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LAMBRO: Obama’s economic seesaw
Gas prices, unemployment, deficit go up; president’s poll numbers go down
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Mr. Obama’s sudden desire to show more flexibility in the debt-ceiling deliberations didn’t mean he was willing to make deeper cuts in his favorite spending programs. It was a political decision - pure and simple.
Americans are fed up with the uninterrupted line of trillion-dollar deficits that have marked his presidency, hitting $1.6 trillion this year alone - increases that economists say will further swell the nation’s public debt by more than $7 trillion over the course of this decade.
But how much flexibility Mr. Obama is willing to show in this budgetary showdown is still a moving target. He continues to attack the GOP for attempting to cut education and infrastructure spending, wanting us to believe that they are the ill-nourished orphans of a Scrooge-like government. Not so.
“Since 2000, Washington has tripled K-12 education and Pell Grant spending. Federal transportation has risen 70 percent faster than inflation. And nearly half this spending growth has occurred in the last two years under Obama,” says Brian Riedl, chief budget analyst at the Heritage Foundation.
The American people aren’t buying Mr. Obama’s argument that there is little room to make deep discretionary spending cuts. They’ve had to made major cuts in their own family budgets, and they think the federal government should, too.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.
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