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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 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 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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Real Brother here.

First priority is the economy, but Obama has to be careful, for as brilliant as he is the Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians are hell bent on seeing him fail and will no doubt try to steer him wrong.

Obama has to work on the economy but he also has to watch his back because his enemies will try to trip him up.


Posted by: Realbrother0003 | November 13, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27 -

Any relatives in Germany during the period

Posted by: leapin | November 13, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

RE: Thatsnuts

How about proof that you exist as a human, and not as a parrot?

Posted by: owldog | November 13, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

As I said before

Numero Uno is health care. The market can wait till Monday but your appendectamy needs to be done ASAP. The market is 9 to 5 M-F, but the ER is 24/7.

Joe's been working on Iraq for years now, can start working on Iraq better in January, and don't need Congress to get that started

Posted by: owldog | November 13, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I think President-Elect Barack Obama's first priority must be on our nation's economy, since many Americans has lost their jobs and their life savings.!!!!

Posted by: akber_kassam | November 13, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Producing the hospital records for his birth - If he can not do that, he should gracefully yield to Biden Thanking the nation for "One Night In Grant Park." Then he should go back to Kenya and run a trailer park. Posted by: 37thOSt

The question was about legislation, not your personal vendetta. Now, having read this silliness I almost wish the 44th President would revisit the Aliens and Sedition act. Of course it isn't legal or ethical but, being who they are folks like that poster (read poser)supported the illegal and unethical. Having lost they can only cry into the wind....

Posted by: Thatsnuts | November 13, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

First order of business: Track down 37th Street and the like and execute "them" (the pronoun implies 'human'; they are not). Subhuman rubbish like this miserable swine have even less excuse for existence than a rabid dog. Put them out of their misery and spare us!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 13, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse





Producing the hospital records for his birth - If he can not do that, he should gracefully yield to Biden Thanking the nation for "One Night In Grant Park." Then he should go back to Kenya and run a trailer park.





Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

All eyes and all due attention will be on the economy. Any talk of further priorities or predictions on where Obama will turn next has to wait until the financial and economic crises wanes just a bit.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 12, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I think Saturday Night Live financial expert Oscar Rogers has the right idea: "Fix it!"

Posted by: billmcg1 | November 12, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Do you secretly take the glasses off at night and rap battle on the streets of D.C., Chris? Be honest...

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | November 12, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

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