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Stein: Obama Agenda Too Ambitious

By Dan Weil   |   Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 09:58 AM

Stein: Obama Agenda Too Ambitious

Dan Weil

President Obama would do well to focus exclusively on the virulent recession, rather than embarking on energy and health care reform, too, economist Ben Stein said.

“Maybe we should just concentrate on ending the recession and talk about the other plans later,” the Moneynews contributor wrote in The New York Times.

“The sad truth is that the economy is still extremely ill. The recovery we were all waiting for has not started in any meaningful way.”

That raises the question: “What is President Obama doing about it? Perhaps too much,” Stein said.

“We have an administration that is simultaneously seeking to end the recession, discussing drastic changes to laws on foreclosures and energy use and completely changing the health care system,’’ he wrote. “I respectfully question whether all of this makes sense.”

Stein doubts substantial change is necessary on the energy front. “Do we need to take one of the few sectors that is working like clockwork through the recession … and wring its neck?”

As for health care, “I utterly agree that health care should not be denied to Americans because they are poor. But where will the money come from in an economy already on its knees?”

Others too see Obama overreaching.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told CNN, “I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president … is that you can't have so many things on the table that you can't absorb it all.”

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