Punishing Success

There are some on the right who believe that Barack Obama is intentionally steering the United States into disaster — that he privately rejoices in the dismal economy because it partially fulfills his objective to bring the country down.

This strikes me as, at the very least, overwrought. One would have to accept the idea that Gene Sperling, Timothy Geithner, and the president clapped one another on the back when the latest GDP figures arrived: “Four hundredths of a percent growth in the first quarter, 1.3 percent last quarter. Way to go! We’ll be in recession again in no time.”

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