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After carving his image into "Mt. Spendmore" as the biggest spender in American history, Barack Obama will try to convince you tonight that he's somehow, all of a sudden, holding the line with a freeze on discretionary spending.

After, interestingly enough, dismissing the idea as a candidate.

Even more interesting, his move seems to say that, after a year of touting federal spending as "stimulative" to the economy, federal spending is now a bad thing and needs to be cut back.

Which is it, Mr. President? What economic principles, if any, are you advocating?

Moreover, what good will a temporary, miniscule freeze in non-security discretionary spending do when such spending has been far outpacing the nation's economic output for years -- up 21 percent from 2008 to now -- and when entitlement spending is on the path toward bankrupting the country?

What does a temporary freeze in some spending mean when this administration and this Congress have teamed up to triple the national deficit in one year?

This is nothing more than a political gimmick, a way of cynically trying to reposition his presidency -- probably in image alone -- to the right of his true radical-left agenda.

And when a big-government guy like this starts talking about "jobs," it rings pretty hollow. He talks tougher about cracking down on capitalists than on terrorists. And his policies suggest he believes government creates wealth and jobs -- when, in truth, government can only "create" jobs through confiscating other people's wealth.

After the reckless and ineffective spending of the past year, a partial spending freeze -- affecting only about 17 percent of the federal budget -- "is like announcing you're going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest," said one Republican aide.

"President Obama had requested a 7.3 percent increase last year in the areas he now seeks to freeze," notes The Wall Street Journal .

Even a token spending freeze is a good thing, of course. But consider the context: The president is announcing the token, temporary freeze, a year into his presidency, in order to simply be relevant: The rest of the country was focused on the economy all the long while that Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill were putting everything they had into sweeping health-care reforms that polls show most Americans don't want.

A new survey by the respected Pew Research Center for the People and the Press shows just how out of step Barack Obama is with the rest of the country: In a poll of Americans' top public policy priorities, the economy and jobs rank first and second. Health care -- the thing Mr. Obama spent the most political capital on the past year -- ranked eighth.

His other big priority -- global warming -- ranked dead last in importance to Americans.

The national deficit this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will be about $1.35 trillion .

In comparison, Obama's much-vaunted spending freeze might save $15 billion .

Mr. Obama's convenient and belated attention to his overspending is admirable, but far too little, too late. His slight bow to the middle class tonight won't be as deep or meaningful as his repeated bows to foreign leaders.

Talking about such a small spending freeze while also raising the country's debt limit $1.9 trillion to $14.29 trillion is like picking out curtains while the roof is being blown off.

It's just window dressing.

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GiveMeTheScoop
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GiveMeTheScoop 01/27/10 - 06:05 am
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What's new. The real Obama,

What's new. The real Obama, will you please stand up! As I said during the elections....a big joke! Not funny anymore is it....

bettyboop
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bettyboop 01/27/10 - 06:41 am
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The sheeple will disagree

The sheeple will disagree with you scoop...barry could stand on the steps of the Capital and burn the Constitution and they would still crawl on their belly's to kiss his feet...........

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/27/10 - 08:47 am
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Most Americans believe even

Most Americans believe even this small attempt at getting spending under control is a good thing, but the liberals are screaming the cuts represent the president giving into conservatives. Rachel Maddow was fuming last night. She said it is like punting when you are on the opponent's one yard line. Exactly what do liberals want to do bankrupt America? Is a touchdown the collapse of the country?

Irish
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Irish 01/27/10 - 08:52 am
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More smoke and mirrors. this

More smoke and mirrors. this is a man with no moral compass who will say and do anything to promote his agenda. Words, just words. Unfortunately that is exactly what he meant when he made that now famous quote. All we can do is "hope for Change". this entire administration and the left wing party is out of control and has to be reigned in and changed in november. Tax and spend members of the house and senate must be removed

Notreally
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Notreally 01/27/10 - 08:54 am
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*Yawns* ODSers gotta lub em.

*Yawns* ODSers gotta lub em.

willienelson
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willienelson 01/27/10 - 09:13 am
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This LTE is spot on. Anyone

This LTE is spot on. Anyone think we might hear some untruths tonight. Why is the State of the Union only televised on the Fantasy channel this year?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/27/10 - 09:41 am
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My criticism of President

My criticism of President Obama comes from the left. I attribute the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the ever widening but misguided "war on terror" as the biggest factors precluding economic revival in this country. I was extermely disappointed with Obama's decision to allow mountaintop removal mining. I am exercised about the counterproductive U.S. air war in Pakistan and Yemen. But what finally broke the camel's back for me was Obama's December 1st decision to escalate the U.S. war in Afghanistan against the wise advice of Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and numerous other experts.

