Obama’s “real” agenda

Mr. Krauthammer, in his Washington Post article titled, Obama’s Ultimate Agenda writes, “Obama has far different ambitions. His goal is to rewrite the American social compact, to recast the relationship between government and citizen. He wants government to narrow the nation’s income and anxiety gaps. Soak the rich for reasons of revenue and justice. Nationalize health care and federalize education to grant all citizens of all classes the freedom from anxiety about health care and college that the rich enjoy. And fund this vast new social safety net through the cash cow of a disguised carbon tax.

Obama is a leveler. He has come to narrow the divide between rich and poor. For him the ultimate social value is fairness. Imposing it upon the American social order is his mission. ”

And to that I say……ummmmm…..and what’s wrong with that?

I urge you to read the full article. For, nowhere does he mention a logical, cogent thought as to why that is bad for the country? Which, is of course nothing but the people of America and it is indeed the people of America that Obama, even according to the incredulous Mr. Krauthammer, is trying to support.

Dyed-in-wool dogmatics like him belong in comics not in newspapers. Somehow to allow equal opportunity, education, energy self-reliance, and relief from anxiety regarding health coverage, food and shelter is implied to be evil!

 Quintessential armchair capitalist like Cheney and Bush who never knew what it is to build anything ,given their complete lack of knowledge of science, technology and industry, nor do they know what it is to be underprivileged and fight the system from that vantage point. 

I strongly suspect that such articles are written to protect the current social order and members of his ilk.

Nor does he seems to  realize how fundamentally different the world is now than even just 10 years ago. Holding on to a model for America that worked for a certain period is not only wrong it is in fact a sure-shot model for disaster….a simple, objective read of history tells us that with change of environment and circumstances adaptable systems, be it human or non-human, are the ones that survive and thrive. Old, crusty empires die talking of Glory Days (salute to the Boss here!) 

Lastly, I believe even the European model is better, though I also believe that America can create a mix of capitalism and socialism better than the European model.

The idea that unhinged and infinite growth is the right model is false. Humans need balance and America lost it long time ago and hence to continue with the charade of continual growth, all the powerful people from Wall Street to K Street had to lie and worse yet,  corrupted the very system that for years they touted as the best. The net result is that the model that Mr. Krauthammer talks of American capitalism exists only in his imagination and memory now…..we are far gone from there.

People like Mr. Krauthammer will write tired old scripts to convince us that the best model is that which works for a few but not for the majority using hyperbole and by making us feel guilty of violating the founding fathers’ principles — that’s just tawdry journalism. I know The Washington Post wants right wing columnist to project the image of objectivity but they really should get a right wing columnist that is not so nakedly dogmatic.

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4 Responses

  1. While I do not agree with Mr. Krauthammer’s assessment of Obama’s goals, I also do not agree with your assessment. You suggest that the federal government can pay for vast federal programs through a carbon tax. Like Communism, it sounds great on paper, but doesn’t work in practice. The more you tax businesses, the more they will flee to other countries. When the tax base disappears, who will pay for all of these programs?

    • Hi Ben, Thanks for your comment. I am not a tax and spend Democrat.
      I strongly believe in investment in research, industry and venture capitalism. In fact, I believe certain corporate tax breaks are good.
      I also strongly believe that better ethical and financial leadership in both Washington and Wall Street can ensure that innovation continues while social programs are built.
      The current model, especially since the 1980s, is allowing for complete waste of capital in the name of (false) growth and major wear and tear of our social fabric. It is a corruption of a great and true capitalistic model from earlier in the last century when things were truly “built.” The great emphasis on the financial sector started only in 1980s — up until that point financial sector was only 15% of the corporate profits and by 2005 it was 40%! Meaning, no focus on real work.
      I suggest we:
      1. Start building industries back in the US
      2. Invest in Science, Education and Research
      3. Cut Govt spending dramatically on “bridge to nowhere” projects
      4. Cut defense spending, just like Mr. Gates has recently proposed (responsible cuts since our military edge is important)
      5. Absolutely bring back regulation of financial markets and control executive pay/tie to to long term growth

      Some of the above can indeed fund large social programs.
      In short, we need not just talk in tax-and-spend or unregulated capitalistic terms only…..there are a lot of things that can be done in the middle that are smart and thought-based rather than ideology based.

  2. i read your thoughtful post at Kristof’s comumn about animal rights and had to visit your blog. it really makes my day knowing that people like you actually exist. After watching Frontline’s, Black Money, and reading comments angry hateful people leave in response to stories like the one here and at newspaper sites on stories about immigration, any story on Obama or any social program – i was of the mind that compassion itself had disappeared from the planet.

  3. This rapid change agenda is based on sharp comparision to past which is evident from present results has gained wide popularity but I feel it is exposing to risk of disitergration on all fronts, simply because of the proposed rapid rate of change in all fronts in a unknown increases risk significantly. Besides, the social, religious geo-poltical , economic equality is a good thing but it further adds the to the risk of conflict to gain superimacy over each other.

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