As the first pundit to predict that President Barack Obama would be president, I was not surprised when he was elected to that office. Lately, however, I must admit he's surprised even me. Don't believe me? Check my archives from December of 2006 (note I even predicted the candidate he might face and would in fact be successful against.)
So how has he surprised your prescient correspondent?
By being the most aggressively leftist president ever.
As someone who had followed his career through the state legislature in Illinois and his ascendency to the United States Senate against less than strong primary and general election challenges, it seemed to me he would slow his pace to the left, as all liberal candidates have done in the past. That is to say he would move more deliberately and cautiously once elected.
But the current administration has surprised even me. They surprise me by their willingness to believe their own press. For months on end, we as a nation were told that this president had more to accomplish because of the enormity of the challenges he would find once in office, and that because of these challenges, the American people would be required to wait for solutions to problems, answers to dilemmas, and improvement in the life of the nation.
If one was to read a generous history on taxes and their ability to impact economic certainty, one would be intimately familiar with a view that Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Ronald W. Reagan had in common. They both believed that if government spending could be restrained, and the largest marginal tax rates were reduced, then economic recovery and growth would become a bi-partisan by-product of the habits of a free market.