Mark Davis

For the conservative willing to endure it, President Obama’s State of the Union address was actually a handy lesson in how the left garners support for barrages of spending.

As such, it is also a guide for how to argue against it.

The President uses the predictable method of identifying something widely loved and then shoe-horning it into the only approved package-- government spending.

Take infrastructure. I am proud of my state of Texas as it looks for all kinds of things to cut to achieve fiscal sanity. But if there is one thing we need to pony up for, it is roads. This is probably true in most states.

This makes states hungry for the largesse of federal grants that will help them fix potholes and bolster bridges.

But that is the crack pipe that got us into our current mess. If my state has roads and bridges to fix, we will fix them. We will have enough money to fix them if Washington stops robbing us blind to fix roads in Indiana.

Similarly, Hoosiers will have enough money for highways from Gary to Evansville if the federal government stops sucking money out of those good people to fix a bridge down the road from my house.

So, to crystallize: fixing infrastructure is a great idea. Sending money to Washington so it can be crammed into its fraudulent, corruption-laden digestive tract is a horrible idea. Other than interstate highways, a federal network that was a good idea, states should handle their own infrastructure.

And pretty well everything else.

Take preschool. The President described a dire fate for kids not prodded into a public school at age 4. The White House gasps that only 3 of 10 kids are in a “good” preschool.

Know where another 3 or 4 are? At home with their perfectly good mothers, learning to read and write with presumably the same effectiveness as under the tutelage of a teacher’s union member in a room with 15 other kids.

Pre-school is great. It’s nice to have it in your town if you want to send your kids there. How many preschools should a state have? As many as its residents wish to pay for.

If the people of Minnesota want a preschool on every corner, they can build them without help from me. If some other state spends markedly less on preschools, that is the will of the people. Parents finding this unacceptable may lobby for more finding or call the movers.

I do not want the President “working with the states” on this. I want him leaving the states alone to do whatever they wish.

Any time this President wants to “work with” your state, grab your wallet tightly, because he’s coming for it.