Saturday, December 12, 2009

Is America ungovernable?
Mike Rappaport

Glenn Reynolds correctly predicted that the Obama White House's incompetence would result in claims that America is ungovernable.  I am reading Steven Hayward's book, The Age of Reagan, and one of things he mentions is that Reagan inherited a presidency that was thought to be unable to govern America.  But after Reagan's presidency that was not heard again.  Until now.  I wonder why.

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Mike Rappaport


Ungovernable? Like the ability to pass social security reform? Increasing the deficit dramatically during economic growth? Leading two wars into the ground? Claiming that they "inherited a recession," leaving leaving the worst economic collapse for the next president? If President Obama is incompetent, what are your choice of words for the Bush Administration?

Posted by: Tim Donahue | Dec 12, 2009 6:43:11 PM

People said the same about New York City before Rudy Giuliani became mayor.

Posted by: Linda | Dec 12, 2009 7:10:43 PM

Reynolds said it best: "Ungovernable since 1776, and proud of it." The system is set up to prevent a temporary majority from tampering with our domestic institutions. Feature, not bug.

Posted by: Lou Gots | Dec 13, 2009 2:40:38 AM

"what are your choice of words for the Bush Administration?""

MY comment:

Pretty Good under the circumstances, not a complete fail like Odumbo.


Posted by: thedaddy | Dec 13, 2009 7:41:12 AM

We lost the country in 1930. It is ungovernable within a system of liberty, but not in statism. It is always possible to be badly governed.

Posted by: james wilson | Dec 13, 2009 10:29:41 AM

I'm perplexed when I hear comments such as "the United States is ungovernable." I sure hope so. Doesn't everyone? Why would anyone want to be 'governed?'

Posted by: tehag | Dec 13, 2009 8:19:42 PM

I had the idea that being "ungoverned" was rather the goal, not a defect.

Our system was set up so as to allow a framework for the people to exercise self-governance.

Posted by: krome | Dec 14, 2009 7:32:30 AM