Donald Lambro

WASHINGTON - The federal government has grown obscenely fat over the years, and under President Obama it's gotten much fatter, eating into our economy and the very foundations that made America great.

It has outgrown our incomes and now threatens us with suffocating debt, costly regulations, punishing mandates, and a punitive tax code that's invaded every nook and cranny of our society and our daily lives.

You don't hear much about this growing crisis, certainly not in the national news media which never saw a federal domestic program it didn't like. Even a lot less in Congress which enacts our laws, writes our taxes and passes every budget.

And certainly not a breath of complaint from Obama who rose to power on a lengthy list of big spending plans. Have you ever read a quote from the president complaining that government has grown too big, too costly and too wasteful and must be cut down to a more affordable size?

Obama worships at the altar of big government, except he thinks it should be a great deal larger and spend a lot more than it's spending now. No matter how much more debt it imposes on future generations, or how much of our financial life blood it drains from a persistently weak and dangerously undernourished economy.

Exhibit A in this indictment is the nearly $4 trillion budget plan that Obama sent to Congress last week for fiscal year 2015. You don't recall hearing much about it? I'm not at all surprised.

Much if not most of the national news media seemed to greet his unprecedented budget wish list with a long yawn. It wasn't the lead story in the Washington Post where such stories are usually played. The network news dismissively shoved the story deep into their broadcasts and devoted little time to it.

The budget came and went, without any deep analysis of the growing size of government, its immense cost to all Americans and businesses, and the mountain of additional money Obama wants to spend on a lengthening list of new domestic programs.

He calls for $76 billion more to launch a new nationwide program for early childhood education. He asks for $70 billion more for highway construction. He wants to expand the earned-income tax credit for the poor by $60 billion.

That's just for starters. He wants to spend $56 billion next year alone for what he calls the "Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative." The Post says this is "essentially a grab bag of fresh cash for agencies affected by sharp spending known as the sequester."


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.