Monday, October 10, 2011

Obama The Genius

Where's the evidence that Obama's a policy genius?
Now I don’t think Wilson is flat-out wrong. Obama certainly does see himself as a policy wonk, and he’s surrounded himself with people who see the president in precisely the way the president likes to be seen. Funny how that works. Also Obama is one of the most zealous members of the cult of experts we’ve had in the White House in a very long time. . . .

So what’s my complaint? Simply this: Where’s the proof that Obama is a master of public policy? To be sure there’s ample proof that he’s a master at talking about public policy, describing the problems, summarizing the current thinking, regurgitating all of the reigning clichés and platitudes. But where’s the evidence that he’s actually good at public policy?

It’s a sincere question: What have been the truly innovative, groundbreaking or even unconventional big public policy ideas to come out of this administration? Are there any? Because from where I sit, it simply looks like Obama takes existing, conventional, liberal ideas – some of them very, very old – off the liberal pantry shelf and hawks them like it’s new inventory. Where’s the evidence that Obama’s “mastery” over public policy has translated itself into creative approaches? Not in the stimulus from what I can tell. Maybe there’s something impressive to tout in ObamaCare, but Obama didn’t actually have much to do with the crafting of ObamaCare – a fact Wilson acknowledges. Was his genius to be found in shoveling cash into Solyndra and other embarrassing white elephants? Was he the guiding intellect behind a green jobs program that has produced dozens of jobs in places where it was supposed to create thousands?

And if he’s such a genius about public policy, why did it take him so long to discover that there’s no such thing as “shovel ready jobs”? You don’t have to be a Jedi Master of public policy to have known that.
This excerpt courtesy of Instapundit.

1 comment:

David said...

At best, Obama is like a sports commentator with no coaching experience that someone hired as coach of an NFL team....I say "at best" because most sports commentators understand the structure of the game and at least its recent history, and I don't think Obama has the parallel understanding of policy issues.

He is not an executive, nor is he an analyst; he does not enjoy thinking about problems and identifying possible solutions. He is a power-grabber and smost of all a peech-giver: as SIgmund Freud and William Bullitt wrote about Woodrow Wilson, "The use of his vocal chords was to him inseparable from thinking."