But why? Worrying about debt and default and entitlements is for the responsible people.
Responsibility is for the people who believe in the “responsible self,” the notion developed a couple of millennia ago during the Axial Age. Responsibility is for the bourgeoisie.
President Obama is above all that. Liberal politics in general is above all that. Their politics is about war, not about nice comfortable entitlements. President Obama’s War? He’s fighting a war on “inequality.” Even the Washington Post‘s Zachary Goldfarb is willing to admit to that.
As Obama did in legislative fights during his first term, he also will be striving to reduce a three-decades-long wave of rising income inequality that has meant that fewer Americans have prospered while more struggle to get by.
There’s a certain magnificent elegance to the president’s war on inequality. It licenses him and his administration to do anything. More spending on the traditionally marginalized? Whatever it takes. Get the rich to pay a little more? It goes without saying.
In waging this war on inequality, it makes no sense to do a grand bargain on entitlements. What would that solve? It would freeze the status quo in place. But the war on inequality can never rest, can never end. A century from now, liberal scholars will be mining the national income data to find another “wave of rising income inequality” while “more struggle to get by.”
How can the president rest in his lifelong struggle, his quest for the Great White Whale of equality, while the tide of inequality continues to rise?
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