Obama’s ‘Blueprint for Change’ Includes Scores of New Spending Proposals

August 29, 2008 - 6:59 PM
A review of four of the 23 pillars of “change” outlined in Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s “Blueprint for Change,” posted on his Web site, reveals nearly 100 objectives Obama has set for the federal government if he wins the election this fall.
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A review of four of the 23 pillars of “change” outlined in Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s “Blueprint for Change,” posted on his Web site, reveals nearly 100 objectives Obama has set for the federal government if he wins the election this fall.

(CNSNews.com) – A review of four of the 23 pillars of “change” outlined in Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) “Blueprint for Change,” posted on the candidate’s campaign Web site, reveals nearly 100 objectives Obama has set for the federal government if he wins the election this fall.
 
The “Blueprint for Change” is an “innovative approach to challenge the status quo and get results,” Obama’s Web site says, but a spokesman for a conservative anti-tax group told CNSNews.com that it will be impossible for the government to afford many of the things Obama said he will do.
 
“It [the Blueprint for Change] is a laundry list of new government programs,” Nachama Soloveichik, communications director for the conservative Club for Growth, told CNSNews.com. “It’s just a huge list. I am pretty sure that everything is going to cost even more than he says it will, and he has already promised to raise taxes.”
 
“I am sure we can’t afford it,” said Soloveichik. “Obama wants to pay for it by raising taxes, but there’s a real problem of affordability. I don’t know how much taxes would have to go up to pay for, but it would certainly be a lot.”
 
But Ben Harris, a senior researcher at the Tax Policy Center, said some of the spending should be considered an investment.
 
“Infrastructure and education spending might bring us rewards five to 20 years down the road,” said Harris. “Both could be seen as investments.”
 
“Energy is also a major economic issue right now, and having a good energy policy is critical to our economic health in the future,” said Harris.
 
Harris added that some spending, like spending to care for the elderly “has its own merits.”
 
In four of Obama’s 23 pillars of “change,” the following plans are listed:
 
Obama’s Goals for Reform Education (condensed from the “Blueprint for Change).
 
- Expand Pell Grants for low-income students
- Develop a community college partnership program
- Reform No Child Left Behind
- Make college affordable
- Ensure access to high-quality early childhood education programs and child care
- Work to recruit well-qualified teachers to every classroom in America
- Reward expert, accomplished teachers for taking on challenging assignments and helping children succeed
- Support highly-competent principals and school leaders
- Make science and math education a national priority
- Reduce the high school dropout rate
- Close the achievement gap and invest in what works
- Empower parents to raise healthy and successful children
- Simplify the application process for college financial aid
- Develop an American opportunity tax credit
- Eliminate costly bank subsidies
- Help students become aware of college readiness
 
Obama’s Goals for Energy and the Environment
 
- Build more livable and sustainable communities
- Overhaul federal efficiency standards for vehicles and buildings
- Reduce federal energy consumption
- Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
- Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future
- Put 1 million plug-in hybrid cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon on the road by 2015
- Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025
- Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050
- Immediately provide an emergency energy rebate.
- Release oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve(SPR) to cut prices
- Create a “Green Vet Initiative”
- Create new job training programs for clean technologies.
- Mandate all new vehicles are flexible fuel vehicles
- Develop the next generation of sustainable biofuels and infrastructure
- Establish a national low carbon fuel standard
- Promote the supply of domestic energy
- Implement a “Use it or Lose It” approach to existing oil leases
- Get more from our existing oil fields
- Promote the responsible domestic production of oil and natural gas
- Prioritize the construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline
- Develop and deploy clean coal technology
- Develop safe and secure nuclear energy
- Deploy the cheapest, cleanest, fastest Source Energy efficiency
- Flip incentives to energy utilities
- Invest in a smart grid
- Weatherize one million homes annually
- Tackle climate change
- Crack down on excessive energy speculation
- Make the U.S. a leader on climate change
 
Obama’s Goals in Reducing Poverty
 
- Fully Fund the Community Development Block Grant
- Expand transitional jobs and career pathways programs
- Increase access to capital in underserved communities
- Create a new FHA housing security program
- Create fund to help homeowners avoid foreclosures
- Create a new mortgage interest tax credit for those who don’t itemize
- Reduce crime recidivism by providing ex-offender supports
- Improve transportation access to jobs
- Support parents with young children
- Expand paid sick days
- Expand early childhood education
- Expand the earned income tax credit
- Ensure freedom to unionize
- Help youth connect with growing job sectors
- Create a national network of public-private business incubators
- Promote digital inclusion
- Raise the minimum wage
- Provide a tax cut for working families
- Eliminate income taxes for seniors making less than $50,000
- Promote responsible fatherhood
- Place high-quality teachers in low-income classrooms
- Extend summer school opportunities to low-income students
- Reduce the high school dropout rate
- Increase the supply of affordable housing:
- Combat mortgage fraud and predatory subprime loans
- Close the bankruptcy loophole for mortgage companies
- Create a Whitehouse office on urban policy
- Ensure community-based investment resources in every urban community
- Establish ‘promise neighborhoods’ for areas of concentrated poverty
- Build roads, airports, and infrastructure
- Reinvest in rural technology resources
- Encourage investment in rural America
- Providing affordable, comprehensive and portable health coverage for every
American
- Address rural poverty
 
Obama’s Goals to Reform Healthcare
- Provide quality, affordable & portable health coverage for all
- Create a national health insurance exchange
- Provide mandatory coverage of children
- Modernize the U.S. health care system to contain spiraling health care costs
- Invest in health information technology
- Improve prevention care
- Improve management of chronic conditions
- Increase insurance industry competition
- Provide reinsurance for catastrophic coverage
- Reduce costs of catastrophic illnesses for employers and their employees.
- Lower health costs by increasing competition in the insurance and drug markets
- Fight health disparities
- Foster healthy communities