Know a man by the company he keeps

In this case, Barack Obama and his new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

Emanuel is:

• Pro-war
• Staunchly pro-Israel
• A former Freddie Mac board member during the time it was plagued by campaign contribution “failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention.”
• “[T]he top House recipient in the 2008 election cycle of contributions from hedge funds, private equity firms and the larger securities/investment industry” (per Open Secrets).
• An advocate of a three-month compulsory universal service program for Americans between the ages of 18 and 25.

The compulsory service plan, by the way, was posted and then quickly pulled from President-elect Obama’s official website. See this screen cap taken before the site was updated:

America Serves

“Compulsory service” used to be called “the draft”.

Regardless of whether the service plan for America’s youth is voluntary or compulsory, President-elect Obama’s supporters will soon find that he’s not changing as quickly or as completely as they’d like. And it looks from here as though Rahm Emanuel may be the Dick Cheney of the Barack Obama White House.

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