"Here are a few examples of Obama's effective conservatism:
His stimulus bill was half the size that his advisers thought necessary; He continued Bush’s war and national security policies without change and even retained Bush’s defense secretary; He put forward a health plan almost identical to those that had been supported by Republicans such as Mitt Romney in the recent past, pointedly rejecting the single-payer option favored by liberals; He caved to conservative demands that the Bush tax cuts be extended without getting any quid pro quo whatsoever; And in the past few weeks he has supported deficit reductions that go far beyond those offered by Republicans."
Obama Has Always Been for Premature Fiscal Austerity: "Obama, by contrast, seems to glory in splitting the difference--even when you split the difference between those who know something and those who don't--without ever saying: 'we really ought to do the right thing'."
The Good Short Life With A.L.S. - NYTimes.com: "I think it’s important to say that. We obsess in this country about how to eat and dress and drink, about finding a job and a mate. About having sex and children. About how to live. But we don’t talk about how to die. We act as if facing death weren’t one of life’s greatest, most absorbing thrills and challenges. Believe me, it is. This is not dull. But we have to be able to see doctors and machines, medical and insurance systems, family and friends and religions as informative — not governing — in order to be free."