Think the government should be run more like a business? Obama has just the plan for you …
In the past two weeks, President Obama dramatically freed himself from his enemies’ suggestions that he is too “foreign” (with the release of his long-form birth certificate) and too “weak” (with the killing of Osama bin Laden). But you might have missed a subtler move by the president that could further erode his opponents’ push to brand him a “socialist.”
This past week, the administration asked Congress to form a commission to fast-track the sale of “excess” federal property in an attempt to wipe some zeroes from the tail-end of the deficit figure.
The sale of public real estate to private interests has bipartisan support, but it’s more significant than that: It’s an indication that under Democratic leadership the U.S. government is beginning to behave as an entity that is concerned with such fiscal trivialities as ledgers and balance sheets. It’s the opposite of state socialism and nationalization — goals that Obama’s critics on the right have relentlessly claimed that he’s pursuing.
- Focus Group: Is Obama a Socialist? (dakotavoice.com)
- GOP Financier David Koch: Obama Didn’t Contribute “Much At All” To Getting Bin Laden (alan.com)
- Lawmaker Retracts “Socialist” Remark (politicalwire.com)