David Brooks: What America needs now is a stronger presidency with “unified authority”

posted at 1:54 pm on December 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Besides Ross Douthat, is there anyone left on the New York Times op-ed page who doesn’t support benign dictatorship in the name of reducing congressional gridlock? Brooks evidently does. Tom Friedman, who’s been drooling on himself for years over China’s can-do model of government, certainly does. I don’t know if Timothy Egan’s ever squarely addressed the issue but a guy who thinks O’s big problem is that his speeches aren’t flowery enough must be open to persuasion.

As for Dowd, we’re one charming Hollywood romcom about a president with kingly powers away from total commitment.

This is a good moment to advocate greater executive branch power because we’ve just seen a monumental example of executive branch incompetence: the botched Obamacare rollout. It’s important to advocate greater executive branch power in a chastened mood. It’s not that the executive branch is trustworthy; it’s just that we’re better off when the presidency is strong than we are when the rentier groups are strong, or when Congress, which is now completely captured by the rentier groups, is strong.

Here are the advantages. First, it is possible to mobilize the executive branch to come to policy conclusion on something like immigration reform. It’s nearly impossible for Congress to lead us to a conclusion about anything. Second, executive branch officials are more sheltered from the interest groups than Congressional officials. Third, executive branch officials usually have more specialized knowledge than staffers on Capitol Hill and longer historical memories. Fourth, Congressional deliberations, to the extent they exist at all, are rooted in rigid political frameworks. Some agencies, especially places like the Office of Management and Budget, are reasonably removed from excessive partisanship. Fifth, executive branch officials, if they were liberated from rigid Congressional strictures, would have more discretion to respond to their screw-ups, like the Obamacare implementation. Finally, the nation can take it out on a president’s party when a president’s laws don’t work. That doesn’t happen in Congressional elections, where most have safe seats…

We don’t need bigger government. We need more unified authority. Take power away from the rentier groups who dominate the process. Allow people in those authorities to exercise discretion. Find a president who can both rally a majority, and execute a policy process.

I’m … not sure that we’re necessarily better off when the presidency is strong than when special interests are strong. That depends on two things — first, how much stronger we’re willing to make the former in the name of weakening the latter, and two, whether the president himself is highly susceptible to being influenced by what Brooks calls “rentier groups.” Jay Cost wrote about that last year in his piece on the Democrats’ “clientelist” model of governance:

The problem, though, is that once the door was opened to this brand of clientelism, it could never again be closed. Over the decades, the Democrats have added scores of clients to their operation: trade and industrial unions, African Americans, environmentalists, feminists, government unions, consumer rights advocates, big business, and big city bosses and their lieutenants. All of them are with the Democratic party in part because of the special benefits it promises them when in office, and all have a major say in how the party behaves in government. With more and more clients who needed constant tending, it became harder and harder for subsequent Democratic leaders to focus on the public good. Thus, in the years since FDR’s tenure, the Democratic agenda has looked less like republican liberalism and more like clientele liberalism—big government activism not for the sake of the whole country, but for the sake of the voters whom the Democrats privilege.

And under the Obama administration, clientele liberalism has achieved a kind of apotheosis. The stimulus, the health care bill, cap and trade, and the financial reform package were all designed with heavy input from the party’s clients, and ultimately each reflects their priorities, so much so that any kind of national purpose the legislation might have served was totally undermined.

This isn’t really an “Obama problem.” It’s a bipartisan problem, although more pronounced under Democrats — which, ironically, is the one party of the two that the NYT op-ed section would doubtless prefer to have the “unified authority” that Brooks images. If it were true that the executive was relatively insulated from special interests, that would at least be the makings of an argument for more executive authority. But it’s not true. And it’s a terrible argument even if it was. It’s a rare rentier group that’s so powerful and malevolent that holding it in check is worth gifting new powers to an already increasingly powerful presidency. (Watch Jonathan Turley on that if you haven’t already.) But it’s also typical of the “banal authoritarianism of do-something punditry,” of which Brooks is a leading practitioner, that the idea of gridlock horrifies him more than extending the imbalance of power among the three branches. If only we acquiesced in Obama’s power grabs more than we already do — and we already do, almost entirely! — he might enact immigration reform himself. Which is important because if we’re stuck waiting for John Boehner and the House to do it, we might be waiting … what? Another four, maybe five months? Seems to me if you’re worried about special interests capturing government, you’re better off empowering Congress so that those interests hold each other in check to some extent than you are empowering a single government official who’ll end up serving the particular interests that have captured him.

