Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that President Obama’s comments in a Chris Matthews interview about problems with government agencies were long overdue.
BRET BAIER: What about this whole thing that his take, Charles, that government is not good at certain things and we're looking to consolidate some agencies and yet his administration, when describing the success that they're having now, says that the website is operating at private sector velocity?
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: And this is after he's argued for basically half a decade now in office that government is the font of American enterprise and success -- if you built it, it's not you, it's the government. It's just amazing that right now in the beginning, well, middle of his second term, he says there's a real problem here with the big agencies. Some of which are outdated and not designed properly.
So he discovers this three years after he decided to pass a bill that would consign a sixth of the U.S. economy, the entire ecosystem of American medicine, into the hands of precisely an outdated and improperly designed bureaucracy, i.e., HHS. It's interesting how he discovers everything late. A month ago, in the press conference he held where he apologized, sort of semi-apologized, he said he hadn't quite realized how hard it is to purchase health insurance. And this is, of course, after he nationalizes the purchase of health insurance.
This reminds me of a time when after -- remember he said he had discovered there are no shovel-ready jobs? But he discovers that after he passes a $1 trillion spending billion on the argument that there are all these shovel-ready jobs out there that will stimulate a depressed economy. It's as if this guy discovers everything late, as if he wandered into the White House on a White House tour and discovered himself in the Oval Office as president.
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