Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Feeding Frenzy

Months ago I speculated about the impossibly high expectations Senator Obama was creating for himself, and how this might be something of a trap for him. In the past couple of days I have seen an onslaught of ideas from liberal pundits as to what Obama should do from the op-ed sites I like to visit. To wit:
  • a reversal in funding protocols for abortions in and outside the U.S.
  • a dramatic change in the funding of public education, including merit pay (is that really liberal?)
  • a dramatic infusion of money to poorer families in the form of seed-money savings account for children born into poverty
  • a bailout of the Detroit auto industry (oh, wait, let's get President Bush to do that and take the bullet)
  • a reversal on most federal policies governing stem-cell research
  • an infusion of financial aid to Africa
Perhaps all this is normal speculation for adherents to a political faction that finds itself suddenly empowered. Yet political capital is a finite good, and the president-elect must be judicious in figuring out how to bring his weight to bear for a rather daunting set of economic and political issues.

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