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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You’ve got it all wrong people…Barack would never do this to us and he’ll set the record straight on Wednesday, here’s the real story:

1)Higher Deficits Higher Spending, which is good, right Joe?
2)Higher Unemployment Higher Created/Saved Jobs
3)Slower Growth Slower Contraction of Economy, c’mon that’s good folks, buck up!

NickelAndDime on July 20, 2009 at 10:51 AM

WashJeff on July 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Presumably there would be delays in implementation, both through the sheer size of the program coupled with intentional intransigence of the GOP.

Enough perhaps to delay or postpone it until after 2010 when the entire mess could be either killed or amended to the point of uselessness?

Just throwing things out there.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:51 AM

“And that’s the Chicago way!”

WichoFawkes on July 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM

agree…
you can take the man out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago way out of the man…

cmsinaz on July 20, 2009 at 10:52 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

Now, now. We’re the good guys. Clearly, we do not want to set a standard of impeaching some addle-brained, easily-confused, person who is barely alive or coherent…or Robert Byrd, either.

ChrisB on July 20, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Certainly apropos for this Wimpy administration.

“I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”

fogw on July 20, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Update from Drudge. These are instantly my two favorites:

RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $16,784,272 FOR ‘CANNED PORK’

RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $1,444,100 FOR ‘REPAIR DOOR BLDG 5112′

Heh.

Jaibones on July 20, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Wimpy Wimpy Wimpy (Obama Administration)
Hefty Hefty Hefty!! (Tax bill)

SmallGovtGuy on July 20, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Transparency!

JammieWearingFool on July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

The most transparent, evah! As someone said above: transparently evil.

Others worth repeating:

Start the impeachment
3 Card Monty
The Chicago Hustle
The damage is done; well-played, Ogabe!

Jaibones on July 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Obama to Senate: Hurry up and write that big healthcare check before it bounces. Now!!!

Steve Z on July 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM

agree…
you can take the man street thug out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago way out of the man street thug

cmsinaz on July 20, 2009 at 10:52 AM

FIFY. Men don’t do the things the filthy liar has done.

highhopes on July 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Presumably there would be delays in implementation, both through the sheer size of the program coupled with intentional intransigence of the GOP.

Bishop on July 20, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I think the current bill delays stuff until 2012. So yes, it seems you could kill it up until then, but the Democrats will say the bill is working and all the GOP talk on losing your healh insurance was just “fearmonger” since no one will lose their insurance cause the plan has not gone into effect yet. Most voters, though, will assume that the bill has been in effect and beleive the Dems sound bites.

WashJeff on July 20, 2009 at 11:05 AM

This, plus CBO says ObamaCare is “unsustainable”.

ObamaCare is in a weakened position. Let’s burn their lines up.

Call or fax Monday 07/20/09 these ‘moderates’ who may be swayed by your strong opposition:

Montana
– Baucus and Tester
Senator Max Baucus / (202) 224-2651(Office) (202) 224-9412 (Fax)
Senator Jon Tester / Phone: (202) 224-2644 Fax: (202) 224-8594

North Dakota – Dorgan and Conrad
Senator Byron Dorgan Phone: (202) 224-2644 Fax: (202) 224-8594
Senator Kent Conrad Phone: (202) 224-2043 Fax: (202) 224-7776

South Dakota – Senator Tim Johnson Phone (202) 224-5842 Fax: 202-228-5765

Nebraska
– Senator Ben Nelson Fax: Phone: 202-224-6551 Fax: 202-228-0012

Arkansas – Senator Mark Pryor Phone: (202) 224-2353. Fax: (202) 228-0908
Senator Blanche Lincoln Phone: 202-224-4843 Fax: 202-228-1371

