Monday, January 26, 2009

A New Nation

Proving that being fired by Bill Clinton following a public scandal involving a prostitute does not qualify one to be a political pundit, Dick Morris writes the following about the beginning point of Barack Obama's presidency in the first paragraph of a recent post: "Simply put, we enter his administration as free-enterprise, market-dominated, laissez-faire America. "

Well, that certainly is simplly put, but one wonders how Mr. Morris came up with that, given that he is too young to have just awakened from a slumber that began in 1928. To speak of a "laissez-faire America" at a time when the public and private sectors have become hopelessly enmeshed truly inspires incredulity.

When the Bush administration spoke of regime change, who would have thought that the United States could be where it happened? After 8 years of government expansion in health care, education, the financial sector, and the automotive industry -- to list only the most obvious -- the question is not whether we will be a socialist country, but it is only what kind of socialist country we will be. The questions concern the extent, not the nature of, our descent into collectivism.

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