Obama WH to Congress: Let’s spend a little more before the midterms!

posted at 2:55 pm on September 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What a great idea!  With voters rising up to wrest control of Congress away from Democrats in large part because of overspending and regulatory overreach as well as a failing economy, Barack Obama has decided that the next few weeks on Capitol Hill should be dedicated to more ad hoc spending:

Despite coming under daily assault from Republicans over spending, the Obama administration is pushing a $20 billion-plus pre-election shopping list on its Democratic allies in Congress as they prepare must-pass legislation to prevent a government shutdown next month.

Republicans are protesting the spending requests, which include $1.9 billion for grants to better-performing schools, financial help for the Postal Service and more than $4 billion requested by the administration to finance settlements of long-standing lawsuits against the government.

A tally by Republicans puts the price tag of the Obama requests at more than $20 billion, including $5.7 billion to prevent shortfalls in the popular Pell Grant program next year and permit the cash-strapped Postal Service to delay a scheduled $5.5 billion payment into a health care fund for retirees and use the money to stay afloat.

The wish list appears to be an overreach given political anxiety among Democrats over spending with midterm elections to determine whether they maintain control of Congress just seven weeks away. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, predicted that the White House would get relatively little of what it’s seeking.

Actually, for all of the anxiety about the massive policy changes that may happen in the post-election lame-duck Congress, it’s this kind of spending that’s most likely to be the focus.  This Congress still hasn’t produced a budget or even a budget resolution for FY2011, despite the fact that it starts in 15 days.  Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have to pull together a continuing resolution to authorize operations of the federal government for October 1st, and they are almost certain to avoid attaching any bill that raises the level of spending before November 2nd, when Republicans can use it as a bat with which to beat them in the elections.

Instead of playing along and maintaining the illusion of fiscal control, Obama tips his hand a little too early by demanding this money now.  And it’s unclear why this has to be addressed before the election, anyway.  None of the shortfalls mentioned are so time critical that Congress couldn’t address them either in the normal budget process or with riders in November.  Clearly, Democrats will want to write the FY2011 budget after the election and pass it before the session ends, since a failure to do so would put Republicans in charge of the FY2011 budget.  Why talk about spending more now?

Besides, as Veronique de Rugy reminds readers at The Corner, the funds for those requests could easily be found if Congress decided to actually cut spending.  Cato Institute has some good ideas where to start.  Perhaps instead of asking for even more spending on top of that which threatens to turn Democrats into a shrinking minority on Capitol Hill, the Obama White House might start listening to the voters and start finding ways to live within the massive means provided to the government by Americans each year.  If they had done that from the beginning, Democrats wouldn’t need to hide their budgeting process in a lame-duck session at all.


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Hey! Let’s throw some amnesty and DADT logs on the fire too, and watch that sucker BURN!

/burn their chances for ANY success on 11/2, that is…

ornery_independent on September 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM

It’s times like these that I wonder if Obama is some kind of Republican plant making these policies to remind people about how Conservatism is what works…

then I remember that he is just a moron.

Cookies Mom on September 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM

“And it’s unclear why this has to be addressed before the election, anyway.”

Someone needs a payoff?

dogsoldier on September 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM

This Congress still hasn’t produced a budget or even a budget resolution for FY2011, despite the fact that it starts in 15 days.

Budgets are pretty meaningless to peoples who would never follow them anyway.

ted c on September 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Double down! They’re going to fu*k up as much as they can before Mom and Dad take the credit card away.

Shiny_Tiara on September 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Obama: “We can’t afford to borrow $700 billion over the next 10 years for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Now give me another $20 billion spending bill to bail out my constituents.”

Doughboy on September 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM

“And it’s unclear why this has to be addressed before the election, anyway.”

Someone needs a payoff?

dogsoldier on September 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM

it’s a headpat for that Trumka union thug that’s been out there putting forth the Party Message faithfully.

ted c on September 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Why talk about spending more now?

Stuck on stupid?

Lily on September 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Clearly Obama is going to triangulate after the election, just like Clinton did.

txhsmom on September 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Obama administration is pushing a $20 billion-plus pre-election shopping vote buying list

rbj on September 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

“What’s another $20 billion down the toilet? Let’s focus on what’s truly important here. Have you seen our new logo?”

Bruce MacMahon on September 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM

It’s almost as if he wants the Democrats to get their asses whooped.

Maybe I misjudged him by calling him stupid. Maybe he’s just insane. Seriously.

crazy_legs on September 16, 2010 at 3:04 PM

The president is walking on sunshine with Towelie – do not disturb him.

forest on September 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

New logos don’t pay for themselves.

Christien on September 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM

It’s called “Scorched Earth Policy.” Doing as much damage as possible before your enemy flattens you.

I’ve been of the opinion for some time now that his running the country into the ground has been by design. He realizes his days of having near absolute power are numbered, and he needs to get more done in less time.

CurtZHP on September 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Obama just doesn’t have a clue. He and his administration have no hope whatsoever of doing anything positive for the country. Just keeps getting more obvious by the day.

volsense on September 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM

How much will Zero be spending on a new puppy for his Old Media shills to focus upon ?

“I have not yet begun to vacation.” – General Mayhem Hussein Obama

viking01 on September 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Because wasting your money buying votes is more important that you spending it on your family.

Chip on September 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Anyone else think that Bambi looks like Stevie Wonder in that picture?

