John A. Quayle
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Wed Dec 3 00:36:03 MST 2008
Free Congress Foundation Commentary: Anticipated and Unanticipated
By Paul M. Weyrich
December 2, 2008
Surprise, surprise. President-elect Barack H. Obama has appointed a
center-right group of economic advisers. That is center-right in the
Democratic context. That does not make them conservative but they are at
least free-market advocates. When he was campaigning for President Senator
John S. McCain, III (R-AZ) warned that Obama was a socialist and suggested
that he would appoint socialists to his cabinet if elected. There is not a
socialist in the bunch. This does not mean that Obama will not tax the rich
as he promised during his campaign. This does not mean that he will not
have a massive government take-over of the healthcare system. Since his
economic team believes in the free market, perhaps they will persuade Obama
that any tax increase is a bad idea, particularly in an economic downturn.
He may have to postpone tax increases. Or he may let the Bush tax cuts
expire. Obama still wants to tax income for Medicare and Social Security.
So what government gives with one hand, it will take away with the other.
Americans may feel the pinch in their pocketbooks. And since his economic
team believes in the free market maybe it will advise him to move slowly
and carefully as to nationalizing the healthcare system.
And surprise, surprise. President-elect Obama has selected a national
security team that is not hard left. There is no radical among them.
Retaining Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, if only for one year, is a
brilliant idea. I know Gates personally and have a great deal of confidence
in him. He will do his best to protect the United States and our interests.
And while I am no particular fan of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY),
she probably will make a good Secretary of State. We shall see but she also
may not recommend actions which will harm the United States. And while I do
not care for retired General James Jones, who opposed the surge in Iraq, as
National Security Advisor he may prove to be a good choice. I note that
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was positive
after his first meeting with the President-elect. He says the matter of
Iraq never was mentioned nor was Afghanistan. So much for giving the
withdrawal order from Iraq before even taking office.
All of this has the left-wing blogs in a state of panic. They feel
betrayed. Some of them want to give Obama the benefit of the doubt but
others believe they have been had. Calm down, lefties. It is clear to me
that while the President-elect may not be a socialist per se and may be a
realist on foreign policy, he gives every indication of being radical on
domestic social issues. He fully intends to undo almost all of President
George W. Bush's Executive Orders protecting human life, the most
fundamental element of society and civilization. Despite warnings from the
Roman Catholic Church not to enact the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which
would codify Roe v. Wade and do away with all state and federal
restrictions on abortion, he would force Catholic doctors to perform
abortions or leave the profession. He would tell Christian hospitals that
they must perform abortions or be shut down. The Vatican told Time that
Obama appears to be declaring war on the Catholic Church. So much is done
these days with adult stem cells that there is no need to destroy embryos
to obtain stem cells. But Obama has pledged to enact embryonic stem-cell
legislation which is vehemently opposed by the pro-life community. And
Obama is very likely to advocate hate-crime legislation to favor
homosexuals, which Republicans have held up for many years. He is likely to
sponsor some kind of gay-rights legislation, doing away with the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA), signed by President William J. Clinton, which says
that no state can to be forced to recognize so-called homosexual marriages
from another state. Obama wants to see gay marriage universally accepted.
Do not expect moderation on social issues in the next Administration.
Former Senator Tom Daschle, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human
Services, has a long-established pro-abortion voting record. That may keep
Daily Kos and other left-wing bloggers quiet though they would like
socialists in all areas of government. They would like pacifists to
emasculate the military, but above all else they want unlimited
taxpayer-funded abortions, hate crimes legislation and the Censorship
Doctrine to silence opposition. By radicalism on social issues Obama may
keep his coalition together.
Paul M. Weyrich is Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.
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