dave barry: the year of change

I saw this over at Greg Mankiw’s site but it’s too good not to repost here. It’s from Dave Barry’s end of year column in the Washington Post.

It was a year of Hope — at first in the sense of “I feel hopeful!” and later in the sense of “I hope this year ends soon!”
It was also a year of Change, especially in Washington, where the tired old hacks of yesteryear finally yielded the reins of power to a group of fresh, young, idealistic, new-idea outsiders such as Nancy Pelosi. As a result, Washington, rejected “business as usual,” finally stopped trying to solve every problem by throwing billions of taxpayer dollars at it, and instead started trying to solve every problem by throwing trillions of taxpayer dollars at it.

One of the biggest problems facing the White House in 2009 was how do you deliver on a campaign of change? Our government is a sausage factory. It’s very difficult to institute change. The idea that Obama was some grassroots outsider going to Washington was always a myth. I suspect that many of the grassroots are currently disillusioned, but they’ll inevitably come back to the fold.
Dave Barry sums it up very well. After eight years of spending us into bankruptcy the Democrats decided spending more was the answer. It’s astounding. If the Democrat leadership doesn’t tack back to the center soon the economy is going to suffer.

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