What do you expect from the next president?
My wife has more than a few liberal friends. She was on the phone with one named Doris that lives in
Thank you New Deal and Great Society.
The founding fathers would be absolutely astounded to find out that we think the president should have so much impact on our lives. Their purpose in defining the office of the president, together with the rest of the federal government, was specifically to keep the government out of our lives.
The founding fathers recognized that government is, by its nature, coercive. Government can seize wealth and property, calling it taxation. Government can limit freedom, calling it regulation. Left to its own nature, government will increase in size and expand in scope.
That’s why we have the system we have. Not so that
So what do I expect from the next president?
My list is rather short.
I expect the next president to finish the job in
My second item is related to the first. I expect the next president to maintain the Bush Doctrine when it comes to international terrorism. Until 9/11, our policy was to react to terrorist events, treating them in much the same way that big city police departments treat armed robbery and murder. After the fact. The Bush Doctrine sets forth that we will use intelligence, diplomacy and military force, in whatever mixture necessary, to pre-empt terror strikes before they can unfold and kill Americans on our own soil.
The last item on my list concerns the president’s bully pulpit. I expect better use of it. American history has shown that the Congress requires adult supervision. Constitutionally, that adult is the president. I expect the next president to do a better job than President Bush did in using his or her power of the pulpit to hold the Congress accountable. We need to reign in spending. We desperately need to find the courage to address the looming disaster of Social Security and Medicare. President Bush tried, but in the end he was not persuasive. The next president needs to be or we are heading for a train wreck. While we’re at it, the next president needs to press the Congress to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. Remember all that earlier in this piece about employment and productivity and the health of the stock market? The Bush tax cuts are a huge factor in all of that good news. They need to not expire in 2010.
See, I told you it was a short list. And Doris’s investments aren’t on it.