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He does it the same way a boa constrictor swallows its prey.
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Most of the savants in the news media (and I speak with the long experience of someone who spent a dozen and half years at major newspapers and magazines) were happy to think: If Mr. Obama can find something good to say about free enterprise, why can’t they find something good to say about Solyndra, high-speed rail, and all the rest? Why can’t Mitt (or Rick or Newt) be more like Barack?
Of course, the interior monologue that I have invented also suggests that same reporters and editors who were cheering Mr. Obama’s remarks at the AP dinner were very much inclined to think of his paean to free enterprise as part of the eyewash that is needed to keep moderates and independents from worrying too much about the perilousness of our current economic course.
Later on this speech, Mr. Obama went on to rail in his usual way about “trickle-down economics” and the ever-present tendency (as he sees it) for the rich to prey upon the poor under conditions of economic freedom. You will never hear this president mimic Milton Friedman in talking about how free enterprise succeeds precisely because it is based on the principles of open competition and voluntary exchange — as opposed to government planning and coercion.
But was the earlier talk of his belief in free enterprise just eyewash?
It was nothing but eyewash if you think the president was “accommodating” free marketing thinking in almost the same way that he “accommodated” leaders of religious institutions who objected to the mandate that they had to offer free contraceptives and abortion-inducting drugs as part of their health care plans. He dealt with that by ordering insurance companies to make these benefits “free” to anyone who wanted them.
In doing so, he added insult to injury — imputing that a cost that might be too great for many people to bear on their own would also be one that insurance companies could afford to give away at no charge with passing along the cost to other consumers regardless of whether they wanted this benefit for themselves or not.
But maybe there is more to it than mere eyewash when Mr. Obama sings the praises of free enterprise.
Perhaps it is more in the nature of an aide to digestion.
As Winston Churchill famously noted, “It is the habit of a boa constrictor to besmear the body of its victim with a foul slime before he devours it.”
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?
H/T to National Review Online