Thursday, March 12, 2009

Liberals Count On Obama Lying To Them

Here’s some of what Karl Rove says in today’s WSJ - -

…[President] Obama's fiscal house is built on gimmicks. For example, it assumes the cost of the surge in Iraq will extend for a decade.

This brazenly dishonest trick was done to create phony savings down the line.

Mr. Obama's budget downplays some programs' true cost. For example, his vaunted new college access program is funded for five years and then disappears (on paper); the children's health insurance program drops (on paper) from $12.4 billion in 2013 to $700 million the next year.

Neither will happen; the costs of both will be much higher and so will the deficits.

Mr. Obama's budget also assumes the economy declines 41% less this year and grows 52% more next year and 38% more the year after than is estimated by the Blue Chip consensus (a collection of estimates by leading economists traditionally used by federal budget crunchers).

If Mr. Obama used the consensus forecasts for growth rather than his own rosy scenarios, his budget would be $758 billion more in the red over the next five years.

Then there's discretionary domestic spending, which grows over the next two years by $238 billion, the fastest increase ever recorded.

Mr. Obama pledges it will then be cut in real terms for the next nine years. That's simply not credible.

Then there's his omnibus spending bill to fund the government for the next six months, laden with 8,500 earmarks and tens of billions in additional spending above the current budget. What happened to pledges for earmark reform and making "meaningful cuts?"

In the face of our enormous economic challenges, top White House aides decided to pee on Mr. Limbaugh's leg. This is a political luxury the country cannot afford, and which Mr. Obama would be wise to forbid.

Or did he not mean it when he ran promising to "turn the page" on the "old" politics?

Rove’s entire column’s here.
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My Comments:

Rove’s right. President Obama’s budget projections are not credible.

Obama’s liberal supporters are counting on the fact that he’s lying to us.

Liberals would be hysterical if they really thought the “college access program” funding will disappear in five years while “the children's health insurance program drops in actual spending cost from $12.4 billion in 2013 to $700 million the next year.


1 comments:

xutag77 said...

"…[President] Obama's fiscal house is built on gimmicks. For example, it assumes the cost of the surge in Iraq will extend for a decade."

If the cost of the surge is a budget cut, does that mean Obama comtemplated the surge lasting 10 years?

Or was he going to get the troops out in 16 months?