According to Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell, Barack Obama vows that he will continue to push for government medicine and an energy tax even if it means that he will be a one-term President:
Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) claims that President Obama told him “he’s willing to be a one-term president if that’s what it takes to get health care and energy reform,” reports Radio Iowa.
Said Boswell: “The president (said), ‘I’m not going to kick the can down the road.’ And he said that and I said, ‘Well, that’s something I’m kind of used to from southern Iowa, you know. I know about kicking the can down the road.’ And he said, ‘No, if it makes me a one-term president, I’m going to, we’re going to take it on because the country is in need of us taking this on.'”
When Hillarycare crashed and burned and the Republicans took control of Congress in 1994, Bill Clinton gave it up. Rather than be a one-term President, he backed off and governed in a more centrist fashion. It’s now pretty clear that Obama’s plans for government medicine and slow (or no) economic growth fly in the face of the American people’s values and preferences. If he, unlike Clinton, persists in trying to force the country far to the Left, he may well make good on his pledge.