The pomp surrounding Obama's recent inauguration ceremony surprised me. That's the subject of my syndicated column this week:
It looked like a new king was being crowned. Thousands cheered, like subjects worshipping nobility. At a time when America faces unsustainable debt and terrible economic troubles, why such pomp?
Maybe it's because so many people tell themselves presidents can solve any problem, like fairy-tale kings - or gods.
Because of the respect that many give politicians (especially liberal ones) hypocrisy often gets a pass:
Just a few years ago, when George W. Bush was president, the Congressional Record shows that Senator Obama said this: "I rise, today, to talk about America's debt problem. The fact that we are here to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure and our government's reckless fiscal policies."
Sen. Obama went on: "Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased from $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion - and yes, I said trillion with a 'T'!"
Again, he was right to worry about the debt and right to call it "a hidden domestic enemy ... robbing our families and our children and seniors of the retirement and health security they've counted on. ... It took 42 presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt.
Yet President Obama then quickly ran up another $6 trillion of debt. Since he understands that debt is a problem, why isn't it a problem when his spending causes it?
The rest of the piece is here.