The White House has just recently proposed its budget for fiscal year 2011 at $3.8 trillion. Arguments are already heated on the scope and power of big government, and the astronomical number is going to continue to divide voters.Included in the budget are personal and business tax increases as well as cuts to some programs and discretionary spending. The proposal also gives a 9% increase in education spending as well as defense. Both parties can find common ground with regard to education and defense, areas of the national economy that can’t be overlooked.But the insane increase in the budget, not only during Obama’s two terms, but over the last decade, is already raising red flags for economists and Americans alike. Economists worry that a prolonged state of budget increases could lead to soaring interest rates, a massive decrease in lending, and record high inflation. Americans across the country worry that deficits will affect their standard of living, their country’s strength and influence in the world, and their role in American politics.According to the Wall Street Journal, Obama’s plan would cut the deficit by $727 billion by 2013. However, the number relies on increased revenue from taxes. If the American economy continues to stagnate, and the budget would add $8.5 trillion by 2020, and push the budget to 77% of GDP compared to the 55% it is currently at today.Dick Cheney was rumored to have said “deficits don’t matter”. It would appear that both the Bush administration and the Obama administration decided that this was the course to chart. While the realities are more complex that choosing to ignore the deficit, a real problem looms for both America and its future.For the time being, a budget deficit seems to be of little concern. America is still the largest and richest nation in the world. Nothing in the immediate future can suggest that it will not remain a global player. But a deficit raises big questions: namely, how is America going to pay for growth in the coming decades? With wages stagnating, health care costs soaring, job opportunities dimming, the deficit is not the cause, but a leading indicator of the threats posed to American stability.President Obama seeks to address this issue with a jobs bill aimed at generated jobs in green energy and for small businesses. But government planning, and government recklessness, are partly to blame for the current fiasco. A greater focus would be on job training and freeing up small businesses to have access to credit, and to lower the tax rate on businesses making less than $500,000 a year.Unlike during FDR’s America, today’s America and its economy is much more complex and intricate. A government program can’t target areas specifically and find a way to bring up the overall economy. FDR brought on debt, but his jobs initiatives, social security, and other programs increased the overall health of the economy. Today, a government solution is going to have to rely more on the ingenuity of the market and the industrial attitudes of the American entrepreneur.If the country goes into debt aiding businesses rather than stifling them, then America will see growth like it did after both FDR, Reagan, and Clinton, and be able to pay off its debt. The government, and taxes, can still be of service to the country. But government must remember that it’s the people, first and foremost, that it is here to serve.