As anyone who has been paying attention to the burgeoning Democratic presidential nomination race knows, there is no shortage of candidates with all sorts of outrageous plans. Andrew Yang is looking to provide constituents with $1,000 per month. Bernie Sanders is promising free medical care for all. As for Elizabeth Warren, she is not to be outdone in this department.
However, her plans also come with a high volume of new federal offices. She may have a plan for everything but these plans also come with a number of spending needs that have yet to be addressed. Sure, it would be nice to provide all of the services that she plans on offering but what happens when there is little to no money on hand to pay for them?
She has yet to expand on these sorts of issues in a meaningful way and no, “let’s just tax the rich” is not all that meaningful. Her policy prescriptions offer a wide range of sweeping changes, as everything from health care to energy consumption would be affected. If she is going to have her way, these changes are coming to come at a very steep cost to the American people.
Can you believe that these changes are going to come with at least 20 bureaucratic offices? She is not going to clean up the swamp by any stretch of the imagination, she is only going to exacerbate it. While some of these proposed agencies would simply be replacing existing agencies, there are many others that would require a great deal of spending in order to successfully enact.
The expansion in size to the federal bureaucracy is not something that any politician should be aiming for. Isn’t this the exact opposite of what the Democratic party claims that they want? For example, her proposed Secure Democracy Administration would have the power to simply seize control of state governments’ elections if she believes that they are running afoul of the law.
The White House Budgetary Office of Tribal Affairs office that she is proposing would have a bigger stake in how monies are spent on Native American related affairs. While Warren and her supporters view these policy papers in a positive light, Republican observers are not so sure. They are wondering if an expansion in federal bureaucracy is really what the nation needs at times like these.
This is a rightful concern, for sure. There are some who believe that these proposals are a form of radical socialism. Warren might believe that more big government is the perfect solution to all of these issues but this runs in direct contrast to President Trump’s ideals. His goal has been to streamline the bureaucracy and keep government agencies from becoming too unwieldy.
Many of the new offices have already been outlined in the literature that her campaign has provided. It is believed that the actual number could be much higher than the one that has been proposed. There is at least one office that has been proposed outside of the campaign literature (the Office of United States Corporations) and it is not actually listed on the Warren campaign website.
This agency would be responsible for issuing charters to various companies within America that allow them to operate. Of course, those who have been following Warren’s exploits for some time know that she has always been fond of government agencies. The creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the Obama administration is an achievement that she has never been shy about mentioning repeatedly.
The Warren campaign has been asked for further details on these reports and is unwilling to provide them at the current moment. Her plans are slated to expand the scope of the federal bureaucracy in a manner that should be highly uncomfortable to any informed citizen. These entities are not going to pay for themselves and would need to be funded by someone.
With at least 20 entities to consider, that is a lot of coins that will have to come out of someone’s pocket. Medicare for all and universal free college are already going to be expensive enough for all parties involved. The proposed wealth tax is supposed to fund the vast majority of these proposals but there are many who are skeptical, including fellow Democratic Senator Cory Booker.
In order to realize these dreams, Warren would require a sizable amount of spending and an army of bureaucrats. Does that sound like the type of change that any American citizen should want? Of course not. Holding the line when it comes to spending is the nation’s best bet.