January 18, 2010
This is the week that pundits like me and too many reporters assess the first year of the Obama presidency.
There has been nothing visionary about this president. He is a classic socialist who wants to redistribute wealth, not create it. He wants to appease enemies, not defeat them. He wants to regulate businesses, not create the conditions in which they can be started and prosper. He wants to raise taxes so government can have more, not lower them so you can keep and invest more of what you earn.
He is articulate, but has nothing of substance to say. He is good-looking but uses his appearance to draw attention to himself. He has an agenda, but it is not one that is good for the country.
Not since Jimmy Carter have Americans made such a mistake. We - or at least those who voted for him - elected the wrong man. Most in his administration have never held a real job. They have been community organizers, or government hacks. And that's my take on Obama's first year. God help us for the next three.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.