Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The mindset of a liberal

In an interview with Katie Couric, President Obama had this to say about Obamacare:

Couric: But did some of these special deals, Mr. President--
Obama: They didn't help.

Couric: --sort of get it passed at all costs, turn your stomach, too?

Obama: They did not help. They frustrate me. But, you know, this is a democracy. Look, I would have loved nothing better than to simply come up with some very elegant, you know, academically approved approach to health care. And didn't have any kinds of legislative fingerprints on it. And just go ahead and have that passed. But that's not how it works in our democracy. Unfortunately what we end up having to do is to do a lot of negotiations with a lot of different people. Many of whom have their constituents' best interests at heart.
This last paragraph gives an insight into the mindset of liberals. Obama would have liked nothing more than shoving down our throats an "academically approved approach to healthcare." Alas, democracy prevented him. Unfortunately, Congress had to do a lot a negotiations and even keep the interest of constituents in mind.

When will Americans learn that they are too ignorant to be involved in the legislative process and that all they need is an enlightened despot?
In the meantime, as popularity numbers decrease, so changes the tone of Obama.  For example, the demonization of Wall Street has been toned down.  In an interview with Bloomberg Obama said  said that he does not begrudge the bonuses paid to executives of companies that received TARP money:

Asked about the $17 million bonus given to Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the $9 million bonuses going to Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO, the president said, “I know both those guys; they are very savvy businessmen. I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system.”

“I do think that the compensation packages that we’ve seen over the last decade at least have not matched up always to performance,” the president said — a rather serene response relative to some of his previous language on the matter.
The seeming shift in tone comes at a time that Wall Street executives have been relaying to the White House that the president needs to be more encouraging of their efforts if he expects them to be part of the solution in terms of job growth. Several business executives have told the administration that attacking businesses so vociferously doesn’t exactly help create a positive business climate.
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