With the president’s poll numbers plummeting, Peggy Noonan contends he “appears to be attempting to move toward the center, or what he believes is the center.” (Appears to be attempting . . . . hmmm . . . . that’s quite a qualification.) And while she is correct to note that in his jobs speech last week at the Brookings Institute, he did acknowledge the role of small business in creating the bulk of new jobs and that he propsed a new round of tax cuts for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, he remains addicted to government spending.
While the “stimulus” may not have created the jobs that he and his team promised it would, he has proposed yet another such program, spending even more taxpayer money (as well as that of our descendants) on “infrastructure investment” and “aid to state and local governments.”
Doesn’t sound like a move to the center. Sounds more like he’s standing firm on the left.
The president would show that he is really moving to the center if he vetoes the bloating spending bill that Congress just passed and abandons his support for a radical overhaul of the nation’s health care system. That bill increases federal spending at a rate far above inflation and includes “an estimated $3.9 billion . . . for more than 5,000” earmarks. Alas, that Republican legislators, apparently not aware of the election results of 2006 and 2008, have also included their pet projects in this budget boondoggle.