In today’s Wall Street Journal, there’s an  article by Amanda Foreman, that seems to show she’s been completely taken in by Obama’s self-description. She writes:

Barack Obama, on the other hand, has usually sounded as though he were channeling the conservative philosophy of Edmund Burke —for instance, urging Congress in September 2009 “to build on what works and fix what doesn’t, rather than try to build an entirely new system from scratch.”

Sounded, not acted. He is a committed ideologue, and pretty words from him (and, oh, are those words legion) to the contrary do not make him less so.

As a leftist ideologue, he is wed to the notion that “comprehensive” solutions to any problem are somehow best. And “comprehensive” is shorthand for centralized control. I’ve learned in my career to beware any manager or politician who insists that we must fix all aspects of any complicated problem before we can fix any part of it.

Evidence on the ground? Look no further than the Orwellian-named “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” more honestly described as “ObamaCare.” And, watch out for Obama’s approach to “comprehensive” immigration reform.

One of Obama’s whoppers was the oft-repeated “If you like your insurance you can keep it. Period.” A larger lie? His long self-promotion as a centrist, as a pragmatist.


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