Barak Obama’s Campaign Promises
Record of selected areas of concern.
To read whole list go to: http://www.nationaljournal.com/campaigns/2008/wh08/promises_obama.htm
How do you think he is doing, particularly on the issues that create and affect whistleblowers? -GFS
Eliminate unnecessary middle managers
“Barack Obama will thin the ranks of Washington middle managers, freeing up resources both for deficit reduction and for increasing the number of frontline workers.”—Obama’s “The Change We Need In Washington”
Create ‘SWAT’ unit to improve federal programs
“Barack Obama and Joe Biden will create a focused team within the White House that will work with agency leaders and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to improve results and outcomes for federal government programs while eliminating waste and inefficiency.”—Obama’s “The Change We Need In Washington”
Hire based on merit
“When it comes to hiring people in my administration, the litmus test that will apply will not be based on party or ideology or who’s traded the most favors, but on qualifications and experience. We’re going to have experienced, competent people in the White House.”—05/19/08 Billings, Mont.
Require new hires to deny cronyism
“Obama will issue an executive order asking all new hires at the agencies to sign a form affirming that no political appointee offered them the job solely on the basis of political affiliation or contribution.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Deliver fireside chats online
“He will personally deliver occasional fireside chats via webcast.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Safeguard all nuclear material within four years
“I will lead a global effort to secure all nuclear weapons and material at vulnerable sites within four years.”—4/23/07, Chicago
Keep nonproliferation commitment
“We will not pursue unilateral disarmament. As long as nuclear weapons exist, we’ll retain a strong nuclear deterrent. But we’ll keep our commitment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on the long road towards eliminating nuclear weapons.”—10/2/07, Chicago
Strengthen nonproliferation treaty
“Obama will crack down on nuclear proliferation by strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty so that countries like North Korea and Iran that break the rules will automatically face strong international sanctions.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Stop development of new nuclear weapons
“He will stop the development of new nuclear weapons; work with Russia to take U.S. and Russian ballistic missiles off hair-trigger alert; seek dramatic reductions in U.S. and Russian stockpiles of nuclear weapons and material; and set a goal to expand the U.S.-Russian ban on intermediate-range missiles so that the agreement is global.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Open “America Houses” in Islamic countries
“We will open ‘America Houses’ in cities across the Islamic world, with Internet, libraries, English lessons, stories of America’s Muslims and the strength they add to our country, and vocational programs.”—8/1/07, Washington, D.C.
Support a global education fund
“I will support a $2 billion global education fund to counter the radical madrassas.”—8/1/07, Washington, D.C.
“When I am president, America will reject torture, without exception.”—8/1/07, Washington, D.C.
Close Guantanamo Bay detention center
“As president, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act and adhere to the Geneva Conventions.”—8/10/07, Washington, D.C.
Establish quadrennial review of homeland security threats
“I will establish a Quadrennial Review at the Department of Homeland Security—just like at the Pentagon—to undertake a top-to-bottom review of the threats we face and our ability to confront them.”—8/10/07, Washington, D.C.
Increase funding to train police to gather intelligence
“I will increase funding to help train police to gather information and connect it to the intelligence they receive from the federal government.”—8/1/07, Washington, D.C.
Address al Qaeda prison recruitment efforts
“I will address the problem in our prisons, where the most disaffected and disconnected Americans are being explicitly targeted for conversion by al Qaeda and its ideological allies.”—8/1/07, Washington, D.C.
Expand Army and Marine Corps
“I will add 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines to relieve the strain on our ground forces.”—8/21/07, Kansas City, Mo.
Provide soldiers with necessary equipment
“As president, I will ensure that every service member has what they need to do the job safely and successfully.”—8/21/07, Kansas City, Mo.
