Daniel Henninger’s column on the “can’t-possibly-do” mentality expresses the frustration that many of us have with governments’ having a hand in anything productive in America. When one recalls that the Empire State Building was built with private money in just 11 months during the Depression, one can only marvel at the infighting and politicking that has created the Trade Center quagmire.
Henninger, however, suggests that Obama believers think of him as can do. But his “can do” is directly related to the government doing, not private people. Obama is the candidate of can’t-do: Americans can’t make a lot of money. American’s can’t administrate their own health care. American’s can’t choose to remain aloof to unions. Americans can’t freely plan their own retirement. American’s can’t demand liberty through war instead of anxiety through appeasement.
If New York wishes a speedily built and beautiful World Trade Center, I suggest the Port Authority immediately sell the precious 16-acre site and let American businessmen do what they are best at: doing.