Nixon gave us “The Plumbers”, McCain gave us “Joe the Plumber” and now Obama has given us “48 Plumbers.”

We now learn the Obama really was indeed “measuring the drapes for the Oval Office” for a long time prior to the election, but not in the way the Republicans told it. The story in the Washington Post, “Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions”, describes the efforts he made to reverse as many of the executive orders of the soon to be late, unlamented Bush administration as quickly as he could.

A number of cynics believed Obama was just a smooth talker who couldn’t be trusted to make the changes he promised.

How often did we read one or another poster on this website write something to the effect of “I’ll believe it when I see it”?

We now learn from the Washington Post that “a team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration.”

“A list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues.”

Two crucial point: first, which “other issues” are on the list, and second and most important, what even more important, what atrocious presidential power grabbing executive orders and decisions will the transition team discover once Obama is sworn in?

Does anybody doubt that the worst is yet to be discovered about how Bush secretly used every means at his disposal to create the unitary executive presidency, violate our civil rights, and turn the Constitution into the Constitution.

Here are the executive orders and Bush policies so far revealed which Obama would reverse, as described in the Washington Post article:

  • lift the ban on stem cell reach funding
  • resume funding all international family planning without regard to the policy on abortion
  • allow California to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles.
  • declare that carbon dioxide emissions are endangering human welfare
  • alter procedures for decision-making on climate issues
  • address the need for improved food and drug regulation
  • I read somewhere that McCain didn’t even have a transition team. I wouldn’t be surprised if Palin had a team of four dozen decorators and stylists preparing for her transition into true divahood.

    The list above barely scratches the surface, but 200 specific reversals that can be enacted almost immediately are nothing to sneeze at.

    The Washington Post writes that a top transition team member told them that they are “now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensives.”

    Mike Luckovich
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Nov 5, 2008

    My hunch is that now that he’s president elect and has been briefed on the extent of Bush’s Constitution “legacy”, Barack Obama will give his gang of four dozen a full-speed-ahead to plumb every White House sewer. (Enlarge Mike Luckovich’s cartoon for his insightful take on the task Obama faces.)

    Click HERE to enlarge if you can stand the stench
    from the bowels of the White House.

    President Nixon’s “Plumbers” were criminals.

    Senator McCain and Governor Palin’s everyman hero “Joe the Plumber” is an egotistical and ignorant fraud.

    President-elect Obama has given us “48 Plumbers.”, the equivalent of a SWAT team armed with plungers and toilet snakes.

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    1. pollchecker

      This is especially important considering Rueters reports the following:

      Bush Rushing Through Environmental Policy Changes Before Leaving Power

      ….the Bush administration is also sprinting to enact environmental policy changes before leaving power.

      Whether it’s getting wolves off the Endangered Species List, allowing power plants to operate near national parks, loosening regulations for factory farm waste or making it easier for mountaintop coal-mining operations, these proposed changes have found little favor with environmental groups.

      The one change most environmentalists want, a mandatory program to cut climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, is not among these so-called “midnight regulations.”

      Bureaucratic calendars make it virtually impossible that any U.S. across-the-board action will be taken to curb global warming in this administration, though both Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama have promised to address it if they win Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election.

    2. Pablo

      There’s are reasons
      for doubting Obama’s sincerity, namely his support of the FISA bill granting immunity to the telecoms for illegal spying on americans, and secondly his support of the recent $800 billion bailout of the rich at the risk of the taxpayers. We can only hope those were just cases of pandering to the lost, I mean, undecided voter block.

      The best way for Obama to prove his sincerity will be to replace robert gates with minimally, somebody who wasn’t involved in the treasonous Iran-Contra affair. Millions of us are just waiting to see.

    3. gazelle1929

      It looks to me as though Obama is going to silence all the critics who said he lacked experience and depth by just quietly doing the work required to turn us back into a nation which believes in itself and understands the moral and legal framework upon which it rests.

      For years we have seen and heard the mantra “Give Peace a chance.” Let us now add a new mantra:

      “Give Obama a chance.”

      I predict that he will quietly and forcefully and fairly lead us into a future that will be better for all of us.

    4. Flapsaddle

      Mao Zedong lamented becoming a “dead ancestor” long before his actual demise.

      George Bush has simply become more dead, if such a thing were possible.

      Most sincerely,

      T. J. Flapsaddle

    5. frank verismo

      “The list above barely scratches the surface, but 200 specific reversals that can be enacted almost immediately are nothing to sneeze at.”

      None of the items on the list so far address Cheney/Bush’s assault on Constitutional rights.

      It’s sadly fitting that the only thing in the article above that does is a cartoon.

      Stem cell research and carbon dioxide emissions just don’t cut it. I’m still waiting for the substance.

    6. Hal Brown

      I agree. But the news is that Obama has four dozen transition team members, presumably lawyers and other experts, going over Bush’s signing statements and executive orders to see which one Obama can reverse on his own once assuming office.

      I have a feelings that some of their meetings begins with “HOLY SH|T you won’t believe what I discovered Bush did today!”

      Frank V., the two paragraphs following the one you quoted do address Bush’s shredding the Constitution. That’s what the strikeout through the word Constitution meant.

      And by the way:

      Barack Obama will move swiftly to close Guantanamo Bay as soon as he takes office, his aides revealed today, a clear and early sign of how aggressively he wants to break with President Bush the moment he is sworn in.

      Mr Obama is planning to ship dozens of terror suspects from the prison to face criminal trial in the US as part of a plan to shut the jail down. It is a controversial move but one that demonstrates how abruptly he plans to change Washington in terms of policy, personnel and tone the moment he enters the Oval Office. LINK

      I’ve waited eight years for this. I don’t expect changes overnight. But I bet that they will come faster than many people are predicting.

    7. pollchecker

      Personally, I in light of recent news, think POTUS Obama should have his new Attorney General, whoever it may be look into criminal prosecution of GW Bush for highway robbery and crimes against the USA.

    8. DejaVuAllOver

      I just hope Obama puts the machinery of the Federal Government to work digging under the rocks to find Bush’s dirty-bombs as diligently as the Bushies did planting them. May you receive the wrath of 10,000 Monica Goodlings, oh evil ones.