“Obama will give our troops new equipment, armor, training, and skills like language training.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Set fixed term for director of national intelligence
“I will make the director of national intelligence an official with a fixed term, like the chairman of the Federal Reserve.”—10/2/07, Chicago
Consult national security experts in Congress
“I will call for a standing, bipartisan consultative group of congressional leaders on national security. I will meet with this consultative group every month and consult with them before taking major military action.”—10/2/07, Chicago
Consult military commanders
“When I am commander in chief, I will seek out, listen to and respect the views of military commanders.”—3/12/08, Chicago
Target every source of fear in the Americas
“That is why there will never be true security unless we focus our efforts on targeting every source of fear in the Americas. That’s what I’ll do as president of the United States.”—5/23/08, Miami
Create information declassification center
“He will institute a national declassification center to make declassification secure but routine, efficient and cost-effective.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Ensure military has enough training
“Obama will rebuild trust with those who serve by ensuring that soldiers and Marines have sufficient training time before they are sent into battle.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Strengthen civilian agencies
“He will also strengthen our civilian capacity, so that our civilian agencies have the critical skills and equipment they need to integrate their efforts with our military.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Give National Guard appropriate equipment, rest
“He will permit them adequate time to train and rest between deployments and provide the National Guard with the equipment they need for foreign and domestic emergencies.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Add National Guard chief to Joint Chiefs
“[Obama] will also give the Guard a seat at the table by making the chief of the National Guard a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
“Obama will fight terrorism and protect America with a comprehensive strategy that finishes the fight in Afghanistan, cracks down on the al Qaeda safe haven in Pakistan, develops new capabilities and international partnerships, engages the world to dry up support for extremism and reaffirms American values.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Require national security officials to hold broadband town halls
“Obama will bring foreign policy decisions directly to the people by requiring his national security officials to have periodic national broadband town hall meetings to discuss foreign policy.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Create international anti-terrorism network
“As president, I will launch an effort across our government to stay ahead of this threat [bio-terrorism].… I’ve proposed a Shared Security Partnership that invests $5 billion over three years to forge an international intelligence and law enforcement infrastructure to take down terrorist networks.” —7/16/08 West Lafayette, Ind.
Make cyber-security a federal priority
“As president, I’ll make cyber-security the top priority that it should be in the 21st century. I’ll declare our cyber-infrastructure a strategic asset, and appoint a National Cyber Advisor who will report directly to me.” —7/16/08 West Lafayette, Ind.
Increase protections for whistleblowers
“Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government.”—Obama’s The Change We Need In Washington”
Ban executive employees from taking gifts from lobbyists
“Barack Obama will issue an executive order banning registered lobbyists or lobbying firms from giving gifts in any amount or any form to executive branch employees.”—Obama’s The Change We Need In Washington”
Stop misuse of no-bid contracts
“I will end the abuse of no-bid contracts in my administration.”—6/22/07, Manchester, N.H.
Be open with American people
“But I can promise you this: I will always tell you what I think and where I stand.”—9/3/07, Manchester, N.H.
“When you walk into my administration, you will not be able to work on regulations or contracts directly related to your former employer for two years. And when you leave, you will not be able to lobby the administration throughout the remainder of my term in office.”—6/22/07, Manchester, N.H.
Put agency meetings with lobbyists online
“When there are meetings between lobbyists and a government agency, we won’t be going to the Supreme Court to keep it secret like Dick Cheney and his energy task force. We’ll be putting them up on the Internet for every American to watch. And instead of allowing lobbyists to slip big corporate tax breaks into bills during the dead of night, we will make sure every single tax break and earmark is available to every American online.”—6/22/07, Manchester, N.H.
Disclose contractor lobbying
“Obama will create a ‘contracts and influence’ database that will disclose how much federal contractors spend on lobbying, and what contracts they are getting and how well they complete them.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Put federal spending information online
“We’ll put government data online and use technology to shine a light on spending.”—6/16/08, Flint, Mich.
Post bills online before signing them
“When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it.”—6/22/07, Manchester, N.H.
Fight for independent oversight of congressional ethics violations
“Obama will use the power of the presidency to fight for an independent watchdog agency to oversee the investigation of congressional ethics violations so that the public can be assured that ethics complaints will be investigated.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Require Cabinet members to hold broadband town hall meetings
“Obama will bring democracy and public policy directly to the people by requiring his Cabinet officials to have periodic national broadband town hall meetings to discuss issues before their agencies.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Disclose regulatory conversations between officials and outsiders
“Obama will amend executive orders to ensure that communications about regulatory policymaking between persons outside government and all White House staff are disclosed to the public.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Require public meetings
“Obama will require his appointees who lead the executive branch departments and rulemaking agencies to conduct the significant business of the agency in public, so that any citizen can watch these debates in person or on the Internet.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change
Restore earmark spending to pre-1994 levels
“Barack Obama is committed to returning earmarks to less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994.”—Obama’s “The Change We Need In Washington”
Cut federal contract spending by at least 10 percent
“Barack Obama will reform federal contracting and reduce the number of contractors, saving $40 billion a year.”—Obama’s “The Change We Need In Washington”
Improve contracting operations
“Barack Obama will hire more contract managers and improve training.”—Obama’s “The Change We Need In Washington”
Cut waste in federal budget
“I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less…”—8/28/08, Denver
Pay for job programs by cutting spending elsewhere
“I’ll pay for every part of this job-creation agenda by ending this war in Iraq that’s costing us billions, closing tax loopholes for corporations, putting a price on carbon pollution, and ending George Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.”—2/24/08, Lorain, Ohio
“Obama will reinstate pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budget rules, so that new spending or tax cuts are paid for by spending cuts or new revenue elsewhere.”—Obama’s Blueprint for Change