Krauthammer: SOTU “a throwback to mid-20th-century liberalism”

posted at 8:01 am on February 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, this could be the consensusDavid Corn wrote Tuesday night that Barack Obama’s speech “present[ed] a powerful progressive agenda.”  It’s been a long time since Ronald Reagan made the idea of big government solutions toxic and Bill Clinton delivered its eulogy, but Obama managed to exhume it for an evening.  But does that mean it has come back to life?

You say it was a poverty of ideas.  I think it was a throwback to mid-twentieth century liberalism. It was a pre-Clintonian tax-and-spend. We have a program for every human ill and the reason it won’t increase the deficit is cause we will tax accordingly.

Charles Krauthammer then goes on to point out that Obama can only claim that the centerpiece of his overall progressive agenda, ObamaCare, can only claim to not impact the deficit because of the massive tax hikes within in — not out of actual and effective cost controls.  We are certainly discovering that in its subsidy program.  The baseline average subsidy has increased by 38.7%, according to the CBO, adding almost a quarter-trillion dollars to the cost of the program’s first ten years.  It’s almost the epitome of tax-and-spendonomics, with an unhealthy dash of regulatory adventurism thrown into the stew.

So how much chance does this new progressive agenda zombie have of surviving?  Not much, says Politico:

President Barack Obama demanded more than a dozen times in his State of the Union address that lawmakers act on his ambitious policy agenda.

They probably won’t listen.

And that’s not the only hurdle — for all of Obama’s big talk, there’s no clear path through Congress for almost any of it. How to do it while keeping with Obama’s pledge not to add a dime to the deficit is even harder to figure out.

The latter relates directly to the former, in this case.  His agenda doesn’t add up any better than ObamaCare did, and it won’t get past a Republican House anyway.  Perhaps the better question should be this: How much of Obama’s previous SOTU declarations and wish lists of the progressive agenda over the last two years did Obama actually bother to pursue?  Not much, and don’t expect much more this time around, either.


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Krauthammer mispronounced “Communism”.

Steve Eggleston on February 14, 2013 at 8:03 AM

“It deserves a vote”

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:06 AM

It may deserve a vote but pretty much like his budgets, they’ll get rejected. What then? More EOs?

AH_C on February 14, 2013 at 8:10 AM

progressive indeed – windmills, trains, and mid 20th century mentality

Slade73 on February 14, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Not to worry. Hillary will keep the progress moving forward during her historical presidency.

MT on February 14, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Break the system……and then complain “the system is broken”.

And the country needs a “strong executive” to solve the problem.

Enter…….Mr. Fix it.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 8:14 AM

“It deserves a vote”

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:06 AM

No it doesn’t. Bad public policy is bad public policy. The whole reason we send representatives to Washington is to vote down stupid commie ideas that do nothing but add to the deficit.

The left has been emboldened under the rat-eared bastard to the point that an illegal alien actually sat in front of a Congressional hearing and demanded that he not be called “illegal” because he was a wonderful human being or something. You’ve got left-wing radicals manipulating public sympathy over the horrific actions of one individual into a scheme designed to destroy Americans’ Second Amendment rights. You’ve got individuals proudly declaring that they committed voter fraud in November while the left in Congress seeks ways to make it even easier to commit fraud the next election.

There is a civil war going on in America.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM

At this point, what difference does it make?

wolly4321 on February 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM

The libs pants were dripping after this speech.They have short memories of his promises.I wonder how estatic they will be when Obamacare kicks in.

docflash on February 14, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I am just spewing Obama rhetoric..

I just can’t get the dialect to come through though. :)

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:23 AM

This is what I’ve been saying for a while… Obama and his ilk are throwbacks from the 1940′s. Everything they advocate has been tried and (gasp!) it does not work outside of a classroom. That’s because their polices defy human nature.

The Left in academia has finally seemed to come around and at least acknowledge that their great deity FDR unnecessarily prolonged the Great Depression. And yet here we are, Obama enacting similar policies, and he’s unnecessarily prolonging the Great Recession. They keep doing the same things over and over because they are religious zealots: their religion is statism.

Unbelievable. Lower and middle-income families hardest hit.

visions on February 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Don’t watch The Puppet President. Keep your eye on George Soros and his minions, who will be busily trying to return the House to Democrat hands in 2014. If they succeed, there will be no stopping The Agenda, which is nothing less than the reduction of America to a toothless, bankrupt, third-rate socialist state.

MrLynn on February 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

And that’s not the only hurdle — for all of Obama’s big talk, there’s no clear path through Congress for almost any of it. How to do it while keeping with Obama’s pledge not to add a dime to the deficit is even harder to figure out.- Politico

Not very bright over there, are they.

Jabberwock on February 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

How to do it while keeping with Obama’s pledge not to add a dime to the deficit is even harder to figure out.

It’s not hard to figure out. He’s just lying.

forest on February 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Obama is a spend then tax progressive. Tax and spend is too slow.

forest on February 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM

SOTU “a throwback to mid-20th-century liberalism early-mid 20th century fascism

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Slightly OT but did everybody see this?

Taxpayers will be sending President Obama on his second vacation of the year when he departs Friday aboard Air Force One for a Presidents’ Day Weekend excursion to West Palm Beach, Florida.

