The Obama Presidency

Conrad Black wonders how a center-right country could elect a far-left President. Between a bungling McCain campaign and a complicated financial meltdown, it’s not hard to figure out. Mickey Mouse could have run on the Democratic ticket, and probably won. So America will have a leftist President — and will pay a steep price for our knee-jerk political instincts.

Obama will also promote unionization of the work force, thus advancing that retrograde and declining cause of the departure of much of U.S. manufacturing to cheap-labour countries in the first place. If Obama takes his economic advice from Warren Buffett and Paul Volcker, catastrophe will be avoided. If he actually carries out his program, he will be the worst president since Warren Harding, and the most (inadvertently) destructive since James Buchanan brought on the Civil War.

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