President Obama presented himself to the nation in 2008 as something new — a change agent who would bring fresh ideas to our national challenges and solve problems in a post-partisan, unifying fashion.
In fact, as some noted at the time, his ideas were decrepit hand-me-downs, about as novel as disco or the leisure suit. He is a conventional left-wing statist, George McGovern with a bigger smile, eager to bring ever-larger segments of American life under tight government control and direction. As for unity, his presidency has set new records for contemning the opposition — a disdain histrionically pantomimed by Joe Biden.
Obama’s deep hostility to the private sector has been evident throughout his presidency and popped up like verbal tics during the first debate. He warned against putting seniors “like my grandmother at the mercy of the private insurance system.” Those companies, he added knowingly, “are pretty clever about figuring out who are the younger and healthier seniors.” He trotted out his old warhorse about companies “getting tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas,” and he claimed that Obamacare protects people from “being jerked around” by insurance companies.