Count me among the millions of people who are relieved that the error of Bush II is coming to a close and who believes that Obama will do better just by showing up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. His campaign proposals, though vague, had the ring of common sense after eight years of pig-headed, disastrous neo-con horse-crap which destroyed the economy, got us into an un-necessary war, tarnished our image overseas and other horrifying foul-up’s. While I’m ready and wiling to give Obama a chance, I’ve been curious about the growing chorus of criticism that’s been coming at him even before he takes office. Most of this has come from the progressive movement which backed him and now wonder why he’s surrounding himself with wanks, shills and good ol’ boys on the Beltway scene.
One particular choice for his inner circle that I find troubling is his pick of the RIAA’s favorite lawyers to serve in the Justice Department, as detailed in this CNet article. These crumb-bums were the ones arguing cases about suing downloaders and as CNET notes, that’s pretty much in line with soon-to-be-vice-prez Joe Bidden’s line that the govt’s gotta crack down on unauthorized downloading of entertainment goodies. My concern (back to CNet) again is that the suits (and maybe Biden) will push the new prez to have tax dough back the prosecution of these cases. Curiously enough, the RIAA had just announced that they were going to back off some on their court cases against downloaders. Is it too ridiculous to see a connection with that and the recent appointment of their lawyers to team Obama?
Time will tell but right now, it ain’t too comforting to have these guys in top law enforcement jobs. Don’t get me wrong- I’m not going to get sentimental about Alberto “Sleazebag” Gonzalez. But I do wonder and worry what the new guys are gonna make their priority after the inauguration.
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