Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Good for Obama

Obama’s three Republican predecessors were all committed to weakening or even destroying the country’s regulatory apparatus: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the other agencies that are supposed to protect workers and consumers by regulating business practices. Now Obama is seeking to rebuild these battered institutions. In doing so, he isn’t simply improving the effectiveness of various government offices or making scattered progress on a few issues; he is resuscitating an entire philosophy of government with roots in the Progressive era of the early twentieth century. Taken as a whole, Obama’s revival of these agencies is arguably the most significant accomplishment of his first year in office.


Good. I wish him a great deal of success in those undertakings. And, I am willing to hear what his other accomplishments are, other than bringing some dignity and intelligence to the office, which is no small thing. But I guess I'm used to reading about another failing rather than another accomplishment.

....but hey, do what you want....you will anyway.

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