David Brooks, writing in the New York Times, is right that the time is right for a Ross Perot-like candidate, wrong that President Obama can head it off by breaking another campaign promise and backing tax increases on "the lower 98 percent." Mr. Obama has already flip-flopped from his campaign positions on a spending freeze, a tax on Cadillac health plans, and an individual mandate to buy health insurance. Breaking his promise not to raise taxes on anyone other than the rich (the cigarette tax may not count, if you are a non-smoker) -- would only strengthen the appeal of an angry outsider Ross Perot type candidate, not mute it. It's not just the promise-breaking that would offend, but the idea of Washington taking away more money that Americans earned want to keep for their own families rather than give to politicians for distribution in collaboration with lobbyists.
David Brooks on Ross Perot