David Frum

10.23.12

The Stimulus and Health Care President Runs on ... Tires and Cars?

President Obama passed the largest anti-recession stimulus in American history, bigger than the spending programs of the New Deal relative to the economy.

He pushed through the grand health reform for which Democrats have yearned since the 1930s.

Yet when it comes time to argue for his re-election, his two signature accomplishments go unmentioned. The case is reduced to a rescue of two old-line industrial companies that bend metal in the Midwest. How must Obama inwardly feel about that?