Call it the return of the nanny state in Washington. The White House budget blueprint calls for an avalanche of new spending — everything from federal baby‐sitting subsidies and the further federalization of schools to expanding welfare for immigrants and infusing another $18 billion into the failed International Monetary Fund. And that’s not to overlook the most expensive expansion of Medicare in 10 years.
The price tag for this blizzard of new federal programs? At least $200 billion over the next five years.
Until now, most of the initiatives in the area of school construction, crime prevention, infrastructure and transportation have never been considered federal responsibilities.
As House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich, R‐Ohio, put it: “I guess we won’t need state and local governments anymore.” There has never been a presidential agenda more contemptuous of federalism and the 10th Amendment.
All of the budget’s chunky‐sized pieces of red meat for left‐wing special interests in Washington make a mockery of the president’s State of the Union sermon on America’s entering a new era of fiscal integrity.
Yes, it’s true that this year’s budget will end in a surplus. That isn’t because of any tightfisted budgetary restraint in recent years — by Republicans or Democrats — but because the federal tax burden this year will now reach its highest level since the end of World War II. Never mind that America isn’t in a war anymore — hot or cold.