Obama and ‘Redistributive Change’
The first seven months of the Obama administration seemingly make no sense. Why squander public approval by running up astronomical deficits in a time of pre-existing staggering national debt?
Why polarize opponents after promising bipartisan transcendence?
Why create vast new programs when the efficacy of big government is already seen as dubious?
But that is exactly the wrong way to look at these first seven months of Obamist policy-making.
Hanson’s point is that the “Obamist” goal is not really “reforming” health care or “stimulating” the economy–it’s much scarier than that.
The president believes that a select group of affluent, highly educated technocrats — cosmopolitan, noble-minded, and properly progressive…can direct our lives far better than we can ourselves.
Remember the “spread the wealth around” comment? Having your favorite technocrats run government is altogether different from having your favorite technocrats step outside the normal bounds of government to run Americans’ lives through excessive taxation and redistribution, intrusive government programs and government-owned monopolies like health care…or GM.
It’s a whole new American experiment–one that should thoroughly frighten us. America didn’t prosper into a world power because our government manipulated and controlled people’s lives and livelihoods. Quite the opposite. Now, as Hanson puts it, the “stars are aligned” for the Obama team with the White House and the majority in both chambers on Capitol Hill–they’re going all out.
Hanson’s insights, scary as they may be, are worth reading.