he has no problems getting things passed. he has the majority in both houses.
while i personally have some libertarian leanings, i do not advocate it in it's pure form.
the housing and banking collapse came from regulation. see Community Reinvestment Act. it was done by the very same democrats who today were applauded as Obama signed legislation that will further slow any recovery and cost more jobs.
Auto industry. banking-dictating salaries, bonuses, taking over student loans, todays legislation. health care. energy (soon to pass). there is very little that he has not put his finger into.
even he knows that doing as Hugo did would not fly. it has to be done be degrees. you can compare what has happened in Venezuela to what has been done here, if not to the same degree. regulation is control.
i don't believe that individualism can be over done. government certainly can be.
i'll let you know when i'm ready to move into a beehive....it probably won't be soon.
If the government fails to regulate, the government ends up picking up the pieces
when the government regulates, it ends up picking up the pieces of the unintended consequences. see above. if the government allows market forces to dictate success and failure, people make the choices about what to support. he didn't take GM and Chrysler because he was afraid of a cascade, he did it because it was a chance for the government to intervene and to support all those union (socialist) workers that voted for him.