Marc Thiessen. "Obamacare disaster will be Obama’s enduring domestic legacy." But that's the elevator pitch.
On the foreign-policy front, [Mr Obama] is the anti-Reagan for certain. Reagan defeated Soviet communism and left us a safer world; Obama presided over the rise and metastasis of the Islamic State and left us a far more dangerous one.Read on. It's not for the faint of heart.
Domestically, Ronald Reagan told the American people: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’ ” Obama wanted to convince Americans that they were not terrifying. And the way he was going to do it was through the only great liberal legislative achievement of his presidency: Obamacare.
He failed. Even before he leaves office, Obamacare has begun unraveling.
With Obamacare, Obama wanted to restore America’s faith in big government. Instead, the opposite has happened. Today, 69 percent of Americans say big government is “the biggest threat to the country in the future” (ahead of big business or big labor). That figure, which is slightly down from 72 percent in 2013, is higher under Obama than it has been since Gallup began asking the question about 50 years ago. Obamacare has done more to discredit big government than 1,000 Reagan speeches ever did.Meanwhile, Our President is in London, claiming credit for avoiding Great Depression 2.0.
After setting up the conditions in February 2009 for an extended recession and historically weak recovery in the U.S., the idea Obama went to Europe two months later in April and then began "saving the world" is a sick joke only gullible, economics-ignorant reporters and leftists could possibly believe. Sadly, they're the ones who still primarily control the news and other key institutions, so we'll probably be hearing this crap for years on end — just like we've had to put up with the fiction that Franklin Delano Roosevelt saved the country from the Great Depression in the 1930s.Ed Driscoll quips, "Welcome to Fantasy Island."
Meanwhile, Mahablog envisions an election cycle from the Slough of Despond.
I’m old enough to remember when Harry Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt were still alive and still influential in party politics. I was in middle school during the Kennedy Administration. For all his flaws regarding Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson initiated genuinely progressive domestic programs. I was in high school when Bobby Kennedy ran for President and was assassinated. I cast my first vote for POTUS for George McGovern. So that’s the Democratic Party I remember — flawed and messy, but still a vehicle for doing the right thing, at least part of the time.What, apart from providing Harry Truman with usable nukes, have the Democrats done in the past 75 years? Urban renewal? The Great Society? Hope and Change? Should make for some good contrarian writing by a future cohort of revisionist historians.
But that party died a quiet death some time back. I’m not sure that other people my age realize this. The Democratic Party now is closer to where the Republicans were during the Nixon Administration than they are to being the party of Truman, Kennedy or even LBJ.
But at least the Nixon Republicans sort of stood for something. You knew where they were coming from. The current party Democratic Party stands for nothing.