Charles Krauthammer does it again. He closes out the old year with his best and final offering of negativity (column, 12-31).
The Obama administration trying to enhancing health care, protect public lands and improve air quality are particularly troubling to him. He objects to “end-of-life” counseling being paid for by Medicare, yet it’s every bit as important as pure medical counseling and not affordable for many who need it.
He considers it evil to protect our abused public lands from destructive drilling and mining. Yet if designating them as “wild lands” protects them against corporate exploitation, thereby reducing our use of coal and oil, we’re better off in the long run.
And why does he view anti-carbon regulation for power plants and oil refineries as a threat? They’re two of our biggest polluters; should we just ignore their dumping contaminants into the air we breathe?
He characterizes all of this progress as “a leftward lurch,” “defiantly liberal” and “moving smartly left.” But in reality, it’s not left or right; it’s a battle against those who would place profit ahead of the common good.