Government in America has run amuck. The Obama administration displays either ignorance of, or contempt for, fundamental economic principles. They see government as good for whatever ails us, and even for what doesn't. And they are moving at a dizzying rate to make their agenda our everyday reality.
I've written often that the White House is flying blind on its tax-cut proposals for small businesses. Talk of accelerated credits for these businesses to buy equipment sounds dandy. Trouble is, most of them aren't turning a profit, nor can they get a loan. They're usually owned by one or a few people who can derive no benefit from the "tax cuts" being proposed.
Parallel to this, and as I've mentioned, the president is fighting tooth-and-nail against some members of his own Democratic Party to end the Bush tax cuts at the end of the year. Such a policy would have a catastrophic effect on employment. We would again see small businesses refrain from hiring and spending.
Again, I've begun to believe that Obama is playing it shrewdly, if cynically, with his intra-party squabbling among Democrats. He knows full well that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are political dead weight. And he had to know the consequences for public opinion when he weighed in on the proposed building of an Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.
Yet he keeps on with comments one might expect to have been lifted from "Sayings of Chairman Mao." Perhaps the Obama team could recruit some Chinese government officials to hit the election trail here this fall. Some Sino-rhetoric likely would appeal more to American voters than the confusing, hyper-liberal message that the president has chosen at this critical juncture for his party -- not to mention for the nation he supposedly leads.