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Flake of the Union?

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 3:44 AM

President Obama's first State of the Union speech is coming up tomorrow night, and I'm expecting a full court press of glowing generalizations and a fresh coat of Change and Hope.

So it's worth checking a few things to see how Change v1.0 is working out.

First, Obama made a speech yesterday about his economic recovery plan, and how he's here for the middle class. Clearly, he needs to get Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on board with this, or fire the shifty-eyed crook.

I'm all for the latter. Foreclosures are still on the rise and people are losing their jobs ... but the financial executives that we 'bailed out' are taking home million-dollar bonuses and thumbing their nose at both the government and the taxpayer.

Next up, there's the complete lack of visible action on prosecuting the war criminals in our midst. Torture is illegal; it stands in violation of international treaty and federal law, yet we have members of Congress who advocate it. It's not enough to say, "Well, we won't do that in my administration."

Close behind is the promise to close Gitmo. Ain't gonna happen. In fact, the Washington Post is reporting that the Obama Administration now agrees that 50 detainees are too dangerous to release ... but these men have not been charged, nor tried in either federal court or by military commission.

The justification is that we're at war. But the treatment of prisoners of war is governed by the Geneva Conventions; it matters not that the terrorists are non-state actors who are not signatory to the treaty. Perpetuating the double-talk label of 'illegal enemy combatant' is tacit approval of the Bush Administration's policies and actions.

And then there's the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy against gays and lesbians. The name is not meant to suggest we shouldn't ask our leaders why we're discriminating and that they not tell us. It's time to jettison a policy that criminalizes sexual orientation and is based almost exclusively on stereotypes.

We'll conclude with the flaming pile of shit that is 'healthcare reform.' When you hold a 60-40 majority and you still can't pass legislation without slitting your own wrists and compromising key provisions, you've no business being in a leadership role. That applies equally to President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Reid.

If healthcare reform is worth fighting for, then gorram fight for it. Don't let your opponents control the debate; if they want something, they need to bring something to the table, not stamp their feet and pout until you give in.

The grade for Obama, Year One: D.

And that doesn't stand for 'Dandy.'


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