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Alas, I fear we have as much hope for such a program, either thematically or in its specifics, as the proverbial snowball in the nether regions. Hangers-on, left-wing Democrats and the kept mainstream media will continue to hope for victory in next year’s elections, clinging to an agenda designed to enthuse the president’s “politically correct” base, demonize his opponents and flimflam independents by pretending to adopt a position of compromise.

Unfortunately, it looks like that indomitable American economy, with its incredible history of job creation, will have to continue to tread water — as it will manfully — against a Washington tide.

Sol Sanders, a veteran international correspondent, writes weekly on the intersection of politics, business and economics. He can be reached at