Late yesterday the Obama Administration filed a notice of appeal in the case where the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional. Early in 2011 they will defend DOMA, which candidate Obama called "abhorrent" and vowed to repeal. The White House still claims to want to overturn DOMA.
Yesterday the administration also ended its moratorium on offshore drilling. Anyone who felt during the gulf spill crisis that BP was calling the shots, should read the NYT about the president's "haste" when the three studies about the spill are unfinished. The Secretary of Interior(!) said, "We are open for business."
Yesterday Federal Judge Virginia Phillips issued an injunction to halt Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Last month when she declared DADT unconstitutional, the White House said she lacked authority over the military. Now 21 senators have called on Obama not to appeal Judge Phillips' decision.
Speaking of lacking authority over the military: Afghanistan.
Read The New Yorker piece on Obama and the failed climate change bill: "The White House’s “grand bargain” of oil drilling in exchange for a cap on carbon had backfired spectacularly... Obama said that he knew “the votes may not be there right now, but I intend to find them in the coming months.” He never found them, and he didn’t appear to be looking very hard...[a lobbyist:] '...Everybody is going to be thinking about whether Barack Obama was the James Buchanan of climate change.”
Not to mention the loophole-riddled, gift to big pharma, no public option but yes pre-existing conditions health care compromise written by industry lobbyists.
Speaking of industry lobbyists: Genetically modified meat is coming your way and the FDA doesn't want it labeled as such because that would "confuse consumers." The Washington Post reports the FDA may even ban non-modified food from saying its GMO-free.
Obama is calling for drastically expanded powers to spy on citizens who are not suspected of wrongdoing (Salon). Additionally, the administration wants to track every single international money transfer, in any amount, sent to or from the US.
The documentary Inside Job, which my partner and I loved, was made by an early Obama supporter, Charles Ferguson. Asked to assess the Financial Reform Bill, an industry player said he only needs one word, "Ha!" Of the entire $2 trillion catastrophe, not one person has been charged with a crime. Virtually every principal villain has been rehired or brought into the Administration.