Say what you want about bad lefty initiatives like McCain/Feingold that seek to rein in “rentier groups,” at least they try to handcuff the groups themselves rather than eliminate some of the few remaining constitutional limits on the presidency. Irony of ironies, 30 members of the House are announcing a resolution today that would direct the leadership to sue Obama for his various unconstitutional ObamaCare power grabs. That’s less than seven percent of all Representatives who are interested in challenging the president on separation of powers. And Brooks thinks the problem is that O doesn’t have enough “unified authority.”


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“We need a King with a sharp crease in his pants…” – David Brooks

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

We need some liebensraum too.

Akzed on December 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Great idea! We can look to Zimbabwe as a model for how to proceed.

Ward Cleaver on December 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Oh the humanity.

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Get Mugabe on the line!

Ward Cleaver on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

David loves those pants creases in Barack.

Disgusting “journalist” tool.

PappyD61 on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Barry I

Axeman on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

C’mon, Allah. You’re just Flukeing with us, aren’t you?

trigon on December 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Can we deport Brooks to say…the UK?

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Home video.

Ward Cleaver on December 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Ein Volk ! Ein Reich ! Ein Fuehrer !!

viking01 on December 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

http://nypost.com/2013/12/12/beneath-yellowstone-a-volcano-that-could-wipe-out-u-s/

At this point……LET’S HOPE.

It’s the awe-inspiring pride of the United States – and it harbors a deadly power that could kill us all.

Yellowstone National Park is pristine wilderness, full of scenic landscape and iconic hot-pools and geysers that attract tens of thousands of visitors every year.

But it’s what lies beneath that has scientists scurrying.

We’ve long known that Yellowstone is merely the skin on top of a supervolcano – a giant pool of magma sitting just under the Earth’s surface.

Exactly how giant has been the subject of much speculation.

Until now.

A team from the University of Utah have told the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco that Yellowstone’s magama chamber is 2.5 times larger than previously thought.

It is an underground cavern measuring some 55 miles by 20 miles and containing between 125 and 185 billion cubic miles of molten rock.

If it blows it will wipe out America.

On the bright side……we won’t have to worry about Amnesty.

PappyD61 on December 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

with Justice Roberts?

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Ashhole!

De Oppresso Liber on December 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

This is a good moment to advocate greater executive branch power because we’ve just seen a monumental example of executive branch incompetence:

*head shaking*

davidk on December 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Irony of ironies, 30 members of the House are announcing a resolution today that would direct the leadership to sue Obama for his various unconstitutional ObamaCare power grabs

tell me there is a 0 missing….*awakes from dreaming of the American he once knew*

hillsoftx on December 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Brooks outs himself as Imperial Troll

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

with Justice Roberts?

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

… and Weasel Boehner?

viking01 on December 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

The real question is whether Brooks has naked pics of Obama. And, what he’s doing with them.

trigon on December 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

The ruling class collective heartbeats skip at the thought.

Gatsu on December 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

An idea so stupid only an intellectual would think it’s a good idea.

NotCoach on December 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

I shall never embrace the Thousand Year Suck.

forest on December 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

“I remember looking at the sharp points of his crown and thinking he is going to be King, and a great King.” – David Brooks

change is for suckers on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Yes, and Brooks keeps sending him more.

Flange on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

So obviously, David Brooks is ignorant of all human history, prefers to “believe” in his emotional attachment to what Obama means to him, and does not believe “it could happen here”….. Even when he argues to put the mechanisms in place to practically guarantee it would.

What. An. Idiot.

KMC1 on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

We now have columnists advocating for Totalitarianism.

