I have said for months that Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton. By that, I've meant that it is highly improbable that Obama will learn from what is likely to be a spanking from voters coming up in November, and actually change his policies.
I've posited that unlike Clinton, Mr. Obama is not concerned with attention and fame as much as he is ideology. Obama is the most ideologically divisive president we've had in a long time. Imagining him doing a 180 degree spin and declaring as Bill Clinton did, "The era of big government is over," was in my mind quite unlikely.
Perhaps I spoke to soon:
At the signing of a small-business-related bill on Monday, President Barack Obama made a surprising declaration about the things the government can and can't do to try to jump start the economy.
"Government can't replace -- can't create jobs to replace the millions that we lost in the recession, but it can create the conditions for small businesses to hire more people, through steps like tax breaks," Obama said.
In that one line, Mr. Obama undermined the entire economic strategy of his entire administration.
Does he just not realize this? Does he think that we will not realize this? Is he confused? Is this an Alinsky stylistic distraction as he pursues the exact opposite of what he speaks?
Time will tell, but it was a bizarre statement for a man who has been pinning his entire "summer of recovery" claims on the artificial numbers coming from Census and other government "created" jobs.