A friend uttered the title words of this piece. He’d just finished reading Paul Krugman’s opinion in The New York Times.
The other universe
I wondered what my friend was doing reading that rag, but responded instead, “It’s not you but The NYT and its readers who are the ones in another universe.”
That universe is inhabited by the 29% of voters who still strongly approve of the job the President is doing. They have apparently drunk the Kool Aid the administration administers, or, at the very least, seem satisfied with the aid they’ve been delivered-or promises thereof. But even some of them are deeply dissatisfied still while hiding that disapproval from the polls.
Krugman’s perspective, and that of the others in the other universe, liken Obamacare to previous Republican proposals. Excuse me? Krugman claims Obama never made “a full-throated case for progressive policies.” Ramming radical policy down our throats is a better phrase, if you ask me. But nobody did, ask me, that is. Perhaps that’s why I write political opinion for AC and not The New York Times.
Not enough change
Krugman’s opinions stem from an other-worldly perspective. It’s the same perspective plenty of people still hold and quite like the fatigue from defending the President and his “mantle of change,” as the town hall questioner declared in exhaustion. This perspective arises from not enough change, rather than too much too fast!
Whatever happened to good old American values?
If you think that the abomination of Obamacare, the destruction of free-market capitalism, the publicization of large sectors of the economy, the restriction of trade, the explosive growth of government, and the deepening debt are enough, you’re not part of that 29% of the voting population that think it’s not enough. They want MORE of this! Whatever happened to hard work, earning one’s own living, the freedom to pursue happiness yourself?
So, I ask you, is the President a realistic representative of the folks wanting change? Is the President as radical Left as his 29% strong supporters?
The radicals among us
It’s a toss up, on both questions. And my opinion on Krugman’s opinion is that the President’s strongest supporters are those who live in the parallel universe that has turned radical.
They’ve lost the light of personal achievement. They’ve turned their sights to slamming one of their own for not doing enough. They can’t understand why more of the wealth the other 71% earns isn’t thrown their way.
There’s a cancer growing in our universe
Contrary to Krugman’s, my opinion is that the other universe needs to be brought back to the reality of this one. America was founded on the values of freedom, free enterprise, and property rights. Americans say they want those back.
Despite support for a grass-roots movement to regain those values, I suspect that the 29% strong approval rate suggests a cancer growing on a universe within us.