Louisiana – Senator Mary Landrieu Phone: 202-224-5824
Fax: 202-224-9735

North Carolina – Senator Kay Hagan Phone: 202-224-6342. Fax: 202-228-2563

Indiana – Senator Evan Bayh Phone: 202-224-5623 Fax: 202-228-1377

Connecticut
– Senator Joe Lieberman Phone: 202-224-4041. Fax: 202-224-9750

Maine – Senator Olympia Snow Phone: 202-224-5344. Toll Free: 800-432-1599. Fax: 202-224-1946
Senator Susan Collins Phone: 207-945-0417. Fax: 207-990-4604

(Phone/Fax numbers courtesy of another HA commenter in an earlier thread)

petefrt on July 20, 2009 at 11:06 AM

None of it will have any effect until 2010, when the economy is going to get back on it’s feet regardless of how badly the current crop of clueless D’s damage things.

And of course they will trumpet their wisdom and planning, while hiding the charts showing how much better things would be without their costly meddling.

MarkT on July 20, 2009 at 11:09 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.

Harper’s has a cover story called “Barack Hoover Obama”.

Complete with Hoover “Hope” posters.

Harper’s, mind you. Not exactly an arm of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

We may be seeing the beginnings of the bloom falling off the rose.

tsj017 on July 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

tsj017 on July 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Soros money gathering the moonbats to shame Obama for having congress in his pocket and not knowing what to do with it.

Limerick on July 20, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Transparency! Accountability! Change You Can Believe In!

Thanks 52%ers, you friggin’ morons.

AZCoyote on July 20, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Good Lord.

I just went to ‘Recovery.gov’ and reviewed some of the projects approved for my area. One is $5 million for resurfacing a 1.5 miles stretch of road, with an estimated jobs ‘created or saved’ of 54.

Two more $ half-mil projects for bike trails.

Geesh.

cntrlfrk on July 20, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Obama take responsibility blame Bush.

SmallGovtGuy on July 20, 2009 at 11:18 AM

“Buck up”, eh?

Buck you, fuddy.

commenter on July 20, 2009 at 11:22 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 don’t know, I don’t see him accepting defeat very well. He’s pretty cocky and sure of himself. Or is that full of himself? If he fails on these two bills you can bet he’s not going to lay the blame at his feet. And I would expect him to start taking revenge on whoever he thinks is to blame. Most likely he’ll blame the GOP. Or FOX news hahaha.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

This is going to blow up in Barry’s face.

Helen Thomas, here’s your big chance Wednesday night.

Knucklehead on July 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I just went to ‘Recovery.gov’ and reviewed some of the

projects approved for my area. One is $5 million for resurfacing a 1.5 miles stretch of road, with an estimated jobs ‘created or saved’ of 54.

Two more $ half-mil projects for bike trails.

Geesh.

cntrlfrk on July 20, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Better than what I saw on vacation in upstate New York. Stimulus money there going to fund a test run of a hybrid bus for the local transportation system ($575k), money to move a bus stop 100 feet ($120k), money to buy new shop equipment, telephone and computer upgrades, and other maintenance and administration – total $1.24m. Obviously, almost all of that money will go toward improvements of existing services and will not result in much if any additional hiring.

http://www.poststar.com/articles/2009/07/11/news/local/doc4a580484cab70993207609.txt

ChrisB on July 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

If the Bush administration had done this the MSM along with the democrats would be swinging from the chandeliers throwing hand grenades and screaming. But now, gee, you know we don’t really need the information, just go ahead and vote for health care.

Engrpat on July 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) said it all in Jerry Maguire:

“Show me the money!”

BuckeyeSam on July 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

“Show me the money!”

BuckeyeSam on July 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Obama’s reply? I won.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Smart transparency power change we can hope to believe in.

WordsMatter on July 20, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Obama’s reply? I won.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Joe Biden’s reply? “We’re Bankrupt”.

Knucklehead on July 20, 2009 at 11:29 AM

ChrisB on July 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Yeah, I saw some grants to be awarded for ‘reducing diesel emissions’. Millions of dollars for small business, schools etc to reduce diesel use. Probably similar money used to fund the bus you speak of.

