It has just occurred to me that some of the things that seem to characterize this administration remind me of the nomenklatura that ruled the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
They had a belief in the "center." Now, we see the conviction Washington knows best how to manage the economy.
The nomenklatura developed detailed economic plans for government investment, industry, social services, and full employment. We have the unprecedented dollars amounts involved in the stimulus, the GM and Chrysler bailouts, TARP, and the Health care law.
When things didn't work out, they either ignored it and made happy talk about how everything was going according to plan (vse po planu), or blamed it on others, the saboteurs and wreckers.
So, while I'm not saying that the President is a socialist, his administration just reminded me of what life was like under socialism.