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Sunday, November 9

Transition team working to reverse bush era actions

According to the NY Times, while the bushistas are scurrying to enact a series of post-election regulations that would hinder, rather than help Americans who need it, like a new rule that would narrow the scope of services provided to poor people under Medicaid at a time when people are losing their jobs or their healthcare insurance or both, The Washington Post reports that "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, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team."

Obama's team says that many of these bush administration actions and orders were overtly political and set up solely for the Republican agenda. He will reinstate Clinton policies that were upended during 8 years of the bushistas. He will also embrace new environmental safeguards.

The bush administration last year denied California the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles. Obama will overturn that decision. Obama's team doesn't want politics to trump science. Greenhouse gas emissions will now be considered when studying environmental impact of their actions.

The transition team will also seek new guidelines for the Food and Drug Adminstration. I hope this means that we will reconsider Chinese imports.

The bushistas are rapidly enacting new rules and keeping the transition team on its toes.

I would have to say that I'm pretty excited about it all.

See Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions
and New U.S. Rule Pares Outpatient Medicaid Services

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