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Charles Krauthammer: Obama Just Declared That The Era Of ‘Big Government Is Back’ And ‘Reaganism’ Is Dead

Following President Obama’s second inaugural address, Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer called the speech an “amazing” one which rebuked the limited government beliefs of the Reagan era and served as the president’s “ode to big government.”

“I thought it was an amazing speech, and historically very important,” Krauthammer began. “This this was really Obama unbound. And I think what’s most interesting is that Obama basically is declaring the end of Reaganism in this speech.”

During his 1981 inaugural speech, President Ronald Reagan famously declared that government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem. “Today’s inaugural address was a rebuke to that entire idea,” Krauthammer said. “This speech today was an ode to big government. It was a hymn to big government.”

The conservative columnist added that the speech was Obama’s way of declaring that he intends to defend the achievements of liberalism — such as Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid — while expanding liberalism’s agenda for climate change, gun control, immigration, and gay rights. “He outlined the liberal agenda, the big government agenda in the future,” Krauthammer said.

The analyst then lamented that the speech avoided “any mention of the economy, the deficits, what outsiders would say is the great challenge of our time headed to over a cliff, a real cliff of debt into a sort of a Greek future.”

“Obama had zero interest in that,” Krauthammer added, “and this was a declaration that his interest is to restore us to the liberal ascendency.”

He concluded that this speech stood in contrast to Bill Clinton‘s declaration that “the era of big government is over.” To Krauthammer, Obama just declared “that big government is back I’m the man to do it”

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