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Next Stop: France


Because our country’s financial health is so good and the government is running a surplus:

President Obama vowed Tuesday not to scale back his health care, education, or environmental initiatives during debate on the fiscal 2010 budget, despite the prospect of higher deficits and wariness in Congress.

Following a private White House meeting with Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and House Budget Chairman John M. Spratt Jr. , D-S.C., Obama renewed his push to get Congress to adopt a budget resolution that would make room for his priorities. He said that his expansive budget is necessary to provide “an economic blueprint for the future.”

Obama said, “With the magnitude of the challenges we face right now, what we need in Washington are not more political tactics — we need more good ideas. We don’t need more point-scoring — we need more problem-solving.”

And he thinks that turning America into France is a good idea? For more on this, read the Heritage Foundation’s Brian Riedl’s overview of Obama’s plan here.

— Veronique de Rugy is an economist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.