Monday, January 26, 2009

Where Did Obama's Economic Policies Go?

NEW YORK, New York -- As a candidate and president-elect, Barack Obama's websites ( and then featured a comprehensive economic agenda that included broad, ambitious plans for energy, manufacturing and tax policy.

I give your new economic agenda a thumbs ... down!

Obama's new site, however,, seems to have ditched all those candidate pipe dreams (otherwise known as the reason he was elected) in favor of a much, much thinner agenda: Obama's economic agenda is now confined exclusively to the bullet points of his stimulus plan ("The President's Recovery and Reinvestment Plan"):
  • Doubling the production of alternative energy in the next three years.
  • Modernizing more than 75% of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of two million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills.
  • Making the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized.
  • Equipping tens of thousands of schools, community colleges, and public universities with 21st century classrooms, labs, and libraries.
  • Expanding broadband across America, so that a small business in a rural town can connect and compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
  • Investing in the science, research, and technology that will lead to new medical breakthroughs, new discoveries, and entire new industries.
Those are all well and good, but what else can we expect Obama to stand for once the stimulus plan passes (or, even moreso, if it doesn't)? The Walter Duranty Report sent in an e-mail to the contact address on, but not surprisingly have not heard anything back.

No other policy areas on the site have been altered from what Obama has proposed all along. While it's good for the president to get the Republitards and "Blue Dog Democrats" (doesn't it feel stupid to say that?) to focus on the stimulus package as proposed and not spout off on what else he'd like to do, it makes me wonder whether the other ambitious items (including creating a Manufacturing Investment Bank and Advanced Technologies Fund to create long-term jobs growth) have been abandoned indefinitely, which would be a very bad thing.

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