President Obama is returning to the campaign trail yet again, this time to tout his “vision” of an economy steered by federal intervention and income equalization.
The 2012 campaign is still a vivid memory, but Obama has been longing for the trail ever since. He’s already begun to raise money for the 2014 Democratic effort to fully capture Congress and campaign on behalf of his unpopular health care law. And now he will also be touring the country to try to promote the leftist philosophy that has guided him much of his life – and try to ensure its perpetual application to the U.S. economy.
In an email to the White House list Sunday, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer said Obama Wednesday will launch a series of speeches spanning several weeks that will touch on aspects of the economy, including “job security, a good education, a home to call your own, affordable health care when you get sick, and the chance to save for a secure, dignified retirement.”
The speeches, Pfeiffer’s email suggests, are part of a long term project to reshape America’s economic character:
The point is to chart a course for where America needs to go — not just in the next three months or even the next three years, but a steady, persistent effort over the long term to restore this country’s basic bargain for the middle class.
This “basic bargain,” Pfeiffer says, can only be struck when “we’re all in this together” and “when everybody’s got a shot at opportunity” – as opposed to keeping the U.S. marooned in a “winner take all” economy.
But as Obama has made clear repeatedly, this kind of beneficent communalism cannot be voluntary, and must instead be coerced by government.
Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talked frequently during the campaign about how the election was a referendum on “who we are” as a nation. The Obamas spoke about the need for Americans to come together, but they made clear that the place Americans come together is within the federal government.
In his Inauguration Address, Obama suggested that the Founding Fathers would countenance mass action through government:
“Fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action,” he said. But Obama made clear that such “collective action” has historically been done by government:
Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers . . .
No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.
Obama’s new series of speeches are being portrayed in the press as a kind of pivot by the president to focus on the economy. It’s not. Obama will actually be trying to promote his left-wing philosophy and ensure his place as a “transformational” president, along the lines – but in the opposite direction – of Ronald Reagan.