While President Obama and his team may be trying to undo the work of the president with the most successful economic record of the century just concluded, their rhetoric shows how much they recognize the appeal of that great man’s ideas.
Obama the candidate praised the Gipper during the campaign. And like his Republican predecessor, the Democratic nominee called for a “net spending cut” and promising a tax cut for over 90% of Americans. After his election, he held firm to his Reaganite record, vowing to go line by line through the federal budget, rooting out waste and inefficiency.
And it seems that whenever I hear Administration officials (or other Obama defenders) on FoxNews when pressed about the cost of his proposals and the tax cuts they will require, the spokespeople reply that, “Well, the president has already delivered on his promise to give a tax cut to 95% of Americans earning less than $200,000 a year” (or some such).
Yup, they’ve been reading the polls and know that small government ideas resonate with the American people, something Ronald Reagan recognized back in the 1960s–if not before.
When then are they acted at odds with their rhetoric and proposing an ever larger scope for an ever larger federal government, intruding increasingly into our lives, limiting our freedom and hamstringing our capacity to innovate and improve and limiting the abilty of private enterprise to expand, create jobs and increase opprotunity?