President Barack Obama, defender of the status quo:
President Barack Obama, seeking to fire up an important part of his support base ahead of November’s elections, told black leaders on Saturday he wanted their support to “guard the change” he was delivering.
Margaret Thatcher called it “the ratchet effect.” Once a lefty policy was enacted, no matter how awful or unpopular, it proves nearly impossible to repeal. It’s also sometimes been known as “the Brezhnev Doctrine.”
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