Obama’s Warmed-Over Collectivism

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Much of President Barack
Obama’s mercifully brief
second inaugural address yesterday was
familiar to anyone who has been listening to his rhetoric
and
policy ideas since 2007.Once again, the president
rejected the false choice between “caring for the generation
that built this country and investing in the generation that will
build its future,” a formulation that simultaneously waves aside
the relentless growth of entitlement spending (from 37 percent of
federal outlays today to a projected 50 percent by 2030) and
valorizes Washington’s other frequently wasteful expenditures as
transactions from which we can expect net financial returns.Once
again, he has made the
factually dubious claim that future “economic vitality” depends
not only on “sustainable energy sources” that will “power new jobs
and new industries,” but on making damned sure that America leads
the world in this sector. “That’s what will lend meaning to the
creed our fathers once declared,” he added, oddly.And once again, Obama has asserted the centrality
and indispensability of the federal government to just about
everything worth caring about. Here is the passage that best
encapsulates the president’s post-Bill Clinton ideology, including
the feinting, to-be-sure stuff in paragraph four. I have italicized
the action words:
Together, we determined that a modern economy
requires railroads and highways to speed travel and
commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.
Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives
when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play. 
Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for
the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards
and misfortune.
Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of
central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all
society’s ills can be cured through government alone.  Our
celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard
work and personal responsibility, are constants in our
character.
But we have always understood that when times change, so
must we; that fidelity to our founding principles
requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving
our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective
action.  For the American people can no more meet the
demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers
could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and
militias.  No single person can train all the math and science
teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build
the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs
and businesses to our shores.  Now, more than ever, we
must do these things together, as one nation, and one
people. [...]
My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we
will seize it – so long as we seize it together. 
This is a man who literally cannot envision a world in which a

Golden Gate Bridge gets built without central planning from
Washington, or where the 21st century doesn’t rely on a transport
technology invented in the 19th. The true fact that “no single
person” can train all the teachers and build all the networks is no
more a clarion call to collective action than the fact that
no single person
can make a pencil from scratch. We have an app for that, you
know. Maybe the next president will figure that one out.

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