YOU gotta hand it to liberals. They think on a truly grandiose scale. They have vast plans for everything.
Troubled by rising health care costs?
Perhaps because they can't fund existing budget-busters like Medicare and Medicaid, liberal Democrats designed a gigantic new one - government-run health care for all.
It will be so expensive that it will obscure the unaffordability of Medicare and Medicaid.
Democrats spelled it all out in a 2,000-page bill - the boards, the commissions, the authorities, the mandates, the penalties, etc. - passed it all by themselves, and ran for re-election.
Alarmed by reckless spending, trillion-dollar deficits and a national debt now north of $14 trillion, voters sent scores of Democratic congressmen and women packing.
But anyone who thought losing the House of Representatives and getting hurt in the U.S. Senate would have a sobering effect on liberals was too hopeful by far.
Another year, another Congress.
More vast proposals.
On Feb. 7, Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a six-year, $53 billion program to build a 1,900-mile high-speed rail network.
A government staggering under now dangerous levels of debt proposes to spend $8 billion on this in the upcoming federal budget.
There will be three kinds of high-speed rail - "emerging corridors" to connect with intercity trains and high-speed lines, regional lines that one reporter called "seedlings," and core lines to form the backbone of a national system.
Only a $53 billion program to build high-speed rails lines thither and yon would be sufficient to obscure the fact that Congress has forced American taxpayers to pour $30 billion down the Amtrak rathole since the 1970s.
"Our long-term commitment is to give birth to a new industry in America," Biden said. "We need to do it now, because the problem is, if we don't do it in America, they will do it overseas."
Said Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of the high-speed rail proposal: "This is like giving Bernie Madoff another chance at handling your investment portfolio."
But moving on. . . .