1] USE OF PRIVATE CONTRACTORS CONTINUITY = NO CHANGE
2] SIXTEEN MONTHS WITHDRAWAL DEFERS TO PENTAGON = NO CHANGE 100
3] FOREIGN POLICY = NO CHANGE [CLINTON] CONTINUITY
4] PENTAGON = NO CHANGE [GATES] CONTINUITY / $100 AT STAKE
A'STA NO CHANGE EXACTLY THE SAME $ 100
5] ENERGY POLICY - LOOKS LIKE CHANGE SO FAR
6] CIA = CHANGE MAYBE
7] UN = CHANGE
8] NAT SEC ADVISER = CONTINUITY
9] ECONOMIC POLICY = CONTINUITY
SAME FOLKS WHO GOT US INTO THE FIX WE’RE IN ARE SUPPOSED TO BAIL OUT THE COUNTRY WHEN THEIR INTERESTS ALWAYS WERE THEIR OWN BILLIONS???
10] LABOR = SLIGHT CHANGE
11] DEPT OF INTERIOR = VERY MODEST CHANGE
12] ENLISTING SUPPORT OF EVENGALICALS …???
13] FBI = NO CHANGE
14] ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY LOOKS LIKE REAL CHANGE
15] NAFTA PROMISED RENOGOATION??
Obama pledged to veto any bill rejecting the request, meaning he is beginning his presidency not by “turn[ing] the page on policies that have put the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street,” as he once pledged. Instead, he is promising a mushroom cloud unless lawmakers let taxpayer cash continue to flow to the biggest of Big Money interests
THERE ARE OF COURSE A FAIR # OF SPECIFICS TO COME:
a] ctd. Belligerence toward Russia? during the campaign just like McCain $100 AT STAKE
b] really negotiate with Iran? or only go through the motions? $100 AT STAKE
c] regulate the money people, the bundlers who put him in office????
The Department of the Interior desperately needs a strong, forward looking, reform-minded Secretary," said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, "unfortunately, Ken Salazar is not that man. He endorsed George Bush's selection of Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior, the very woman who initiated and encouraged the scandals that have rocked the Department of Interior. Virtually all of the misdeeds described in yesterday's Inspector General expose occurred during the tenure of the person Ken Salazar advocated for the position he is now seeking."
re: department of agriculture appointment
With a $97 billion annual budget and roughly 110,000 employees -- more than the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Energy combined -- it is one of the largest non-defense agencies in the federal government. And its hand is everywhere, with thousands of county extension offices spread across every state.
Bill Clinton and George Bush made what might best be described as "hack" appointments to the Department of Agriculture, naming political pals with limited real-world experience in contemporary farm and food debates. In Bush's administration, in particular, the job of the secretary of Agriculture has been to promote the agenda of corporate agribusiness with regard to trade policy and the lowering of food safety standards. As such, there is a lot of repair work to be done.
Hey, you Liberal Democrats. You may have won the election, but you're getting CREAMED in the transition.
Today, President-elect Barack Obama stuck it to you. He's chosen Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education.
Who? Duncan is most decidedly not an educator. He's a lawyer. But Duncan has this extraordinary qualification: He's Obama's pick-up basketball buddy from Hyde Park.
US military prepares for Obama’s expansion of Afghan war
US General David McKiernan, told journalists: "I don't like to use the term ‘surge' here, because if we put these additional forces in, it's going to be for the next few years, this three- or four-year period. It's not a temporary increase of combat strength."