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Change Yes, We Can?
Barack will have to show voters that "change" is more than a banner slogan. (AP)
Barack Obama has been carried skyward on a cloud of change to his current position as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Hillary Clinton and John McCain have relentlessly attacked Obama for his stirring rhetoric backed by nothing but four years in the Senate and a few in the Illinois house. While Senator Obama has made it clear that he intends to change American foreign policy, he has given little detail and few specifics regarding his vision for domestic policy. On his Web site, Obama promises to Cut Pork Barrel Spending, End Wasteful Government Spending and has ranted against special interests. The senator says he will slash earmarks to no greater than year 2001 levels and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public.
But, his actions speak much louder than words. As David Brooks pointed out in yesterdays New York Times, Obama supported the 2008 farm bill that was so laded with special interest pork barrel spending, it caused the editorial boards of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Los Angeles Times to agree!
(continued) The bill grew from $290 billion when passed by the House to $307 billion upon being passed by the Senate. In one of the few commendable acts of his presidency, George Bush today vetoed the bill.
If Obama wants my vote, hes going to have to show me that Change is more than a banner for his campaign. Right now, Change is looking a lot more like Mission Accomplished.