Worth noting, the $5 mil. I mentioned is a two lane (one each direction) road outside a town of 500 people.

cntrlfrk on July 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Oh no no no! You don’t wait until after the August recess to release the numbers, B.O.!

You do it now and then you take your lumps like the man you claim yourself to be!

pilamaye on July 20, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) said it all in Jerry Maguire:

“Show me the money!”

BuckeyeSam on July 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I prefer the quote from another black politician with cult following who also had a way with skewing numbers:

“If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate.”

– M. Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC

highhopes on July 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

America’s GDP will continue to drop in double-digits until everything Obama has done is not only stopped, but REVERSED.

The Democrats may be able to “cover up” the obvious for another few weeks. But we need to harp on this fact now and KEEP harping on it every day.

logis on July 20, 2009 at 11:38 AM

You do it now and then you take your lumps like the man you claim yourself to be!

pilamaye on July 20, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Don’t hold out much hope. If he can’t scapegoat somebody else he just ignores bad news. The CBO, for example, was always right during the Bush years but suddenly they are being accused of shoddy reports because they are inconveniently honest with how much this crap is going to cost and that hurts the filthy liar’s agenda.

highhopes on July 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Congress already knows why Obama is holding the report and it will probably influence some of their votes. A number of them won’t want to vote Yea and then have the numbers hit the news. And then have to explain themselves to their constituents. At least that is my hope.

dikehopper on July 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Now, lessee… here in Dallas, Hewlett Packard is getting
almost $2mil for new pooters, monitors, speakers
‘for new hires’. (recovery.com)
Um, yeah… plenty of new hires around.
sigh

pambi on July 20, 2009 at 11:52 AM

you can take the man out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago way out of the man…

cmsinaz on July 20, 2009

What man? I don’t see a man. I see a boy in an emperor’s transparent cloak.

SKYFOX on July 20, 2009 at 11:54 AM

“Show me the money!”

BuckeyeSam on July 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Obama’s reply? I won.

scalleywag on July 20, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Joe Biden’s reply? “We’re Bankrupt”.

Knucklehead on July 20, 2009 at 11:29

My reply: Hang them all!

Yoop on July 20, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Joe Biden’s reply? “We’re Bankrupt”.

Knucklehead on July 20, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Morally? Financially? Probably both.

WashJeff on July 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I don’t understand the argument. He keeps lying about other stuff without being held accountable, can’t he just lie about the budget numbers? I mean, just a week ago he said that the stimulus works. Did Sasha and Malia made a birthday wish that their father would never lie again?????

Michelle Dubois on July 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

made=make

Michelle Dubois on July 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Lying to the public to cover up massive incompetence.
Are they really so massively stupid to think that they can simply keep what is likely bad news from the public, and it will all go away?
Worse: do they think they have such control of the media that they can get away with this?

n0doz on July 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM

The lies, half truths, obfuscation and bull crap continues.
Obama & his merry band of liars & thieves need to be thrown out on their @sses now. 2010 & 2012 will be too late!

old trooper2 on July 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Any indication of a massive mansion complex being built in Gstaad or St. Moritz? By a heretofore unknown buyer?

Worked for Bokassa and Mobutu and a few others who robbed their nations blind.

Just asking.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2009 at 12:23 PM

What no politician seems capable of learning is that the coverup is almost always worse than the crime (in this case, the numbers showing the crime that is this administration’s fiscal policy disaster).

Time to make some more popcorn. This is gonna be good!

EyeSurgeon on July 20, 2009 at 12:44 PM

So much for the “MOST” transparent administration!

