Magazine August 10, 2009, Issue

Spaghetti Spending

Barack Obama at Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii, January 1, 2009 (Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

What’s the end game here? I suppose it’s conceivable that there are a few remaining suckers out there who still believe Barack Obama is the great post-partisan, fiscally responsible, pragmatic centrist he played so beguilingly just a year ago. The New York Times’s David Brooks stuck it out longer than most: Only a few weeks back, he was giddy with excitement over the president’s “education” “reforms” (whatever they were). But now he says we’re in “the early stages of the liberal suicide march.” For a famously moderate moderate, Mr. Brooks seems to have gone from irrational optimism over the Democrats’ …

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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