February 27, 2009

AN AWFULLY MODERATE RADICAL:

The Obamaist Manifesto (Charles Krauthammer, February 27, 2009, Washington Post)

Some men become president to be someone, others to do something. This is what separates, say, a Bill Clinton from a Ronald Reagan. Obama, who once noted that Reagan altered the trajectory of America as Clinton had not, sees himself a Reagan.

Reagan came to office to do something: shrink government, lower taxes, rebuild American defenses. Obama made clear Tuesday night that he intends to be equally transformative. His three goals: universal health care, universal education, and a new green energy economy highly funded and regulated by government.


While involving government so much will obviously tend to stall rather than hasten innovation, that agenda is quite meager. Indeed, if he were to do the first through universal HSAs, the second through something like Paul O'Neill's investment accounts, and the third through carbon taxes, it would be a worthwhile Third Way agenda.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 27, 2009 8:17 AM
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