Sunday, February 1, 2009

Obama's Start

The selection of a cabinet well before the inauguration was an auspicious start, whether we fully approve of the choices or not. While I share some concerns about the emphasis on continuity over change in the defense and economic spheres, the immediate material and symbolic changes in the Department of Justice and in the environmental sector are cause for real optimism. The idea of putting environmentalists in the environmental agencies represents almost as radical a transformation as did Bush’s policy of putting lobbyists for regulated industries in charge of the regulatory agencies.

Fortunately for those of us who do political cartoons, the post-Bush GOP has not lost its comic touch. As millions of Americans have lost their jobs and/or homes, the House Minority Leader, and numerous other GOP “leaders”, continue to propose tax cuts as the way to resolve the nation’s woes. Those who have nothing left to pay taxes on will certainly be relieved to hear that things will improve as soon as John Thain's tax burden is lifted.

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