Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Primer Dia

Obama's Day One to-do list:

  1. Ordered the cessation of "tribunals" in Guantanamo until they could get a good handle on what the hell is going on down there.
  2. Froze the pay of White House staffers who make over $100K, and, apparently received support from those affected.

  3. Told all his peeps and prospective peeps, that anyone who is a staffer with ambitions to be a lobbyist, or a lobbyist with ambitions to be a staffer must wait two years (andin some cases, until the end of the Obama Administration) to make a move. No more jumping from ship to yacht. Hell, the NCAA had stricter ethics rules before this. And, no more gifts to anyone in his Administration either.

  4. And, about that Freedom of Information Act. No more taking the negative, protectionist approach (i.e., looking for a reason - any reason - to decline a request for information. Look for a reason to release it). Oh, and, those rules apply to the President too (shocking!). Anything he wants to withhold must be deemed Constitutionally necessary by the Justice Dept. The fact that he or an agency can LEGALLY withhold information is no longer enough.

Nice day.


Lori Skoog said...

I like this! Accent the positive and keep us updated...

Spartacus Jones said...

The FOIA action is a good thing.

The rest......

If I imagine myself in his position, there are quite a number of things that would be at the top of my Day One list, before any of these other items. Major things. Things crying out for action for a long, long time. Life and death things. Long over-due justice, long
over-due amends. Actions that would re-define who we are, both to ourselves and the world and decisively repudiate all that the Bush regime stood for.

Mr. Obama's first actions, while good things, seem like such trivialities compared to other issues, a little like polishing the brass on the Titanic.

Yet, the FOIA action, if seriously implemented, would be a good thing.

liberty & justice,


CoyoteFe said...

Yes indeed! I am quite happy he is hitting the ground running, rather than easing in.

Spartacus Jones!

Do you like his Day Two agenda better? :-)

Tootie said...

I like your blog and your point of view! Keep on, keepin on. I'll be back to read more. :-)

CoyoteFe said...

Halloo Tootie!

Great name, and thanks for visiting!