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Today the White House released President Barack Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015. Assembled below is commentary on Obama’s budget written by The Heritage Foundation’s research experts. Keep watching this post for all the latest updates.
Obama’s 2015 Budget: A Vision That Big and Expensive Government Is Necessary for American Success
“Change won’t come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots.” This was President Obama in his memoir, Dreams from My Father. And yet Obama’s 2015 budget released today shows a vision where federal government involvement is at the core of American success.
Obama’s budget wants to funnel more taxpayer dollars towards inappropriate federal spending that’s fraught with special interest carve-outs: universal pre-school programs; a Washington-centric approach to local transportation and infrastructure needs; manufacturing innovation centers and energy efficiency subsidies; and to direct “innovation” in America.
With $55 billion in reported additional spending on expensive big government programs, Obama encourages Congress to yet again violate the discretionary spending caps. Although Obama claims that his budget doesn’t violate the spending caps, this is largely an exercise in rhetoric: It depends on the definition of what a spending “cap” is. Does Obama’s budget propose to spend more than the current Budget Control Act caps allow? If the answer is yes, then clearly the President’s budget would violate the caps.
While Obama focuses on expanding inappropriate and wasteful domestic federal spending, he is falling short as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. As Michaela Dodge, Heritage Defense and Strategic Policy analyst explains:
The President’s defense budget yet again fails to adequately prepare our men and women in uniform to effectively fight current and future wars. The President chose to ignore structural reforms the Pentagon needs, including military healthcare, retirement, and acquisition system reforms. Thus, the …read more