Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Week 1 Of a Shiny New World

Symbolism and substance matter. I won't make this a regular post but let me just take note of the important things Obama has done.

Wednesday, 01/21
  • Freezes pay for senior staffers making more than $100K.
  • Disallowing lobbyists from joining his admin from working on issues they lobbied for
  • Any person leaving his admin will not be allowed to lobby his admin. Ever!
  • Promises that the gov't when asked for information will have a default position of providing it, not hiding it.

Thursday, 01/22
  • Signs executive order telling CIA to close all black site prisons.
  • Order also instructs that Guantanamo Bay prison to be closed within a year.
  • Order instructs CIA to obey Geneva Conventions on torture.

Friday, 01/23
  • The FDA approves the first human trials of stem cell treatments for spinal cord injuries. Yes, I know this isn't specifically Obama and as I write this on Friday I am waiting for him to loosen funding restrictions on stem cell research. But do you think this would have happened when Bush was in charge? I believe the approval would have been squashed.
  • Obama overturns the "Mexico City Policy," aka the Global Gag rule. I suspect this will be one of his more controversial moves in the early days but one I support so it makes my list of good deeds.

Monday, 01/26
  • Obama has directed the EPA to reconsider California proposed emission standards for automobiles. This may have some positive and negative impacts but will have most positive long term effects.



Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

I LOVE our new Prez so far!!!! :)

9:45 PM  

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