5/09/2009

"Budget-cut baloney"

From a piece that I wrote for the Washington Times:

"The President's 2010 Budget seeks to usher in a new era of responsibility. ..." That's how a White House budget document released Thursday characterizes $17 billion in budget trimming. Luckily for President Obama, the media focused on these small cuts instead of his more than $300 billion in spending increases.

In 2008, the George W. Bush administration projected that the 2010 federal budget would hit $3.09 trillion. Mr. Obama requested $3.55 trillion and Congress cut that down to $3.4 trillion. This $3.4 trillion is a $300 billion increase over what Mr. Bush projected for the year. The $17 billion in cuts represents just 5.5 percent of the increase in what Congress authorized over what Mr. Bush planned. It is only about one-half of 1 percent of the total $3.4 trillion budget. The cut is swamped by the $787 billion increase in spending in the stimulus package and the $31 billion (8 percent) increase that Mr. Obama signed for this year's current discretionary budget.

Despite tax increases, the Congressional Budget Office expects Mr. Obama's policies to balloon the nation's debt over the next 10 years from nearly $6 trillion to $15 trillion. A mere $17 billion isn't even a rounding error for these spending increases. . . . .

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2 Comments:

Blogger Raven Lunatic said...

And didn't Mr Obama say that the $12b of earmarks was a trivial amount, or some such? Apparently $5b is the difference between a trivial mount and significant amount that Mr Obama told the media to report it as...

5/10/2009 12:37 AM  
Blogger 1 said...

Let's call it what it is, a naive but thoroughly clueless clown with someone else's charge card going on a socialist shopping spree that will only cause an economic melt down of our once free market economy...

Consider the following The Shape of Waste to Come by Cato Institue blog site: downsizing The Federal Government...

Now some who should've known better or at least had the resources to do so are now feeling a strong dose of buyers' remorse...

Obama and his ilk can't keep stealing from the productive endlessly to finance his new & improved nanny state...

Then again Obama is pandering to the ignorant...

5/10/2009 7:16 PM  

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