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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These are not the budget numbers you are looking for.

ThackerAgency on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Ah, most transparent administration ever.
Transparently evil.

rbj on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Doesn’t matter if he hides it now or not. The damage is done. Well played Ogabe–LMAO.

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Transparency!

JammieWearingFool on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

The gubment is paying for this. We should not concern ourselves.

seven on July 20, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Perhaps the news media might remind Obama of this during his prime-time presser on Wednesday.

Ha!

BadgerHawk on July 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM

This is a shell game, a 3-card Monty

The Chicago Hustle.

Must be really bad news in those withheld figures. No other reason for withholding them.

Can the GOP leadership subpoena them, and release them?

coldwarrior on July 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Well, now they just need enough time to get to an office supply store for a run on Liquid Paper.

BardMan on July 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM

It’s criminal what he’s trying to do.

CP on July 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM

start the impeachment

marktarheel on July 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM

People who don’t know this already are not paying attention.

mchristian on July 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM

of course. other wise he and the rest of the Libtards would be exposed to the citizen’s when they come home and hold town hall meetings.

hawkman on July 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Hoodwinking and bamboozling … delay the bad news so the disastrous Government run healthcare gets a fair hearing uncontaminated by the truth.

It should not be …

tarpon on July 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Give them a break. Larry Summers is revising the budget numbers after consulting his newest economic tool, the Ouija board.

ICBM on July 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I pray for someone to leak the numbers! Please, let someone leak the numbers!!

Isn’t it against some rule for him to hide this until after he gets his vote? Shouldn’t the media be demanding the numbers? It’s oh-so-convenient for the report to be held until after the recess.

Thunderstorm129 on July 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM

They are the most transparent administration after all.

I can see right through them.

powerpro on July 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

These are not the budget numbers you are looking for.

ThackerAgency on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Great minds think alike.

Mr. Bingley on July 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Obama has been walking a thin line trying to put a stranglehold on the economy by restricting lending and threatening attacks on small businesses at multiple levels, all the while blaming Bush.

I think he may have finally gone past the point of no return in his effort to ‘not let a crisis go to waste’ and we are all paying the price for educating Obama on the basics of economics.

cntrlfrk on July 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

This is a shell game, a 3-card Monty being played by the Obama administration.

They know, however, that there is a nearly inexhaustible supply of suckers.

james23 on July 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Worth noting: They get a monthly budget report from CBO. Will that get gagged too?

kbanaian on July 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

ThackerAgency: “These are not the budget numbers you are looking for.”

Drat…Obama has once again used The Force…and I can no longer remember why I was upset!

Justrand on July 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

One can only imagine and shudder at the amount of money he has stolen from this country or misused. Exactly what is he hiding from the public? Don’t expect his left wing shills, the MSM, to shed any light on the subject.

rplat on July 20, 2009 at 10:21 AM

The Repubs need to get out front of this, very vocally, and state over and over and over again that Obama owes the American people a true picture of our financial health before attempting to jam any health care bill through Congress. Keep this jackass on the defensive.

Patrick S on July 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Obama administration Tipping Point has begun.

Can I get an AMEN??

SmallGovtGuy on July 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Would some brave media whore please regain some credibility and ask Gibbs why exactly the report release is being delayed?

I still don’t get it though, if the numbers are bad they will be just as bad in August which will only compound public angst were it added to a deficit colossus like healthcare.

The ‘rats must think that 2010 is no big deal for them.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

So this is how it works?

Obama hides the report which would prove what we’re all saying about his spending, the deficit and his proposals being ill-timed and far too costly.

Then he goes on the offensive saying we are all just “against reform no matter what.”

Yeah, pay no attention to the facts we use. We’re just disagreeing to be disagreeable.

Thunderstorm129 on July 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Transparency, Transparency, wherefore art thou, Transparency?

blish on July 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

ThackerAgency on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM
heh.

Amadeus on July 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

He is busy looking for the birth certificate. First things first.
Stanley dunham left a lot of shoe boxes with records.

seven on July 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Perhaps the news media might remind Obama of this during his prime-time presser on Wednesday.

LOL, good one Ed! By now I think we’ve all come to realize that no question gets asked of The One at his prime-time pressers without having been throughly vetted by his staff. I don’t doubt that only a precious few in the press will even speak ill of Obama’s hide and seek game with the budget numbers, much less want to grill him about it in front of a national audience.

smfoushee on July 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Who is putting together the numbers? The White House? We couldn’t trust some of the big four accounting firms (remember Enron?). Why should we trust these laundered reports from the White House, they will in actuality be worse than reported.

hip shot on July 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

two big-spending bills

These are big taxing bills. Once in place, the bleeding will never stop…

Peri Winkle on July 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

These are not the budget numbers you are looking for.

