The leftist Katrina Vanden Heuval wants President Obama to reconstruct American society. Let’s look at her agenda point by point.
Reverse our deepening economic inequality by using this country’s still immense wealth to assure that all Americans have the healthcare, housing and education they need;
The cost for this would be so massive that it would mean lowering the standard of living for all Americans who still choose to be productive in order to support the moocher class and the federal bureaucrats who push all the paper in this system.
reengage the world with wisdom and humility about the limits of military power;
Translation: appease our enemies.
cut billions from wasteful defense budgets that empty our treasury without making us more secure;
Vanden Heuval wants Obama to cut spending in the one area that spending legitimately protects our freedom and individual rights.
tackle the deep corruption in a financial system that consistently favors corporations over workers;
Meaning more regulation, as if we were not already regulating business to death.
respond with urgency to the climate crisis with an Apollo-like project to make America a clean-energy innovator;
Environmentalist nonsense that will be a massive waste of government spending.
restore our tattered constitution;
Translation: hamper intelligence, make America less secure and treat enemy combatants not as an enemy of war but as a criminal justice matter.
protect a worker’s right to organize;
More power to unions at more cost to the economy.
define a new spirit of sacrifice and service;
Obama’s already all over this one. In the left’s quest to destroy capitalism and reshape society as collectivist-statist-altruist, they must change the way Americans think. It is imperative to get them to sacrifice for the collective rather than pursue a selfish profit. The Soviets called their attempt to change human nature homo sovieticus. Apparently, America’s leftists think they can succeed where the USSR failed in recasting humans so that they act like obedient collectivists rather than reasoning individualists.
clean up our elections;
Since most election corruption comes from the left, I’m not sure what she means here. Maybe she is still sore about Florida in 2000.
and reaffirm his campaign-trail commitment to end not just the war in Iraq but also “end the mindset that took us into” that war.
Do not endanger the promise of this Administration by escalating militarily in Afghanistan, further draining resources that are vital for rebuilding here at home and impede critical international initiatives such as renewing the Middle East peace process.
Vanden Heuval wants Obama to destroy our liberty at home and appease those who would destroy it abroad. This program would end any hope of us returning to a prosperous America with a growing economy. It would ensure that, as Arthur Laffer put it, the age of prosperity is over.
This agenda would reshape American government in accordance with the morality of altruism, as the welfare state has been doing for a century now. Vanden Heuval’s program is not a radical departure from the status quo, but next logical step in the growth of big government. The only difference is that she is implicitly saying, “To hell with the cost — just do it.” But even this trend was begun by George W. Bush, most dramatically with his $700 billion bailout of Wall Street.
I think Obama would enthusiastically agree with most, if not all, of Vanden Heuval’s platform.