The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Friday, December 20, 2013

More of the Same

In a recent blog post by Megan McArdle, a commenter summarized the first five years of the Obama administration in the following way:
Many people will write in years to come of trying to determine what is the worst damage this president has done, and I think a good case can be made for what Megan McArdle and many of the comments on this thread touch upon. And it's the residue of every collectivist and centrally managed government and economy that has ever existed. You can point to the stimulus, to Obamacare, to the myriad of scandals, but it's more than that. It's that in the totality of his stewardship, this president has managed to lower our expectations of success and results to a point where for more and more of us, failure and mismanagement elicit at most a shrug of the shoulders. That it's okay that a man who promised a government that can deliver everything has created a government that can't deliver anything. THAT'S the worst of what has been termed the New Normal. It's now normal to expect failure, to embrace lower standards of performance. And to criticize those who dare object to this more than those who are responsible for it.

The irony is that the one thing that Obama has excelled at is that he has provided a textbook example of the limitations of Progressive Academic governance. I think it will be some time now that the nation turns for leadership to a self-absorbed ultra liberal college professor/community activist who had absolutely no experience running anything other than his ultra inflated ego. You wonder though when the learning will kick in, when the college professor will begin to absorb the lessons of his own experience and stewardship. Sadly, the answer is turning out to be never.
The next three years will bring more of the same—more incompetence, more hubris, more dishonesty, more divisiveness, and as a consequence, more government intrusion into our lives. We'll see continuing attacks on those who have built businesses, professional practices, and services in the private sector. We watch as this administration and its allies defend profligate spending and encourage astronomical federal debt. We'll see demagoguery raised to new levels as class warfare is escalated by a Left-wing president and his shrinking band of supporters, desperate to find additional sources of revenue to fund government incompetence and waste. We'll see vicious attacks (think: Podesta's "Jonestown" comment) on those who oppose the policies that this President wants to enact. Bottom line, we'll see more of the same, and more of the same is exactly what this country doesn't need.