Nothing New Despite Obamania
by Jeremy Browning
Feb. 06, 2009 09:34
As reported in the Washington Post by Charles Krauthammer
, President Obama left the writing of his flagship "stimulus" package to the same old near-sighted, entrenched leftists in the House. The predictable result was a government spending package full of favors.
Of course that's what we've got, with Nancy Pelosi (and her buddies in the House) in charge of putting the bill together. I remember when Pelosi -- after the 2006 mid-term elections -- beamed and professed, "We have the power!" She lives in an alternate reality, misunderstands our republic, and behaves like a prospective prom queen who thinks that title actually means you get to be queen of the school.
She is that
mistaken. And it reflects poorly on Captain Change, President Obama.
I think Krauthammer put it best:
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.
Edited Feb. 06, 2009 09:40