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.
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