Surprise, surprise. President-elect Barack H. Obama has appointed a
center-right group of economic advisers. That is center-right in the
Democratic context. That does not make them conservative but they are at
least free-market advocates. When he was campaigning for President
Senator John S. McCain, III (R-AZ) warned that Obama was a socialist and
suggested that he would appoint socialists to his cabinet if elected.
There is not a socialist in the bunch. This does not mean that Obama
will not tax the rich as he promised during his campaign. This does not
mean that he will not have a massive government take-over of the
healthcare system. Since his economic team believes in the free market,
perhaps they will persuade Obama that any tax increase is a bad idea,
particularly in an economic downturn. He may have to postpone tax
increases. Or he may let the Bush tax cuts expire. Obama still wants to
tax income for Medicare and Social Security. So what government gives
with one hand, it will take away with the other. Americans may feel the
pinch in their pocketbooks. And since his economic team believes in the
free market maybe it will advise him to move slowly and carefully as to
nationalizing the healthcare system.
And surprise, surprise. President-elect Obama has selected a national
security team that is not hard left. There is no radical among them.
Retaining Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, if only for one year, is
a brilliant idea. I know Gates personally and have a great deal of
confidence in him. He will do his best to protect the United States and
our interests. And while I am no particular fan of Senator Hillary
Rodham Clinton (D-NY), she probably will make a good Secretary of State.
We shall see but she also may not recommend actions which will harm the
United States. And while I do not care for retired General James Jones,
who opposed the surge in Iraq, as National Security Advisor he may prove
to be a good choice. I note that Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, was positive after his first meeting with the
President-elect. He says the matter of Iraq never was mentioned nor was
Afghanistan. So much for giving the withdrawal order from Iraq before
even taking office.
All of this has the left-wing blogs in a state of panic. They feel
betrayed. Some of them want to give Obama the benefit of the doubt but
others believe they have been had. Calm down, lefties. It is clear to me
that while the President-elect may not be a socialist per se and may be
a realist on foreign policy, he gives every indication of being radical
on domestic social issues. He fully intends to undo almost all of
President George W. Bush's Executive Orders protecting human life, the
most fundamental element of society and civilization. Despite warnings
from the Roman Catholic Church not to enact the Freedom of Choice Act
(FOCA), which would codify Roe v. Wade and do away with all state and
federal restrictions on abortion, he would force Catholic doctors to
perform abortions or leave the profession. He would tell Christian
hospitals that they must perform abortions or be shut down. The Vatican
told Time that Obama appears to be declaring war on the Catholic Church.
So much is done these days with adult stem cells that there is no need
to destroy embryos to obtain stem cells. But Obama has pledged to enact
embryonic stem-cell legislation which is vehemently opposed by the
pro-life community. And Obama is very likely to advocate hate-crime
legislation to favor homosexuals, which Republicans have held up for
many years. He is likely to sponsor some kind of gay-rights legislation,
doing away with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed by President
William J. Clinton, which says that no state can to be forced to
recognize so-called homosexual marriages from another state. Obama wants
to see gay marriage universally accepted.
Do not expect moderation on social issues in the next Administration.
Former Senator Tom Daschle, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human
Services, has a long-established pro-abortion voting record. That may
keep Daily Kos and other left-wing bloggers quiet though they would like
socialists in all areas of government. They would like pacifists to
emasculate the military, but above all else they want unlimited
taxpayer-funded abortions, hate crimes legislation and the Censorship
Doctrine to silence opposition. By radicalism on social issues Obama may
keep his coalition together.