To be honest, I wasn't sure Obama had it in him. Sure, he can lie with the best of them -- his repeated insistence that Obamacare would help the economy, his inflexible emphasis on nonexistent "green" and "shovel-ready" jobs shows that much -- but he's always used that power to push an ideologically rigid redistributive regime on the American people. Obama has always seemed out of touch with regular Americans, whether he's busy calling them bitter clingers to God, guns and xenophobia, or whether he's trotting out administration officials to call them racists.
He still doesn't like us. But perhaps after the last election, he's beginning to respect the fact that we're his sovereigns, not his subjects.
Or not. Don't count on the transformation of Barack Obama into a "will of the people" politician. The evidence on tax cuts was simply too much for Obama to ignore -- even he had to admit that he was wrong, that Americans do want lower tax rates. But he won't see his cave-in as an ideological shift. He'll see it as a one-time concession, to be repaid by the American people in the form of support. Every government action is a payoff to Obama; every tax break a bribe, every subsidy a sweetener. Obama figures he just bought our votes.
So watch for him to swing back to the left quickly and forcefully now. Whenever Obama believes he has secured the support of a subgroup, he generally abandons them for the next several months. That's why Obama, after revising government regulations to benefit gay and lesbian couples, abandoned "don't ask, don't tell." That's why Obama, after failing to pass quasi-amnesty for illegal immigrants, abandoned the DREAM Act. Obama thinks this is political pragmatism -- short-term payoffs allow him to ignore the greased recipient.
That's how he sees the tax cuts. He gave them to us not because he's realized the error of his ways, but because he treats the American people like dogs -- throw us a bone every so often, and he can expect us to fetch the paper for him. The tax cuts aren't the beginning of the end of the Obama socialist agenda; they're a temporary road stop disguised as a permanent settlement.
After the midterm elections, Obama knows one thing very clearly: He doesn't want to follow in the footsteps of his deposed brethren. He'll masquerade as a Republican in order to avoid that fate. We must remember, though, that it's just a masquerade until he proves otherwise.
Ben Shapiro, 26, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. He is the author of the new book "Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House," as well as the national bestseller "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth." To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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