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Morning Jay: What Would Jimmy Do?

6:00 AM, Jun 22, 2011 • By JAY COST
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The contrast between Carter and Obama on domestic policies does not reflect well on the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When the country was looking for a new approach, Carter could not follow through on his promises, but at least he tried, and at least he had the guts to stand up to the factions in his own party. Obama didn't even try. Instead, he caved to those very same interests, and signed into law their tired ideas, as if the world in 2010 was the same as it was in 1965. In so doing, he has not only left our major domestic problems unsolved, he has made them worse.

For his four years in office, Carter has rightly earned a reputation as one of our country's below average presidents. Even so, when it comes to domestic policy, at least Carter wasn’t living in the past like Obama is.

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