So we're about a year into the Obama presidency, but before I start spewing about it, full disclosure: I voted for,volunteered for and donated to Barack Obama's campaign. And of course, like many of you, I proudly put an Obama sticker
on my car. Change we can Believe in" was his slogan.
What a defining symbol of change it was, seeing a black man sworn in as president. But was it more symbolic than
substantive? There's no doubt our country and the world is better off with the Obama team than the McCain team. Sarah
Palin, a heartbeat away from being president? What a nightmare. Even Republicans have to admit (but they won't) Bush
left Obama with a truckload of problems: a huge deficit, two wars, the economy in ruin, massive unemployment,foreclosure crisis, military overstretched, world standing at an all-time low, on and on.
We voted for change," and that's what we expect. But where's the change? Obama is escalating the war in Afghanistan
even though al-Qaida has moved on. Gitmo still is open. Extraordinary renditions still are happening. Military
contractors still are ripping us off. Secret meetings still are happening. The FBI still is spying on us. Corporate
bailouts, but nothing for the people who need it. No new financial regulations, just bigger bonuses - and with our
money! The current health-care bill is a gift for big insurance, with no public option that would create real
Why aren't Cheney, Bush and the rest being tried for the illegal war in Iraq and torture? Cheney practically is
taunting Obama to do it.
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Bill Vana, Durango