During the 2008 presidential campaign, as the fortunes of Barack Obama increased, I asked what this man, who billed himself as the hopeful agent of change, had done to effect real change. What entrenched interests had he challenged? What corrupt politicians did he expose and strip of power?
Once in office, as many on the right warned, he has been anything but an agent of change, unless by change you mean an increase in the rate of government growth and a widening of the scope of its regulatory power. In short, as president, he has become the advocate for the governing class and the big-government status quo.
Suggesting the president’s “intellectualism” is “a mere imitation of the liberal dogma that has dominated elite opinion for 40 years“, Jennifer Rubin finds it “deeply ironic that the president who ran on a platform of change would be so reactionary”:
On domestic policy, Obama clings to Great Society statism and must be dragged into a post-Keynesian approach to economic recovery and fiscal control. On foreign policy, he’s treated popular revolutions ( most egregiously, Iran’s Green Movement) as annoyances that have only complicated his desire to do business with aging regimes. And in the Middle East, he seems stuck in an Oslo time warp long after the Israeli public, the PA and the Arab states have given up on “land for peace.”
What new ideas has this man put forward? What cost-saving reforms has he effected? What has he done to change the culture of our nation’s capital?