maintenance we need

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I am on the edge of my seat about his cabinet picks.  Treasury Secretary is, for me, the most important choice Obama has to make right now.  Paul Krugman recently won the Nobel Prize for Economics and has been very vocal in the media on what is right and wrong with the bailout bill.  He is a measured and contemplative man who has the same kind of calm temperament as Obama.  I’d like to see a Secretary Krugman in the White House next year, although there is much talk about Warren Buffet.

I think that Colin Powell has a lot of amends to make for his role in the Iraq war.  While I was shocked and appalled by his U.N. testimony, he is also a highly experienced diplomat.  I’d like to see him back in the Secretary of State role.  He should have a chance to redeem himself as we know he can.

Unfortunately, Obama will most likely pick a hawk for Defense Secretary given his statements about increasing troop levels in Afghanistan.  I think this is a mistake and still hold out hope that his mind will change when he gets behind that desk.  The so-called “war on terror” is an unnecessary and counterproductive use of military force.  The response to 9/11 should have been a police mission to find and bring the perpetrators to justice.  I think we have created more terrorists than we have captured or killed.  Our children will be facing the children of the peoples we have occupied, tortured, and killed.  Bush’s so-called “war on terror” will come back to haunt our grandchildren just as our past interference in other countries came back to haunt us on 9/11.

The rest of his cabinet?  I have no idea.  Maybe Al Gore as head of the EPA?  How about John Edwards or Hillary Clinton as Attorney General?  What do you think?

A message to Obama supporters:  Take down your signs and take off your bumper stickers.  They were useful as a motivation and a campaign tool.  But they have no use any longer.  We must now hold Barack Obama accountable for the changes he promised.


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