DIS­IL­LU­SIONED

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“You wouldn’t know it some days, but there are mod­er­ates in this coun­try — moderate con­ser­va­tives, moderate lib­er­als, just plain mod­er­ates,” New York Times colum­nist David Brooks writes.

“We sym­pa­thize with a lot of the things that Pres­i­dent Obama is try­ing to do. We like his in­vest­ments in ed­u­ca­tion and en­ergy in­no­va­tion. We sup­port health care re­form that ex­pands cov­er­age while re­duc­ing costs,” Mr. Brooks said.

“But the Obama bud­get is more than just the sum of its parts. There is, en­tailed in it, a pro­mis­cu­ous un­will­ing­ness to set pri­or­i­ties and ac­cept trade-offs. There is ev­i­dence of a party swept up in its own rev­o­lu­tion­ary fer­vor — caught up in the self-flat­ter­ing be­lief that his­tory has called upon it to solve all prob­lems at once.

“So pro­grams are piled on top of

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