Hobbes on July 20, 2009 at 12:53 PM

By the way, here’s the welcome this lying POS got in Russia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1C_NWMRs8Q

guntotinglibertarian on July 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM

I’m just reposting what I just put in the headline thread (though it just parrots some of the blog post – going quite a bit further, though):

It’s not as if most of us didn’t know this, but you have to add to this the fact that the Traitor-in-Chief has been trying to ram his super-expensive socialization of health care through before he had to release these numbers. In the normal world, this is known as FRAUD and is punishable by many, many years in jail.

Given the size of the numbers and the fact that the federal government has no business taking over health care, this is far, far worse than plain FRAUD. This is a crime worthy of a lifetime in jail, if not a more permanent sentence.

progressoverpeace on July 20, 2009 at 12:56 PM

O/T: did you hear Rush playing Obama and Pelosi comments in a faster speed….sounded like Alvin :-)

cmsinaz on July 20, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Silly naysayers cons.

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!

the adults are in charge.

/s

VibrioCocci on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

One little tweak, to up the nostalgia quotient.

massrighty on July 20, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Time to make some more popcorn. This is gonna be good!

EyeSurgeon on July 20, 2009 at 12:44 PM

The public does not trust the filthy liar on healthcare. They know the claims he is making are not true. They don’t buy into the notion that the plan will really lower costs while allowing them to keep the coverage they already have. More importantly, the numbers on this are only headed south at this point.

Which leads to the question, short of bribing legislators like Pelosi did for cap & trade, what is there that would change the dynamics and make this a win for the filthy liar and the rat bastard traitors in Congress?

highhopes on July 20, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Time to cook the books again? How many times has this been done since he took office. This creative numbers game is getting old.

workingforpigs on July 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM

We can reconstruct a lot of the underlying numbers for what will be included in the (suppressed) report from the monthly CBO reports. Here’s the latest. It paints a pretty ugly picture.

Highlights (or lowlights, depending on your perspective):

The federal budget deficit was $1.1 trillion for the first nine months of fiscal year 2009, CBO estimates, more than $800 billion greater than the deficit recorded through June 2008. Outlays are 21 percent higher than they were in the first three quarters of 2008, but revenues have fallen by 18 percent. The estimated deficit reflects outlays of $147 billion for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), recorded on a net-present-value basis, and spending of $83 billion in support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The federal government recorded a deficit of $97 billion in June, CBO estimates. Declining revenues and increasing spending resulted in the first June deficit in more than 10 years. Quarterly payments of estimated individual income taxes and corporate income taxes typically result in a budget surplus for the month.

CBO estimates that the federal government incurred a deficit of $1.1 trillion in the first three quarters of fiscal year 2009. Outlays were $457 billion higher than in the October-June period last year, while revenues have fallen by $346 billion over the same period.

Receipts in the first three quarters of this fiscal year were 18 percent lower than in the same period last year. Receipts from corporate income taxes have declined sharply, falling by $133 billion (or 56 percent). Continued weakness in corporate profits, recently enacted legislation (most notably provisions allowing more rapid depreciation), and the ability of firms to use current‑year losses to reduce tax liabilities from previous years all contributed to lower corporate receipts. With one exception, those receipts have been lower in every month during the past two years than they were in the same month of the previous year. The lower corporate payments in June may indicate that the September quarterly payments will also show weakness because corporate receipts in the two months tend to move in tandem.

Declining receipts from individual income and payroll taxes account for almost 60 percent of the overall decrease in receipts. Those collections are down by almost $200 billion. Nonwithheld receipts of individual income and payroll taxes fell by about $122 billion (or 29 percent) in the first nine months of the year, compared with collections in the first nine months of 2008. About three-fourths of that decline represents collections for tax year 2008; the remainder results from lower estimated payments of 2009 taxes. Although recent legislation has had some impact on those receipts, most of the shortfall presumably resulted from the recession’s effects on nonwage income, such as capital gains, dividends, and earnings from noncorporate businesses.

