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Mr Obama is one curious figure of a vast bureaucracy. He makes it easy for innerboobs consumers and their commentators to forget their representatives in Congress and their representatives in state assemblies who, believe it or not, enacted

  1. TARP
  2. ARRA
  3. 10 consecutive years of "supplemental" funding
  4. PPA

(No. 5, let's assume, marks Mr Obama's actual perview which is executive branch administration --bursary, agency rules, e.g. DADT, and agency appointments, e.g. Office of Faith-based Initiatives.)

This group of individuals --whose tenures frequently approach generational periods-- constitute the American "oligarchy" which nominated Mr Obama and which he has come to represent in the minds of those who voted him into office.

This group of individuals is a fixture of the future, that much is sure.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 17th, 2010 at 08:17:51 AM EST

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