Wag the Blog Redux: What Should Obama's First Priority Be?
Last week -- in the wake of President-elect Barack Obama's sweeping electoral victory -- we asked Fixistas to offer their thoughts on what the Illinois Senator's first piece of legislative business should be and why.
Put another way -- If Obama has one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything he ever wanted, will he capture it or let it slip? (Ok, it's cheesy -- but who doesn't love that song?)
Here's a handful of the most interesting/provocative thoughts we received (as culled by post.com politics producer Sarah Lovenheim):
"Economic stimulus should be his top priority--must get the economy on solid ground or NOTHING else will happen. I also think that will be his first initiative..." (Posted by: soonerthought)
"...A cap on global warming pollution. With that cap, we can help revitalize the economy by instantly creating new markets and new customers for U.S. manufacturers in the supply chain for clean energy technologies - think wind turbines and all of the cement and steel that go into them...It's the energy policy America needs now..." (Posted by: tkreindler)
"The first priority for the Obama administration should be the passage of the middle class tax cuts...That is, cut taxes on everyone who earns less than $200,000, possibly $250,000. Republicans that earn less than this cannot complain about this...it satisfies the party 'mantra'.This should also be coupled with a stimulus package that offers meaningful relief for those in need. Do I think Obama will tackle something other than my proposal? The answer is probably..." (Posted by: klowry57)
"SCHIP legislation is a bill that has the support to pass easily, and will endear him to liberals. You may even see Republicans futilely try to put up a fight, so it is an easy victory that he can make look hard." (Posted by: myhojda)
"...President-elect Obama should introduce something a little bit less controversial and more symbolic as his first legislation, I suggest alternative fuels legislation...The alternative fuels policy is a wonderful symbolic gesture for Obama. It was one of his key points in stump speeches, particularly before the souring of the economy; it is an important factor in helping the economy stabilize; and it is a good, bipartisan issue where, aside from nuclear power expansion and offshore drilling (not ruled out in his bill, just not included) he agreed with McCain..." (Posted by: andygoldman)
"President Obama must take Osama Bin Liden out of the element. The war in the Mideast took a back seat during the campaign - the Jihad exists and has to be addressed early on in his term of office. If not, the enemy will assume we are weak." (Posted by: donnem1968)
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