Seen the latest Newsweek cover? No? Well, that’s not so strange; I doubt that my readers are among the few hundred subscribers the magazine has left. Here it is:
That’s Obama as the Hindu god Shiva. Or is it Kali? In any event, he’s using all those hands to pick your pockets, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer, so govern yourselves accordingly.
Incidentally, I love the subtitle: “Why the modern presidency may be too much for one person to handle”. “Complexity” is the last refuge of the feckless – governing is hard! – and it is highly amusing that Obama’s defenders should blame the job rather than the job holder. The reason the current administration is starting to look like a tornado in a trailer park is because of its adherence to the discredited notion that government can and should play a dominant and innovative role in…well, in everything. When you pursue goals that have been delinked not only from means (e.g., the stimulus bills), but from logic (TSA’s grope-and-gawk screening measures) and even sanity (jury trials for terrorists), yeah, you’re going to get overwhelmed. That’s not a function of the office, it’s the entirely predictable outcome of the abuse of the office by someone who doesn’t respect its intended limitations.
So, more hands won’t help President Obama; on the contrary, each additional one would likely only fashion some new disaster.
One bumbling amateur mangling America.