The bad apple president

His spokesmen have blamed insurers, patients, Republicans, the internet and a solar eclipse for the chain of disasters that began with the ObamaCare website deploying like a parachute tied to an anvil and concluding with the Halloween Massacre of health care plans followed by rate hikes and empty promises of subsidies.

President Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The buck stops here.” Barack Obama has a rug that reads, “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself”, “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings”, “The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us” and “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice”

There is nothing in any of those vaguely inspiring collectivist quotes about responsibility or accountability. They assume that government is an unrestricted good whose purpose is only fulfilled through social justice.

Taken together they encourage action without contemplation. Fear is not the only thing that government should fear. It should also fear to destroy the fragile social compact between the people and their government that makes freedom possible. It should fear that its actions will cause more harm than good. It should also fear that it is not nearly as wise as it thinks it is.