For instance, Clinton wants to create new child‐care subsidies, launch a big research program on the supposed threat of global warming, spend more on computers for the abusive IRS, toss additional foreign aid into Africa ‘s chaotic money pit, create new federal housing initiatives to supplement failed old ones, throw more cash at artistic elites through the National Endowment for the Arts and spend billions of dollars to reduce class size in local schools.
Uncle Sam is to be simultaneously Santa Claus and national nanny, wending his way across the nation, spreading cash and regulations far and wide.
HUSBAND ANY SURPLUS
At the same time, the president tells us there is no money for tax cuts for those who earn the money he plans on spending. Instead, we should husband any surplus to “save” Social Security, he explains, while developing a new program for every interest group with a letterhead and at least two members. Those paying the bills can just shut up and pay more.
Clinton’s subterfuge, claiming to maintain fiscal discipline as he proposes a $150 billion flood of spending increases and tax hikes, wouldn’t matter so much if there was a real Republican opposition. True, House Majority Leader Dick Armey opines, “We can’t go back to the days of skyrocketing government spending,” which “the president proposes.” However, most Republicans give only lip service to the notion of limited government.
In his response to the president’s State of the Union speech, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott decried the high tax burden borne by Americans, and denounced government waste, such as the existence of “more than 750 education programs, in 39 different bureaucracies.” However, the GOP has controlled Congress for three years. Why are there still “more than 750 education programs, in 39 different bureaucracies”?