Obama’s domestic Agenda

Today’s radio address begins the beginning of a progressive political era in Washington.  Obama has said that he will create a sustained economic stimulus plan focused on improving the country’s infrastructure and investing in the still amorphous alternative energy economy.

The Republicans held the line this week with the automotive industry and with Waxman replacing Dingell on the House’s energy committee, the cards are lining up to focus all governmental intervention in Detroit on huge fuel efficiency improvements.  Fortunately, for Obama, who really wants to invest in environmental and educational change, he will face little resistance to spending initiatives this spring.  The country’s political leadership is scared not to spend money during this recession.  As we have written before, some people fear we really are heading into a depression and think the economy will fall off a cliff in 2009.

Obama now has a chance to use the disastrous economic climate to invest in a progressive agenda on his three key issues: Energy, Education, and healthcare.  On energy, expect to see tax incentives and investments made in what is likely to be the fastest growing sector in America:  Alternative energy.  People will get rewarded for making their homes more energy efficient, producing wind power, recycling, and my longshot, riding bicycles in lieu of cars.

Obama has a chance to radically address education.  We do not know who Obama’s choice for Education will be, but I’m hopeful he will make his most radical appointment here.  Today’s NYT says that Obama will govern from the center-right with appointments like Clinton, Daschle, and Geithner.  We have to govern from the radical progressive on education.  We have to try anything and everything.  We have to be provocative.  The Atlantic ran a well-researched story about Washington D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee this month.  That’s the kind of innovation we need now.

Finally, what can Obama do in healthcare that doesn’t cost a fortune and will not face resistance from the HMO, Pharma, and AMA lobbies?  This is the toughest and most concerning of the issues because so many people have no insurance and the cost of healthcare has risen so much faster on a percentage basis than anything other than higher education.  I’m most worried about this issue, but I think the appointment of Daschle shows it’s going to be more reform rather than revolution and I’m ok with that.  If we can get radical change on energy and education I could live with reform in healthcare — at least this term.


2 Responses

  1. WE must make more of an effort in this nation to become energy independent. Not enough credit is being given to the high gas prices this past year and it’s serious damage on our economy and society. That one factor alone has caused serious stress in both individuals and businesses. A record number of homes and jobs have been lost as a direct result. And, while we are doing the happy dance around the lower prices at the pumps OPEC is announcing cuts to manipulate the prices upward again. We must get on with becoming energy independent.We can’t take another year like this past. There is a wonderful new book out about the energy crisis and what it would take for America to become energy independent. It covers every aspect of oil, what it’s uses are besides gasoline, our reserves, our depletion of it. Every type of alternative energy is covered and it’s potential to replace oil. He even has proposed legislative agenda’s that would be necessary to implement these changes along with time frames. This book is profoundly informative and our country needs to become more informed and move forward with becoming energy independent. Electric cars cost the equivalent of 60 cents per gallon to drive and can conceivably be charged using electricity generated from solar or wind. Green technology would not only provide clean cheap energy it would create millions of badly needed new jobs. The Book is called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW by Jeff Wilson. Our politicians all need to read this book.

  2. see my discussion of the Waxman displacement of Dingell. it will tell you some about the House. It’s a welcome change. Go to http://www.experienceadvocacy.com

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