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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Monday, January 28, 2008

Obama and Indian Country

If elected, Obama pledges to appoint a White House Indian Policy advisor and have yearly "summit meetings" with tribal leaders. He also wants to "reform" the trust program (whatever that means), protect sacred sites (I hope that means what it sounds like) and increase funding for education, housing and health care in Indian Country.

UPDATE: A (skeptical) analysis of Obama's proposals from Wampum.

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Blogger Eric said...

A little off subject, but what fascinates me most about the Obama phenomenon is that Democratic voters are on the verge of making this guy their standard-bearer over far more experienced Democrats like Richardson, Biden, Dodd and even Clinton. It seems to suggest a pretty pervasive discontent with the party's leadership and a desire for something new. I only hope Obama can live up to the expectations.

1/29/2008 6:06 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

"It seems to suggest a pretty pervasive discontent with the party's leadership and a desire for something new."

Democrats are ALWAYS discontent with the party's leadership; even the party leadership is discontent with the party leadership. "Leading" Democrats is kind of like trying to "leads" cats with a fire hose.

1/29/2008 7:21 PM  
Blogger dmarks said...

I would not call Clinton that much more experienced than Obama.

1/30/2008 4:31 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I was referring to political experience, not office-holding experience. In that respect, I think Obama has her beat by a couple of years counting his time in the Illinois legislature.

1/30/2008 11:42 PM  

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