Election 2008: Barack Obama Becomes 44th President
Obviously the big news this week is the election. Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, and the first African American President.
And what do Americans want Obama to tackle first? The economy. Besides finding a new Secretary of Treasury, here are some of the major things that Obama is going to have to work on:
The economic stimulus package. The U.S. congress is ready to act if Obama calls for a pre-inauguration special session.
Mortgages. Will Obama change personal bankruptcy laws?
Federal regulation. Will he consolidate the system? And don’t forget his promise to punish those who manipulate the market and participate in predatory lending?
Auto industry. Can Obama save GM, Ford, and Chrysler from driving over the edge? Word is he’ll be meeting with their CEOs to talk about an additional $25 billion for the fuel efficient vehicle program.
And don’t forget the dismal unemployment numbers.
It’s a lot to deal with right away. But that’s what happens when you inherit such a mess.
Really? Prop 8? What Happened California?
For those of you who don’t know, Prop 8 passing alters the California state constitution to prohibit same sex couples from marrying.
You may be thinking, “Why do they have to be married? Can’t they just live together?”
There are many, many reasons that same sex couples should have the same rights as everyone else: basic human rights, health care, legal issues, inheritance, pensions, benefits, etc. Plus, many of these couples have been married for years and nothing has happened. The world didn’t end. The country didn’t fall apart. Nothing happened. So why change it now? What’s the point?
Discrimination is never ok. Shame on you, California.
(Obama photo courtesy of Obama Biden from Flickr)