At the Emerald Palace

The Wizard is a Humbug

Daniel Henninger nails it: the Obama administration, wed to “progressivism,” is failing to deliver on its promises.

Small wonder; it promised the moon, the stars, and a free lunch to all. Paid for by two or three “wealthy” folks, natch. It turns out that, surprise, surprise, government isn’t particularly good at most things that Barack Baby promised:

Re-read Barack Obama’s nomination-acceptance speech in Denver, an amazing compendium of promises ending with: “America, we cannot turn back (applause) not with so much work to be done; not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for; not with an economy to fix, and cities to rebuild, and farms to save; not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend.”

The speaker of those words can’t stop the oil, but his language shows how indiscriminate faith in government omnipotence has become, and how incapable the believers are of targeting discrete goals, rather than vapor-filled clouds such as “saving the planet” or “mending lives.”

So the charade continues: Obama will tell us that government is the solution. Common sense, especially after the Gulf oil disaster, tells us that government is the problem. Too big, too many layers before any decision can be made, too many folks telling us what to do and what not to do. While the oil slick descends, relentless as a Chicago fundraiser for unions, on the Gulf coast.

Oh, right. Obama said “I’m in charge…and have been from day one.” Right.


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