Hump Day Poat
How Obama helped kill Progressivism, Capitalism, and Moderation. He killed progressivism by shifting away from the “great” example of FDR (@@) and failing to plant trees on the highways with a new WPA. Instead, he funded shovel ready project that often didn’t involve a shovel and certainly weren’t ready. Green jobs and funding the government sector simply didn’t stimulate anything.
Obama’s most recent fetish, moderation, also is proving something of a bust. Anxious not to be labeled anti-business, he has surrounded himself not with entrepreneurs but consummate crony capitalists — chief of staff Bill Daley (scion of the Chicago machine family), General Electric‘s Jeffrey Immelt and proposed Commerce Chief John Bryson, who has spent much time as a master manipulator for a large regulated utility. These figures have little or no credibility among grassroots businesspeople. They are seen as being more adept at working the system than succeeding in the free market. If this is what moderation is about, the public has good reason not to trust it.
It’s the Chicago way, of course.
The writer sees “hope” though for Obama.
And then there’s the gift that keeps giving: the Republican Party. The GOP has no real economic strategy except to cut government and stop higher taxes. Its record on enhancing class mobility, particularly under the Bushes, is less than exemplary; wages barely moved over the George W.’s first five years in office.
Huh. Cutting government and taxes sounds like a real economic strategy to me. Especially if they avoid the compassionate conservativism of the Bushes.
The party base’s obsession with antediluvian social views also works to the president’s advantage, since it distracts from a more economic focus that would work against Obama’s reelection . Overt religiosity and social-issue litmus tests are not the best way to win over suburban voters who turned so decisively on the Democrats in 2010.
“Antediluian social views?” What would those be? This is what the left did in 2008 – they spoke more about the right’s religious views than the right did, in an attempt to portray them as “obsessed.” It worked then.
I guess the writer sees it as an opportunity, again, for 2012.