How President Obama and liberals in the blogosphere think it is possible to have bullets and butter at the same time is beyond my comprehension. I have supported universal basic health coverage for all Americans for 40 years, but health care reform can and must wait until this country is at peace and the ever widening budget deficit and national debt are addressed.

China is eating our lunch. United States cannot have a sustainable economy based on military prowess alone. Obama, and establishment politician, misspent money on bailing out banks and Wall Street. That money should have been used to create jobs. The U.S. economy is set to falter and faces another crisis as stimulus money runs out later this year.

Obama doesn't have the guts to cut military spending. We cannot sustain a war based economy. Obama must quit taking the advice of the national security establishment. The biggest social program of all is the military-industrial complex. If Obama does not pursue peace instead of expanding wars both he and this country will fail politically, economically, and militarily.

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Riverman1 01/27/10 - 09:50 am
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Guns and butter may, indeed,

Guns and butter may, indeed, be impossible. But when reports are abundant that Al Qaeda intends to hit us again, possibly with a nuclear weapon, it's better to forgo the butter and buy the gun oil.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/27/10 - 11:04 am
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In response to Riverman1 at

In response to Riverman1 at 8:50 AM. Here we go again with Condoleezza Rice's scare tactic "we don't want to find out that Saddam Hussein has nuclear weapons by waking up one morning to find a mushroom cloud over a major American city" or Dick Cheney's fear-bating falsity "we know for certain that Saddam Hussein has reconstituted his nuclear weapons program".

Steve D writes in the Booman Tribune http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2010/1/26/74519/5307 :

