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I keep thinking he will appoint John McCain to something ... He hasn't named a VA chief ... maybe along with Biden to look into cutting waste in government. Kinda like what Gore did under Clinton.
Originally posted by donwhite
Yes. On LIBERALS there are fewer that 10% of our population.
Well ya know that's a funny thing because while more people (roughly 35% vs roughly 20%) identify themselves as conservative, people tend to agree with liberal policies (domestic anyway) over conservative ones by a significant margin. This is why the Republicans basically refuse to run on policy issues and instead wrap themselves in the flag and attack their opponents characters. They know that if they run on the issues they lose hence the comment from the McCain camp that they had to change the subject because if it remained the economy, they lose.
Energy Policy Goals
• Promote a more efficient use of energy throughout the economy.
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a scale necessary to contribute to climate stabilization.
• Maximize the economic development opportunities offered by clean energy.
• Ensure that energy costs are affordable for consumers and support a sustainable, growing economy.
• Increase the proportion of our energy supplies that come from domestic resources and friendly trading partners.
• Minimize adverse environmental impacts.
Energy Policy Principles
• Energy security is essential; both energy efficiency to reduce demand and a
diversity of energy sources and technologies must be part of the solution.
• Climate change is happening, so we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions immediately and adapt to changes that cannot be avoided.
• A clean energy economy should focus on economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and energy affordability.
• A National Energy Policy must consider that global and domestic energy demand and prices are increasing.
• Energy delivery infrastructure development and expansion are needed to avoid supply interruptions and promote increased development of and accessibility to renewable and other clean energy sources.
• Transportation energy and emissions should be addressed as a system, including vehicles, fuels and transportation demand.
• Energy development must be done in an environmentally responsible manner.
• A comprehensive national framework should include clear and measurable goals, an aggressive timeframe for implementation, and certainty in how solutions will be implemented.
• Substantial, long-term national commitment to investment in energy technology and infrastructure is needed, in the same way our nation made a commitment to put a man on the moon.
• Stable long-term policies are necessary to enable public and private investment in environmentally responsible energy research, development and immediate deployment.
I think the situation is stunning . . I worry that [if] something . . serious were to occur before 1/20/09 we may have a Constitutional crisis on our hands . . Everyone understands about a lame-duck situation but this is ridiculous.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Reading through this thread really brings home the HUGE job Obama has waiting for him... My first question is who, in his right mind, would WANT that job?
Originally posted by grover
So what do people think of his choices so far?
I am not so thrilled about Gates staying on either though I understand the reasoning
But most important, according to several senior officers and civilian Pentagon officials who would speak about their incoming leader only on the condition of anonymity, is the expectation of renewed respect for the chain of command and greater realism about U.S. military goals and capabilities, which many found lacking during the Bush years.
"Open and serious debate versus ideological certitude will be a great relief to the military leaders," said retired Maj. Gen. William L. Nash of the Council on Foreign Relations. Senior officers are aware that few in their ranks voiced misgivings over the Iraq war, but they counter that they were not encouraged to do so by the Bush White House or the Pentagon under Donald H. Rumsfeld.
"The joke was that when you leave a meeting, everybody is supposed to drink the Kool-Aid," Nash said. "In the Bush administration, you had to drink the Kool-Aid before you got to go to the meeting."
Obama's expected retention of Robert M. Gates as defense secretary and expected appointment of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state and retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones as national security adviser have been greeted with relief at the Pentagon.