Kathryn Lopez

Recently, on Bill Bennett's radio show, Gary MacDougal, who was chairman of the Illinois Governor's Task Force on Human Services Reform and is the author of "Make a Difference: A Spectacular Breakthrough in the Fight Against Poverty" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2005), pointed out the depressing danger of Obama domestically: He gives a boost to the likes of Wright; people who damage communities by holding back others from attaining the American dream.

In the Washington Post, MacDougal wrote: "Imagine getting up each morning to go to work in a society that doesn't want you, doesn't respect you and seeks to hold you back. Your spiritual leader has told you this, after all. ... If this is the message you got from your mentor, would you expect that you could succeed? Would you try very hard, if at all?"

Further, MacDougal, who's worked with Obama, says his experience echoes the National Journal rating: Obama's a man of the Left.

Also on Bennett's show, former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber said of the now-presumed Democratic presidential nominee and his presumably Democrat-majority Congress: "They're going to raise the capital-gains tax.

They're going to severely impede trade policy. ... The regulations that we're going to see as a result of the Democratic approach to climate change are going to truly be burdensome and costly." Acknowledging business leaders who have endorsed Obama, Weber observed that some of them are succumbing to the same thing folks at Obama rallies are: "Business doesn't like Washington. They don't like politics. They don't like partisanship." Weber concluded: "We're headed toward a big left turn in economic policy if this guy is elected president." Listen to Obama. Look at his record. It's time to believe he's the liberal we know him to be. The change we need is a reality check on the road to Jan. 20, 2009.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.