"Al Qaeda still wants to kill you. That message comes directly from the lips of a "former senior CIA official" Rolf Mowatt-Larssen (as mediated by the Washington Post's Joby Warrick), who apparently has perfect recall of classified files to which once he had access...

~~~snip~~~

... this report by a man who hasn't worked for the US Government since 2004 is no doubt good news for Republicans, and more evidence that Obama's radical Socialist touchy-feely foreign policy and blase attitude toward the "Terrorist Menace" will bring doom and destruction on the United States of America unless Tea Party candidates and the same old Neoconservatives who had us attack Iraq for no good reason are elected to the Halls of Congress this Fall."

United States must cut guns AND butter AND reinvent a sustainable economy if it wishes to continue living a First World lifestyle. I don't plan to listen to Obama's Establishment pap. I tuned this guy out when he decided to escalate the U.S. war in Afghanistan to the tune of an additional $30 billion plus every year. United States now spends more than $100 billion a year fighting a fruitless war in Afghanistan which they plan to negotiate a settlement to as soon as United States gets the upper hand militarily which is not going to happen.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 01/27/10 - 01:14 pm
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Still trying things out here.

Still trying things out here.

robbie1
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robbie1 01/27/10 - 11:20 am
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While I agree with Cain's

While I agree with Cain's assessment of the economic situation, I disagree with his intel assessment of the Al Qaeda threat. Let's also note that the US response to Haiti's earthquake far out paces the capacity of other countries, and is a direct result of the capabilities of the US military. Don't place your bet on the military situation in Afghanistan, Cain. You were wrong about the Iraq Surge. Things still blow up in Iraq, but its the Iraqis responding instead of us now. A big difference.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/27/10 - 11:41 am
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I'm all for fighting the war

I'm all for fighting the war in the most economical way. That probably means more bombing and use of drones. My example that liberals hated of the 19 year old E-4, eathing Cheetos and drinking Coke, while flying the drone from America fits here once again. However, if anyone seriously believes Al Qaeda is not trying to attack us in the worst way imaginable they are better off running a spinning loom in the country like pacifist Gandhi while India fought extremist Muslims.

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Sargebaby_x 01/27/10 - 12:09 pm
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"... this report by a man who

"... this report by a man who hasn't worked for the US Government since 2004.."
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This comment by a man JohnRandolphHardisonCain (who has NEVER worked for, or, in the interest of anything American. Riverman1 is correct. Al Qaeda is trying to kill us by any means possible. It's the Islamic extremist Muslim mandate.

Irish
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Irish 01/27/10 - 12:45 pm
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When reading John Cains

When reading John Cains tirades you have to remember he hates all things American irregardless..I wonder what this country has done other than offer him the freedom to rant and rave that has him in such a dither ?

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 01/27/10 - 01:07 pm
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Git your popcorn ready. Obama

Git your popcorn ready. Obama will be must see TV tonight for all fantasy and fiction lovers!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/27/10 - 01:51 pm
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The only thing Obama cares

The only thing Obama cares about is the libs not losing any more elections and he will say anything to make that happen.

sid2279
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sid2279 01/27/10 - 02:55 pm
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I like the new site - very NY

I like the new site - very NY Times-y

Irish
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Irish 01/27/10 - 03:06 pm
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I believe he is showing on

I believe he is showing on the sci-fi channell from this day forth !

Chillen
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Chillen 01/27/10 - 03:08 pm
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Speech prediction. I will do

Speech prediction. I will do this...., I will...., I Promise..... Self-centered & arrogant.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/27/10 - 03:25 pm
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How did cain get bold

How did cain get bold letters?

GAterp
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GAterp 01/27/10 - 04:34 pm
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I'm looking forward to the

I'm looking forward to the speech this evening.

SuzyQ
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SuzyQ 01/27/10 - 04:36 pm
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I have the solution: there

I have the solution: there are approx. 40M people in there 50s; give them a "string retirement"; meaning that each will be given 1M with strings attached; String #1: they must payoff all mortgages, car loans and credit cards- Effect: the banking industry turns around immediately. The housing market stabilizes. String #2: they are required (to pay in cash) to purchase a new hybrid vehicle. Effect: auto industry turns around. The fact that these 50 y.o. are retiring, effectively opens up 40M new jobs. These 50 y.o. would be covered under Medicare. So we have addressed the banking, housing, auto and employment issues.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 01/27/10 - 04:45 pm
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Even with the $787 billion

Even with the $787 billion stimulus package that Obama signed in February, more than 4 million jobs have been lost in 2009, the worst year for job losses since World War II. The jobless rate that advisers projected would peak at 8% has topped 10%. Now, after 13 months of promises unkept and a federal debt that has more than tripled, he will tonight give us all a head fake. He will say, I hear the voice of the american people, and here is my solution. Then he will propose a freeze in a few areas of the govt that will save the rather insignificant sum of some 15 billion, when the debt this year alone will top 1.3 trillion. Thats like locking the barn door after all the livestock is on the loose. He will also propose a $3,000 credit for every new job created in the private sector. When US businesses are NOT hiring because of the double threat hanging over their future of Health Care Reform and Cap & Trade? What nonesense! Make no mistake, this man is dangerous, and will continue to push his progressive socialist agenda behind closed doors, and in the back room of congress. A few years back, they said of GW, "If his lips are moving, he must be lying". Now the same can be said of Mr. Hussein. Beware.

sid2279
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sid2279 01/27/10 - 04:46 pm
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@overburdened_taxpayer: you

@overburdened_taxpayer: you can use certain html tags which are denoted directly below the comment box

SuzyQ
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SuzyQ 01/27/10 - 05:09 pm
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you are a peach sid- thanks

you are a peach sid- thanks

Roeschen
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Roeschen 01/27/10 - 06:35 pm
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obama has seen his popularity

obama has seen his popularity drop. His party is in shambles. He will say anything to revive some of that popularity to include tell more lies. Expect nothing else from him, I certainly don't. I do, however, expect more attacks from Al Qaeda. That is a certainty.

Irish
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Irish 01/27/10 - 06:50 pm
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Unfortunately there are

Unfortunately there are millions of mendicants and illegals out there just waiting to jump on the chance to vote for this nimrod again.......

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corgimom 01/27/10 - 07:03 pm
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SuzyQ, um, if you think that

SuzyQ, um, if you think that $1M could support someone who is 50 for the rest of their life- after paying off all debt- even I couldn't do that, and we have very little debt. Let's say (and no, this is not my situation) that someone is $400,000 in debt. So they net $600,000. You can withdraw about 4% per year if you want your money to last until you die. $24,000 per year, and medical costs climb steeply after age 55. Is that hybrid car going to last 33 years? Is their house not going to need repairs for 33 years? Are they never going to get sick? If they can't live within their means now and have big debts, do you think they could live on $24,000 per year for the next 30, 40, or 50 years? I'm on Medicare. It stinks. People think that they don't have to worry about medical care ever again after they are on it. That is just not true, and it's especially true if you need long-term care, and there is a lot that Medicare doesn't cover.

jack
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jack 01/27/10 - 07:13 pm
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Federalist, I couldn't have

Federalist, I couldn't have said it better. Spot on!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/27/10 - 08:48 pm
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For us html illiterate people

For us html illiterate people - how do you use the tags and how do you know which ones do what?

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