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Opinions are like…

Posted by Skeptigator on November 5, 2008

Well maybe I won’t finish that title but you get the idea.

Now that the 800-day election cycle has just been completed and Barack Obama appears to be the President-Elect he is sure going to get a lot of advice, some of it requested much of it not. Over the next few months he’ll be planning his transition to the White House, figuring out his first steps not only from a policy perspective but who he’s going to appoint into Cabinet positions and other “spoils of war”.

If you were asked to sit at the table when Obama makes out his policy initiatives, what would be, say, the top 5? Who should he pick, either specifically or general descriptions of qualifications, for key Cabinet positions?

These are pretty much open-ended questions, but try to keep the suggestions FreeThought-y…

Here are some of my thoughts to kick off the discussion

  • Actually pay attention to your US Office of Science and Technology (aka the President’s Science Advisor)…
  • Significant funding for alt-fuel/energy, a Manhattan-style project (might I suggest SciAm’s Grand Solar Plan)
  • Disband the Faith-Based Initiatives program
  • Close Guantanamo Bay
  • End the Cuban embargo (last time I checked the Cold War was over)
  • Revise our Trademark/Patent system
  • Maintain Net Neutrality (yes it’s totally nerd but you’ll be surprised how you could be affected).

Cabinet positions

  • Warren Buffet for Treasury Secretary
  • Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State (or maybe Department of Health)
  • Al Gore at the Department of Energy (or perhaps the EPA)
  • Sarah Palin, Ambassador to Antartica
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Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Now

Posted by Skeptigator on July 14, 2008

I’m positively psychic. I wrote my last post, Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Later, a few days ago and had it post today. It turns out today is the day that President Bush will supposedly lift the executive ban on off-shore drilling today.

“White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said initially the president wanted to move in concert with Congress but decided to go ahead alone after being rebuffed by Democratic leaders and a relentless upward spike in energy prices.” [emphasis mine]

Bush will go it alone? Say it ain’t so…

In all seriousness, the executive ban on offshore drilling, opposed until recently by his little brother, was enacted by George H. W. Bush in 1990. Apparently the reasons Bush Sr. put this executive ban in place no longer are a factor, because I’m sure that Bush Jr. spent lots of time strategery-ing this out in his mind.

This lifting of the executive ban is honestly just a political stunt and will have little to no effect since the Congress itself has it’s own ban. Plus even if the congressional ban were lifted today it would take 5 to 10 years for any of that oil to make it to market. Of course, the environmental impact would be felt almost immediately.

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Barack Obama visits Fort Wayne

Posted by Skeptigator on April 4, 2008

As many Fort Wayners probably know by now, Barack Obama stopped by Wayne High School in Fort Wayne today. My wife and I plus our two little heathens were fortunate enough to be able to attend this event. There is something about a political rally that really gets your blood pumping. Until the speeches began I did not realize that today also marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have included a video of that portion of his speech.

After the event my wife lamented the fact that we weren’t able to see Hillary Clinton in person in order to get a “feel” for the two candidates. We were not able to see Bill Clinton when he came to town either. And allow me if you will to rant a little bit about the differences between the two campaigns. Hillary comes to a small restaurant in the Fort and Barack books a high school gymnasium. Bill Clinton comes to town and they book a room at the Grand Wayne Center. To me, and this is totally my opinion on the operations of the campaigns and not the fitness of either candidate, the Clinton campaign (or the local Democratic Party, not sure who does this stuff) is either not really trying very hard in Indiana or they are just running a sloppy campaign which I put in steep contrast to the very well thought out and coordinated efforts of the Barack campaign.

Also on another political note, the deadline to register to vote in time to be able vote at the May 6th primary is April 7th (check here for polling places). Many states require that you declare a party in order to vote in their primaries however Indiana does not. I need to verify this but the only caveat is that you can only vote on one party’s ballot in Indiana, so if you want to vote between Obama or Clinton then you will only be able to choose candidates on the Democratic ballot and you will not be able to choose any candidate on the Republican ticket (and vice versa).

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Bill Clinton coming to Fort Wayne

Posted by Skeptigator on March 18, 2008

Just a quick note to our members, President Bill Clinton will be giving a free speech at the Grand Wayne Center on Tuesday, March 18th. Doors open at 6:45PM. Here’s some more information from Fort Wayne Politics.com.

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