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High Expectations for Obama; Biden Gets a Chief of Staff

By Ben Pershing
With less than 10 weeks to go until Inauguration Day, are expectations for Barack Obama's presidency impossibly high? Yes and no, according to an interesting Quinnipiac Poll released yesterday, which concluded -- almost paradoxically -- that voters think Obama really will make the country better but won't necessarily do all that he promised he'd do during his campaign.

Specifically, 62 percent of respondents thought Obama would be a "great" or "good" president, while only 22 percent thought he'd be "so so" or "bad." Fifty-six percent believe Obama will be able to "restore trust in government," and 70 percent expect the economy to be better by the end of Obama's first term. Respondents also expressed confidence that he would improve the nation's energy independence, give more people health care and make the government "work better." On the other hand, only 34 percent think Obama will be able to enact the tax cuts he has proposed, and they don't really expect him to govern from the center -- 52 percent call the president-elect a "liberal," while just 30 percent say he's "moderate."

Hopefully, the voters are not expecting a transition packed with November news. Obama did release the names of some Review Team officials for a few agencies. No other major personnel announcements so far, though fans of the HBO movie "Recount" will enjoy the news that Joe Biden has tapped Gore veteran Ron Klain to be his chief of staff.

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Why hasn't the mainstream media exposed the network of civilian vigilantes operating under the cover of federally-funded community policing and business-related anti-terrorism programs, allegedly being employed to harass and persecute "targeted" individuals outside the bounds of the judicial system?

Ideologically-motivated "extrajudicial targeting" is a direct outgrowth of Bush administration programs and policies sold to Congress as necessary to "keep America safe."

Instead, these programs have eroded civil liberties and have imposed de facto federal control upon state and local law enforcement, which rely on grants from federal agencies for substantial portions of their operating budgets.

This nationwide vigilante network directly impacts the political process, because the extrajudicial apparatus operates largely outside the purview of elected local officials -- subverting democracy.

If mainstream media has failed to expose the anti-democratic policies and programs of the current White House, how can we expect critical scrutiny of key issues facing the nation, such as the global economic crisis?

Another factor could be the hope among journalists who know of the abuses (but can't seem to nail down the story) that Obama will rescue the nation from its descent into neo-fascism.

Bottom-line: the bias is toward the status quo... it's easier to simply "take the hand out" than to really dig and uncover the frightening truth about the state of democracy in America.



Posted by: scrivener50 | November 13, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I would just like to say to all of you who are negative against this president-please bear with me, I know that this is going to be long. We have had a frat boy, spoiled brat, failed at every business he tried, sh*t for brains as our president for the last 8 years. Couple that with an evil, evil VP who helped all of his good ole boys and shareholders at Haliburton become billionaires by creating a depedence on the military industrial complex from our fears from 911. He waged a war that we had no business in (against the advice and without the backing of the UN) by lying about the wmd's. He then obtained exclusive contracts for the company (Haliburton) of which he was a major shareholder and on the board of directors to supply this war. He stepped down from his chair at Haliburton to make it officially not a conflict of interest once he was caught. Oh and bonus for the nothing between the ears president, we can also simultaneously make your oil holdings (which were partly funded by Osama bin Ladens family) finally pay off for you. This is all a matter of fact. Watch Farhenheit 911 for details. Even my very republican fiancee said that he should be impeached after he watched it. We just got sh*t on as a country, and we may never come back from it. Bush was at the very least a brainless patsy, maybe greedy and evil too. Give the incoming president the chance to prove himself, and let his record stand for itself. Really can it be any worse than the last one- come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: whathefox | November 13, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

mwhoke says:

Examples of no-change:

47th & Lake Park Avenue has a large vacant store front were the Co-Op grocery store once stood.

Hyde Park Blvd & Lake Park Avenue has an almost completely empty shopping center.

53rd & Harper Avenue, the theatre building has sat empty for several years and down the street the shopping center is almost completely vacant.

It is not a senator's job to fix the problems you described in your email... that's what governors, mayors, and local leaders are for. A senator's job is to enact legislation on behalf of the states they represent. Their primary duties include writing and passing laws, approving many presidential appointments, and ratifying treaties with other countries. In addition, individual Senators play many other roles. These roles include being official members of the government, representing the people that elected them, and being members of a political party. If you have concerns about the vacany problems and dire conditions in those neighborhoods -perhaps you should contact the mayor or other local leader's office.

Posted by: LindaElliott | November 13, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

sorry for the typ-os in the previous post.

Posted by: beerfilmclub | November 13, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

People's expectations are too high. This is not the recession of the 1990s that ushered in Bill Clinton and a democratic congress. This crisis is only beginning.

Part one was the sub-prime mess (which is still unraveling), part 2 encompassed both Bear Stern and Lehman Brothers, part 3 is the credit card crisis which we of which we are seeing just the tip of the ice berg at this moment with american express asking for a $3.5B handout.

Part 4 may have to do with how the chinese government feels about all this u.s. debt it owns.

We have to remember that people like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden voted to repeal the Glass-Steagall act which effectively deregulated banks.

Biden also voted for the new bankruptcy laws that went into effect inn 2005. Which is basically why Americans are going to be saddled with debt for the rest of their lives even after the banking crisis ends.

Posted by: beerfilmclub | November 13, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

Let's see the Messiah rise up out of his Brainless Coma, and stop the Bleeding at Wall Street.

FYI- Knowing that Capital Gains are about to get taxed to High Heaven, would YOU have your money sitting in Stocks?

Ahhh, Socialism!

It's GOOD that they worry about the Masses of Have-nots! At least, until the well runs dry!

See, Socialism does not Work, and Neither do the People! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 13, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Makes you wonder how far Obama's numbers fall once it's realized by Americans that he can't solve all of our problems at once and that fixing things like health care and the economy will take years.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 13, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Expectations might be high but if you tour Obama's home neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago you find little has changed during the years he represented the area as a State Senator and then a United States Senator.

Examples of no-change:

47th & Lake Park Avenue has a large vacant store front were the Co-Op grocery store once stood.

Hyde Park Blvd & Lake Park Avenue has an almost completely empty shopping center.

53rd & Harper Avenue, the theatre building has sat empty for several years and down the street the shopping center is almost completely vacant.

Promontory Point is about to wash into Lake Michigan and all Obama did was talk about mediating between the Park District and the individuals complaining about the rehab project. This has been going on for five years.

58th & Stony Island Avenue, the decrepit Illinois Central Hospital building has sat vacant for five years and the plans to move forward on the site are non-existent.

This are only a few examples of "Change" we have experienced in Hyde Park!

Posted by: mwhoke | November 13, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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