An old knock on liberals was that they had a “program for every problem.” As part of his attempt to redefine liberalism, President Bill Clinton explicitly repudiated the idea in one of his State of the Union addresses. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s unofficial campaign motto, “I’ve got a plan for that,” would seem at first glance to be an embrace of the old caricature.
But that would be giving her too much credit. Her plans for federal entitlement programs show that she is willing to propose enormous changes to government policy that are not plausibly related to any pressing national problem.
The central …
This article appears as “Money for Nothing” in the October 14, 2019, print edition of National Review.