The latest development is Obama’s recess appointment of Donald Berwick as head of Medicare and Medicaid. Berwick is such an astoundingly bad choice that even the most arrogant president in U.S. history didn’t dare to turn him loose before a Senate confirmation hearing. Dr. Milton Wolf ( a second cousin of Obama, incidentally) has a rundown on some of Berwick’s more “interesting” views, including his lust for a UK-type government-run health scheme:
I am romantic about the [British] National Health Service; I love it.Of all the decrepit, callous, death-dealing bureaucratic monstrosities in the world, Berwick’s affections have been drawn to the execrable National Health Service, at which he shamelessly, and publicly, pitches woo.
You are looking into your future, my fellow Americans. It does not have to turn out this way. It is not inevitable, however, that it won’t turn out this way, so vote this fall like your life depended on it (which may very well be the case).
Update: CK in the comments raises an intriguing issue: What is it about Obama? Is it incompetence or evil? Or (which would be my point), is the incompetence impeding the full flowering of evil? Steven Den Beste touched on the matter the other day, providing what he referred to as the "sane" and the "paranoid" answers to the "why" of Obama's policy choices (I don't know whether the labeling - sane vs. paranoid - actually represents his view, or whether he was merely being provocative; frankly, in at least some of the instances he mentions, I'm not sure there's a whole lot of difference. Remember the adage: just because you're paranoid doesn't mean everybody's not out to get you).