Your move, Putin

January 28, 2009

Obama’s foreign policy post on his website lists as one of his goals:

“Move Toward a Nuclear Free World: Obama and Biden will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons, and pursue it. Obama and Biden will always maintain a strong deterrent as long as nuclear weapons exist. But they will take several steps down the long road toward eliminating nuclear weapons. They will stop the development of new nuclear weapons; work with Russia to take U.S. and Russian ballistic missiles off hair trigger alert; seek dramatic reductions in U.S. and Russian stockpiles of nuclear weapons and material; and set a goal to expand the U.S.-Russian ban on intermediate-range missiles so that the agreement is global.”

These are ambitious and excellent goals.  Who knows what will happen, but doesn’t this sound like a better world?


Obama’s first weekly address

January 28, 2009

What a plan!  I can’t think of 4 more important things to invest in than clean energy, health care, education, and transportation (roads, mass transit, and ports).  And of course the announcement for:

RECOVERY.GOV.  Does Obama really mean to announce each dollar of the contracts that they issue during this plan?  If we go to this website, “every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars.”  Would this be an uprecedented level of disclosure in world history?  Has a King ever posted his treasury’s bank statement?

In the introduction to the address, it quoted:

“the plan will update our electric grid by laying more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines; weatherize 2.5 million homes; protect health insurance for more than 8 million Americans in danger of losing their coverage; secure 90 major ports; renovate 10,000 schools; and triple the number of science fellowships.”

For health care, he said: “To lower health care cost, cut medical errors, and improve care, we’ll computerize the nation’s health record in five years, saving billions of dollars in health care costs and countless lives. And we’ll protect health insurance for more than 8 million Americans who are in danger of losing their coverage during this economic downturn.”

Bravo and Bravo.  The question now is: how?  Here’s guessing there will be some kind of

To me, it sounds great.  And I look forward to reading more about it on