What about submitting a budget to Congress since that was due on February 4th? What about the looming sequestration that is going to furlough thousands of federal workers?

My kids can’t go out for play until they’ve completed their homework. Apparently the same rules do not apply in the Obama household.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM

…and it won’t get past a Republican House anyway.

Here’s how it gets through the House:

1) The President calls John Boehner the “Speaker of No”.

2) The MSM goes concern troll, saying the American people think John Boehner is unlikeable and that the Tea Party Traitors are looking to stage a coup and elect a new speaker.

3) John Boehner works tirelessly 47 minutes a day, two days a week to get the President’s agenda passed.

4) All legislation is passed and John Boehner is beloved by the Left for 3 hrs.

Done. And done.

ROCnPhilly on February 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Time to go back to the mid-nineteenth century.

OldEnglish on February 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM

ROC – even if Boehner wanted to do that – he doesn’t have the votes. And if Obama decides to EO everything my guess is there will be selective cabinets temporarily zeroed out in the budget proposals. Obama knows it and won’t press it. His polling already sucks, he has no mandate, and 2014 is probaobly going to look something like 2010 thanks to parts of Obamacare kicking in – employers are getting ready to pass every Obamacare tax over to their employees they can and tell them exactly why it is happening.

As to Soros – can we declare war against an individual? Because he has delcared war against the US.

Zomcon JEM on February 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

SOTU “a throwback to mid-20th-century liberalism”

With a healthy dose of early 20th century socialism.

And Considering Comrade O is restraining himself and not saying all he really thinks in order to keep the useful idiots cheering him on, in the hopes of getting a Party majority in the House in 2014, imagine what he really thinks.

It’s not too hard, really, considering some of the people he has surrounded himself on his way through Chicago and on to the WH and some of the people he has appointed.

farsighted on February 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Kraut is bipolar.

Mr. Arrogant on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Zomcon JEM on February 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Don’t ever underestimate Weepy John’s pathological need to be loved. He’s every bit as needy as John McCain. :)

As to Soros – can we declare war against an individual? Because he has delcared war against the US.

Zomcon JEM on February 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Soros definitely is out to destroy the U.S. He has many times said the world would be a better place (for him) if America were weaker.

I like your remedy to this treason, since Gyorgy spends most of his time on foreign land. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for the next administration, as Gyorgi is Obama’s number one visitor and only financial advisor.

ROCnPhilly on February 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM

“Progressivism” is atavism, a throwback to failed policies of a bygone era. The GOP needs to drive this home to younger voters… who think it’s hip to be a progressive.

petefrt on February 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I’d be willing to give Obama a carbon tax. Since poor people are usually the worst polluters, let’s make it progressively inverted from the top marginal tax rate – ie, eliminated for income over $400k while the lowest income bracket would be subject to 29.6% carbon tax rate (39.6% top rate minus 10% bottom rate – after elimination of the EITC, natch). We could call it the Flat Tax Tithe to Gaia Act of 2013.

crrr6 on February 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

been a long time since Ronald Reagan made the idea of big government solutions toxic and Bill Clinton delivered its eulogy, but Obama managed to exhume it for an evening

…it’s because JugEars is a mortician!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Oh, the irony: Obysmal is relaxing over the Presidents’ Day long weekend after knocking himself out on the SOTU speech.
http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/02/13/obama-vacation-west-palm-beach/

onlineanalyst on February 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Finally I skimmed the text after hearing the campaign speech sound bites. There was nothing in this speech, it lacked any intellectual vigor and really…it wasn’t even Ivy League, I bet even John Kerry could have sounded better than this…

Fleuries on February 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

How to do it while keeping with Obama’s pledge not to add a dime to the deficit is even harder to figure out.

By using MAGICAL UNICORN FAIRY DUST!

GarandFan on February 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

How to do it while keeping with Obama’s pledge not to add a dime to the deficit is even harder to figure out.

By using MAGICAL UNICORN FAIRY DUST!

GarandFan on February 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

And the US public school system. I’ve heard some high schools are considering dropping their basic algebra requirement and some colleges may go along.

Recall that Comrade O, The Party, and their Mainstream Propaganda Machine successfully convinced the electorate that Obamacare sucking $700 billion out of funds slated for Medicare actually strengthened Medicare.

farsighted on February 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Not to worry. Hillary will keep the progress moving forward during her historical presidency.

MT on February 14, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Don’t count on it. The “Obama Campaign Machine” has been set up for Biden to use.

This will force Hillary to tap Bill as her Veep.

In turn, Joe will tap Obama himself as his Veep.

Don’t think Obama would do it? Think again. In fact, think Putin. All have watched Putin run back/forth between Prime Minister and President … all the while retaining ultimate control.

And don’t start looking at the 22nd Amendment for a bailout. You won’t find it there. Bill and Obama can’t be elected President, but nothing stops them from ascending to the Presidency by other means. (unless someone comes forward with the Obama birthplace cover-up story)

My intent was not to start a new thread idea here. It was to put to rest your concern that Hillary will be your next President. She won’t. Obama/Joe aren’t going anywhere. The “Machine” won’t be defeated.

Carnac on February 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM