The massive federal deficit which George W. Bush, a spendthrift Congress, a financial crisis, and recession leave Barack Obama is not enough to restrain his spending plans. New health care entitlements are part of Obama's plan.
Mr. Obama repeated on Saturday that his first priority would be an economic recovery program to get the nationís business system back on track and people back to work. But advisers said the question was whether they could tackle health care, climate change and energy independence at once or needed to stagger these initiatives over time.
The debate between a big-bang strategy of pressing aggressively on multiple fronts versus a more pragmatic, step-by-step approach has flavored the discussion among Mr. Obamaís transition advisers for months, even before his election. The tension between these strategies has been a recurring theme in the memorandums prepared for him on various issues, advisers said.
Obama needs to move to the Left of George W. Bush. Given Bush's record on domestic spending that's a tall order. But Obama is up to the task. Increasing educational spending has done little to improve outcomes. Yet to admit the futility of trying to improve academic performance would require the admission of ugly truths. Can't have that. So Obama will boost educational spending on top of Bush's educational spending increases.
The economic crisis will not prevent Obama from pursuing the priorities he outlined on the campaign trail, said John Podesta, co-chair of Obama's transition team.
These include extending heath care to the nation's 47 million uninsured, reducing U.S. reliance on foreign oil, and improving public education, Podesta said.
"These are all core, if you will, economic questions and they need to be tackled together, and I think you'll have a program, and a strategy to move aggressively across all those fronts," Podesta said on CNN's "Late Edition."
We are still going to live in Warren Buffett's Squanderville under Obama just like under Bush and Clinton. Thriftville will come out of necessity, not due to political decisions to embrace it.
The president-elect has also said he intends to quickly reverse the Bush administration's decision last December to deny California the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles.
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