- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 8, 2009

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” - William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”

Why won’t we listen to what used to be called sage advice before the Internet made too many of us think we are reinventing the world and nothing we think or try has ever been thought or tried before?

The Obama administration is rumored to be seriously considering a second stimulus measure to “improve” the economy. Given the job losses since the last stimulus, I’m not sure we can stand more of that kind of stimulation. Never mind that millions from the first stimulus cannot be found and that billions more have yet to be spent. And how soon Democrats forget their once-great concern about burdening future generations with debt and dependency.

President Obama’s budget has projected deficits of $9.1 trillion over the next decade. Brian Riedl of the Heritage Foundation has looked into it and found the numbers to be inaccurate and misleading. What the president’s budget ignored is an additional $4 trillion in likely additional spending, which excludes, says Mr. Riedl, the following.

c Additional discretionary spending ($1,545 billion).

c Health care reform ($595 billion in spending and $583 billion in revenues). And that’s just for starters. As we have seen with Medicare, initial projections by the government, no matter who runs it, are almost always wrong.

c Additional cap-and-trade outlays and revenues ($821 billion in spending and $214 billion in revenues).

c Extending “expiring” entitlements ($216 billion in spending). Notice that once anything becomes an “entitlement,” ending it is a virtual impossibility.

c Net interest expenses resulting from the increased deficit spending ($251 billion in spending). Please read that last one again. We the taxpayers are going to be forced to spend $251 billion in interest on the debt because our government cannot do what every American must do: control spending.

c More realistic interest rates ($1,328 billion in spending and $65 billion in revenues).

That’s how the administration gets to $9.1 trillion. Remember, this was going to be an honest and transparent administration.

Mr. Riedl says the reality of the president’s budget during the next decade is much different from the already outrageous spending to which it admits. According to Mr. Riedl’s analysis, the president’s budget agenda would actually result in:

c An additional $5 trillion in spending, $1 trillion in revenues and $4 trillion in deficits during the next decade.

c Budget deficits adding $13 trillion to the national debt during the next decade. Again, reread that figure. Say it out loud. Repeat it to your spouse-partner-child (the children will be paying for this) and your neighbor.

c The national debt held by the public surpassing $20 trillion by 2019, reaching nearly 100 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

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