Thursday, March 5

Omnibus Bill is Perfect Opportunity for President to Make Good on His Word

A staple on the campaign trail for President Obama was his promise to reform Washington's budget process by eliminating earmarks and that he'd "scour the federal budget, line by line, and make meaningful cuts."

What a difference four months makes. Or even a few weeks, as it was at his not-quite-a-state-of the-union-address where he reaffirmed his commitment to eliminating pork during this "disastrous" time in our economy.

Now he wants to turn a blind eye to the $410 billion omnibus spending bill with about 8,500 earmarks. This is on top of the $787 billion stimulus bill already signed into law.

The White House justifies the omnibus spending bill as "last year's business." While that may technically be true, it's going to be passed on Obama's watch. What better way to gain the trust of this nation then by holding true to his word and going through that mammoth bill line by line and eliminating wasteful spending. Or, he could even send a larger message by vetoing the legislation. He could even invite Fancy Nancy over for tea and crumpets and charm her into ditching the earmarks on her own. He'd be a hero. A national wonder. A president for the history books. I would even consider voting for him in 2012!

Sorry, I got carried away for a minute and lost my senses.

I think we have a better chance of seeing Newt run for President in '12, than having any of those reasonable solutions happen because Obama has no intention of eliminating earmarks. In my humble opinion, he never did. But it sure does sound good and it swayed a significant number of bitter and Bible-gripping Americans to think he was a genuine moderate that was going to govern from the center.

And, in case you didn't hear him say it the first 439 times, Obama wants us to know that the excessive spending is someone else's responsibility because he "inherited" this poo poo economy. Fine. So that must mean when our President of hope and change has complete and utter control of his own budget, we'll get a balanced budget the likes we haven't seen since the Clinton years and there won't be a single earmark within a mile of it?

Wrong again. Mr. Obama has proposed $4 trillion this fiscal year and $3.6 trillion next fiscal year, yet he still likes to point out how W is the author of today's problems. Well, I think Karl Rove has a great rebuttal for that point:

Mr. Obama cannot dismiss critics by pointing to President George W. Bush's decision to run $2.9 trillion in deficits while fighting two wars and dealing with 9/11 and Katrina. Mr. Obama will surpass Mr. Bush's eight-year total in his first 20 months and 11 days in office, adding $3.2 trillion to the national debt. If America "cannot and will not sustain" deficits like Mr. Bush's, as Mr. Obama said during the campaign, how can Mr. Obama sustain the geometrically larger ones he's flogging?

The House has already approved the Omnibus bill and now it's in the Senate. If you have the time, you can read more about the bill here. I guess we can always hope they change their minds.


happyathome said...

Ah yes, business as usual, wait.....wasn't that what he was promising would NOT happen on his watch?

Melissa said...

I totally agree with you, Nat. This could have been his shining moment in history to veto an outrageous bill that is so out of touch with our current economic struggles, but he didn't. And, why should he? It is his extreme left liberal agenda (yes, Jeff, I know there are some Republican earmarks, as well) that he is concerned with. America may just be beginning to see that perhaps the wool has been pulled over their eyes with Mr. Moderate Mainstream MTV making promises he has not even tried to follow through with to "unite this country" and "cut wasteful spending". He's done the complete opposite!! But, let's not forget...the man can sure give a good speech. And, we all know that is more important than COMMON SENSE and INTEGRITY. It is no surprise the media and people in his own party are starting to turn on him.


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