How will Obama govern? Paulson in the doghouse. Rebuilding a brand. Plus more.
Re: Philip Klein’s Learning From the Bush Legacy:
A truly thoughtful and thought provoking article. Well worth repeating. To me this President has always seemed to be bi-polar. Sometimes he behaved like a conservative, for example his emphasis on national defense and defeating the murderous rise of Islam. Then he spent like a Democrat on social programs that accomplish nothing except to increase the national debt. He seemed to be without a cohesive vision of what he wanted accomplish.
We now enter into the next era in our presidential history, the rise of socialism… or do we? Is it possible that Democrats learned during the Clinton years that if you stray too far to the left the American people will boot you out of office as they did in ‘92? Or was that not the work of Democrats, but of Newt and the Republicans?
The “change you can believe in” is appearing like back to the
future. Mr. Obama has appointed recycled Clintonistas, sadly
including Big Momma herself. Next will be the governor appointing
Bubba as the junior senator from NY. If this President is a
two-termer he is likely to be the last President I’ll see, and I
wonder what his legacy will be.
— Jay Molyneaux
LET THEM EAT CAKE
Re: Ben Stein’s Nice Work, Mr. Paulson:
Oh, Mr. Stein, it’s going to get much worse!
It was bound to happen — greedy, wasteful, self-serving corporations claiming to need bailouts from the American taxpayer — and getting them — have inspired greedy, wasteful, self-serving states to come begging, too.
I see no reason whatsoever why American taxpayers should contribute one dime to any state that rushed into bankruptcy through a combination of mad fiscal shortsightedness and fatally-fattened social generosity.
They over-spend, and we pay?
Let them eat cake. If there’s any left after their gleeful,
— A. C. Santore
SIMPLE PLAN, IF ONLY…
Re: W. James Antle, III’s The Last Man Standing:
The GOP has bigger troubles than an ostensible 60 vote majority of Democrats in the stinkin’ Senate. They have to, in a sentence, become the “American party.” Not the “pro-American” party, or the most “constitutionally observant” party, or even produce the best, most electable candidate.
The Republican Party, if it’s interested in ever having a majority that has staying power, has to become the party of voter default. By that I mean the party must have, in any political race or policy battle, the default position of popular opinion.
How do they do that? Talk radio is a start. But Republicans have to question the premise of all that they have policy discussions about. The media is a fine place to start. But why grant the other party’s argument and debate from that point of view?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?