Saturday, November 14, 2009


Apparently we must be fairly stupid.  For the last year or so the Democrats in Washington have been trying to pass their Health Care legislation that will cost the taxpayers trillions of dollars.  Despite their conflicting schemes as to where the funding will come from to foot the bill of their social programs the numbers have remained fairly constant.  Further, the President is fully supporting this program.  So when I found this on Fox News I became confused.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, mindful of public anxiety over the government's mushrooming debt, is shifting emphasis from big-spending policies to deficit reduction. Domestic agencies have been told to brace for a spending freeze or cuts of up to 5 percent as part of a midterm election-year push to rein in record budget shortfalls.

Yet with the economy still in distress and unemployment pushing past 10 percent, prospects for making a dent in a trillion-dollar-plus annual deficit seem slight. And since the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs would likely be shielded from such cuts, overtures toward trimming the deficit may hold more symbolic value than substance.

President Barack Obama is expected to make post-recession spending restraint a key theme of his State of the Union address in January and an important element of the budget he submits to Congress a few weeks later. He is under increasing pressure, including from moderate and conservative members of his own party, to show he is serious about tackling a deficit that has become both an economic and political liability.

Now I am not a math whiz but why don't we start by cancelling plans to increase spending.  Then maybe we can address the need for a meat cleaver to attack the defecit.  Even if they are successful in achieving even a five percent cut in the budget it will be insignificant in comparison to the financial mill stone they are slinging around our collective necks with Cap and Trade and the Heatlh Care bills.  Another case of bait and switch?

We will see how stupid we all really are in 2010 I suppose.

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