President-Elect Obama won the Oval Office with a hopeful message of change. Americans have grown weary of Republican leadership and President Bush’s domestic and foreign policies. This weariness was , of course, heightened by an obvious liberal media bias aggressively seeking to paint Bush and all of his policies in the worst possible light. For example, for all that Bush’s administration may have gotten wrong regarding the invasion in Iraq and the adminstration’s response to Hurricane Katrina (probably the tipping point in the change of Bush’s public perception), this adminstration got right in responding to the AIDS crisis in Africa with PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), which began with only about 50,000 infected Africans receiving anti-retroviral drugs and how now increased that number to more than 5 million. This is to say that Bush’s adminstration hasn’t been as bad as the media would have us think it has been. Of course, it isn’t just the media that thinks so. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday that “I really believe that President Bush is the worst President we’ve ever had.”

Bush will initially receive the blame for fumbling the ball in Afghanistan and failing to capture Osama bin Laden, prematurely invading Iraq, failing to respond quickly enough to the historic crisis in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and the current economic crisis. But history will not likely judge this adminstration the worst ever, though it certainly won’t be viewed as one of the best. As Bush leaves office the economy is in shambles, but a little homework will reveal that it was the Democratic adminstration of Bill Clinton that set our current economic crisis in motion.

What is most frightening is that now that America has spoken in election Barack Obama and handing over majority seats in both the House of Representatives and Senate, that Democratic leaders seemed poised not only to shape public policy with their majority voting block, but also by seeking to completely neuter any bipartisan voice or cooperation with the Republican Party.

Reports indicate that House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi is seeking to reverse the fairness rules put into place by Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” there was a Republican House Congressional landslide in 1994. The rules were put into place to open up public scrutiny of the formation of public policy on Capital Hill. Prior to this the Democratic-led House was dangerously secretive in their legislative process.

The Republicans reformed of the way the House did business included opening committee meetings to the public and media, making Congress actually subject to federal law, term limits for committee chairmen ending decades-long committee fiefdoms, truth in budgeting, elimination of the committee proxy vote, authorization of a House audit, specific requirements for blanket rules waivers, and guarantees to the then-Democrat minority party to offer amendments to pieces of legislation.

If Pelosi has her way it will effectively silence the voice of the Republican party. But more than this, it will undermine the very foundation of President-Elect Obama’s campaign promises. Even though Obama voted the party line more than 95% of the time as an Illinois Senator, his promise for “change” called for a bipartisan approach to government that hopes to move America beyond an “us vs. them” mentality, desiring that we all work to fix America together.

I will be listening eagerly to see how Obama responds to Pelosi’s proposal. Anything less than a sound denunciation of these partisan tactics on her part will signal that Americans are in for more of the same partisan politics from Obama’s Adminstration.

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