I fail to see the change or hope in Volker, Clinton, Emanuel, Dashcle, Summers and Gates, especially when you consider Kennedy, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Nadler, Schumer, Dodd and Waxman being a part of the "hopenchange". I don't see a libertarian anywhere in sight.
Actually, you have Obama in the midst, an image of hope and change with no experience and no solid pronouncements of what he'll do to create change. This has been an accomplished feat of image-making, but so far it's empty of substance and the formation of the team screams "same old, same old".
There is nothing hopeful or transforming about traditional Democrat policies, and this is all I see coming. I understand that Obama is not yet in office, but he's the one who's inserting himself in the national consciousness and preaching hope and change -- it would have more meaning if he gave the country something substantive to show that hope and change is on the way, rather than parading out one tired old political hack after another. The old Clinton team left to their own devices in the 90s would have destoyed the country, yet we're supposed to feel hope that this is the best "change" he could find?
Real hope and change would be to reform government by choosing a team that embraces free market fundamentals, values the protection of liberty and are weilding axes to cut spending rather than plans and super-calculators to increase spending. Real hope and change would be an immediate end to corporate welfare and a deep cut in taxes. Real hope and change would be to end restrictions on energy production and a friendly signal to small and medium-size businesses that true competition in the maket place is on. Real hope and change would be a committment to limited government and privatization of failing government programs, a broad effort to implement school choice and a middle finger to unions who think they own the Democrat Party.
But this isn't about real hope and change, it's about image and a new gang's version of plutocracy -- it's about power and central-planning, about the mirage of justice to implement greater government control over industry. When Obama announces a change with just an ounce of libertarianism in it, I will give an ounce of hope.