
More bureaucracy trying to stop an imagined Global Warming. I wonder how many more years the average temperature has to drop, or how much more ice needs to build up, before that foolishness stops, and if the same things that are causing Global Warming will be blamed for causing Global Cooling.


Anonymous said...

Michael Moore—an anti-war activist and filmmaker—believes that Bush’s egregious delay in rescuing stranded residents of New Orleans was rooted in racial discrimination. “It’s black people who are dying, so Bush doesn’t care” (Interview by David Smith. Statement by Dr. Calvin Butts (Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and president of the Council of Churches of the City of New York). (2005, September 4). ‘It’s black people who are dying, so Bush doesn’t care.’ Retrieved October 16, 2008, from

“‘A large part of our self-esteem derives from our [racial background],’ Monteith said. ‘To the extent we can feel better about our [racial background] relative to other [racial backgrounds], we can feel good about ourselves. It’s likely a built-in mechanism’” (Shankar Vedantam. (2005, December 10). Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be an Illness. Washington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2008, from

“‘I don’t think racism is a mental illness, and that’s because 100 percent of people are racist,’” said Paul J. Fink, a former president of the American Psychiatric Association (Shankar Vedantam. (2005, December 10). Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be an Illness. Washington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2008, from

An individual’s dispositions relative to people of other racial backgrounds, however racist, may be nobody else’s business and do not in and of themselves constitute moral offenses or blameworthy actions or blameworthy omissions of action where every person is a racist to whatever extent. Dr. Paul J. Fink indicates—above—that “100 percent of people are racist.” Maybe one cannot be blameworthy relative to racist dispositions that secretly and merely exist in one’s heart and mind. However, a moral offense or a blameworthy act or a blameworthy omission of action has been committed or effectuated when one acts upon a racist disposition in a way that disadvantages and/or harms one or more individuals. Accordingly, President Bush may not have committed any offenses in secretly hating black people in his heart and mind. This hateful and racist disposition of Bush may be nobody else’s business. However, Bush committed or effectuated moral offenses or blameworthy acts or blameworthy omissions of action when Bush acted upon his hatred of black people in so delaying rescue efforts relative to stranded residents of New Orleans. Kanye West—an American rapper, record producer, and singer—said on NATIONAL TV: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Bush’s racial prejudice against black people pursuant to Hurricane Katrina resulted in the deaths of so many black people. Those dead black people are never coming back. They are gone forever. Look what Bush has done.

Hopefully, Obama will deal with Bush’s racial prejudice against black people.

Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

Don Singleton said...

Michael Moore does not know what he is talking about.

If Bush had racial prejudice against black people, he would not have had the first black Secretary of State, and then the first black female Secretary of State in his next administration. The supposed "first black president" Bill Clinton only had a black in a very minor position on his cabinet.

And the slowness to respond to Katrina was because of problems with the black mayor and white female governor, who should have been the first and second responders. The federal government should be the backup, third level responders.