The budget that President Obama proposed on Thursday is nothing less than an attempt to end a three-decade era of economic policy dominated by the ideas of Ronald Reagan and his supporters.
The Obama budget – a bold, even radical departure from recent history, wrapped in bureaucratic formality and statistical tables – would sharply raise taxes on the rich, beyond where Bill Clinton had raised them. It would reduce taxes for everyone else, to a lower point than they were under either Mr. Clinton or George W. Bush. And it would lay the groundwork for sweeping changes in health care and education, among other areas. More than anything else, the proposals seek to reverse the rapid increase in economic inequality over the last 30 years.
Moreover, Obama's budget, we are informed, will also the problem of increasing carbon emissions.
And, guess what? I bet that in 2009 the rich will be less rich than in 2007 and less carbon will be emitted.