ThackerAgency on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

They certainly are not the budget numbers Obama is looking for.

zmdavid on July 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

from chicken little to, well, just plain chicken in only 8 months… truly remarkable transformation for our POtuS

gatorboy on July 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Obama administration Tipping Point has begun.

Can I get an AMEN??

SmallGovtGuy on July 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

but, but, didn’t his admin. just begin??

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Transparency is just another one of his campaign lies.

In a perfect world this house of cards run by a man behind the curtain and his bunch of minions would come crashing down and all the dems would have left is their sullied reputation as epic failures.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

These figures are the work product of taxpayer-financed govt employees. They aren’t Obooba’s. Can’t a congressman force some kind of discharge?

The numbers must be much worse than we imagine, bad enough to resist any attempts at fudging.

Akzed on July 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

While the Health care bill is considered a done deal, even the most optimistic agree that the final bill joining the House and Senate versions won’t happen until after the August break.

patrick neid on July 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

The Obama administration Tipping Point has begun.

Can I get an AMEN??

SmallGovtGuy on July 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I would believe it if I saw this being headlined anywhere other than Hotair.

cntrlfrk on July 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Phase 1 Massive spending rushed through via via scare tactics.
phase 2 Massive debt but deliberately delay the bad news.(This the our current phase)
Phase 3 Once the bad news in eventually exposed,blame the opposition for your failures=high profile trials of “enemies of the state” (Bush and Cheney)
Phase 4 Despite delays, persecutions, and maybe even more panic-inspired spending the failures still continue to pile up.
Phase 5 There is no one left to blame except your own people. That’s it, traitors in your own party are responsible=more trails for “perfidious enemies of the state.”
Phase 6 By the time a gullible public wakes up you’ve got them by the cohones since over 50 % of the electorate is on welfare.

MaiDee on July 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

It’s criminal what he’s trying to do.

CP on July 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Didn’t Bernie Madoff get 150 years for something not that different? Selling people something without revealing the true state of his holdings?

ProfessorMiao on July 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

from chicken little to, well, just plain chicken in only 8 months… truly remarkable transformation for our POtuS

gatorboy on July 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

It’s nearly 7 months to the day that he took office. And he now risking everything on this one thing. It’s truly startling the size of the bet he’s making. As you say, it could absolutely destroy his Presidency. Can he really, seriously, be that arrogant? This episode will truly reveal whether Obama is a politician or a zealot.

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Bad news never gets better with time.

–neither does a fraud

ted c on July 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

it is transparent

rob verdi on July 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

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

This is what everybody should be talking about when they contact their Congressional Reps. That any bill so massive as healthcare reform should not be undertaken until the filthy liar (you might want to clean that part up) comes clean about the numbers both of the budget and how much this proposal is going to cost the American people.

highhopes on July 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I foresee a staffer or two starting to make a few anonymous leaks to the times or the WaPo…..

Cracks in the paper thin facade…?

ted c on July 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Who wants odds the presser turns into a prepared speech?

msmveritas on July 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Strong sign for businesses to batten down the hatches and prepare for the worst. If this were a positive report that would bolster Ogabe’s “things are doing fine” mantra, it would have been released straight from the printing presses to the media.

What Ogabe is doing is letting the rumor-mill run wild and foster even more fear and anxiety, at least if he released the report everyone could act on the data in an informed way.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I pray for someone to leak the numbers! Please, let someone leak the numbers!!

Isn’t it against some rule for him to hide this until after he gets his vote? Shouldn’t the media be demanding the numbers? It’s oh-so-convenient for the report to be held until after the recess.

Thunderstorm129 on July 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Doesn’t the CIA owe us, (conservatives) a few favors for retracting Pelosi’s abberations? This is one leak that needs exposing.

“Shouldn’t the media be demanding the numbers?”

Fat chance!

Rovin on July 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

It’s nearly 7 months to the day that he took office. And he now risking everything on this one thing. It’s truly startling the size of the bet he’s making. As you say, it could absolutely destroy his Presidency. Can he really, seriously, be that arrogant? This episode will truly reveal whether Obama is a politician or a zealot.

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

It is six months to the day and yes he seriously is this arrogant.

highhopes on July 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

I still don’t get it though, if the numbers are bad they will be just as bad in August which will only compound public angst were it added to a deficit colossus like healthcare.

The ‘rats must think that 2010 is no big deal for them.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:24 AM

He is insisting that his ‘health care reform’ bill be passed before the August recess.

