In his piece, “Bush Hatred and Obama Euphoria Are Two Sides of the Same Coin” in today’s Wall Street Journal, Peter Berkowitz builds on a point I made (building on a comment reader Leah made) nearly two weeks ago,Â Obama Worship: Flip Side of Bush Hatred.
Finding that “Bush hatred and Obama euphoria . . . tend to reveal more about those who feel them than the men at which they are directed,” Berkowitz, like Leah, calls the two seemingly different phenomena, “opposite sides of the same coin:”
Both represent the triumph of passion over reason. Both are intolerant of dissent. Those wallowing in Bush hatred and those reveling in Obama euphoria frequently regard those who do not share their passion as contemptible and beyond the reach of civilized discussion. Bush hatred and Obama euphoria typically coexist in the same soul. And it is disproportionately members of the intellectual and political class in whose souls they flourish.
Berkowitz wonders why educated people preach and teach hatred:Â “while Obama euphoria may fade as the 44th president is compelled to immerse himself in the daunting ambiguities of power, our universities will continue to educate students to believe that hatred and euphoria reflect political wisdom.”
Read the whole thing and join me in wondering why intellectuals are so enanamoured with animosity.
If the Senate confirms Tom Daschle as Secretary of Health and Human Services, at least two members of the president’s cabinet will be tax scofflaws, leading my friend David Boaz of the Cato Institute to remark, “It’s too bad Leona Helmsley can’t be nominated as Commerce Secretary.“Â Given that the president is from Chicago where dead people vote on a regular basis, I woulndn’t put it past him to tap a dead woman for the cabinet.
While David, ever a foe of big government, sympathizes “with anybody trying to hold down his tax bill,” he wonders why thoseÂ “who want to increase taxes on the rest of us â€” like Daschle, Geithner, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chairman Charles Rangel, Al Franken, Governor David Paterson’s top aide, Democratic National Convention staffers, Al Sharpton, and so on â€” pay their own taxes?”
I guess we’ll just call Geithner, Daschle et al. Leona Helmsley Decmorats, you know because, like her, they don’t pay taxes, only the little people do.
And while you’re at it, readÂ David’s post–and anything else he’s written for that matter.
Well, we’ve found one area of the federal budget President Obama doesn’t want to increase. “The Obama administration has asked the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon’s budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 percent — about $55 billion.”
Now, I’m not aware of the Democratic nominee campaigning last fall on cutting the defense budget. In the first debate, focusing on foreign policy/national security issues, he all but echoed John McCain, assuring voters that there wouldn’t be much of a difference between the two men on defense. Now, we see there is.Â A huge one.Â Huge.
As Environmental Republican put it, “he’s cutting the military budget…in the midst of two wars.“Â Let me repeat, cutting the military budget in the midst of two wars.Â Now, I’m beginning to wonder if the president understands the commander-in-chief aspects of his job.