Charles Krauthammer has one of the best, one of the clearest editorials I have read in a long time dealing with the agenda behind the Obama agenda, Obama's Ultimate Agenda. Krauthammer looks beyond the surface level liberal interventionism and sees the greater, more insidious agenda that is behind it all. The Left has targeted a number of segments of the economy to seize control of, using the economic crisis as cover, and the triad of segments (health care, education, energy) will inextricably entangle the government with the private sector. This goes beyond running car companies…
Some find in this descent into large-scale industrial policy a whiff of 1930s-style fascist corporatism. I have my doubts. These interventions are rather targeted. They involve global financial institutions that even the Bush administration decided had to be nationalized, and auto companies that themselves came begging to the government for money.
Bizarre and constitutionally suspect as these interventions may be, the transformation of the American system will come from elsewhere. The credit crisis will pass and the auto overcapacity will sort itself out one way or the other. The reordering of the American system will come not from these temporary interventions, into which Obama has reluctantly waded. It will come from Obama's real agenda: his holy trinity of health care, education and energy. Out of these will come a radical extension of the welfare state, social and economic leveling in the name of fairness, and a massive increase in the size, scope and reach of government.
If Obama has his way, the change that is coming is a new America: "fair," leveled and social democratic. Obama didn't get elected to warranty your muffler. He's here to warranty your life.
The Obama agenda is far broader than even some of the most suspicious commentators recognize. It involves nothing less than a complete transformation of the American social compact. When he gets done, European socialists will be looking to America to see the future direction of socialism, instead of American socialists looking longingly at Europe. I am not sure how much of this is his doing and how much of it is the workings of the leftist puppet-masters who got him elected. Nothing I have seen of Obama, especially given how lost he is when he is off the teleprompter, would indicate to me that he has the vision and the audacity for this sort of cataclysmic change.