And the health care industry reforms he proposed, is most certainly not “a Bolshevik plot.”
The president described it as being “pretty similar to what Howard Baker, Bob Dale, and Tom Daschle proposed at the beginning of this debate last year,” whom he said were “not a radical bunch.” Not anything like “socialism,” of which he was accused. In fact, there is a talk happening over in Madison called “The Left & Obama,” in which I hope my dear comrades will be gently told that at no time did the man we elected president promise single payer health care. It’s right to ask why he’s clinging to many Bush policies. Yet he’s also helping bring long-overdue passenger rail (absent sixty years!) to Wisconsin and the Midwest. This news came just as many respected business leaders came together to say that effective transit is vital to the region’s long-term economic success.
While the Bolsheviks are a thing of the past, nuclear weapons are still very much with us. That legacy of the Cold War still drains billions of dollars each year. (The Iraq wars are also relics of the Cold War that drain billions of dollars per month, but that’s another story.) President Obama and Russian President Medvedev are very close to signing a new nuclear weapons reduction treaty. We would still have many hundreds of nukes on hand, but the closer we get that number to nil, the better.
The president has shown few, if any traits of socialist inklings. He’s a fairly moderate guy. But this second year of his administration is off to a very good start.