Obama makes the case for smaller government
Inadvertently, of course. He was desperately casting about trying to find someone or something to blame for the Obamacare disaster and he hit upon the notion that government was too big and that the White House was just this teeny tiny speck that was too small to manage much of anything.
"The challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization," he said. "It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier, which is we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly. . . . The White House is just a tiny part of what is a huge, widespread organization with increasingly complex tasks in a complex world."
So after five years, Mr. Obama has discovered government is inefficient and wasteful, or at least it is when he needs a political alibi.
Built-in incompetence and bureaucratic inertia are two of the reasons that some of us opposed handing the feds power over, oh, say, one-seventh of the economy. But there's a special irony here for Mr. Obama, given that the cardinal political project of his Presidency is to rehabilitate the public's confidence in large activist government.
As recently as Wednesday, Mr. Obama riffed that "government is us" in his inequality speech that liberals toasted as one of his best. He devoted his second Inaugural Address to the practical and moral virtues of what he called "collective action" and tried to convert we the people into we the government.
As for Mr. Obama's "personal management style," he conceded at a November press conference that "I was not informed directly that the website would not be working the way it was supposed to. Had I been informed, I wouldn't be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great." Mr. Obama will never hold anyone specific accountable for the ObamaCare fiasco because that would mean indicting himself and his governing philosophy.
The inconsistency is astonishing. If the president can't control the government, who can? And if it's too big for the executive branch to control, then the obvious conclusion is that we have unelected bureaucrats running the government beyond the president's wishes.
The naivete of the president is equally jaw dropping. He really didn't know the government was out of control? It took him 5 years to figure this out?
You voted for him America. Aren't you proud of yourselves? You've re-elected a dunce.