Today, the president traveled to Osawatomie, Kansas, in Michael Know Beran’s words “to unveil his latest persona: Teddy Roosevelt, who delivered his “New Nationalism” manifesto in the town’s John Brown Cemetery in August 1910.”
And yea, the Democrat did invoke the Republican who also favored a more muscular state than had that energetic early twentieth century leader’s predecessors. Only problem is, as Beran reminds us:
The difference is that in 1910 government spending amounted to about 8 percent percent of GDP. A century later it comes to around 40 percent. The country today has too much state, not too little.
At this point, I’d settle for government spending (at all levels) three times what it was a century ago.
UPDATE: Writing about the speech, Tina Korbe observes:
Today in Osawatomie, Kan., Barack Obama laid bare his progressive agenda, calling for more federal involvement in education, increased spending on infrastructure, an extension of the payroll tax cut and increased taxes on the rich. . . .
. . . on the whole, the president was pretty transparent about his belief that big government makes everything better.
Seems that every time the incumbent gives one of his ballyhooed big speeches, he calls for more federal spending and greater government intervention. Doesn’t this guy remember that he won the Oval Office by promising a “net spending cut”?
UP-UPDATE: About the incumbent’s attempt to compare himself to the Republican progressive, Victor Davis Hanson writes, “What we have here is an adolescent president in desperate search of an adult identity of his own, without which he borrows liberally from others, often oddly from Republicans or conservatives.” Read the whole thing.