Obama hiding the budget numbers until August recess

posted at 10:11 am on July 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama has insisted on getting a health-care bill passed before the August recess, despite the complex issues involved and the massive amounts of spending it will require.  Why the rush?  Polling numbers explain part of it, of course, but the AP’s report on a delay in announcing budget numbers may hold the key:

The White House is being forced to acknowledge the wide gap between its once-upbeat predictions about the economy and today’s bleak landscape.

The administration’s annual midsummer budget update is sure to show higher deficits and unemployment and slower growth than projected in President Barack Obama’s budget in February and update in May, and that could complicate his efforts to get his signature health care and global-warming proposals through Congress.

The release of the update — usually scheduled for mid-July — has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town on its August 7 summer recess.

The administration is pressing for votes before then on its $1 trillion health care initiative, which lawmakers are arguing over how to finance.

Obama cannot afford to have another report hit the street showing that he has miscalculated — again — the extent of the deficit, just as he proposes a deficit-busting program.  The White House has instead iced the report to keep people from seeing just how badly Democratic spending has dented the budget, and how revenues have not recovered despite their predictions of growth by Q2.  They want to hold off those numbers until Obama has a bill he can sign on his desk, by which time it will be too late.

Consider this: if those budget numbers looked good, would the White House postpone revealing them?  Obama could use all the good news he can get at the moment, especially with two big-spending bills stalling in Congress.  If the deficit looked better than their May predictions, or even if it looked the same, those numbers would have already hit the front pages of newspapers across America and every network news broadcast, with the message that the worst has passed.

This is a shell game, a 3-card Monty being played by the Obama administration.  They are withholding data that rightfully belongs in the public square, so that the electorate can inform themselves of the nation’s fiscal standing before Congress votes to spend more of our grandchildren’s money.  Perhaps the news media might remind Obama of this during his prime-time presser on Wednesday.

Update: Yid with Lid concurs.

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Can I delay my budget report (bank statement) from my bank until August? I want to purchase a yacht.

TN Mom on July 20, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Just like a fourth grader hiding his report card from his parents…never realizing that the parents merely have to go see the teacher, Obama is hiding this report…hoping nobody thinks about going to see the teacher.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2009 at 11:10 PM

My fellow Jedi, another reason is the huge amount of people who have Gone Galt. It’s not just the projected spending, its the huge number of people who are not “participating”.

May the Force be with us.

GunRunner on July 20, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Seriously, it’s like an SNL skit. No wonder Al Franken is now a senator.
“As president, Obama will restore the American people’s trust in their government by making government more open and transparent and by giving regular Americans unprecedented new tools to keep track of government officials, who they are meeting with, who is giving them money and how they are spending taxpayer dollars.”
Source: http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/TakingBackOurGovernmentBackFinalFactSheet.pdf

Bob L on July 21, 2009 at 10:20 AM

These inept, incompetent morons are destroying the country. I hope no one has any Series I Bonds because their interest rate is at 0.00% . . . and that’s just a simple example of the trashing this country is taking.

rplat on July 21, 2009 at 10:28 AM

GunRunner on July 20, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Not to mention those who involuntarily went Galt. Like yours truly.

dogsoldier on July 21, 2009 at 11:31 AM

And some still wonder why ammo is in short supply…

I’m not normally a violent guy, but some of these critters need to be taken out back and shown both sides of the stick!

Ravnos on July 21, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Why is a Democratic Congressman requesting a change to the 22nd Ammendment of the Constitution? Why is the President defending the Hondouran President and siding with Castro, Chavez and not criticizing Iran’s illegal election? Is he also looking at possibly being “President” for life?


SGinNC on July 21, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Obama’s going to have to give himself a Presidential Pardon just before leaving office.

Cybergeezer on July 21, 2009 at 4:53 PM

He’s just waiting until he can figure a way to blame this on George Bush.

Kevin71 on July 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM