Jennifer’s list of things she wants President Obama to consider:
1. The auto industry is directly or indirectly responsible for 1 in 10 American jobs. We need the industry, and we need it healthy. But I wish the Big Three would be encouraged and even forced to enter bankruptcy proceedings, which would in turn encourage and even force the Michigan faction to make fundamental changes designed to save itself. Man up, Detroit.
2. I wish he would offer Nancy Pelosi a nice appointment to some harmless outpost of government that she can’t refuse, but where she can first do no harm. It’s a win-win all the way around. And speaking of doing no harm, please find someone besides RFK Jr. to lead the EPA. I treasure our planet as much as anyone, but his brand of activism is better suited to the private sector. It would be deadly as policy.
3. And lastly, I wish Obama’s DOJ would take steps to eliminate the death penalty in our country, once and for all. Period.
I’m definitely in favor of the first two. As for the third, well, this is what I told Norm Geras last summer:
I keep changing my mind on the death penalty. At the moment, I favour it, but this is subject to change.
I don’t think the DOJ has the authority to pull off such a thing, but surely there’s some sort of leadership, or inspiration, or something, they can provide, should the Administration be so inclined.