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Victor Davis Hanson: Groundhog Day in America

BY VICTOR DAVIS HANSON Published: November 10, 2012
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If most Americans are willing to consider allowing paths to citizenship for law-obeying illegal aliens, then they should be equally adamant in using such discretion to deport those who are have broken the law or who become wards of the state. But does anyone believe such balance will really be the basis for compromise?

The dread of Obamacare has already helped to spike insurance premiums. No one yet quite knows how the massive wave of new regulations will affect patients, doctors and hospitals. Nearly three years after the bill's passage, the public is still not happy with even the idea of it.

It's not all bleak

Abroad, most believe Iran will either become a nuclear power or have to be stopped during Obama's second term. Obama's choices are bad versus worse: a nuclear-armed Iran bullying the Middle East with a sword of Damocles permanently suspended over Israel's head, or a pre-emptory war to defang the theocracy, leading to an almost certain Middle East wave of terrorism and a flaming Persian Gulf.

Yet not everything ahead is bleak. Vast new gas and oil finds could soon make America energy independent. The American economy is cyclical and may finally rebound on its own — if Obama just leaves it alone and stops regulating and borrowing.

Popular lore attests that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Let's hope that the same Democratic president, the same polarized Congress and the same divided country do something differently from the last lost four years.

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