As usual, it's all about him.
But really, he's willing to go the extra mile...to Camp David, and put off the Vineyard, perhaps.
All in aid of wrecking the country with his ruinous spending and tax upon tax intransigence in the face of massive unemployment and an economy dead in the water:
Robert Lucas, the 1995 Nobel laureate in economics, has spent his career thinking about why economies grow, and in particular about the effect of policy making on growth. From his office at the University of Chicago, Prof. Lucas has been wondering, like the rest of us, why, if the recession officially ended in the first half of 2009, there hasn't been more growth in the U.S. economy. He's also been wondering why this delayed recovery resembles the long non-recovery years of the 1930s. And he has been thinking about the U.S. and Europe.People are anxious and worried as I have never seen them before, even though I entered the job market during the Carter recession. Now my kids are facing it. I'm worried about the future of this country as never before. Over the years we've hosted exchange students, and sent off a few of our own. I'll never forget one of my kids saying to me on her return--Mom, my classmates have no dream. There's nothing like the American dream for them. That was Italy.
In May, Bob Lucas pulled his thoughts together and delivered them as the Milliman Lecture at the University of Washington, an exercise he described to me this week as "intelligent speculation."
Here is the lecture's provocative final thought: "Is it possible that by imitating European policies on labor markets, welfare and taxes, the U.S. has chosen a new, lower GDP trend? If so, it may be that the weak recovery we have had so far is all the recovery we will get."
The Obama-will-turn-us-into-Europe argument is a staple of the administration's critics. Prof. Lucas's intelligent speculation, however, carries the case beyond dinner-party carping.
I watched just a bit of Hannity last night, saw that Luntz focus group very, very upset, with this charged remark by one capturing the mood---they haven't even passed a budget and they want to increase the debt ceiling?
We're Taxed Enough Already. This president has made us worse off, by every measure, by his own measure.Hold the line, GOP, on a match of spending cuts for a debt ceiling increase. Cut, cap, and balance. For the good of America.
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...An example of European Big Gov overkill:
So what we have is an example of hyperactive, interfering government tearing up long standing insurance and legal principles so that motorists are being charged for a risk they are not running.