I want to build on this limited government thing. I think this is where Obama has missed the boat. He can still recover. He has unfortunately taken on the mantel of big government because he backed Wall Street. He has to reverse course. He has to take the populist theme away from these hypocritical Tea Party people and make it his own.
Well, the President finally appointed at least the beginning of his blue-ribbon commission on fiscal responsibility and reform, naming Alan Simpson and former chief-of-staff Erskine Bowles from the Clinton days to co-chair it. It's worth holding out hope for this, because Simpson's a good man—always been a renegade on the Republican side—and Bowles was experienced in Washington.
Mandatory Health Care? I know the importance of health insurance but many just can't afford it. Remember, there are huge amounts of people out of work and part time employment doesn't provide coverage. Shoving it down our throats doesn't make it affordable. What's next Mandatory cable TV?
Again, compliments to the President. He is going to meet with the Dalai Lama next week despite the threats from China. This is a good sign. You don't deal with China from weakness. You have to show strength.