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Brooks wants to get into a ménage à trois with obama and Matthews, Michelle and Reggie be damned.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Well, if we make Obama the king as Brooks is no doubt suggesting, we can truthfully say, “Stupidity reigns supreme.”

The democrats – proving the truth in aphorisms.

Wino on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

What America needs now is a stronger presidency with “unified authority”

… until a Republican becomes president.

heretic on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Get Mugabe on the line!

Ward Cleaver on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Mugabe was put in the White House by democrats.

Murphy9 on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Go away you fascist POS!

BoxHead1 on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

It’s nearly impossible for Congress to lead us to a conclusion about anything.

Mayhaps because Congress isn’t SUPPOSED to lead us, but to REPRESENT us.

What an ignorant tool.

CapnObvious on December 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

OT (or the real reason for this):

It’s war! Senate gears up for epic battle as ZERO Republicans line up to support budget agreement (and Democrats need to find at least five)

A landmark budget agreement that passed in the U.S. House on Thursday faces certain death in the Senate unless at least five Republicans step up to support it – but so far there are no takers at all.
The GOP’s Senate leaders plan to launch a procedural effort to kill the plan over a laundry list of objections – including a claim that it short-changes military veterans and other government retirees.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin conceded that he needs to find Republicans who will vote for the measure after Republicans announced their intention Thursday night to block the deal.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2523120/ZERO-Senate-Republicans-support-budget-agreement-Democrats-five.html#ixzz2nNodCVrN
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

kcewa on December 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

First, it is possible to mobilize the executive branch to come to policy conclusion on something like immigration reform. It’s nearly impossible for Congress to lead us to a conclusion about anything. Second, executive branch officials are more sheltered from the interest groups than Congressional officials. Third, executive branch officials usually have more specialized knowledge than staffers on Capitol Hill and longer historical memories. Fourth, Congressional deliberations, to the extent they exist at all, are rooted in rigid political frameworks.

So, David Brooks doesn’t understand the Constitution and the founders intent in the separation of powers. Or he does and he wants to wipe it away.

Our system is supposed to be contentious. Our system is supposed to have gridlock. Our system is meant to hamper the very people and processes that Brooks wants to accelerate.

And Brooks also wants to worsen one of the worst things that’s happened to our political system: empowering the bureaucracy to the point that it doesn’t matter who you elect. As Mark Steyn says we don’t have a president for life but we do have a bureaucracy for life.

gwelf on December 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Ross Douthat, odd man out.

22044 on December 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

obama made the “Liar of the Year” award yesterday.

N. Korea just had their #2 executed.

Brooks is hot for obama.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

is there anyone left on the New York Times op-ed page who doesn’t support benign dictatorship in the name of reducing congressional gridlock?

There is nothing benign about Barry’s exercise of dictatorial power.

AZCoyote on December 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Ol’ Dave would strip naked and dance a hornpipe on the Resolute Desk if Dog Eater ordered him to; the man is a craven, lickspittle, apparatchik of the type that despots through history have surrounded themselves with.

Bishop on December 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Remember the olden days when candidate Obama was railing against the “signing statements” of Bush? You know, those comments published at the time of signing legislation to declare how he interpreted the law he was signing?

Well, forget that! Obama will simply pronounce what the law of the land is from day to day as the mood hits him. (Last night Krauthammer compared him to some Peron-like figure dictating the law of his banana republic from the royal balcony.)

Good times.

MJBrutus on December 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Ross Douthat, odd man out.

22044 on December 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

He’s a D, with some sense, claiming to be a R. The latter makes me laugh, every time.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The world would be a better place if David Brooks was a penguin instead of a journalist.

change is for suckers on December 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Ace also hammers Brooks on the the angle that Obama is supposedly chastened from the ObamaCare debacle.

gwelf on December 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Yes, and Brooks keeps sending him more.

Flange on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on December 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

This is CNN PBS…….

viking01 on December 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

This is a good moment to advocate greater executive branch power because we’ve just seen a monumental example of executive branch incompetence:

.
That thermonuclear idiocy should be engraved on Brooks headstone.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

We now have columnists advocating for Totalitarianism.

