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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 served in the Trump administration as a senior adviser to the president and is a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. He is the senior adviser to National Review's Capital Matters, a new initiative focused on financial and economic coverage, and is the Vice President of the Lindsey Group.


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