Every time Obama announces a new team member, I feel like I am reading the Onion. My hand flies to my forehead, creating a hollow thumping noise and a big purple spot on my forehead. I face-palm so much that I’m scaring my wife. I knew we were in trouble when Obama selected Rahm Emmanuel to be his chief of staff. Most of the other names proposed for cabinet posts are as bad as, or worse than, Emmanuel. Some of the contenders should not be washing White House toilets. Let’s take a look at some of Obama’s first draft picks.
Chief of Staff
A long time political consultant and lobbyist, Emanuel was known as Clinton’s hatchet man. Emanuel worked tirelessly to force Congress to accept NAFTA. Emanuel was also the power behind the Welfare Reform Act, which sent thousands of displaced workers into homelessness. Emanuel spent so much time in Newt Gingrich’s office during the Welfare Reform hearings that people were wondering who he worked for, Clinton or Gingrich.
National Security Advisor
Another veteran of Bill Clinton’s disastrous eight years in the White House, Rice is a name that I cannot hear without feeling my skin crawl. Unlike Condi, who was a full time professor, Susan is a former political consultant and lobbyist,a position she holds in common with most of Bill Clinton’s staff. Rice is African American, yet she is a stout opponent of affirmative action. I cannot see her sympathizing with oppressed Arabs. In fact, as Clinton’s Assistant Secretary of State, Rice was behind many of Clinton’s blunders that led to the death and misery in Somalia.
Head of Homeland Security
In keeping with the neocon scapegoating of undocumented workers, Arizona’s Governor Janet Napolitano is up for Homeland Security Czar. Napolitano has a long history of cooperating with Bush by blaming everything on the Mexicans. My question is: if Obama represents change, why the hell hasn’t he eliminated Homeland Security-Bush’s Brownshirts?
Head of CIA
John Brennan is responsible for the torture of political prisoners in both Gitmo and Iraq. Why doesn’t Obama just bring Hermann Goering back to life and make him the head of the CIA? John Brennan is a war criminal who belongs in jail. Obama’s choice of Brennan is proof that Obama is only going to change the political rhetoric while maintaining the same neoconservative policies supported by Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Secretary of State
No matter how you slice it, this is a blatant conflict of interest. Senator Clinton was the original counsel for Wal-Mart and a long term member of of Wal-Mart’s board of directors. Wal-Mart made a name for itself by selling under priced Chinese imports to drive the competition out of business. I cannot believe that Obama would put the Senator from Wal-Mart in a position where she could do even more favors for Wal-Mart and China. Putting Clinton in charge of Health Education and Welfare is like putting a fox in charge of a hen house. Her husband turned Medicaid into welfare for the HMOs. Bill Clinton did more damage to public education than both Bushes and Reagan put together, and Bill Clinton joined with Newt Gingrich to destroy the social safety net. I can only imagine the damage his wife could do as head of HEW.
Alternate Choice for Secretary of State
Lugar is living proof that good people can be found amongst the Republicans as well as the Democrats, and are equally as rare. Despite supporting corporate welfare, Lugar has worked hard to end nuclear proliferation. This is an interest he shares with Obama. Making Lugar Secretary of State will put a peacemaker in the cabinet while sparing the American population from still another “fiscal conservative”. It is unlikely that Lugar will get the post. Lockheed would not tolerate him, and Lugar doesn’t want the job.
For those of you who actually expected change in the national financial picture, your hopes have been dashed to the rocks with the selection of Timothy Geithner to the secretary of the Treasury. Geithner prevented the Europeans from taking over American financial institutions by masterminding the bail-out. Geithner also convinced Congress to bail-out AIG, despite AIG’s blatantly criminal actions.
In selecting this war criminal for Secretary of Defense, Obama killed what little credibility he had with me. Robert Gates should be wearing international orange and scrubbing out prison toilets. He should not remain in the position he so badly mishandled for Bush.
Those of you who were hoping that the Obama Administration would see a change in the federal marijuana policy are in for a big disappointment. Not only is Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel a big proponent of the drug war, but attorney general-to-be Eric Holder is also a big hawk when it comes to the war on drugs. So that’s another Obama myth up in smoke. Holder is such a loyal Clinton insider that his wife is Mrs. Emmanuel’s obstetrician. Eric Holder was also assistant to Janet Reno. We can depend on a continuation of the neocon Justice department. By the way, Holder was one of the Clinton team who helped Enron get away with murder
Well that’s it, folks, Obama’s Legion of Doom. This is the team that will be leading us further down the road to hell as more people become homeless and more billionaires enjoy even more corporate profits. Meanwhile the nation will continue to fall apart around our ears. I have not named all the cabinet posts for lack of time. I will look at the rest of them in later posts. We can only hope that the Senate will turn down some of these neocon criminals. Alas, hope has become a bad word around me. Every time somebody says hope, I face-palm.