"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Karl Rove, Film Reviewer

Karl Rove has a good piece in the WSJ about Obama's 17-minute, Tom Hanks-narrated campaign film:

Almost as important as what the film says is what it doesn't. There's not a word about the failure of the president's stimulus to produce the jobs he pledged—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer Americans are working today (132.7 million) than when Mr. Obama was sworn in (133.6 million).

There's nothing about his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term—according to Treasury's Bureau of Public Debt, the administration has piled up more debt in three years and two months ($4.93 trillion) than his predecessor did in eight years ($4.8 trillion).

Nothing is said about the centerpieces of last year's State of the Union—green energy jobs (Solyndra anyone?) and high-speed rail (fizzled). Nada on the president's promises about how ObamaCare would lower premiums and lower the deficit while allowing people to keep their existing coverage (all untrue).

As they say, read the whole thing.   To me, the things that will hurt the President the most will not be his failures on the economy or the deficit.   Nor will they be increased danger abroad (read:  Iran).   Rather, I think the real problem with the President is simply the distance he has fallen from the promise of idealism, "hope and change," bi-partisanship, and civility.   This is a nasty, hardball, Chicago-style Presidency, and even the true believers can see that.   What must independents think?   People don't like being sold a bill of goods.   He made fools of us once.   Will we let him do it twice?

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