This caught my eye as I was working last night...
It's not that it is the end of America: rather, the sheer ineptitude, the sheer incompetence of Obama's administration and the US Congress is matched only be the truly sickening levels of corruption in at least Congress, and it is becoming more and more visible to all but the most puerile and partisan observers.
President Obama so far, to the detriment of the office, has turned out to be an unusually weak leader: he defers to his colleagues in the Congress to an unusual extent, one that borders on subservience. While the President at all times needs to listen to Congress - they are, after all, the folks who decide whether the President gets his budget or not - it's quite another thing to allow Congress to set the agenda when it comes to things that are usually the President's perogative, such as putting together things like the TARP and the stimulus bill.
There's a reason for seperation of powers. Before there was a US Constitution, there was a confederation of states that left one thing perfectly clear in the minds of the Founding Fathers, that a loose confederation of states couldn't make decisions in a timely manner, if they could come to a consensus at all. Hence the creation of the Executive branch in the US trinity of governmental structure: they gave someone the power to make decisions, with Congress as the financier and the judicial as the arbiter of what was allowed and allowable.
But this quote makes it painful to see what has happened:
The AIG bonus firestorm is a diversion from real issues , but it puts the ghastly political classes who make U.S. law on display for what they are: ageing self-serving demagogues who have spent decades warping the U.S. political system for their own ends. We see the system up close, law-making that is riddled with slapdash, incompetence and gamesmanship.
The problem here? I can't find a reason to contradict what Terence Corcoran has written, and that is indeed a sad state of affairs.
If the Democrats aren't hell-bent on destroying the structure of US life, they're hiding it well. Slowly it's becoming apparent that the worst fears are coming true: the destruction of great institutions on the bonfire of political vanities; instilling hopelessness that things will get better; preparing for radicalization; wanting the impoverishment and despair of millions in order to realize their hopelessly incompetent and dysfunctional green utopia ideas; and finally, preparing the destruction of key institutions to further their political goals of a different America.
Slowyl it's becoming apparent that the American voter didn't elect who they thought they were getting.
The problem is that we still don't know who Obama is.