ProfessorMiao on July 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Neil Cavuto Goldman Sachs just bucking trends it is what any company does to survive? Goldman Sachs is doing just fine in the present financial environment.

Dr Evil on July 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

I’ve gotta hand it to him. This is the most transparent administration evah.

Everyone is starting to see right through all of this BS.

ted c on July 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

If he is indeed ‘hiding’ the numbers as is suggested, isn’t this by itself a crime? Wouldn’t the equivalent actions by a Republican have the left screaming about investigations and jail time for the offenders?

We’ve sunk so far so fast…..

Wine_N_Dine on July 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

JOBS are more important than “freebie government” Nanny State benefits.

When you’re working, you can buy your own benefits.

Where are the JOBS, Obarry?

profitsbeard on July 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

These are not the budget numbers you are looking for.

ThackerAgency on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

RAOTF LMAO!!!

doufree on July 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

A new era of transparency. HA HA HA

JohnInCA on July 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Why put out the numbers?

Will the professional doormats in the White House press room demand anything other than updates on whether the new puppy is housebroken?

Will the Republicans get any traction from the state run media?

Not only do we have the least qualified, most corrupt, most incompetent President ever, we have no one to hold this serial bed crapper and his fiasco of an “administration” to account.

NoDonkey on July 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I vote zealot. With support wavering you’re going to see what Obama is really made of as he tries in desperation to shove these bills down our throats. I believe he’ll resort to just about anything to get these passed. If he doesn’t get either one of them passed, and I really don’t think he will, then he’s toast. He may as well resign.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

OT: CBS WH correspondant says Mormon Church to present Obama today with “genealogical” records:

markknoller: BTW, the WH expects Mormon Church leaders to present Pres. Obama today with genealogical records on his family’s history.

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

If they underestimated the problem with the economy in January, does that mean that when obama said the world is going to explode if the stimulus bill doesn’t pass – that the world was going to go super-nova instead?

Phoenician on July 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

One has to wonder if TOTUS knew the budget numbers… and then couldn’t hold back any longer and had to make the ultimate protest….

ted c on July 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

September 12th is looking sweeter and sweeter.

Limerick on July 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

CHANGE!!

loudmouth883 on July 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

What Ogabe is doing is letting the rumor-mill run wild and foster even more fear and anxiety, at least if he released the report everyone could act on the data in an informed way.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I’m hard-pressed to figure out how the filthy liar could have intentionally mucked things up much better had he tried. Economy is a mess and getting worse, our enemies laugh at our silly little leader, our friends don’t trust the administration…. Carter must be loving the fact that he did get a second term after all.

highhopes on July 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

This episode will truly reveal whether Obama is a politician or a zealot.

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

I think he’s both: a Chicago-style politician and a zealot.

What I’d like to know though is, assuming that the economy begins to recover before 2012 (and if he has his way that’s a big assumption), will the electorate forget that?

ProfessorMiao on July 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Who’s going to be next? Rahm… Axelrod… Jarrett…

who’s going to leak… I smell a scandal. I demand those numbers.

ted c on July 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Consider this: if those budget numbers looked good, would the White House postpone revealing them?

And if there were any jobs created/saved, wouldn’t the MSM be shouting the numbers from the mountaintops? Obama would be riding into the Rose Garden on Biden’s back while Chris Matthews shouted, “Hosanna! Hossana!”

Mr_Magoo on July 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Maybe with the recent passing of a truly great journalist the MSM will realize how much they pale in comparison to that great man and start doing their job and asking the tough questions. hahahahahahaha

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

OT: CBS WH correspondant says Mormon Church to present Obama today with “genealogical” records:

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Only his “mom” genes.

ChrisB on July 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Does Obamacare cover the latent effect of leg thrills?

…if those budget numbers look bad and Mathews’ leg no longer tingles–will Obamacare cover leg thrill withdrawal syndrome…?

just wondering.

ted c on July 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

The numbers are so good, he just doesn’t want us to get too excited.

mankai on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

If he doesn’t get either one of them passed, and I really don’t think he will, then he’s toast. He may as well resign.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I hope you’re right but I doubt he would resign. I just hope he doesn’t decide to make foreign affairs, and especially Israel, his hobby during his remaining tenure.

ProfessorMiao on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

He is insisting that his ‘health care reform’ bill be passed before the August recess.
ProfessorMiao on July 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Which makes it seem a lose-lose for Ogabe; release it now and kill healthcare or release it later and have the public scream a giant WTF when they see the combined deficit spending numbers, and the dems get swept in 2010.

