America still has a race problem, though not the one that conventional wisdom would suggest, the racism of whites toward blacks. Old-fashioned white racism has lost its legitimacy in the world and become an almost universal disgrace.
Last winter, Massachusetts voters did more than deliver a stunning rebuke to the transformative agenda obdurately pursued by President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and their minions.
A few months back, President Obama proposed a three-year spending freeze on what amounts to one-sixth of the federal budget. Our biggest entitlement programs, Social Security and Medicare, would be excluded. These changes are an exercise in image rather than substance.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most implausible of them all? It's a close run thing. None of the parties are levelling with us about the flesh-eating politics of austerity that we'll face for the next few years.