We Are All Patriot Pragmatists Now

On February 7, 2009, just a few weeks after Barack Obama's inauguration, Newsweek Magazine's cover proclaimed, "We Are All Socialists Now."  The headline heralded the new trajectory of the nation, foretelling the passage of massive spending bills, titanic government growth, and most importantly, legislation intended to re-engineer American society.  In the beginning, there was TARP (the type of bipartisan effort that is always wildly acclaimed by the media), enacted in the waning days of the Bush Administration.  Then: The stimulus package, Obamacare, auto company bailouts, quantitative easing, cap and trade, card check, Dodd-Frank -- these represent major efforts of the Obama Administration, working in conjunction with the Democrat-dominated 111th Congress.  Some became law; others mercifully died before reaching 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When Tea Party sentiment sent a tidal wave of fiscally conservative legislators to Capitol Hill in 2010, the White House...(Read Full Article)