Obama Sells Old Ideas as New
A few years ago, it was fashionable for Democrats to describe themselves as "members of the reality-based community." These days, it seems the foreclosure crisis has hit them so hard they've been forced to move to another neighborhood.
In this political Brigadoon, things are going well in America, so well in fact that President Obama obviously deserves a second term because Americans are better off than they were four years ago, and that the
Obama doesn't quite say it like that, but he's perfectly happy to have his subalterns -- some at the
It's a remarkable claim for a president who has taken
The same goes for pretty much the entire suite of Obama policies: more government control of health care, more regulations of the free market, more goodies for college students, more cash for state government employees. Culturally, the Democrats sound like it's not so much still the "recovery summer" but the Summer of Love, promising abortion on demand and free birth control. It's hardly as if Obama is a time traveler visiting us from the future with great policy boons that our unevolved brains can scarcely imagine.
Oh, but what about all his innovative ideas for green energy: faster trains local governments don't want and electric cars consumers won't buy? The
There's a bizarre double standard in public policy debates that treats Keynesian spending binges as a cutting-edge and novel approach while casting free market reforms of entitlement programs as throwbacks to the horse and buggy age.
"Everybody's watching what's going on in
First of all, that's nonsense. Our infrastructure is vastly superior to
It also illustrates the real problem with how the self-described inhabitants of the "reality-based community" see the world. They sincerely see government as a key generator of innovation.
Obviously, government can help -- spending money on basic research and the like. Beyond that, government far more often serves to stifle innovation and insulate itself from new ideas created by the market. That's what public-sector unions -- one of Obama's core constituencies -- do. Whether it's health care, education or manufacturing, government retards new ideas and makes innovation more expensive, or impossible. But it does excel in one department: finding new ways to claim that old ideas are new.
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