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Obama’s Triumphal Statist Presidency
Commentary Magazine ^ | March 18, 2012 | by Abe Greenwald

Posted on 03/18/2012 4:15:29 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

In the March/April issue of the Washington Monthly, Paul Glastris offers a long essay in defense of Barack Obama. Titled, “The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama,” it is, in its own way, the clearest and most helpful analysis of the Obama presidency that’s been written so far. Glastris’s main contention is that Obama has “gotten more done in three years than any president in decades.” Yet, “the American public still thinks he hasn’t accomplished anything.”

Measured in sheer legislative tonnage, what Obama got done in his first two years is stunning. Health care reform. The takeover and turnaround of the auto industry. The biggest economic stimulus in history. Sweeping new regulations of Wall Street. A tough new set of consumer protections on the credit card industry. A vast expansion of national service. Net neutrality. The greatest increase in wilderness protection in fifteen years. A revolutionary reform to student aid. Signing the New START treaty with Russia. The ending of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Glastris has unwittingly created a glossary of radical statism as a defense of Obama. His own words: “legislative tonnage,” “reform,” “takeover,” “biggest stimulus in history,” “sweeping regulations,” “protection,” “vast expansion,” “Net neutrality,” “greatest increase” in still more “protection,” and “revolutionary reform.” To liberals, this is the poetry of paternalism but to the rest of America it’s a nightmare lexicon.

Glastris is equally candid about the long-term impact of these policies. “Some are structured to have modest effects now but major ones later,” he writes. “Others emerged in a crimped and compromised form that, if history is a guide, may well be filled out and strengthened down the road.” In other words, Obama initiatives that look measured or restrained today will only expand and calcify in time. He makes the comparison to FDR’s creation of Social Security.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: failure; obamanomics; onetermobama; socialism; statist

1 posted on 03/18/2012 4:15:36 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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2 posted on 03/18/2012 4:18:27 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta ("....in the last days, mockers will come with their mocking... (2 Peter 3:3))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Woody Allen dubbed this ‘ragazine “Dysentery”, and they earn it here.


3 posted on 03/18/2012 5:00:21 PM PDT by C210N
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Some are structured to have modest effects now but major ones later” — they could only pass Commiecare by making it take effect after the ‘12 election. The financial apocalypse of Commiecare will happen some indeterminate time in the future.


4 posted on 03/18/2012 5:33:52 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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