Friday, April 24, 2009

Krauthammer 4/24/09

What Obama Wants
Part 5

My take on Charles Krauthammer's latest. His column was published in the Washington Post.

Summary: Obama's agenda has 3 parts: nationalized health care; federalized education through college, and carbon taxes to pay for the first two. The only way he will be able to make the math add up will be to ration.

It follows Kaus's advice to "give pandering a chance" and adheres to the Democratic tradition of being the party that gives things away, while leaving the green-eyeshade stinginess to those heartless Republicans.

My Views: Doesn't this 3 part agenda Krauthammer packages leave out something? What about all the stimulus money, the bailouts, and the government regulation/control that accompanied it? Then there's the foreign policy issues. What about the tilt towards the UN and greater controls by international bodies?

Carbon taxes are just a part of the whole global warming issue. The larger question is how emmissions will be reduced and by how much. In other words, how much more control of the economy will the government have just from this one issue alone?

Krauthammer seems right on the larger question: the end result of more government control is rationing of resources and services. The people of Europe seemed to have accepted this direction. How worse off their society seems to be because of this!

Charles Krauthammer is a more establishment columnist. He came to punditry by way of psychiatry (at Massachusetts General Hospital) via the New Republic Magazine. He appears on TV where you never see his wheelchair. Here's his Wiki bio.

He wrote a book which is pictured at the right. I am drawn by the substance and the thinking than any particular writing flair.