Charles Krauthammer in a piece entitled, “So Much For Hope Over Fear,” makes the case that the mortality of the Obamessiah has been exposed rather quickly:
“A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe.” — President Obama, Feb. 4.
WASHINGTON — Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared “we have chosen hope over fear.” Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.
And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position.
The Age of Obama begins with perhaps the greatest frenzy of old-politics influence peddling ever seen in Washington. By the time the stimulus bill reached the Senate, reports The Wall Street Journal, pharmaceutical and high-tech companies were lobbying furiously for a new plan to repatriate overseas profits that would yield major tax savings. California wine growers and Florida citrus producers were fighting to change a single phrase in one provision. Substituting “planted” for “ready to market” would mean a windfall garnered from a new “bonus depreciation” incentive.
After Obama’s miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end. The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie. The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell — and that this president told better than anyone.
I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks.
Agreed. The trouble is that it is too late now. Once he signs this abominable socialism implementation bill, the die is cast and it will be all downhill from here. It is good to see the Republicans actually opposing it; but once passed, they might as well fold their tent and go home, because it is game over for politics. It will soon be time for pitch forks, torches, and nooses; not ballots. ◄Dave►