His statist worldview is completely out of touch with a shifting public view that government intervention is our main problem. Presidents come and go but ideas can linger and do a lot of damage. The idea of central planning through the federal government has lingered far too long and has done untold damage to our nation. I might be wrong when I say the public mindset is shifting away from statism, but all indicators show that Americans are paying more attention to the principles of limited government power. If I'm right, it's about time. Our system of governance has the people and the states delegating limited powers to the federal government, yet through the decades government has seized power because the states and the people have allowed the seizure of power.
Obama is not a transformational President -- he's a normal statist in a long line of statists. Media scoff at the idea Obama is a "socialist", but, like I've written, being a "socialist" is beside the point. Even socialists aren't socialists in practice. Statism is simply a very old practice of the few controlling the many. It's nothing new and transformational. Statism has failed over and over all around the world in different places and times. Obama and others who seek to maintain the status quo tell us the American people favor taxing the rich so that government can distribute the money more fairly and create jobs in order to spur the economy. I don't think this is true of the majority, but I have no way of knowing. If people believe that government can pick a tax rate that's fair and decide on an amount of money necessary to creat jobs and turn around the economy, then they'd be demanding to see the plan, but I don't see this demand from the American people. What I see are polls showing that the public doesn't trust government with the economy.
Also, if the Democrat majority in congress, the President, and any Republicans on board with Keynesian stimulus, know of a plan which can set a fair tax rate that doesn't hurt the econony and judge an amount of money to use for job creation and economic recovery, then they should have written this plan down in detail in 2008 and solved our economic problems when Democrats had the votes to get it through.
The truth is that government officials know that they can't turn around the economy, and now the people know it too, espeiclly after the trillions wasted on controlling the economy. If Obama does nothing in his presidency but confirm the failure of statism, then it's all worth it.