Generally, whether or not presidents are reelected, and how they are judged historically, depends on their stances on a few key issues. President Obama’s reelection was, as he noted, a positive referendum on his health and stimulus bills, and his proposed taxing of the rich. But the measures which better reveal a president’s underlying philosophy are the small ones he takes, often incrementally and with little public notice. Under Obama such measures have amounted to a cornucopia of placations for traditional left-wing groups, from his energy policies, to his favoritism of unions, to his further nationalization of public schools. Such measures, writes Stanley Kurtz, signal his preference for centralized governance, and are particularly noticeable in his urban policies, which Kurtz criticizes in his new book, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.
- Clues about Ideology in Obama’s Brand of Regionalism
- The Tattered Public Sphere: a Review of Charles Murray’s “Coming Apart”
- Weekend Reading: NYC’s Innovative Public Housing Idea—Fill in the Empty Spaces
- For Public Areas, as for Redevelopment, a Shift to Tactical Approaches
- Weekend Reading: “Is it Time for ‘Smarter Smart Growth’?”, Switchboard blog, Kaid Benfield