Phase 1: Collect underpants.
Phase 2: ?
Phase 3: Profit!
It’s true that if you listen to the speeches and observe the policy prescriptions, the plans (e.g., diplomacy, health care, green “investment,” budgets, auto industry) do look a lot like that of the gnomes.
But, I don’t think Obama or his advisers are idiots.
I think that they believe that most of us are idiots.
I think they believe that their policy agenda is enlightened, and it doesn’t really matter how they get it. They think their ends justify almost any means. They have no problem lying about what causes will have what effects, or about what numbers will add up, or even about what their intentions are (net spending cut???). They’re confident that enough people will be gullible, or economically illiterate, or just generally innumerate enough to let them succeed in doing what they “know” will be best.
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty disturbing.
I’m very confident that they’re wrong about what’s best.
I hope they’re wrong that enough of us are foolish enough to let them force it on us.