Change you can believe in

Change you can believe in

I mentioned this earlier: the new Cabinet is the old Cabinet without the 1990s hairstyle. So much for Change.

At campaign events, Obama drew applause when he vowed to tax the “windfall profits” of oil companies. Now, Obama says he won’t enact the tax.

During campaign, Obama pledged to “repeal” Bush’s tax cuts that “favored the wealthy”, and to redistribute that money to the middle class. Now he said he will let them expire as scheduled, at the end of 2010.

During campaign Obama promised to “begin to end the war” on his first day in office. Now Obama says that on his first day in office he will begin to “design a plan for a responsible drawdown”. His main national security positions will actually have Iraq war supporters: Hillary Clinton voted to authorize force in Iraq, and Robert Gates is currently overseeing the war as defense secretary.

Obviously these are responsible, pragmatic positions. But the point is not in judging these decisions, or understanding why a centrist point of view is more reasonable; it is on the disparity between what was promised then and what is promised now.

Says Tim Carpenter, of the Progressive Democrats of America:

He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it’s all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment.

Obama continues to bring hope to people in America. For some, they now hope they will get at least one of the campaign promises fulfilled.