Obama Executive Order Proposals

Rumors are already going about how Obama plans to use Executive Orders to kick-start his Presidency.  The Associated Press points out several possibilities.  One is possibly re-instating the ban on domestic drilling for oil that Bush removed earlier this year.  With oil prices coming down on their own, Obama may be hoping that a reversal on the stance of generating our own energy resources won’t cause an uproar.

Several possibilities have to do with abortion, though using executive orders on these could really hurt the image he tried to cultivate of respecting religion and faith during the election.  One of these is the reversal on the ban on federal funds being used for embryonic stem cell research.  This is viewed by many as a destruction of human life, and unnecessary given that the breakthroughs on stem cells are being made in adult stem cells and not embryonic stem cells.

Even more offensive to some would be the reversal of the “Mexico City Policy.”  A reversal of this would essentially mean that taxpayer money (including those of Americans opposed to abortion because of religious beliefs) would be used to promote and perform abortions across the world.

Use of executive orders are not unusual for a new President.  The thing to keep in mind is that Obama will definitely set a tone for his Presidency with those he chooses to utilize.  Will he be the includer, or will he not be afraid to burn some of the bi-partisan bridges he tried to obtain?

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Written by admin on November 9, 2008

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Video: Obama Supporters Shocked at Empty Lives

Had to post this up.  Pure comedy video, as a non-supporter of Obama, I find it hilarious.  I’m sure Obama supporters aren’t too defensive to find some laughs in this as well.

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Teacher Uses Fear Tactics on Soldier’s Child That Supports McCain

This story comes from Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Diatha D. Harris, a teacher at Mary McArthur Elementary School with the Cumberland County School system, let a Swedish documentary crew into her class back in May.

Looking at this video, the teacher is doing some mighty large moves on some thin ice.  I wouldn’t have liked a teacher using these sort of tactics on my children.  And no, I wouldn’t have liked it if my children were Obama supporters and the teacher pushed McCain on them either.  School is for learning, not indoctrination.

It’s sad that we’re worried about “fairness” on television and radio (i.e. the fairness doctrine), a media that we can freely change the channel or turn off, yet we have teachers (that certainly lean both directions) pressing their candidate to children who are a captive audience with no choice but to listen.  If this teacher would have responded with some negative viewpoints to the Obama supporting children as well as the soldier’s child, it would have been one thing.  Instead, she was clearly pushing one candidate over another.  It isn’t right here, and it wouldn’t be right if she were pushing McCain either.

According to the Fay Observer, Harris, who is spotted wearing an Obama button in the video, claims that the video was doctored to make her appear partisan.  Superintendent Bill Harrison posted a response on YouTube about the video, promising to take “appropriate action” against the teacher.

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Stocks Set Record Post-Election Week Drop

The trend of election-timed records continue.  As reported earlier, stocks set a record post-election day drop earlier in the week.  Reuters reports that even with the rally on Friday, stocks set a new record for losses for the week after an election.

So far, it seems that Wall Street lacks confidence in an Obama administration.  The fear likely stems from Obama’s promise to raise taxes on those who hire, set salaries, and set pricing for goods and services.  A tax hike on any level is likely to only make the current economy issues even worse.  In fact, Herbert Hoover created the depression with policies such as these.  Time will tell if advisers have any success in persuading Obama to make sound economic decisions.

With even more job losses this week, it is unclear if the economy has hit bottom.  Unfortunately, it can turn into a self-perpetuating situation.  People lose jobs and are unable to spend money with companies.  Companies lose profits and have to let more people go.  It’s a situation that will be a challenge for the new President-elect.

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Coin Flip Decides Mayor’s Race in Minnesota

WCCO reports that a mayoral race in Goodridge, Minnesota was decided by coin flip.  The town of 98 people had nobody file to enter the race for Mayor but incumbent Bob Homme and former Mayor Dave Brown were written in by residents.  Both nominees got 22 votes.

In lieu of recounting, they decided to let a coin toss decide the winner.  Brown won.

If only all politics could be this simple!

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