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This is what Smart Governance Looks Like

From President-Elect Obama’s 60 Minutes interview:

We’ve gotta come up with solutions that are true to our times and true to this moment. And that’s gonna be our job. I think the basic principle that government has a role to play in kick starting an economy that has ground to a halt is sound.

I think our basic principle that this is a free market system and that that has worked for us, that it creates innovation and risk taking, I think that’s a principle that we’ve gotta hold to as well. But what I don’t wanna do is get bottled up in a lot of ideology and is this conservative or liberal. My interest is finding something that works.

And whether it’s coming from FDR or it’s coming from Ronald Reagan, if the idea is right for the times then we’re gonna apply it. And things that don’t work we’re gonna get rid of.

This is what Chris was talking about in his column “Ideology or People?” Are we going to actually try to help people, or are we going to cling bitterly to a failed ideology.

Obama is charismatic, popular, and pragmatic. The ideologues days are numbered.

8 Comments

  1. JT

    November 19, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    The American voter agrees – the last two election cycles prove that the people have had more than enough of a failed ideology. Only the most hopeless ideologues continue to believe, with continual evidence of their orthodoxy’s failure: in the form of economic news bombarding us daily; in the latest convicted GOP felon, Senator Stevens; and finally, in the now 8.5 million vote mandate for change. Bring it on!

  2. Barry J

    November 20, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Err…did we actually hear a policy in all of that? Nice that he’s willing to toss the ideology overboard, but it would be nicer still if he had a clue as to what he’s “gonna” do. There’s an awfully big gap between resolving to find something that works and actually doing it.

  3. sturner

    November 20, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Barry J…
    Yours is the type of criticism that I don’t really get. Obama has no executive power yet, so what exactly do you expect him to have “actually done” at this point?

    As to what he’s actually “gonna do”…Obama has given specific policy proposals for the past twenty months. Apparently the voters agreed with his policy positions. While the economic crisis will inevitably influence his administration’s priorities, what makes you imply that Obama doesn’t “have a clue?”

    The point of this post was to emphasize that an Obama administration seems to actually be interested in governing well. The point of the Bush administration was to further their political ambition first, and to adhere to an ideology second. Big difference. Why don’t we at least give Obama six months in office before we criticize him for not doing anything.

  4. IBXer

    November 20, 2008 at 8:41 am

    It’s not what he does that matters, it’s what he hopes to achieve… That’s all that really matters!

    This way, even after his administration proves to be a complete failure, Democrats can still talk about how great he was because he tried SOOOOO hard and cared SOOOOO much for each and every one of us.

  5. sturner

    November 20, 2008 at 9:57 am

    IBXer…
    Consider this thread your forum to list all the accomplishments that 8 years of conservative rule have brought to the American people.

  6. JT

    November 20, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    You want accomplishments? How about the huge gains made by Americans in the top 2% earners bracket? The only mystery is, what’s up with the other 17% who make up the total right-track polling?

    The silence is deafening regarding legitimate conservative rule accomplishments… similar to McSame’s silence each time BO challenged him to say exactly how he would change things up from failed Bush policy.

  7. IBXer

    November 21, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I won’t defend Bush because Bush isn’t a conservative. Just look at his domestic policies over the last few years. Huge new entitlement programs, a nationalized financial system, and huge increases in federal spending. Bush’s approval ratings are so low because conservatives have stopped supporting him.

  8. mark

    November 23, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    I’m ecstatic that the anti-gay, anti-abortion, money printing, bailout giving, church party has been thoroughly trounced. Perhaps some defenders of individual rights can now step up and fill the void. One party down and one to go!