De­spite Pres­i­dent Obama and Demo­cratic leaders’ talk of fis­cal con­ser­vatism, there is lit­tle sign that Congress and the White House are truly rev­ers­ing years of Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion spending in­creases built on the idea that deficits don’t mat­ter. We hope t

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ings over the next 10 years in his bud­get. But some of that is achieved by in­flat­ing the bud­getary base­line, so that spending less than that phony num­ber ap­pears to be a sav­ings. For ex­am­ple, the White House pre­tends that higher Medi­care pay­ments will be made to physi­cians than re­quired un­der cur­rent statutes, that Iraq avoid­ing mak­ing the hard choices that he has ar­gued need to be made.

A ma­jor prob­lem with the Obama bud­get is that it fo­cuses on a num­ber of costly ad­min­is­tra­tion leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties whose tim­ing should be ques­tioned given the state of the econ­omy and the mas­sive level of stim­u­lus spending al-

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