There are days when I really miss reading a “dead-tree” newspaper, sipping coffee as I read the news. Yesterday, after an early morning hike with my Dad and his friends to celebrate his birthday, I did just that, alternating between the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
The former had a number of interesting columns and informative articles, notably Gerald Seib’s piece on how the President has hurt himself by his “Hands Off Strategy“* on health care and a news article on the increasingly vocal opposition to the Democrats’ proposed health-care overhaul.
That latter had two paragraphs which get at the nub of the grassroots opposition to the President’s various policies through out the year:
Recent town-hall uproars weren’t just about health care. They were also eruptions of concern that the government is taking on too much at once.
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Mr. Obama also inherited a large budget deficit and expanded it further with economic-stimulus spending.
There’s more to the article than that–and I highly recommend you read the whole thing. Like AP reporter Erica Werner, WSJ reporters Janet Adamy and Jonathan Weisman do take the time to understand the legitimate concerns of these outspoken opponents of big government rather than dismiss them as corporate and/or right-wing astroturfing.
The long and the short of it is: Americans don’t like big government.
*The essence of Seib’s argument gets at a defining weakness of the Obama Administration, outsourcing the articulation of its proposals to Congress:
As a matter of political and legislative strategy, the White House has never actually presented an “Obama health-care bill.” As in the earlier quest for an economic-stimulus package, it chose instead to enunciate some general principles and let Congress craft the actual legislation.
Read the whole thing.
FROM THE COMMENTS: ILoveCapitalism observes that the deficit Obama inherited was created “significant part” by a Democratic Congress.