President Obama’s Agenda

I am stealing the title for this post from what I thought was an excellent article in the Washington Post by Charles Krauthammer.  In this article, Mr. Krauthammer makes some very good points on what exactly is the agenda the President is really after and what he really wants to do.  President Obama is about leveling the playing field.  Making sure the distance between the rich and the poor, the haves and have nots is wiped clean.  Mr. Obama’s policy is about fairness.

I learned at an early age that life isn’t fair and I wonder why this lesson did not stick with the President.  Some people have jobs, some do not.  Some people make more money then others.  It is just life.


5 thoughts on “President Obama’s Agenda

  1. Of course Obama seeks to strike a different balance between the interests of the rich and the poor than had been in place before. That is what he campaigned on.

    To me, that makes perfect sense. For many years, we have been drifting off-center. Wealth and standard of living have grown substantially for those toward the top rungs of the ladder; little to no net progress has been made by the middle and lower-middle classes. If a car is veering steadily toward the center line, it makes perfect sense to steer back before we collide with oncoming traffic.

    Krauthammer’s reasoning would carry more weight if we already had been driving straight down the road; i.e., if prosperity and the fruits of our national enterprise had been filtering in relative equilibrium to all segments of the population. For Obama to step into THAT situation and yank the steering wheel would be irresponsible. It would take us out of the middle of our lane and put us in the ditch.

    But that is not the case. I find the idea of recalibration — leveling, as Krauthammer calls it — very sensible. I would like to know what Krauthammer does think about the large scale wealth redistribution, in favor of the rich, that has occurred in recent years. I have never heard him address his ideology to that fact.

    Of course individual actions taken by Obama in the name of that leveling are worthy of debate. I sure have my doubts about investing in Chrysler or GM. And there is a fair debate to be had as to whether Obama will oversteer us — away from the center median, and go too far and put us in the ditch. But the basic concept of leveling makes perfect sense to me.



  3. @The Center Square:

    Sorry for the late response to your post. I was impressed by the clarity of your response. And disappointed by the response by llabesab.

    I think there is some leveling that needs to occur however I think the leveling is going to far to quickly by the current administration.

    There are several things I feel the government should never get into, including guarenting car warranties, deciding how much executives should be paid, and others.

    I am afraid the leveling is already veering in the ditch and is irresponsible.

    I hope the conversation can continue to be thoughtful

    Thanks again,


  4. Jonathan:

    Thank you for steering this thread back into the center lane, so to speak. Civil discourse is apparently alive and well, at least in your corner of the internet.

    As to the government’s abnormal interventions into the private sector — car warranties, bonus rules, executive compensation parameters, etc. — I am okay with them under two conditions: (1) They are limited to companies the government has assumed primary control of; and (2) The government is committed to exiting control of such companies at the earliest possible moment.

    Beyond that, though, I agree with you to a significant degree. I like what Obama has done. But I am anxious that he has done too much.

    The test will be whether he steers back to the center as the recession passes, or continues down the current path even then. Personally, I think (I hope?) he is a pragmatist, not an idealogue, and he will do the right thing. The whole country should be hoping so.

    Be well. Thanks for the intelligent conversation.

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