Thursday, November 06, 2008

So Now that Obama is OUR President ...WHO do you want to see on his Team, his Cabinet ? And What are the Top Priorities you want to see worked ?


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So Now that this has Really Happened....What next ? WHO do you want to see Help Repair Our Country ? And what should they work on first ? Are you ready ? 74 days to go.....( Click the title for LA Times article on this...)

And on another level....What do you think you can do to help ? Maybe we all need to figure out how we can best help Our New President....Because it is going to take all of us to help clean this mess up....and help him as our Leader....
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So here is MY Short List of Prioritized Projects...( this is Enigma Dreaming Big...) I am still thinking...but here is my Start List..for the first 100 days...of what I would offer for healing...to begin...

(1) Patriot Act needs a HUGE Overhaul...along with the ILLEGAL SPYING on Everyone...and YES that includes the NO FLY LIST ( I have my own very selfish reasons...but there are many good people on this List, including ACLU Lawyers and Human Rights Activists).

(2) GITMO Shut it NOW.....and it needs a REVIEW and ALL involved...Full Investigation...BY THE RED CROSS AND HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL....( all who were denied FULL access)

(3) Iraq and Military Review- like you said...as well as ALL SICK and Disabled Vet review- make sure they and their families are being cared for...to learn that ANY ill Veterans with physical and or mental health symtoms were being made to serve is deplorable.Their Families are suffering, and many are getting financial assistance and food stamps.This includes PTSD for the VETS and their families..

(4) 100 Day Moratorium On Homes Foreclosure - ALL ...even renters- and the Banks MUST be notified...( since in many states they are making their OWN rules..)

(5) 2 % Quarterly profit Tax on the the OIL and Gas Companies NOW....IT WOULD FREE BILLIONS UP TO HELP OUR ECONOMY AND THE PEOPLE. I would call it a Humanity Tax, the money would be put into an account to meet Human Needs - Set Up Homeless Shelters, Sustain Food Banks and Set up an Emergency Medical Fund....And Job Retraining Center ( ie. for teaching New skills ie. Internet skills or return to work skills and offer counseling for those that have been unemployed for long periods).

(6) Put together a Team to restructure Medicare and Medicaid to make Healthcare Available to the 48 Million of Un-Insured and 50 Million Underinsured....Using the Humanity Funding I listed above ( which would have Billions flowing to it per quarter..)

(7) Set Up a NEW Deal Team to structure Public Works Projects, that would work on Infrastructure Projects- must also include Urban and Rural Renewal and Education Programs ,including Bringing Internet and Broadband to facilitate Better Cable and Internet Access and learning. It must also like the WPA Program of the 1930- have a Component of Journalists and Photojournalists and Artists to document and creatively stimulate and educate and embrace Youth.

(8) Energy Team.....WITH NO ENERGY Execs and ALL meetings open to public and ON cspan and all recorded notes and meetings on Internet ..NO Secrecy Ever Again..

(9) A team to review ALL Signing Statements and Counsel Priority of WHICH ones MUST be Removed...And that team should be Constitutional Lawyers....

(10) and Finally a War Review panel that MUST review HOW and WHY we are in Iraq- it must be made of Retired Military, Red Cross and Legal and Justice Scholars and Teachers..and Constitutional Lawyers....

(11) And finally , the FIRED US Attorneys, must be given a Public Ceremoney Re-instating Their Honor and their Status, and Compensated for their Service and their work.....

(12) College Act/Work Force Act for young people who are dedicated to helping OUR Country and doing it through peaceful Non Military projects, almost like a NON Military National Guard committed to ONLY In America Projects....and in return they recieve College Education. As Most of the Wachovia Higher Education Loans have suffered in this Economic Demise this issue needs to reviewed quickly as millions of students will suffer consequences by next fall...

(13) Start a Committee to repair Voting Rights and repair Voting Issues for the next election...People should never have to be standing in lines for up to 12 hours....or worry about their Votes..
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( I borrowed this photo from Gryphen..because it is so wonderful ....won't it be great to have a Real Dad in the White House that cares about kids...and the Future of our Youth...)
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Music for the Day: GooGoo Dolls " Better Days".....

10 comments:

Fran said...

I'd like to see Gitmo shut down ASAP, and warrentless wiretapping stopped. Any patriot act things that can be reversed, done so immediately

Pull the plug on the NCLB program (teaching to the test or lose funding).

Drop the abstinence only birth control program, tied to school health clinics funding.

Give the fired judges their jobs back.

Set up a formal appeal/review process for people on the No Fly list.

Work on making the oil companies w record breaking profits pay their fair share & cut off their
loophole breaks that they really do not need.

GM recently came begging the government for big financial assistance & were denied. As they should have been. The government should not be bailing out corporations or wall street. But having big oil partner up w the auto industry to help get more efficient cars seems like a good match.

I'd be OK with scrapping the color coded terrorism chart. Maybe replace it with a " goodwill chart".... how much goodwill we can spread around the world, and practice diplomacy rather than making up a list of enemies .

Begin to draw down troops, based on those with most time served.

enigma4ever said...

Oh Fran:::
this is a great list...
What a wonderfuls start..NOW who do you want to work the team?

Any Favorites ? go on dream big......

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I am still thinking...but here is my Start List..for the first 100 days...of what I would offer for healing...to begin...

(1) Patriot Act needs a HUGE Overhaul...along with the ILLEGAL SPYING on Everyone...and YES that includes the NO FLY LIST ( I have my own very selfish reasons...)

(2)GITMO Shut it NOW..
and it needs a REVIEW and ALL involved...Full Investigation...BY THE RED CROSS AND HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL....( all who were denied FULL access)

(3) Iraq and Military Review- like you said...as well as ALL SICK and Disabled Vet review- make sure they and their families are being cared for...

