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New President = New Policies

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 14 comments

There has been a lot of speculation on what changes an Obama administration will make. Some think that he will fix everything, no more war, restore the economy, anything that is troubling our nation. Others think it is the end of the world. I wouldn't go that far and for the sake of our country I am not going to lower myself to the likes of liberals and hope he fails. However there will be changes and while there are many big changes being rumored such as closing GITMO, I will focus on some social issues that may not get center stage, but have a big effect.

First, will Obama overturn a policy that bans homosexuals from serving in the military? A better question may be not "will" but rather "when". When Obama's press secretary was asked "Is the new administration going to get rid of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy?" his press secretary responded "Yes." While Obama could get rid of "don't ask, don't tell" the actual law that prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military can only be changed by Congress. This may be difficult because when the law was passed in 1993, it was passed with bi-partisan support, veto-proof majorities -- and the law has been upheld by the courts several times.

The second issue is funding abstinence-education. Funding for abstinence-education runs out on June 1st and is unlikely to be kept. Many believe that Obama will support abstinence-plus programs. A study by The Heritage Foundation found that on average, abstinence-plus curricula devote only 4.7% of their page content to the topic of abstinence. The main focus is on so-called "safe" sex. They also say that it sends a confusing message to teenagers who are bombarded with sexually provocative messages in the media. While some will argue that the main responsibility is with the parents, the problem is when the school contradicts the home.

* UPDATE *
Here is his LGBT agenda

14 comments: to “ New President = New Policies so far...

  • Layneh January 20, 2009 at 8:50 PM
     

    I certainly hope he doesnt overturn dont ask dont tell, I think it would greatly harm our military. That being said, I have heard a lot of talk about it.

    I believe the stimulus package will be first and foremost; however, if you look back to the great depression, you will notice France and Great Britain also had depressions.

    What made America's depressions "great" was that it lasted longer than the other countries. FDR tried to "spend" our way out of it, and it hurt the economy more than help.

  • Triton January 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM
     

    I have pretty low hopes for Obama, but I will say that I think he will be better than McCain would have been. At least with a Dem in the White House the Congressional Republicans will revert to being small-government advocates. In fact, I saw some of this earlier today when Jonah Goldberg was on with Glenn Beck and some other fellow; some of the things they said were like music to my ears. Too bad they couldn't have been like that during Dubya's disastrous reign.

    I believe the stimulus package will be first and foremost

    Unfortunately, I tend to agree. I think Obama might just follow in the steps of FDR and try his best to make this depression last as long as possible.

    The good news is that we live in the age of the internet; the government can't really pass legislation in secret anymore, and the media gatekeepers can't keep other sides of a story from getting out. We've already seen the commutation of the sentences for Ramos and Compean; in the pre-internet age, this probably would not have happened. I think the internet will prove to be the new restraint on government action, and that will prevent Obama from doing anything too crazy.

    That's my hope, anyway.

  • steve martin January 21, 2009 at 7:38 AM
     

    I "hope" that one of these great "changes" is that he doesn't get us all killed.

  • RightMichigan.com January 21, 2009 at 8:23 AM
     

    Well, according to the man himself, the Freedom of Choice Act and infanticide protection are the first items on his to-do list.

    Let's hope that's one campaign promise he breaks.

    Elections have consequences. Let this motivate us, boys and girls, to fight harder than we've ever fought before in 2010 to elect good men and women here in Michigan and a new President in 2012.

    --Nick
    www.RightMichigan.com

  • MikeT January 21, 2009 at 2:47 PM
     

    I think it's very naive to think that abstinence-only education really works. It assumes that there isn't a whole mountain of information available to teens about the pros and cons of what they are thinking about doing. The smart ones will take the right action, the naturally stupid will not. The sort of kid who thinks "if I have unprotected sex with my AIDS-infected girlfriend, I have a minimal chance of getting a fatal disease" is already beyond hope short of God rebuilding him/her from the ground up.

  • MikeT January 21, 2009 at 2:50 PM
     

    You would also think that the first agenda items for him would be cost-cutting measures. I can think of several doozies that would help Obama free up cash for his programs:

    1) Cut the US nuclear arsenal in half (our nukes cost us about $52B/year).

    2) Pull our military out of most of its 100+ deployments within 6 months.

    3) Issue an executive order that simultaneously releases all non-violent drug offenders and orders federal agents to only pursue violent drug offenders.

    4) Remove all federal and state pensioners from Social Security unless they are paralyzed or unable to work due to injuries suffered in the line of duty.

  • steve martin January 21, 2009 at 9:11 PM
     

    One of the first things that he has already done, is to undo the Mexico City policy that prohibited out tax money from going abroad to perform abortions.

    There you go, one of his first "changes" was to allow thr Fed. govt. to spend your money on abortions for people in foreign lands.

    What a President!

  • steve martin January 21, 2009 at 9:12 PM
     

    That should read "our tax money"

  • DILinator January 22, 2009 at 8:27 AM
     

    Any of the gullible fools who voted for this guy but have any sort of moral compass at all will deeply regret it by the end of his first year... and at the rate he's going, maybe a lot sooner!

  • steve martin January 22, 2009 at 10:03 AM
     

    DIlinator,

    Right!

    Except I think these fools do not have a moral compass.

    What a crying shame.

  • Layneh January 22, 2009 at 10:06 AM
     

    @ Steve Martin do you have a source for your statement on abortion? I wouldnt mind reading more on that topic.

  • DILinator January 22, 2009 at 1:29 PM
     

    Well Steve Martin, I guess I was reffering to the many "Christians" who voted for the guy, and seem to think he's a savior as well. I know quite a few in that boat, and I generally think they have some sort of moral compass. However, given their support for Obama, I am beginning to question even that somewhat....

  • steve martin January 22, 2009 at 1:46 PM
     

    Layneh,

    Just Google 'Mexico City policy' and you'll find several sources for the story.

  • steve martin January 22, 2009 at 2:13 PM
     

    Layneh and others,

    I was wrong about Obama reversing the 'Mexico City policy'.
    Apparently it is on a list of things that he intends to do shortly (according to his own staff members).

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/08/AR2008110801856.html?hpid=topnews

    I have posted an update on my blog stating my error.

    I apologize for jumping the gun on the story.

    Thanks,

    - Steve Martin

 
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