Before the President's recent address to Congress and certainly after we've been hearing that we shouldn't be too quick to judge Mr. Obama's ideas, that we should give him a chance to try.
Compromise, these folks point out, is an inevitable part of the politics, and they're right.
But we can't be too quick to compromise for the sake of compromise, nor can we let the Democrats do whatever they want in the name of "giving them a chance." Why not?
When you want to try out a new hairstyle, you can say, "If I don't like it, it'll grow out." (Well, most people can say that.)
But we're not talking about haircuts. If we "let them try" to fix our health insurance system, if we "give them a chance" to create massive new entitlements, we're not talking programs that can be quickly and easily shut down if they don't work out.
These things always have incredible staying power. And generally the political will to even try to shut them down doesn't appear until they can be seen to have done major damage to our country.
Think about welfare reform. Welfare created a permanent underclass, illigetimacy rates went up, and poverty rates were flat. It only took 30 years to finally try some real reforms.
This isn't to say that we shouldn't compromise. We must; we have no choice. The question is where and how to compromise. That's a question we'll be examining over the course of the coming weeks.