The new administration's Blueprint for Change devotes four pages to most of the political issues it encompasses, but on immigration there are two. But it says enough to know where Obama intends to take the country. Obama opens the section on immigration with an excerpt from a speech he made in 2007 on the Senate floor where he calls for reuniting immigrant families, implying that he believes the United States needs to continue both "chain migration" — whereby immigrants to the United States are allowed to sponsor an almost endless linkage of family members to become citizens — and enact an amnesty.
"Brilliant," "brainy," "super-smart," and "Wall Street smarts" — these seemed to be some of the recurring words used to describe President-elect Barack Obama's two top economic picks — Timothy Geithner, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, for sectretary of the Treasury; and former Secretary Treasury Lawrence Summers for National Economic Council director. The praise for Geithner and Summers did not just come from Democrats. According to USA Today, "'Brilliant,' 'outstanding' and 'exceptionally talented' were some of the words used to describe [Obama's] two top choices ... and that came from Republicans."
"We must act quickly and we must act boldly to transform our entire economy — from our cars and our fuels to our factories and our buildings," writes Barack Obama on his campaign website in the introduction to his energy section, as part of his Blueprint for Change. He also outlines some of his proposals for the environment and the energy situation, which include everything from increasing taxes on oil companies so that he can redistribute the money to new energy industries to implementing an economy-wide "cap-and-trade" system for carbon emissions.
A key platform of Obama's campaign is an effort to increase Americans' willingness to serve the government, along with more federal funding for service programs. "I won't just ask for your vote as a candidate," Obama told a group of Iowans in December of 2007. "I will ask for your service and your active citizenship when I am president of the United States." In his "Blueprint for Change," Obama and Biden outline some of the major components of their plan in this regard.
President-elect Barack Obama's "Blueprint for Change" calls for "affordable, accessible health care for all." After a quote from a speech he gave in Iowa City explaining that we have an "obligation" to "turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday's health care debates," he outlines his plans "at a glance."
In the wake of a presidential race that culminated in the election of a pro-abortion administration, U.S. Catholic bishops moved quickly on November 11 to send notice to Barack Obama that they would oppose legislation to roll back abortion restrictions.
According to Obama, "Change has come to America." But has it really? And if so, what kind of change is it? In his 83-page "Blueprint for Change," the new president-elect proposes a myriad of ideas. Most of his plan involves more spending and, according to some experts, stepping further outside the bounds of the Constitution than ever before. His plan covers everything from healthcare, the economy, ethics, seniors, education, energy, immigration, and rural issues to poverty, service and civil rights.
As part of an ongoing post-election series entitled "The 44th President," the New York Times conducted an "If You Were President ..." reader poll on November 11 asking readers to "Make your selections for President-elect Obama's cabinet by choosing the name of a potential member of the new administration from a pulldown, or entering your own pick."