George Will is not a reactionary. He is not known for fireworks. When you think of sober, you think George Will.
So when the man writes something like this, we have the distinct onset of the willies:
Regarding procedure, consider a sentence in a Fiscal Times story in The Washington Post on the task force idea, a sentence that seems bland only because of this city’s advanced state of constitutional decadence: “The White House has been talking to Congress to try to craft a proposal that would not wholly relinquish congressional control over major decisions on taxes and spending.” Wholly? The oath of office for representatives and senators does not commit them to partially or occasionally or when convenient “support and defend,” and bear “true faith and allegiance” to, the Constitution and “faithfully discharge the duties” of their offices…
Year one of the Obama administration was devoted to deliberately exacerbating the fiscal crisis. The gusher of spending, combined with the new multi-trillion-dollar health care entitlement, is half of liberalism’s plan to radically and permanently increase government’s grasp on the nation’s wealth. As a response to the crisis, the task force would produce the other half.
It doesn’t matter which party you support, we do not need the executive branch in charge of the purse. The mental test is as follows: the policy is fine with you if it’s Obama’s thumb on the newly created Congressional “task force”, but would it also be copacetic if, say, Reagan or Nixon had the same powers?