"We don't need bigger government or smaller government. We need a better government — a more competent government, a government that upholds the values we hold in common as Americans."
It's pretty clear that, under Obama, the size of government will grow. It will regulate more. It will spend more on health care, energy, education and infrastructure. And it will tax more. The question is: How much? Is Europe his idea of the good economy?
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has shown little inclination to be restrained in her liberalism either by Republicans or conservative Blue Dog Democrats.
And, if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., can muster 60 votes to thwart GOP filibusters, it's President Obama who'll have to insist on inviting GOP input into governing decisions.