Statist of the week: E. J. Dionne

One of the most economically ignorant and partisan political writers in Washington, D. C., E. J. Dionne of the Washington Post, frequently gets editorial space in the Wilmington StarNews. This week StarNews editors published a Dionne article that supports the Obama administration as it subverts federal laws, creates new ones and to adds power to our increasingly imperialistic presidency.

Mr. Dionne offers a litany of federal spending, taxing, regulation and crony private sector projects under way in this administration, concluding that “Obama…needs to think bigger.” Dionne believes that work on getting recruitment, administration and management “right” will “make government exciting and attractive again.” (link)

In my opinion (and I’m not the only one) government has been elevated and expanded not only to boring- and ugly-, but dangerous-levels. Of course, that has taken nearly 100 years and is a bi-partisan project.

Earlier this month Dionne missed the boat again. Without an iota of shame he sounded off about a do-more government and “gridlock” caused by a conservative economic philosophy. Again Dionne’s ignorance and partisanship is exposed.

George Leef, writing in Forbes, rebuts the “gridlock” article and explains why Dionne is mistaken about economics. He argues the reverse, that we are gridlocked in Washington against any “scaling back of the scope, power, and cost of the federal government” because so many people have been fooled by the Keynesian economic theory promoting an expanding state— supported by Dionne. (link)


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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