Outlays through June were $457 billion higher than in the same period last year, CBO estimates. That total includes $147 billion for the TARP and net cash disbursements of $83 billion for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Spending for all other federal programs rose by nearly 14 percent (or $275 billion) relative to outlays in the first nine months of fiscal year 2008. In contrast, net outlays for interest on the public debt declined by more than 25 percent (or $49 billion) because of lower short-term interest rates and lower costs for inflation-indexed securities.

Outlays for unemployment benefits so far this year are more than 2 ½ times what they were at this point last year. About half of that increase stems from the higher unemployment rate; the rest comes from legislation that boosted the duration and amount of those benefits. An increase in the federal share of Medicaid costs, authorized by the ARRA, accounted for about two-thirds of the growth in spending for that program, which was up by 23 percent through June. Medicare outlays rose by 10 percent over that period, compared with the 5 percent rate of increase experienced last year.

Spending for the broad category of “other activities” rose by 13 percent through June, nearly the same rate of growth recorded for fiscal year 2008. Among the programs contributing to this year’s increase were payments to Social Security beneficiaries under the ARRA ($13 billion) and activities of the Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs, and the National Credit Union Administration. Defense spending was up by 8 percent, well below last year’s 12 percent rate of increase.

VekTor on July 20, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Time to cook the books again? How many times has this been done since he took office. This creative numbers game is getting old.

George W. Bush called it “fuzzy math”

ted c on July 20, 2009 at 1:48 PM

The Transperancy of the obama administration is……uh, let me be clear…..is that what he meant.

HornetSting on July 20, 2009 at 1:52 PM

And for those who haven’t read the CBO Director’s testimony on the long-term budget outlook, made this past Thursday, please take a look at it.

This should be making front-page news. We need to start pressuring our Republican congresscritters to get this info put more prominently into the public eye BEFORE the health-care voting takes place.

There is ZERO time to lose. Act today. If more folks know the true outlook we’re facing, they’re more likely to pressure their representatives to either hold off on this boondoggle, or (better yet) scrap it entirely.

VekTor on July 20, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Did Sasha and Malia made a birthday wish that their father would never lie again?????

Michelle Dubois on July 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

For some time now, I’ve been wondering what would happen if “Liar, Liar” came true and Obama was forced to always tell the truth. I don’t think we’d see him in public again for the remainder of his administration, however long that would be.

Jim Treacher on July 20, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Receipts were 18% lower in 2008 than in 2007? Well, the “Bush tax cuts for the rich” were working up through 2007 or until the democrat congress started spending. the CBO defecit was at 100 billion in 2006 until these lying, corrupt clowns took control.

Keynes was an idiot. Government spends a dollar and nets 1.6 dollars in return? A 60% return? Pluuu-eeeze. Where is the new Milt Friedman when we need him?

These fools have no idea, have never ran a business or are they right on track with their plan?

dthorny on July 20, 2009 at 2:02 PM

The Transperancy of the obama administration is……uh, let me be clear…..is that what he meant.

HornetSting on July 20, 2009 at 1:52 PM

I think CrockObama’s transparency is actually a mirror.

dthorny on July 20, 2009 at 2:04 PM

What happened to the transparency Obama promised?

Conservative in NOVA on July 20, 2009 at 2:04 PM

They are withholding data that rightfully belongs in the public square,

We inherited this mess from George Bush and it will take us till next August to straighten it all out.

Herb on July 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Keynes was an idiot.
dthorny on July 20, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Being entirely serious here: was there ever any rational reason for people to suspect otherwise?

I hear liberals constantly intone Keynes’ name as “proof” that Communism always provides exponential returns to economic efficiency, but I’ve never heard anyone ever try to explain even the tiniest fragment of the irrefutable rationale behind the theory.

