Who’s the Grand Old Party Now?

To the iPod generation, the Democrats may seem like the cool party, but when it comes to public policy, they are more 1939 than 2009, according to this must-read Wall Street Journal column:

The betting is that with raw political muscle and procedural magic, the Congressional Democrats will pass something, call it reform and hand Barack Obama a “victory.” Maybe, but I think what we are seeing with this massive legislation is that the Democrats in Washington have a bigger problem: Their party is looking so yesterday.

In a world defined by nearly 100,000 iPhone apps, a world of seemingly limitless, self-defined choice, the Democrats are pushing the biggest, fattest, one-size-fits all legislation since 1965. And they brag this will complete the dream Franklin D. Roosevelt had in 1939.

The author suggests that the health care system of tomorrow should be more like the iPhone: smaller, smarter, and faster, with a profusion of choices.

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