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Bad Transportation = Pollution ≠ Green | Change

Soon, the U.S. Senate will hold a confirmation hearing on the president-elect's choice of Ray LaHood for Secretary of Transportation. No one expects that hearing to be anything but easy for LaHood. That's too bad, because it shows that when it comes to greening the stimulus, we're not only missing the forest for the trees, we're not even seeing the trees right…

…LaHood’s appointment is so disappointing to transportation advocates who’ve been waiting eight years for change, that they’re boiling with indignant disbelief, branding him “an unbelievably disastrous pick,” “Status quo we can believe in” and “same.gov” (a dig at the Obama transition site, change.gov). As one insider summed it up: “It’s a real read-it-and-weep moment.”

This is exactly what I was talking about. Dammit Obama!

[via Worldchanging]


Obama leisurely playing golf during time of Gaza conflict

Obama leisurely playing golf during time of Gaza conflict

So Obama’s balking at reviewing the heinous changes committed during Bush’s reign. In this NYTimes article, he stresses that such an act would be counterproductive and would weaken our intelligence agencies. My favorite part is this:

…at the C.I.A., you’ve got extraordinarily talented people who are working very hard to keep Americans safe. I don’t want them to suddenly feel like they’ve got spend their all their time looking over their shoulders.

Wait. Didn’t he get the memo that with the warrantless wiretapping program, it is those “extraordinarily talented people” that have been looking over OUR shoulders 24/7? Heaven forbid that they get some oversight & restraint. That’s rich man.

This isn’t the first time that our president-to-be has overlooked the grievances of the Bush legacy.
The closer Obama has gotten to the white house, the more backpedaling he and his campaign has been doing. He explains this by stating that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

Barack, I’m all for focusing on future and a new way of doing things, but haven’t you ever heard of the famous black proverb? “You can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been.”

The past 8 years have been a horrible, horrible time for human rights in America. If we simply turn the other cheek and let these regressions go unchecked, the very foundation of the United States of America- the Constitution-will be too eroded, too tattered for anything worthwhile and meaningful to stand on top of it. Now, the world sees that our nation’s leaders’ bloodlust for “terrorists” has even turned our own weapons against the very people they were supposed to protect.

And not only has this attack on human rights affected our own country. Good or bad, the whole world looks to us as an example. No longer does the US have the moral authority to condemn countries regimes that commit human rights abuses. Though in the past, our own countless intrusions in other countries have been forgiven (Vietnam), forgotten (Iran-Contra), or brushed under the table (Latin America), the unfounded Iraq war has been condemned by nearly everyone-even some of our staunch allies-as a sign of a power-hungry empire seeking blood for oil.

Obama’s politricking on the Gaza conflict, i.e. his unwavering support for Israel, is but another example of the type of change I am personally expecting to see. That is, not much at all.

Barack, you rallied apathetic youths, reunited black/latino coalitions and even got some racist whites tired of Bush to vote for you under the banner of Change We Can Believe In. Being the lesser of two evils is not enough Obama: Step your game up.

[via NYTimes.]