In his 2008, candidate Barack Obama borrowed a campaign from Ronald Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 playbooks, running against Washington and promising to change the way thing are done in the nation’s capital. Pointing out that we were “living beyond our means,” he promised a “net spending cut.” He repeated this notion in his infomercial where he said that he “offered spending cuts above and beyond” of his energy plan, his economic plan, as well as other proposals that he made.
This week, he’s at it again. By promising a spending freeze, he acknowledges that something needs to be done about out-of-control government spending, all but conceding Ronald Reagan’s point that “government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem”:
And just like the Gipper did in his time, Obama may well be doing in our time, breaking, in Jim Gergahty’s words, “the spirit” of liberalism:
If Obama can be forced into becoming a rhetorical deficit hawk, and if the fundamental message of his second year in office is “less spending good, more spending bad,” we may see the spirit of modern liberalism broken.
In the post linked above Geraghty quotes some liberal bloggers irate about the spending-freeze proposal, with one acknowledging that this move “fully embraces the conservative narrative“.
Yeah, it pretty much does.