I’m trying to come up with a yardstick to measure the incompetence of the Obama administration — and failing.
And it’s political incompetence I’m talking about. You come into office in the midst of the biggest financial crisis in decades and facing what you at least are telling the public the threat of a general economic meltdown. So what do you do? Focus on the economy? Create jobs? No, you make the centerpiece of your legislative agenda — one that has occupied the center of the national stage since July or August — a massive overhaul of the healthcare system that will increase taxes and therefore potentially decrease jobs in the long run but in the short run will create massive uncertainty for small businesses who don’t know what a new employee with the new health care would cost them — and thus kill jobs. The Obamacare fiasco has already driven a powerful wedge through a main Democratic base (old folks) and threatens another (women) as the implications of government rationing set in. Now with the government out of money and hemorrhaging red ink, the president is going to try to figure out how not to lose its labor base (and of course it’s already losing its leftwing activist base over the war in Afghanistan.) Kind of a perfect storm of self-induced defections, and a remarkable feat of political ineptitude.