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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Progressive-in-chief Obama stuck in a time warp.

Obama's antique vision of technological progress

Michael Barone remarks on the fact that Barack Obama's ideas of the future are similar to the Disneyland

Barack Obama, like all American politicians, likes to portray himself as future-oriented and open to technological progress. Yet the vision he set out in his State of the Union address is oddly antique and disturbingly static.

It reminds you of the strangely retro feel of Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

Bottom line:

If you put together Obama's resistance to just about any serious changes in entitlement spending with his antique vision of technological progress, what you see is an America where the public sector permanently consumes a larger part of the economy than in the past and squanders the proceeds on white elephants like faux high-speed rail lines and political payoffs to the teacher and other public-sector unions. Private-sector innovation gets squeezed out by regulations like the Obama FCC's net neutrality rules. It's a plan for a static rather than dynamic economy.

It's a perfect illustration of the dreary, static ideas and creations that all socialist societies create.  All initiative is supressed except for the schlerotic ideas of the leadership.

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