January 17, 2010

WHICH MAKES THE WAY HE'S HANDLED HEALTH CARE ALL THE QUEERER...:

TESTING THE PROMISE OF PRAGMATISM (Dan Balz, 1/17/10, Washington Post)

A month before he was inaugurated, Barack Obama pinpointed one of the biggest challenges he would face as president. Could he restore confidence in government, even as he was proposing the biggest federal intervention in the domestic economy in a generation?

At the time, Obama said he did not think his victory marked an abrupt end to the skepticism ushered in by President Ronald Reagan toward top-down government and social engineering by Washington.

"What we don't know yet is whether my administration and this next generation of leadership is going to be able to hew to a new, more pragmatic approach that is less interested in whether we have big government or small government; they're more interested in whether we have a smart, effective government," he said on that day in December 2008.


He began by offering no plan, pushed no ideas as fundamental, and is giving any interest that can hold the bill hostage whatever they want. It is impossible for the public to see the bill as either smart or effective governance when he cares so little what's in it so long as something passes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2010 11:28 AM
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