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Because the Constitution was drafted by a bunch of Old White guys who are dead or something…

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

This guy’s so Effing Queer i had to peruse a bio
on Patton

ToddPA on December 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Just replete with poor reasoning and perverse values.

Robert_Paulson on December 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

OT: RUBIO FIRES BACK AT PAUL RYAN: I KNOW ‘FULL WELL’ DETAILS OF BUDGET BILL

“I don’t think we want to see another government shutdown,” he assured the host, but noted that the nation needed to avoid a major debt crisis, “which is the ultimate government shutdown.” He also gave Republicans credit for negotiating with Democrats at all, who “seem to have no urgency” in solving the debt problem.
Rubio also shocked Rose and co-anchor Norah O’Donnell by simply noting that “compromise just for the sake of compromise just so we can feel good about each other is not good for the country.” The anchors asked him if the disagreements in the Republican Party were unhealthy for the greater GOP; Rubio noted that he was even “surprised that you are surprised,” as he believes compromise should only result in moves forward for the country.

kcewa on December 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I tell you what I want, I want Mr. Brooks to say the same thing when a Republican President resides at the White House.

reddevil on December 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Yeah, reminds me of Hitler and the NAZI Party… no, my arms are hidden and so is my ammo. Good luck, Mussolini.

ExpressoBold on December 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

…the man is a craven, lickspittle, apparatchik of the type that despots through history have surrounded themselves with.

Bishop on December 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

You left out “sycophant” and “toady.”

I wonder who would get the coveted position of “court jester.” The list of candidates in the dem party is pretty much “everyone.”

I’d suggest Sheila Jackson-Lee, but jesters are supposed to be pithy, not pissy.

Wino on December 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

What this abject moron fool doesn’t realize is that he is actually witnessing the result of increased executive power…OBAMA HAS ALREADY SEIZED IT AND IS ACTIVELY WIELDING IT and the results are as plain as day.

I’d be perfectly happy if this idiot was never linked to again.

Youngs98 on December 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Ross Douthat, odd man out.

22044 on December 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

He’s a D, with some sense, claiming to be a R. The latter makes me laugh, every time.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Mr Douthat is an NRO on line type conservative. Think Rich Lowery.

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

What a maroon

And as soon as a gop president comes back he’ll backpedal on that notion real quick

cmsinaz on December 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

To be fair though, 9 out of 10 people that Lip Gloss talked to about this scheme at the cocktail party last night agreed with him, and the 10th guy was a colored fella holding the towels in the men’s room so he doesn’t count anyway.

Bishop on December 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Yes, and Brooks keeps sending him more.

Flange on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

You’re on a roll

gwelf on December 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM

So Brooks wants a dictator. Well, he’s right in one regard, they are very efficient. But I’m pretty sure there’s a downside he’s overlooking.

tommyboy on December 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM

kcewa on December 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Surrender Monkeys duel to the death.

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Brooks 2013: What America needs now is a stronger presidency with unified authority.

Brooks 2020: What America needs now is State Run media, and a bigger Police state.

Brooks 2017: What America needs now is Public Executions for crimes against the State, and a more centralized Government that can weed out less desirables.

portlandon on December 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

If only the founding fathers could have gazed on Obama’s pant crease they too would have abandoned the separation of powers. Any tyranny is a small price to pay for pant creases like those.

gwelf on December 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Yes, and Brooks keeps sending him more.

Flange on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Okay, that’s it, thread’s done. You can all go home for the weekend now. :)

Gator Country on December 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

One thing’s for sure.

The IRS will never audit David Brooks

gwelf on December 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Ein Volk ! Ein Reich ! Ein Fuehrer !!

viking01 on December 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Took the words right out of my keyboard.

CurtZHP on December 13, 2013 at 2:20 PM

This column reminds me of something that Ace of Ace of Spades HQ mentioned a while ago: the MSM is so invested in the idea of Obama as a hero protagonist that they see American laws, principles, and ideals as a MacGuffin-like plot device that can be contorted any which way to ensure the Obama’s ultimate triumph.

