Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Camille Paglia on Obama's health care plan


Camille Paglia, that warhorse of a dissident feminist who always has something of interest to say, has written in Salon about President Obama's health care initiative:
But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises -- or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama's aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.

Read the rest here.

Bill Stabosz thinks that the only thing Obama is really good at is campaigning. I continue to be happy that McCain lost the election, although I voted for him and considered him by far the better of the two candidates. What I like is that the folks who stood back and did nothing but throw stones at Bush are now discovering that the country can't run itself on the good intentions of self-righteous 21st century liberalism. The new president himself seems shocked that people won't just accept his policies without question and let him enact his own New Deal. He seems surprised by opposition.

I am glad to see all the political couch potatoes, myself included, stimulated into a sense of civic duty. I know I am paying more attention to the government than usual, reading up on bills and trying to figure out what the heck is going on with our economy and our polis.

I am also following the stock market for the first time, and I am understanding capitalism a bit better than I have before.

May you live in interesting times. Indeed, the curse is upon us.

Tip of the hat to Kathleen King for the Camille tip.

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