A big hinge-point in my adult life from 1968 to now is the Turn of 1998. That's when nice kindly women voters decided that since the federal budget was in surplus it was time for government to "do" stuff again.
No! No! No! That's what I wanted to bellow to the soccer moms back then. Everything government does is a mess; everything it does is a waste, from the Pentagon down to midnight basketball. If you girls want a nice kindly society where people help each other, then start helping each other. You ain't gonna get it from bigger government.
I return to 1998 today because of Michael Barone's piece about Obama's poll troubles. It's not about the lackluster economy, writes Barone; the economy is growing, so things can't be too bad on the economic front.
No, Obama's problem is that the world on his watch is becoming noticeably disorderly. And the distaff side notices that keenly. Mr. President, Is It Safe? That's what women always ask.
Christopher Chantrill is a writer and conservative, and author of Road to the Middle Class. He runs usgovernmentspending.com, the go-to resource for government finance data, is a frequent contributor to the American Thinker, and blogs regularly at Rare.us. He lives in Seattle, Washington ...
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