All he did was say what liberals wanted to hear. So they praised him as a God so loudly and so long that people finally stopped even wondering why. They just sort of accept it now; the mere recitation of his name magically ends every argument against government intervention.

logis on July 20, 2009 at 2:14 PM

logis on July 20, 2009 at 2:14 PM

And Keynes reached the peak of his idiocy when he said that all that was important was getting the money from the government into the economy. He said that the government could bury jars filled with money and have the public go dig the jars up and spend the money and that would be adequate to stimulate economic growth.

progressoverpeace on July 20, 2009 at 2:39 PM

We inherited this mess from George Bush and it will take us till next August to straighten it all out.

Herb on July 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM

The mess in question is Obama’s budget. He didn’t inherit it. He wrote it.

Ronnie on July 20, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Those numbers will leak out…looks like the most transparent administration ever is having a rough time.

right2bright on July 20, 2009 at 2:44 PM

We inherited this mess from George Bush and it will take us till next August to straighten it all out.

Herb on July 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM

You mean the mess that the democrat led congress passed?
The President doesn’t spend any money…it’s congress….this administration, and everything attached to it, can cut costs anytime they want.
They can balance the budget, make gov. smaller, or make gov. larger, and create a larger deficit…which way are they going to go?
Bush made the mistake of accepting increase budgets…but never at a trillion dollars a pop.

right2bright on July 20, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Weak libs, real weak.

They couldn’t introduce logic into a fight if it crawled up their butt and popped out their mouth as they spoke.

Spiritk9 on July 20, 2009 at 3:43 PM

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

When someone is Hiding something
like this it reminds me of the school age children
asking their friends to hide someting they stole..

veteranoutrage on July 20, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Drudge has some of the numbers up on his website, like
2.5 million for ham. Sliced, cooked frozen and smoked.

16 million for canned pork.

You cant make this stuff up.

Apparently some of the info leaked and Bozo wants to hide it so that the electorate doesn’t stomp all over his mandatory socialist health care bill.

dogsoldier on July 20, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Ohhhh…all those numbers are just so confusing.

I just don’t know. I just don’t know.

What does Oprah say?

guntotinglibertarian on July 20, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Drudge has some of the numbers up on his website, like
2.5 million for ham. Sliced, cooked frozen and smoked.

16 million for canned pork.

That’s so racist!

What about watermelon? And fried chicken?

guntotinglibertarian on July 20, 2009 at 5:14 PM

maybe drudge should headline a request for numbers. Obama reacted pretty quickly to the list of pork on the headline today.

ctmom on July 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM

OBAMA IS A CROOK LIAR SINISTER UN-AMERICAN AND PROBALY HOLDIGN OFFICE ILLEAGALY

WAKE UP AMERICA DOWN WITH HIM AND ALL MARXISTS OH MARXISTS ARE DEMOCRATS

rone5847 on July 20, 2009 at 5:39 PM

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

Okay, but to whom is he going to sell our entire military?

das411 on July 20, 2009 at 5:45 PM

This administration’s version of accounting is really helping my “hot chicks laid or masturbated to” numbers. I’m easily into the hundreds.

jamie gumm on July 20, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I kinda feel sorry for this guy. He wore a great suit, played a great game, wore great shoes, lived in a great house, has great kids a bit of a fat wife – but manageable.

I feel that he’s now realizing just how shiteious it can be to have to live in the White House. How shiteious it is to be quoted at every moment; how hard it is to hide your wife’s … oh never mind about that.

Good luck, Barack. You’re gonna be so much better than any and all presidents before you! Uh.

Key West Reader on July 20, 2009 at 7:04 PM

I thought this was supposed to be a historic presidency
So far its going down in history as positively the most corrupt and dishonest, ever!

ToddonCapeCod on July 20, 2009 at 7:46 PM

DeMint is on Mark Levin right now.

Wolfen on July 20, 2009 at 9:13 PM

There’s nothing to see here, just move along……

darwin-t on July 20, 2009 at 9:23 PM

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

Obama is waiting to release the budget report when Biden goes on vacation.

“THE USA IS BANKRUPT”

TN Mom on July 20, 2009 at 10:29 PM

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