October 28th, 2008
04:44 PM ET

The first 100 days: What to expect in an Obama presidency

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Patrick Buchanan
Real Clear Politics

Not only is Obama ahead in the state and national polls, he has more money, is running far more ads, has a superior organization on the ground, attracts larger crowds, and has greater enthusiasm and more media in camp. And new voter registrations heavily favor the Democrats.

Though Congress is regarded by Americans with a disdain bordering on disgust - five of six Americans think it has done a poor job - Democratic majorities are certain to grow. Indeed, with Democrats favored by 10 points over Republicans, Nancy Pelosi's majority could grow by 25 seats and Harry Reid could find himself with a filibuster-proof majority of 60 senators.

Democrats already have 49, plus two independents: Socialist Bernie Sanders and Independent Joe Lieberman. Their challengers are now ahead in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oregon and Colorado, with a chance of picking up Georgia, Alaska, Kentucky and Mississippi.

We may be looking at a reverse of 1980, when Reagan won a 10-point victory over Jimmy Carter, and Republicans took the Senate and, working with Boll Weevil Democrats, effective control of the House.

With his tax cuts, defense buildup and rollback policy against the "Evil Empire," Reagan gave us some of the best years of our lives, culminating in America's epochal victory in the Cold War.

What does the triumvirate of Obama-Pelosi-Reid offer?

Rep. Barney Frank is calling for new tax hikes on the most successful and a 25 percent across-the-board slash in national defense. Sen. John Kerry is talking up new and massive federal spending, a la FDR's New Deal. Specifically, we can almost surely expect:

- Swift amnesty for 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens and a drive to make them citizens and register them, as in the Bill Clinton years. This will mean that Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona will soon move out of reach for GOP presidential candidates, as has California.

- Border security will go on the backburner, and America will have a virtual open border with a Mexico of 110 million.

- Taxes will be raised on the top 5 percent of wage-earners, who now carry 60 percent of the U.S. income tax burden, and tens of millions of checks will be sent out to the 40 percent of wage-earners who pay no federal income tax. Like the man said, redistribute the wealth, spread it around.

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  1. Annie Kate

    I was getting concerned as I read this article and then I realized it was by Pat Buchanan. He has a right to his ideas and beliefs so i will not knock him for them but in reading his article I found it beneficial on some of his points to consider the source.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  2. B.J.

    Typical right-wing rhetoric. Trying to label everything on the extreme end, when most liberals/democrats would go nowhere near that far on most of these issues.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  3. Arachnae

    ... you say these like they're bad things...

    October 28, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  4. Mike, NC

    These reasons stated above are proof that no matter how ignorant his "blinded" followers are, they can find the facts that show how much our nation would suffer with Obama in office, especially upper class. Amnesty for illegal immigrants, tax increases AGAIN, less border security (which is already low enough). It is a disaster waiting to happen.
    Open your eyes America. Neither of the two candidates are a dream come true, but McCain is obviously the lesser of the two evils, no matter how composed and oratorically skilled Obama is.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  5. Larry

    If I were in the top 5% I'd be already relocating my company to Eastern Europe or Africa.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  6. JC- Los Angeles

    Our nation will reflect the social policies of San Francisco; the wealth will be redistributed to the inner city; the military will be downsized; tax cuts will be forgotten; and the Middle East (including Israel) will be on their own.

    Companies will manufacture and sell goods strictly overseas and vast sums of money will leave the US and be deposited into foreign bank accounts.

    Anybody outside of the connected few, will be grouped together and the middle class will move closer to the lower class.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  7. Vegas

    Don't forget the massive move of wealth to forign banks to avoid captial gains... the closing and moving of buisness to avoid the 200K or high mass tax increases... the large corp layoffs to avoid the payroll tax increase... followed with the decrease in good health care because once the gov controls it... well.. like a court appointed defense attorney... you get what you pay for...

    Great times ahead... but like the Carter years... we will survive it... most likley anyway

    October 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  8. Cindy

    If Obama wins I expect him to screw up royally! But not to worry...he'll have Pelosi and Reid by his side!! Oh right...they've done nothing in the last two years also! OPP's...this country is going to be in one heck of a mess!


    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  9. Stacy

    Oh my God! The Democrats are going to make everybody marry a gay illegal abortionist terrorist! And they're going to raise all our taxes?! Hide the children!

    Thanks for the laugh, Pat. Your paranoia is astounding. I for one cannot wait to live in Obamaland.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:05 pm |