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Obama’s 2010 budget: A book with a villain?

February 26, 2009

Any good book needs a villain, and President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget was quick to try to identify one.
 
It was right on the title page above the words 2010 Budget: “A New Era of Responsibility.”
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Take that, George W. Bush.
 
“For too long our budget has not told the whole truth about how precious tax dollars are spent,” Obama said in remarks ahead of the release of his $3.55 trillion spending blueprint, which projected a huge $1.17 trillion deficit.
 
“Large sums have been left off the books, including the true cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that kind of dishonest accounting is not how you run your family budgets at home. It’s not how your government should run its budgets either,” he said.
 
A senior official at the White House budget office, speaking anonymously, jumped on the bandwagon.
 
“We’ve inherited a real mess, both fiscally — a trillion dollar deficit — as well as an economic issue, which is severe economic downturn,” the official said. “These are the result of a profound irresponsibility, misplaced priorities and mistaken policies.”OBAMA/BUDGET
 
Hostile fire rarely goes unanswered.
 
“Trying to mask huge spending increases under the cloak of ‘fiscal responsibility’ is the height of audacity,” said Tony Fratto, Bush’s former White House spokesman specializing on economic issues.
 
“Our budgets were honest, open and transparent. Every dime spent was presented, debated, voted on and counted.”
 
“Putting temporary war spending in supplemental budgets was done to avoid permanently baking those appropriations into the Defense Department’s baseline budget,” Fratto added.

“That’s good budgeting, not a  ‘gimmick.’”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner listens to Obama make budget remarks); Reuters/Stelios Varias (OMB employee Dennis Johnson sits behind a stack of copies of Obama’s 2010 budget)

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So let me think about this.

1.) A New Era of Responsibility
2.) “Large sums have been left off the books, including the true cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
3.) “We’ve inherited a real mess, both fiscally — a trillion dollar deficit — as well as an economic issue, which is severe economic downturn,” the official said. “These are the result of a profound irresponsibility, misplaced priorities and mistaken policies.”

It seems to me that our present administration has-

1.) Lied or misrepresented at least 11 facts during President’s speech on Tuesday.
2.) Insisted that the “Stimulus Bill” had to be passed before anybody read it then waited 3 days to sign it.
3,) Insisted that there were no “earmarks” in the “Stimulus Bill” when in fact it contained over 3,000.

This is the scariest guy to come along in a very long time.

Posted by Barry | Report as abusive
 

I am certainly glad that Obama is apparently going to be more straight forward about the books, but I dont think that seeing where so much of the money is wasted in bureacracy will be a lot of consolation for me.

$1.17 trillion deficit…and that is just the scheduled spending, not to mention the possibilities of additional stimulus bills. Nice way to start on his course of cutting the deficit in half by the end of his first term.

“New Era of Responsibility” eh? Sounds great, but how is the government, stepping in to reward irresponsible spending and budgeting, actually encouraging responsibility in the citizenry? Health care help from the government for people making up to $80,000 simply because, not everyone that makes $80,000 has health coverage? A responsible person making that much money should not have a big problem paying for health care themselves. Why can’t they take responsibility for it? I’m all for a safety net for the truly underprivaleged, but when “underprivaleged” turns into “undermotivated” I’m not such a fan.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive
 

To Barry above: Yes, I agree. So…let’s send him back, starting with a change we can believe in in 2010!

Posted by Anne | Report as abusive
 

Being “addicted to his Blackberry,” was hailed as a great thing, then shoved down the throats of Americans by the national media in an attempt to connect Obama to the techno culture. That addiction, obviously doesn’t necessitate any familiarity with the calculator function of the aforementioned device. If it did, then Obama would be able to quickly distinguish the gross chasm between all the spending his administration has put forth, and the ability of American taxpayers to subsidize this largess.

Also, there is undoubtedly an “ap” for Internet access, which would allow anyone to examine the amassed fortunes of America’s 460 Billionaires on the Forbes.Com website. A little math later, one could conclude an immediate confiscation of every penny of that accumulated wealth would merely serve as a down payment, an ‘appetizer’ if you please, for the insatiable spending of Democrats. Of course Obama struggles mightily (without any challenge by news media sychophants) to parse and assign all our economic woes to his predecessor, claiming the “Bush deficit” will ruin our economy. Yet, Obama regularly fails to mention that he and his cohorts in Congress have already blown an additional $1.17 Trillion (that’s $1,170 Billion for the mathematically challenged) in little over his first thirty days in office! Just imagine the price tag if his spending habits continue for another forty-seven months! To paraphrase a line attributed to former Senator Everett Dirksen, “a trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” The day will come (not soon enough) when those Americans still possessing the means to afford a Blackberry, might run the numbers and see, when the feast is over, someone must pay the bill. There is consolation, Obama repeatedly assures us that things are definitely gonna get worse before they get better, he’s gonna see to it!

Posted by ed | Report as abusive
 

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