President-elect Barack Obama

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We have--as a nation--voted a Democrat into the White House while simultaneously increasing the Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate. The problems facing our nation continue to mount, time is short, and progress must be made immediately on several fronts. There is no longer the threat of a veto--although a filibuster is still a possibility--to hold Democrats back from enacting legislation that would fulfill Obama's campaign promises. If they fail to make major accomplishments in relatively short order, they have no one to blame but themselves.

Obama should remember that, as Joshua Holland proved at AlterNet, "America Is a Center-Left Country," and he should govern accordingly. Obama's administration suffers no lack of concerned and informed advice: the ACLU suggests some "Actions for Restoring America," the EFF has a "Privacy Agenda," Al Gore is promoting a plan for energy independence, and Katrina vanden Heuvel offers a "First 100 Days" list at The Nation.

A great way for Obama to general instant forward momentum, as mentioned in this WaPo article, would be to reverse some 200 of Bush's executive orders:

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled 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...

We might find out the extent of Bush's illegal wiretapping when the White House changes hands, but the Bush administration is pissing away our tax dollars with all sorts of giveaways in the interim. The latest is a $140 billion gift to bankers, reminding us that 20 January can't come soon enough.

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