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All the President's Straw Men

1:45 PM, Mar 25, 2009 • By FRED BARNES
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President Obama is famous for building up straw men, then knocking them down. You know, on the one hand, some would have government do nothing at all to help the economy, on the other, there's his plan. This is a transparent (and crude) rhetorical device, but that didn't stop Obama from trotting out a whopper last night in his second prime time press conference at the White House.

Now the alternative is to stand pat and to simply say, "We are just going to not invest in health care. We're not going to take on energy. We'll wait until next time that gas gets to $4 a gallon. We will not improve our schools. And we'll allow China or India or other countries to lap our young people in terms of their performance. We will settle on lower growth rates and we will continue to contract, both as an economy and our ability to provide a better life for our kids. That, I don't think, is the better option.

The word "better" means of two options, that one and his. So it's either his option or the end of America as we know her. And that, from the great orator of our time.