Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Manifesto Time

"...Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist on notice."

David Brooks, "A Moderate Manifesto," New York Times, March 3, 2009

Brooks is sure wound up. He invokes horrific images of "top-down planning," the death of neighborhood associations, a "class divide," and concentrating "enormous power in Washington." If that's not scary enough, he shares the dirty secret that everything is run by a "small group of understaffed experts," as opposed to Dick Cheney.

After six weeks of the new administration a "manifesto" is certainly in order to call out big government spending as the economy keeps tanking. Betrayal after betrayal. Congress will just have to do its job over the next eight months.

Brooks answers this rampant new dealism with a final invocation of Alexander Hamilton as the shining exemplar for moderates. Isn't he the infrastructure guy?

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