The constitution inconveniently restricts Obama’s power? Well, then, says the MSM, clearly ours is outmoded and should be replaced.

Obama’s blatant lies to the public on policy matters are being exposed and pulling down his poll numbers? Well, the MSM says, the truth was a necessary and overrated sacrifice due to the fact that the American public just isn’t sophisticated enough to handle reality.

Robert_Paulson on December 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

He’s a D, with some sense, claiming to be a R. The latter makes me laugh, every time.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I see, he could have fooled me!

22044 on December 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Mr Douthat is an NRO on line type conservative. Think Rich Lowery.

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I see, that’s helpful.

22044 on December 13, 2013 at 2:22 PM

OT…Anybody seen this?

WA State Exchange Erroneously Deducting Money From People’s Bank Accounts

For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.

Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said.

The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday.

Josh Bruner started his own business this year as an engineering recruiter. They said it’s forced them to pay a lot of attention to their bills and their bank accounts.
“Big knot in my gut because we’re trying to keep it together,” said Shannon Bruner. “It’s important to me that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”They’re not alone.

One viewer emailed KING 5 saying, “They drafted my account this morning for a second time.

http://weaselzippers.us/

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

If only the founding fathers could have gazed on Obama’s pant crease they too would have abandoned the separation of powers. Any tyranny is a small price to pay for pant creases like those.

gwelf on December 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

King George had some mighty fine threads.History does tend to repeat itself.

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I’ve seen this movie before …

“In these challenging times, when we are facing both rising deficits and a sinking economy, budget reform is not an option. It is an imperative,” Obama said. “We cannot sustain a system that bleeds billions of taxpayer dollars on programs that have outlived their usefulness, or exist solely because of the power of a politicians, lobbyists, or interest groups. We simply cannot afford it. This isn’t about big government or small government. It’s about building a smarter government that focuses on what works. That is why I will ask my new team to think anew and act anew to meet our new challenges…. We will go through our federal budget – page by page, line by line – eliminating those programs we don’t need, and insisting that those we do operate in a sensible cost-effective way.” — Barack Obama, November 25, 2008

J_Crater on December 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Kcewa

No worries McCain Collins murkowski will help them out

cmsinaz on December 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Great timing, with the chief executive doing so well and all.

forest on December 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Besides Ross Douthat, is there anyone left on the New York Times op-ed page who doesn’t support benign dictatorship in the name of reducing congressional gridlock?
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canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Douhat will come around.

Steve Eggleston on December 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

OT…Anybody seen this?

“WA State Exchange Erroneously Deducting Money From People’s Bank Accounts

For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.

Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said.

The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday.

Josh Bruner started his own business this year as an engineering recruiter. They said it’s forced them to pay a lot of attention to their bills and their bank accounts.
“Big knot in my gut because we’re trying to keep it together,” said Shannon Bruner. “It’s important to me that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”They’re not alone.

One viewer emailed KING 5 saying, “They drafted my account this morning for a second time.”

http://weaselzippers.us/

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Working as planned. Obamacare is one prong of the final loot. Getting your retirement accounts is next.

Keep voting democrat!

Murphy9 on December 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM

He has to say it…

… It lays the ground work and background and false narrative that will soon be:

“A recent AP/CNN poll shows a majority of Americans approve of President Selfie staying in office!”

You don’t think these people are just going to walk out of the halls of power…

… do you?

Seven Percent Solution on December 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

O/T What do you guys think of the Danish PM broad? Yes, no ?

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The Constitution was written by a bunch of nasty old white men who owned slaves. Who needs Article II when the Führerprinzip will do? It is literally impossible to satirize Barry Alinsky’s jockstrap-sniffers. Brooks’ favorite movie: Hope n’ Change 2: Gleichschaltung Bugaloo.

Travis Bickle on December 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Does Obama have naked pics of this guy?

Ellis on December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Yes, and Brooks keeps sending him more.

Flange on December 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

The lunatic is in the hall.
The lunatics are in my home.
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor,
And every day, the paperboy brings more.

Steve Eggleston on December 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Bull—t, Brooks. Go peddle that crap to your left wing buddies.

rplat on December 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

OT…Anybody seen this?

