Tea Party conservatives in the House of Representatives are right: A proposal endorsed recently by the House Budget Committee does not go far enough to reduce deficit spending. With deficits in the $1.3 trillion range predicted for the foreseeable future, the measure would cut spending by an average of only about $530 billion a year during the coming decade.
But that is not why the proposal has very little chance of being enacted. Even if it passes the House, it will be killed in the Democrat-controlled Senate. That failing, President Barack Obama certainly would veto it.
Why? Because the bill dares to call for at least some spending discipline - and reduces government intrusiveness.
One section of the measure calls for "Obamacare" - the two-year-old federal health care law - to be repealed. In its place, conservatives would do away with Obama's insurance mandate. They would substitute a plan whereby families would be given $5,700 tax credits each year, allowing them to purchase health insurance of their own choosing, not a one-size-fits-all policy such as that mandated by Obamacare.
The plan also addresses entitlement spending with provisions to ensure the Medicare system remains solvent. Reforms would be phased in slowly for Americans under age 55.
Again, however, the bill has no chance of being enacted, simply and solely because it runs counter to the goals of Obama and other proponents of big, expensive government controlling Americans' lives.