Let us hope that President-elect Obama is good to his pledge to change things in Washington. Congress and all facets of the federal government need a complete cleansing. Old patterns of cronyism and corporate pay-offs must end. But by far the biggest immediate need is to get the stink out of the White House. Left behind by George W. Bush and his administration are horrendous secrets, pay-offs, favoritism, military misadventures, snooping on private citizens, billions upon billions of hidden waste in Iraq and elsewhere, ad infinitum. The Free World awaits your action in this regard.
This cannot stand uninvestigated. To be put in place immediately should be inspectors general who can get at all the fascist-like government secrets used by the Bush administration for unsavory means. Two places to begin with I.G. action would be in the Pentagon and related agencies that squandered literally scores of billions of dollars in Iraq and elsewhere with no resultant benefit, and the Justice Department where the Constitution has been shredded.
Also needing immediate attention is the environment, especially the secret, current laws and actions absolutely ravaging our planet and U.S. citizens, especially children, through favors for the corporate few. Mr. Bush is now secretly manipulating such corporate favors. Yes, all recent presidents did these things at the last minute, but never so directly favoring big business and so harmful to kids.
Get out of Iraq as you promised. We had no business invading a sovereign nation. If every dictator who greatly harmed his own people were to be taken out through invasion by the U.S., why didn't we do this to Somoza, Batista, Marcos, or currently the brutal regimes in Burma and North Korea? Iraq had absolutely no direct connection to 9/11, and every informed citizen of the left or right knows it. Bush lied to us, period. Get out of Iraq! The so-called "nation" of Iraq will splinter apart whether we stay as an occupying army for two years or twenty. Chaos is coming to Iraq, period.
You are in for a big surprise, Mr. Obama. The entire Bush administration used lying as their overall modus operendi.
You are being left one big mess. Good luck.