Obama’s first policy retreat?

Mother Jones
by Nick Baumann

Did Barack Obama just break his first campaign promise? On the campaign trail, Obama railed against big oil companies. He often criticized John McCain for backing tax cuts that would reward ExxonMobil and other top oil manufacturers. But now Obama’s proposal to apply a windfall tax on big oil has vanished … at least from his transition website. The President-elect’s transition team hasn’t explicitly announced it will drop the windfall tax plan, but a transition aide, commenting on the condition he not be identified, backed off the promise in an email. ‘President-elect Obama announced the [windfall profits tax] policy during the campaign because oil prices were above $80 per barrel,’ he said. ‘They are currently below that now and expected to stay below that’...

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Clinging to the wreckage

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

12/02/08

Barack Obama repeatedly insists that the greatest task before us, the task to which he tells us again and again he himself is fully committed and to which he asks all of us to dedicate ourselves as well, is ‘change.’ To change a policy of any significance requires that one first identify honestly and in detail the nature of the policy one wishes to alter. As is true of every other national politician of prominence, Obama resolutely refuses to name the actual nature and meaning of U.S. foreign policy today and for the last several decades. Obama’s own statements, together with his selection of individuals for major foreign policy and defense positions in his administration, make unarguably clear that he will change nothing of any importance in America’s conduct of foreign policy. When Obama tells us he is committed to ‘change,’ he is lying, just as he has lied on a lengthy series of issues of great importance...

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