“WA State Exchange Erroneously Deducting Money From People’s Bank Accounts

For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.

Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said.

The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday.

Josh Bruner started his own business this year as an engineering recruiter. They said it’s forced them to pay a lot of attention to their bills and their bank accounts.
“Big knot in my gut because we’re trying to keep it together,” said Shannon Bruner. “It’s important to me that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”They’re not alone.

One viewer emailed KING 5 saying, “They drafted my account this morning for a second time.”

http://weaselzippers.us/

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

it’s burning

22044 on December 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I say no. A little dog-eared, even for age 46. She could pass for the St. Pauli girl’s grandmother.

Travis Bickle on December 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Remember to wear sensible shoes when Kristallnacht II is upon us.

Wino on December 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Brooks: a King and preferably a gay King

rik on December 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I bet Brooks loves Nero, Caligula, Napoleon, Stalin, Chavez…

sadatoni on December 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

We need some liebensraum too.

Akzed on December 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

And we’ll go to war to get it!

(Liebensraum – loving space. Funny how one letter can make such a difference. In either case.)

affenhauer on December 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Wichita man arrested planned suicide bombing at Mid-Continent Airport

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/13/4690142/wichita-news-conference-set-friday.html#storylink=cpy

U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said the man had been under surveillance since earlier this year and had been given inert explosives by authorities during the investigation.

“He was resolved to commit an act of violent jihad against the United States,” Grissom said.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/13/4690142/wichita-news-conference-set-friday.html#storylink=cpy

Methodist Jihadi no doubt…

kcewa on December 13, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Just try it Dems and you won’t know what hit you….literally!

neyney on December 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

You don’t think these people are just going to walk out of the halls of power…

… do you?

Seven Percent Solution on December 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Outgoing Preznit Choom snorting from a huge pile of cocaine while watching the DC cops coming up to his bedroom on CCTV. Then grabbing an M16/203, blasting the doors off the hinges, and emerging on the balcony screaming “When you f**k with Dog Eater you’re f**king with the BEST!”

Naw, could never happen.

Bishop on December 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

You don’t think these people are just going to walk out of the halls of power…

… do you?

Seven Percent Solution on December 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Nope. Case in point, Rob Ford.

Gatsu on December 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

It is my observation that David Brooks is a twit. If Mr. Obama is allowed such power, I would be remiss in my duty to allow such.

I refer to the Federalists Papers notes 28 and 29 by Alexander Hamilton, in his observations on the authoring of the United States Constitution.

Turtle317 on December 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Call it just what it is: This is just plain nuts!

Pardonme on December 13, 2013 at 2:44 PM

WA State Exchange Erroneously Deducting Money From People’s Bank Accounts
workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Payment problem solved

kcewa on December 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

This is a good moment to advocate greater executive branch power because we’ve just seen a monumental example of executive branch incompetence

I’m not sure which interpretation of this is more stupid: that we should give the executive branch more power because they’ve proven incompetent, or that people will be more receptive to arguments for increased executive branch power because the executive has proven incompetent.

Sockpuppet Politic on December 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

To the ovens, right, Brooks?

Phuck you, Brooks.

BuckeyeSam on December 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

How many Obama valentines does Brooks get out of a keyboard and mouse before they’re too gummed up to use any more?

Gator Country on December 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I think David should move to mother Russia.
The sooner the better!
Maybe he could take Obama with him? Putin and Obama can duke it out in an effort to figure out who the big man on the Communist campus is?

Delsa on December 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I’m … not sure that we’re necessarily better off when the presidency is strong than when special interests are strong. That depends on two things — first, how much stronger we’re willing to make the former in the name of weakening the latter, and two, whether the president himself is highly susceptible to being influenced by what Brooks calls “rentier groups.”

Allahpundit on December 13, 2013 at 1:54 PM

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“Special interests” is way too wide open to multiple different interpretations, for the purposes of that statement.

For myself, I want more choices.

Just the same, I’m sure we all disagree with Brooks ‘take’.

listens2glenn on December 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

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