Reagan’s policies as expressed in the laws passed and orders signed were game-changers (as everyone who worships at the foot of Saint Ronnie the Gipper can attest); President Obama’s signature legislation is built with the chassis and power-plant of a conservative plan.
Twenty years ago, the bulk of what is now ObamaCare (including the individual mandate) was written as the conservative answer to the Clinton Plan. Today, many conservative politicians are so thoroughly Fox-washed that they refuse to accept the constitutionality of the same plan in the face of a conservative Court upholding the law.
It is no coincidence that lone wolf heroes win the (evermore) bloody day at the end. The bad choices, unfortunate casualties, and reckless good fortune are reduced to simple plot points on the road to heroic accomplishment.
The proposal by the White House, including the stimulus it contains, would trim $4.5 trillion from the deficit over 10 years without touching Social Security or taking benefits from Medicare enrollees. That total would roll back all of the debt accumulated by our nation since the end of the Bush presidency. But it is not, in the minds of conservative movers and shakers, a serious proposal and is “dead on arrival”. Why?