Even after President Obama's long-winded acceptance speech, Americans still don't know what he plans to do if he gets another term. That's only because he doesn't want you to know.
Speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Obama opened by saying Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren't offering details because "they don't want you to know their plan." But he went on to tell voters nothing of his own plan for a second term other than that it will be "bold, persistent experimentation."
The president mentioned "climate change" but didn't say what he would do about it. He talked about reforming immigration and taxation, but breathed not a word about how he would do that.
He also vowed to stimulate the moribund economy through "investments in education." But other than calling for more Pell grants, he was short on specifics (and never explained how spending even more on education would suddenly motivate private-sector hiring).
That left even old media types scratching their heads. During a panel discussion in Charlotte, CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer blurted out: "What is his agenda?!"
Nobody seems to know. It remains a mystery — by design. Obama won't say because it's twice as radical. And the Obama camp is recasting the president as a moderate raised "just like you" with middle-American values.
If it revealed the true radical nature of his personal background and his agenda for a second term — when, as Obama told the Russians, he'll have more "flexibility" — only the most hard-core left would vote for him.
But we can give readers a good idea of what he's got up his sleeve. His overall agenda, unspoken as it is, focuses on downsizing America. He wants to scale back the private economy, reduce oil consumption, cut U.S. nuclear weapons, roll back the military, and shrink America's footprint in the world.
This much we know. How he would go about accomplishing it is less clear.
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