- The Washington Times - Monday, March 15, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As in the legend of Damocles, a fourth-century Greek courtier forced to lie under a sword suspended by a single hair, the twin swords of Obamacare and cap-and-trade hang perilously over recovery of the American job market.

The president and Congress remain obsessed with the political hegemony of excessive government control of the American economy that these twin coercions bestow. But such “change” invites further government intrusion, bureaucracy, soaring taxes and unemployment into the private sector and all our lives.

These twin swords will thrust America away from the demand economy that propels free enterprise toward a central-command economy very reminiscent of the failed Soviet Union.

The supreme irony is that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cautioned Mr. Obama not long ago on implementing socialism. Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has responded to this as an attack on free enterprise. Is this the change we voted for?

TONY FAVERO

Half Moon Bay, Calif.

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