Top 10 Big-Government Requests in the State of the Union

President Bush’s seventh and final State of the Union Address was not as expensive as his others, and conservatives thought it contained some good ideas. However, he still called for bigger government in many areas. Here are the top 10 items that would mean increasing government:

1. Keynesian Economic “Growth” Package
“This is a good agreement that will keep our economy growing and our people working. And this Congress must pass it as soon as possible.”

2. Global Regulations on Greenhouse Gases
“Let us complete an international agreement that has the potential to slow, stop and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases.”

3. More Global AIDS Funding
“I call on you to double our initial commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS by approving an additional $30 billion over the next five years.”

4. No Child Left Behind
“It is succeeding. And we owe it to America’s children, their parents and their teachers to strengthen this good law.”

5. More Ethanol and Hybrid Subsidies
“Let us continue investing in advanced battery technology and renewable fuels to power the cars and trucks of the future.”

6. Global “Green” Subsidies
“Let us create a new international clean technology fund, which will help developing nations like India and China make greater use of clean energy sources.”

7. Double Taxpayer-Funded R&D
“I ask Congress to double federal support for critical basic research in the physical sciences and ensure America remains the most dynamic nation on Earth.”

8. More Foreign Aid
“The Millennium Challenge Account … and I ask you to fully fund this important initiative.”

9. Even More Foreign Aid
“I ask Congress to support an innovative proposal to provide food assistance by purchasing crops directly from farmers in the developing world, so we can build up local agriculture and help break the cycle of famine.”

10. Coal Subsidies
“Let us fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions.”