How will Obama govern? Paulson in the doghouse. Rebuilding a brand. Plus more.
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Terrific article. One question: at what point did bums
become “homeless”? In my mind, the euphemism implies someone
temporarily down on his luck. The non-mentally ill folk are where
they are because of bad decisions, e.g. drug and alcohol abuse.
Aggressive, doped up, and/or drunken panhandlers are just
— Terry Robb
Wealthy, white and liberal suburbanites needn’t worry: President
Obama will either audaciously change the nature of America’s
decrepit cities with a rousing speech (read from a teleprompter),
or maybe he’ll call for withdrawal from the brutal and deadly
urban killing fields in the next 16 months. It is obvious that
the politicians who run the cities have utterly failed to
stabilize and make them peaceful so shouldn’t we leave them to
their own devices? Could it be what the decaying cities needs is
a dose of law and order and less compassion? Might it be
compassionate to take these people off the streets and
involuntarily institutionalize them so as to protect them and us?
Well it doesn’t really matter come next January President Obama
will make everything ok. I have audacious hope for change because
we can do it.
— Michael Tomlinson
RIGHT HAND DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE LEFT IS DOING
Some conservative pundits (e.g., David Brooks, Fred Barnes) are already writing to the effect that Obama will likely govern from the center. They point to supposedly moderate or centrist cabinet appointments, and to some grumbling and disappointment on the far left.
Let’s not give credit where none is due. It is wishful thinking — unnecessary and counterproductive — for conservatives and Republicans to believe that Obama will govern from the center.
Obama’s own political history and background, and the actual practice of the Carter and Clinton administrations, should lead us to expect battles and challenges on a series of key issues. Those who delude themselves into believing Obama will govern from the center will be be unprepared for the battles ahead.
The new administration — Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Joe Biden, Janet Napolitano — will definitely represent change — change in a left direction to be sure, but change nonetheless.
The far left may have its quibbles, but don’t misread them, don’t exaggerate them, and don’t be in denial. The far left and the mainstream media will be cheerleaders as Obama pushes expanded government, increased taxes and spending, government-run health care, “card check” for labor union bosses, weak border security, steps toward amnesty for illegal immigrants, and the nomination of activist judges who will thwart the will of the American people.
Two points above all:
As with Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the Obama administration will harm our foreign policy, retreat before our enemies, and weaken the military.
And regarding Obama’s campaign promise to cut taxes: It was bad enough I had to listen to his lies throughout the campaign. It was bad enough that McCain was ineffective in countering this lying pledge. And it was bad enough that, in the end, on the issue of taxes, Obama lied better than McCain told the truth.
Why add insult to injury? Why give credit where none is due?
Whatever the grumblings of some on the far left, they will like the far left agenda agenda of change — yes, change — that Obama will seek to promote.
Obama will push for government-run health care, cap and trade, an auto bailout, and environmental policies that will harm the economy. He will have the support and enthusiasm of the mainstream media, the liberal elites, and yes even the far left of the Democratic Party.
Obama will expand government and RAISE taxes.
Let’s not disarm ourselves with false optimism and
head-in-the-sand denial about Obama governing pragmatically,
realistically, and from the center.
— Steve Beren
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?