Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President Obama's Legacy

This one is so good that I have to lift it in its entirety from Instapundit:
Peter Berkowitz:
Chait’s case for Obama largely ignores the case against. It is one thing to defend the utility of deficit spending in a recession; it is quite another to blink away doubling American debt in eight years to a staggering $20 trillion and growing. It is appropriate to credit Obama for expanding access to health care, but it is deceptive to gloss over his repeated deceptions concerning insurance cost, keeping one’s doctor, and keeping one’s insurance. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is good, but no excuse for undermining constitutional government by extravagant exploitation of executive orders to skirt the people’s representatives in the legislative branch. And while the Middle East was unstable and dangerous before Obama, it is negligent to overlook how his determination to circumscribe America’s international role has emancipated the forces of chaos and destruction in the region.

Overreach and underperformance have consequences. Not the least part of Obama’s legacy is a shrunken and enfeebled Democratic Party in the states, a successor in the White House he tried hard to derail, and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress who are determined to overturn his signature domestic and foreign policy achievements.
Obama’s real legacy will be sworn into office on Friday.

1 comment:

Auntie Ann said...

I just had a friend of mine (actually a liberal law professor that Instapundit has tangled with in the past) recommend this book as spot on. The guy is smart, but his blindness to reality is large. He really should know better.