Friday, February 12, 2010

President Obama's "quiet revolution"

Next time some self-righteous "progressive" tells you that President Obama is nothing but a tool of Wall Street, direct his attention to John Judis's piece in the current New Republic on how the president is reviving our most important regulatory agencies:

"...Obama’s three Republican predecessors were all committed to weakening or even destroying the country’s regulatory apparatus: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the other agencies that are supposed to protect workers and consumers by regulating business practices. Now Obama is seeking to rebuild these battered institutions. In doing so, he isn’t simply improving the effectiveness of various government offices or making scattered progress on a few issues; he is resuscitating an entire philosophy of government with roots in the Progressive era of the early twentieth century. Taken as a whole, Obama’s revival of these agencies is arguably the most significant accomplishment of his first year in office..."

The rest of the article here.