New Public Philosophy needed?
This E.J. Dionne
op-ed, combined with one by Robert J. Samuelson
(in the same issue of the WaPo
), is worth considering for each points to fundamentally different approaches to the role of government in society. In tryin to understand the Dems losses, Dionne talks about problem solving and post-partisanship and how government should protect people from calamity, in other words make a renewed case for what government should
do; that case hasn't been made well enough. Samuelson thinks that a "new morality" has been created by entitlements and this morality cannot be opposed by the Bowles-Simpson "accounting exercise to shrink the deficit without
trying to define what government should do and why." An opportunity has been lost, in his view, to shape public opinion toward a "new public philosophy." His argument is not complete, but it points in the right direction.
7:38 AM / December 6, 2010