I don't speak Obama and am having trouble getting a handle on this. "Office of Social Innovation" has an ominous ring.Read the whole thing, people. She is not making this up. This is not a drill. It's now law of the land:
The Social Innovation Fund was authorized in the recent Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The Fund will focus on priority policy areas, including education, health care, and economic opportunity. . . .Remember after the 2004 election, when all the idiot lefties were talking about moving to France or Canada? Well, now they're turning us into France and Canada.
The White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation will coordinate efforts to enlist all Americans –individuals, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, corporations and foundations – as partners in solving our great challenges.
And you thought I was joking about this: UPDATE: Honest, folks, I spent two decades in the newspaper business, a notoriously profane occupation, but I'm simply running out of obscenities to shout at my computer lately:
"While we do not want to rule any credible idea in or out as we discuss the way forward with Congress, the VAT tax, in particular, is popular with academics but highly controversial with policymakers," said Kenneth Baer, a spokesman for White House Budget Director Peter Orszag.This is a time for Effing Conservatives.
Still, Orszag has hired a prominent VAT advocate to advise him on health care: Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and author of the 2008 book "Health Care, Guaranteed."
UPDATE II: Velociman says he saw this coming. But how does this fit with tax cuts for 95% and all that?