Obama's Stimulus Package outcome has been almost a duplicate (vote wise) of the SCHIP vote. In the House the Stimulus Package passed with a straight party line vote. The Republicans again voting en masse against Obama's Stimulus Package. The Republican's no vote has become routine, a knee jerk reaction. What terrible things are in the Stimulus that the Republicans are opposed to? Tax cuts for 95% of Americans? $634 billion for health care? Taxing big oil? Reducing income inequality? Increasing taxes on people who make over $250 million a year? Probably a bingo of the last three. The suggestion, or insistence, by the Right that Obama is a socialist is completely ludicrous. Because he wants to remedy some tax and income and other inequalities does not in any way indicate that he is not a capitalist, just that he is less survival of the fittest and social Darwinist-oriented then Republicans.
There are humanitarian qualities that seem evident in Obama's domestic endeavors that would increase the degree of civility in the country that has been absent since the time of FDR. A move back to that sort of decency would be a welcome shift.
Probably the most important and problematic area for Obama and the World is his apparent willingness to escalate a warfare setting in South Asia. We should be engaged in Afghanistan, Pakistan etc. encouraging and in some ways and cases enforcing the protection of women and girls in education and civil rights. Any militarism should be primarily a tool to protect humanitarian endeavors. The all too frequent civilian losses and casualties in Afghanistan and most recently in drone missile attacks in Pakistan must be ended and humanitarian missions such as protecting girls schools, roads, water and agricultural projects should be our primary endeavor and concern.
We are entering a new era with Obama, hopefully a more representative Congress and an active populace. How will things evolve? Predictions?