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Cabinet Game Gets Interesting at the End

By Ben Pershing
The results are in and history has been made: President Obama's Pittsburgh Steelers have defeated John McCain's Arizona Cardinals in a contest that was close at the end but still went to the team that was favored all along. If you're looking for a more extensive electoral/sports analogy than that, you'll have to look elsewhere.

But the comparisons are tough to resist, so let's try one more: The game was expected to be dull, and it was for a while, until some surprising bursts of excitement in the final minutes. Not unlike Obama's Cabinet selection process. We should know as early as today whether Obama has indeed picked Judd Gregg to serve as his Commerce secretary, a surprising choice on a number of levels. Yes, it appears that a Republican would likely be appointed to replace him, but this still makes it even more likely that Democrats will have a shot at picking up that seat in 2010 (and Gregg may well have not relished the thought of a tough campaign two years from now). The selection also seems to indicate that Obama is serious about entitlement reform, a subject of expertise for Gregg. But how much input does the Commerce secretary have on entitlement programs? Not much. At least, not until now.

Then there's Tom Daschle, whose prospects for a totally smooth Senate confirmation had looked as good or better than those of any other Cabinet nominee. Until a few days ago, when we learned of his tax problems, his delay in reporting them to Team Obama and his lucrative payments from health care companies. (This picture was obviously taken during happier times for the South Dakotan.)

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By Ben Pershing  |  February 2, 2009; 8:15 AM ET
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I thought that the economy was issue #1?

Should the economic stimulus bill contain items not directly related to strengthening the economy or creating jobs?

Yes 9% (6337 votes)

No 91% (60856 votes)

I vote for "no" too.

Posted by: JakeD | February 2, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse




Incoming AG Holder must immediately work with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network...

...authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like "multi-agency action" operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy (radiation) weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- and are degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public. It should be BANNED -- and NOT deployed to local law enforcement with the aid, approval and funding of D.O.J.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse. Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated "multi-agency action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their families.

The IRS, under Bush-Cheney, has been transmogrified into an ideological weapon of social control and inhumane punishment by these covert "multi-agency actions."

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.

The bureaucrats and officers behind these "programs of personal destruction" remain entrenched. They cannot be co-opted or rehabilitated. They have threatened and harassed those who demand that they take down their unconstitutional programs.

These programs surely have contributed to the nation's economic crisis -- and by extension, the world's.

These betrayers of the Constitution must be removed from power and brought to justice.

OR (if links are corrupted):

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 2, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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