Ben Buchwalter


Obama’s First 100
October 28, 2008, 12:57 pm
Filed under: 2008 Election, Barack Obama, General Politics | Tags: , ,

So close to the end of this blockbuster campaign, it is time to start thinking about how these guys would actually govern. We should actually sit down and try to visualize what an Obama and McCain presidency would look like and what policies they would put through congress in the first year instead of focusing only on their generalities.

This morning, Pat Buchanan has written a dooming article about Obama’s first 100 days in office. It is a useful article because it talks specifically about what an Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate would try to accomplish in its first few months. The funny thing is, Buchanan is clearly presenting these accomplishments as negative. Here are a few examples:

Swift amnesty for 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens and a drive to make them citizens and register them, as in the Bill Clinton years. This will mean that Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona will soon move out of reach for GOP presidential candidates, as has California.

Taxes will be raised on the top 5 percent of wage-earners, who now carry 60 percent of the U.S. income tax burden, and tens of millions of checks will be sent out to the 40 percent of wage-earners who pay no federal income tax. Like the man said, redistribute the wealth, spread it around.

Two or three more liberal activists of the Ruth Bader Ginsberg-John Paul Stevens stripe will be named to the Supreme Court. U.S. district and appellate courts will be stacked with “progressives.”

The homosexual marriages that state judges have forced California, Massachusetts and Connecticut to recognize, an Obama Congress or Obama court will require all 50 states to recognize.

Affirmative action — hiring and promotions based on race, sex and sexual orientation until specified quotas are reached — will be rigorously enforced throughout the U.S. government and private sector.

Universal health insurance will be enacted, covering legal and illegal immigrants, providing another powerful magnet for the world to come to America, if necessary by breaching her borders.

The end of the article mocks, “Welcome to Obamaland.” There is so much wrong with his tone that I don’t know where to start. Let’s start, then, with the fact that Democrats, even if they wanted to, would never be able to do all of this in barely more than three months. They are too scared to lose their majority in the 2010 midterm elections to take such risks.

More important, though, is that Buchanan is essentially saying that these initiatives are negative. Even if you take his word for it, and accept the examples above as what the Democrats will actually do, they will restore the United States as a beacon of hope through immigration reform and universal health care, restore equality in the forms of affirmative action and gay rights, and appoint judges who will counteract the ruthless conservatives of Bush’s appointments Roberts and Alito.

Errr…. Bring it on. Buchanan seems to say that these policies represent an American doomsday with Obama as its messenger. But it all sounds pretty good to me.

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