The President Is Angling for a Showdown

President Obama’s budget actually lifts 2012 spending significantly over the current CBO baseline. This increase signals that he has decided to try to push the Republicans towards a high-drama showdown on spending. He clearly thinks that he can win such a showdown, but I wonder. You can probably count on one hand the number of Americans who think the level of near-term spending in the last CBO outlook was too low, and this budget reveals that all of them apparently work in the White House.

Kevin A. Hassett is director of Economic Policy Studies and senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Kevin A. Hassett — Kevin A. Hassett, a columnist for National Review, is the State Farm James Q. Wilson chair in American politics and culture at the American Enterprise Institute.

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