(4) 100 Day Moratorium On Homes Foreclosure - ALL ...even renters- and the Banks MUST be notified...( since in many states they are making their OWN rules..)

(5) 2 % Quarterly profit Tax on the the OIL and Gas Companies NOW....IT WOULD FREE BILLIONS UP TO HELP OUR ECONOMY AND THE PEOPLE. I would call it a Humanity Tax, the money would be put into an account to meet Human Needs - Set Up Homeless Shelters, Sustain Food Banks and Set up an Emergency Medical Fund....

(6) Put together a Team to restructure Medicare and Medicaid to make Healthcare Available to the 48 Million of Un- Insured and 50 Million Underinsured....Using the Humanity Funding I listed above ( which would have Billions flowing to it per quarter..)

(7) Set Up a NEW Deal Team to structure Public Works Projects, that would work on Infrastructure Projects- must also include Urban and Rural Renewal and Education Programs ,including Bringing Internet and Broadband to facilitate Better Cable and Internet Access and learning. It must also like the WPA Program of the 1930- have a Component of Journalists and Photojournalists and Artists to document and creatively stimulate and educate and embrace Youth.

(8) Energy Team.....WITH NO ENERGY Execs and ALL meetings open to public and ON cspan and all recorded notes and meetings on Internet ..NO Secrecy Ever Again..

(9) A team to review ALL Signing Statement and Counsel Priority of WHICH ones MUST be reviewed.

(10) and Finally a War Review panel that MUST review HOW and WHY we are in Iraq- it must be made of Retired Military, Red Cross and Legal and Justice Scholars and Teachers..and Constitutional Lawyers....

(11) And finally , the FIRED US Attorneys, must be given a Public Ceremoney Re-instating Their Honor and their Status, and Compensated for their Service and their work.....

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This is just my short list...

Lady Rose said...

Check out President Obama's site!!!

http://change.gov/

it is so awesome to have a president who is keeping his word and communicating and reading out to America! Lots of info

enigma4ever said...

Thanks Lady- Excellent News !!!!

Fran said...

As for staffers, I don't really know many of the potential choices.... certainly

Al Gore comes to mind on some kind of Global Warming commission

We need more females on the Supreme Court- Women are more than 1/2 the population, and should be represented more fairly in the highest court of the land.

Adopt Jimmy Carter's fair election protocol, our elections system is not up to snuff.

I like Russ Feingold
Chuck Hegel he's a republican with good vision re military.

I wish we could make Pelosi step down....

Fran said...

As for staffers, I don't really know many of the potential choices.... certainly

Al Gore comes to mind on some kind of Global Warming commission

We need more females on the Supreme Court- Women are more than 1/2 the population, and should be represented more fairly in the highest court of the land.

Adopt Jimmy Carter's fair election protocol, our elections system is not up to snuff.

I like Russ Feingold
Chuck Hegel he's a republican with good vision re military.

I wish we could make Pelosi step down....

Fran said...

For the record-- there has been chatter about keeping Gates on--- he was unable to state clearly his stance on torture.

I am in favor of getting rid of him ASAP.

There should be no doubt as to if torture is acceptable

enigma4ever said...

Fran: yeah- Gates- nope gotta go..for sure...ANYTHING anyone attached to the Bush- regime- gotta go...because it will taint the Change...and yeah- Gates has not closed Gitmo or said a damn thing about torture- and he has had the chance- he is just another rubber stamp on this awful regime....

Al says he does not want to be a part- but he does talk to Obama-- or did through the campaign...

So far the people he has picked have been sound , Emannual, Gibbs, and Axelrod,..I hope Plouffe gets a position he so smart and grounded...
I also hope Samantha Powers- she is very smart...
I trust his judgement...that he will pick good people..

Mauigirl said...

I think Obama will pick excellent people - his campaign staff was certainly top notch.

I do hope to see some more diversity in his choices - so far all white men. I heard something about Caroline Kennedy perhaps being ambassador to the UN. But I don't know if it was just a rumor.

I'd like him to offer Hillary something but perhaps he really doesn't want to involve the Clintons on such a close basis.

I agree with all of your lists - but I must say the economy has to go to the top of any list or else he won't get the mandate he needs to work on the other stuff. As long as the economy is in free-fall that is the priority.

D.K. Raed said...

Wow, great to-do lists, posted and commented! Up until two months ago, I would've put Iraq up at the top of any list. Now it's The Economy. There are a lot of talented people Obama can tap for ideas there. Maybe the first ideas won't work satisfactorily, but everything can be tweaked or changed if it's not working properly, as long as the people understand what is being done & why. This is where Obama excels -- he has promised to include US in these decisions!

I don't have a Who's Who for what position in an Obama cabinet. I want to see who starts being floated by the Obama team & see if I agree or disagree. It is so great to be able to say that! If it was McCain, I'd be so afraid of who he'd be pushing into powerful positions.

I heard the rumor about Caroline Kennedy as UN Ambassador & hope she is interested in that or something ... lots of places to put a Kennedy! RFK Jr being talked about for environmental something. All good!

Gates -- blecchhh -- but it's possible there is a reason to keep him for a few months for a more smooth transition in iraq. maybe something is about to happen there that would work better with him around.

Now, what can WE do to help? I think many people have been waiting to be asked to do something! I expect Obama will be asking things of us all, just like FDR did, and I'm betting that when people are asked, the response will be overwhelming!

and thanks for remembering those fired US attorneys. Some, like David Iglesius, were obviously jettisoned for purely partisan reasons. oh there is a lot of dirt that was buried with those firings.