It looks like Brooks feels like I do: he would like to hope, with Burke, that Obama is right, but he fears, with Hamilton, that he's not.
Is he aware of the national bankruptcy rushing ever closer? Doesn’t he see that the nation wants a fundamental change in Washington, not a few more tax credits for solar panels?
Obama is going to go down in history as the Nero who fiddled as Rome burned. He reformed health care without changing the ruinous incentives that were bankrupting the system. He submitted budgets that hastened the national collapse. The Republicans accuse him of being a socialist, but, the fact is, he’s Mr. Status Quo.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Obama As Nero
David Brooks writes a heavenly dialogue between Edmund Burke and Alexander Hamilton, his two great alter-egos, on the issue of the SOTU. Burke is given the optimistic lines, seeing Obama as the great practical realist of the day. Hamilton is the hysterical pessimist, seeing all this as a huge disaster in the making: