Today David Brooks just now realized that Barack Obama is a leftist. Many of us conservatives figured this fact out a long time ago because we paid attention to Obama’s actions while he was a US senator, an Illinois state senator, and board director, and his actions told us he was a leftist.
Hell, Joe the Plumber understood what Barack Obama was all about.
David Brooks, though, not so much:
The U.S. has never been a society riven by class resentment. Yet the Obama budget is predicated on a class divide. The president issued a read-my-lips pledge that no new burdens will fall on 95 percent of the American people. All the costs will be borne by the rich and all benefits redistributed downward.
The U.S. has always been a decentralized nation, skeptical of top-down planning. Yet, the current administration concentrates enormous power in Washington, while plan after plan emanates from a small group of understaffed experts.
The U.S. has always had vibrant neighborhood associations. But in its very first budget, the Obama administration raises the cost of charitable giving. It punishes civic activism and expands state intervention.
The U.S. has traditionally had a relatively limited central government. But federal spending as a share of G.D.P. is zooming from its modern norm of 20 percent to an unacknowledged level somewhere far beyond.
Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was.
Those of us who consider ourselves conservatives knew who he was. Why is it we could see Barack Obama was a leftist, yet people like David Brooks, Clive Crook, Christopher Buckley, and David Broder had no clue?
Perhaps they, like Chris Matthews, were too busy thinking with their tingling legs.
Update: Tony Blankley has Barack Obama pegged:
He doesn’t like America the way it has been since its founding – and it will take an abusively big government to realize his dreams of converting America into something quite different. If you don’t know that, you don’t yet know Barack Obama.