There is a lot of subterfuge that Americans are starting to notice, delaying this report while spending massively is going to make Ogabe look very crooked.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Mr_Magoo on July 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM

+1 Priceless!

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Silly naysayers.

The numbers are SO GOOD that they want to surprise us with the new, rosy financial outlook:

The budget will be balanced by the end of the year!

/s

VibrioCocci on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I wish Obama would hide until the August recess.

ChrisB on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Mr_Magoo on July 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Tell the rabble to be quiet, we anticipate a riot.
This common crowd, is much too loud.
Tell the mob who sing your song that they are fools and they are wrong.
They are a curse. They should disperse.

Limerick on July 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Great example of the clueless SRM:

From Howard Kurz, minutes ago:

HowardKurtz MSNBC asks: Is Obama’s Honeymoon Over? That’s what happens when a president tries to do tough things. And he’s still at 59% in WP/ABC poll.

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Besides skewing the O’crap care debate, consider that the numbers have to be bad enough for them to want to endure the Schumer storm for not releasing them.

Chainsaw56 on July 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Perhaps the news media might remind Obama of this during his prime-time presser on Wednesday.

Be interesting to see if either Jake Tapper or Major Garrett even get called on Wednesday night, though you know at least a couple of people from places like the HuffPo will be allowed to ask non-threatening questions.

jon1979 on July 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

start the impeachment

marktarheel on July 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Next three in the current presidential line of succession: Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Byrd. Let’s just wait until 2012.

ChrisB on July 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM

One thing is for certain. These guys are rank amateurs when it comes to effective political governing. You can see the dissent, the inter-party snubs like Obama handling foreign policy without Hillary from a mile away. Biden is routinely saying the exact opposite of what Obama is saying. The CBO is crushing Obama in his own lies weekly. Obama keeps saying things that are easily disproved (check the obamamatuerisms for a laundry list).

On and on for these guys. It’s easily one of the silliest administrations we’ve ever had. Silly in its implementation, but sadly dangerous in its intentions.

Thunderstorm129 on July 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

September 12th is looking sweeter and sweeter.

Limerick on July 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Yep. Obama just gave taxpaying Americans another set of protest signs.

Fletch54 on July 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Drudge has line items from Recovery.org

SmallGovtGuy on July 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Description of Work/Service performed
REPAIR DOOR BLDG 5112

Completion Date 2010-01-26

Funding Amount $1,444,100

THIS is why Ogabe isn’t about to release anything; his bullshiite stimulus spending hasn’t done jack except make a handful of union bosses rich beyond their wildest dreams.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

… so that the electorate can inform themselves of the nation’s fiscal standing before Congress votes to spend more of our great, great, great, great grandchildren’s money.

FIFY, Ed.

VibrioCocci on July 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Which makes it seem a lose-lose for Ogabe; release it now and kill healthcare or release it later and have the public scream a giant WTF when they see the combined deficit spending numbers, and the dems get swept in 2010.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

But if ObamaCare is passed by then (I doubt it will be), he has succeeded in transforming America. While he and Democrats will lose power in 2010/2012, they know they will get it back and their healthcare program will be there waiting for them.

I would gladly lose an election if I was able to get rid of the Departments of Education, Energy, Agriculture, Commerce, etc.

WashJeff on July 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I vote zealot. With support wavering you’re going to see what Obama is really made of as he tries in desperation to shove these bills down our throats. I believe he’ll resort to just about anything to get these passed. If he doesn’t get either one of them passed, and I really don’t think he will, then he’s toast. He may as well resign.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I think in the final analysis, he’ll prove to be a coward and save himself. Just my opinion.

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Next three in the current presidential line of succession: Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Byrd. Let’s just wait until 2012.
ChrisB on July 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Then impeach them all until we reach the Assistant Secretary of Dairy Production or whatever; this line needs to be deeply culled.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:48 AM

SmallGovtGuy
AMEN!!

ginaswo on July 20, 2009 at 10:48 AM

He may as well resign.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Too bad we’re not in feudal Japan …

VibrioCocci on July 20, 2009 at 10:48 AM

I think in the final analysis, he’ll prove to be a coward and save himself. Just my opinion.

JiangxiDad on July 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

I actually hope he tries to pin the entire mess on Pelosi & gang. It will make it easier to wrest some control away from him in 2010.

BadgerHawk on July 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM

“And that’s the Chicago way!”

WichoFawkes on July 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Will Ramhbo divert this week’s press conference by donning his tutu and perform an interpretive dance of “Swan River”?

SmallGovtGuy on July 20, 2009 at 10:50 AM

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