Historian Stanley Kutler is best known for his role with the Nixon Presidency and Nixon’s infamous tapes. But in a recent column, the Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, nails the Obama Presidency.
|By: fflambeau Friday March 5, 2010 6:14 pm|
|By: letsgetitdone Monday July 20, 2009 9:32 pm|
WaPo op eds are getting increasingly irritating with the passage of time. Yesterday, this formerly great American newspaper in free fall ran an article by Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie called “What’s Next Mr. President – Cardigans?” Welch and Gillespie think that Obama’s less than stellar results thus far suggest that he may be reviewing the history of past Democratic administrations to find a “road map” out of his difficulties, and also that “he seems to be skipping the chapter on Bill Clinton and his generally free-market economic policies and instead flipping back to the themes and comportment of Jimmy Carter.” In this way, they begin a transparent framing exercise suggesting that Obama is at a turning point, and that he must stop “running government as a perpetual crisis machine,” and “. . . stop doing harm. Throwing money all over the economy (and especially to sectors that match up with Democratic interests) . . . “ And also that: “. . . there’s no question that Obama’s massively ambitious domestic agenda is at a fork in the road: One route leads to Plains, Ga., and early retirement, the other to Hope, Ark., a second term and the revitalization of the American economy.”
|By: letsgetitdone Thursday July 16, 2009 11:31 am|
President Obama thinks that the best thing to do for an economy that has yet to turn around on jobs is to wait to see how the stimulus bill works, before seeking a second stimulus. This may seem reasonable, especially in the face of the widespread reports about opposition to a second stimulus from Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. But, in reality, if he doesn’t change his approach to the Presidency, his “wait” and “see” attitude makes a second stimulus very unlikely.
|By: Gerald McEntee Thursday January 15, 2009 11:44 am|
Not since the darkest days of the Great Depression has an American President taken office with so many challenges awaiting him. But here’s the good news: America has overcome similar challenges before. And we can do it again.