More “Change” Ahead

The Washington Times reports that President-elect Obama wants most of the Bush war team to stay.

“Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary, confirmed that Mr. Gates wants to retain temporarily most political appointees, saying nearly all of the service secretaries and undersecretaries will remain until Senate confirmation of their successors, which can take months. He declined to identify who will be asked to leave. ”

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And the Wall Street Journal has a piece about Democrats working desperately to lower expectations.

Even as they depict a massive stimulus package as indispensable to turning the economy around, U.S. Democratic leaders are aggressively lowering expectations that the package will yield dramatic accomplishments quickly.

Rep. David Obey, who is playing a key role in assembling the stimulus plan, which is expected to approach $800 billion, said recently that an infusion of federal spending is “the only game in town.” But the Wisconsin Democrat, who is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was careful to add: “The downward momentum appears too strong to end the recession anytime soon.”

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I’m not the least bit surprised but I am interested to see how long it takes for most Democratic voters to become disillusioned and disappointed. How does that go again… the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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