I figure that Stevie could at least see the results that are going to hit in November coming, though Bambi doesn’t appear to.

teke184 on September 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM

What is this 4B request by gov. to finance settlements of long standing lawsuits against the gov.? I thought you couldn’t sue the gov. and win. If so, we gotta get craken filing suit against them for the last 18 months, asap!
L

letget on September 16, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Diverts attention away from Michelle’s unhappiness as FLOTUS?

a capella on September 16, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Obowma and congressional dems:

“We must spend more of OUR money to stimulate the economy on welfare programs, more gov’t handouts to those WHO NEED US FOR SUPPORT ON OUR MONEY and all these wonderful programs that have worked so well the past two years”.

“Their” money is similar to their idea of “we can’t afford tax cuts”, an illusion. It is the taxpayers money, not gov’ts money. If gov’t does not get this tax money from OUR taxes, they MUST spend less. Just as you or I do each month
What a novel concept.

dthorny on September 16, 2010 at 3:10 PM

‘nother 30 billion investment slush fund under the control of the Treasury passed the senate HR5297. In the news as making loans available to small businesses since the banks aren’t doing it anymore.

Skandia Recluse on September 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Sweet…

http://www.cato.org/files/DownsizingAd.pdf

I’m not a 100% CATO guy, but I’m in the neighborhood.

mankai on September 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Diverts attention away from MicHELLe’s unhappiness as FLOTUS?

a capella on September 16, 2010 at 3:10 PM

FIFY. Mama needs $20b in “retail therapy.”

Christien on September 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Iceberg, dead ahead!

Ram it!

BadgerHawk on September 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Is he trying to kill Democrat chances?

If so, I support him wholeheartedly!

I’m right behind you, Mr. President.

NoDonkey on September 16, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I wasn’t quite sure about all this… until I saw the new logo.

Full speed ahead, Mr. President.

mankai on September 16, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Republicans AMERICANS are protesting…

FIFY Ed. ;-)

sicoit on September 16, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Barack Hussain is behaving like that other Hussain
( Saddam) who when cornered after invading Kuwait, set
as many oil-wells on fire as he could, before retreating in defeat .
Its the same mentality

macncheez on September 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Maybe Obama is some unwitting dupe in a right wing conspiracy to drive liberals out of power in stronger fashion than has been able to achieve in 100 years. For those that say no way, if he were, what would he be doing differently?

Strive on brother B.

Kelligan on September 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Oh Swell! The US Senate is considering a bill to apologize for slavery! Wonder who they are going to apologize to, Africa?

Skandia Recluse on September 16, 2010 at 3:20 PM

I’m picturing a fuel gauge, pegged all the way down to “D,” with the driver pumping the pedal and turning the key frantically.

Christien on September 16, 2010 at 3:20 PM

the spending requests, which include $1.9 billion for grants to better-performing schools,

If anything, this proves that throwing MORE MONEY at education is the wrong thing to do. We spend so much goddam money on education that it rivals only defense spending and SS/Medicare. And what do we get for all of that? Lower test scores, poor performance and kids with failed futures. The public education sector has been killed by unions.

financial help for the Postal Service

Yet another miracle of government-run ‘free enterprise.’ Also killed by unions (if government is so benevolent and wonderful, why do public employees think they need unions?).

and more than $4 billion requested by the administration to finance settlements of long-standing lawsuits against the government.

Gotta pay more lawyers, don’t we?

Good Lt on September 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM

It’s almost as if he wants the Democrats to get their asses whooped.

Maybe I misjudged him by calling him stupid. Maybe he’s just insane. Seriously.

crazy_legs on September 16, 2010 at 3:04 PM

It is his way to guarantee his re-election. If the republicans turn around the economy, Obowma will take the credit. If the economy sputters for the next two years, Obowma will blame republicans. The media will just kowtow to their democrat party line, blaming republicans on anything and everything. This was why he shoved everything through so quickly. Remember, he wanted to “fundementally transform America”.

The question is why and in what way? European style socialism or Cloward Piven?

dthorny on September 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM

It’s almost as if he wants the Democrats to get their asses whooped.

crazy_legs on September 16, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Yes.

To protect himself, for his 3ooth autobiography. So he doesn’t bear any responsibility.

You want to bet he’s going to say ObamaCare is really all written by Pelosi, he had been all hands-off?

Sir Napsalot on September 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Barack is the Republicans best advertisement.

Way to go, BHO!

Any Dems that sign up for this plan with be crispy, burnt toast.

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I am surprised they have not tried to cut some “stimulus” checks to try to pad the vote for the upcoming election

ericire12 on September 16, 2010 at 3:23 PM

And it’s unclear why this has to be addressed before the election, anyway.

Michelle wants to take another vacation. This time she’s taking the entire city of Chicago.

Who wants to outdone by Oprah?

Sheesh.

VibrioCocci on September 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Riders on the storm.

viking01 on September 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

That new logo designer must be feeling relieved after this.

Christien on September 16, 2010 at 3:26 PM

And it’s unclear why this has to be addressed before the election, anyway.

It is quite clear…this give cover for the dems running and in trouble.
They can stand up and be “against” out of control spending, and look like fiscal conservatives just weeks before election.
Watch how many dems stand up and say “This is not the time to continue spending, it is time to show restraint and focus on the economy”.
A good strategy that will work, we have seen how easy it is to manipulate voters.

right2bright on September 16, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Maybe Obama is some unwitting dupe in a right wing conspiracy to drive liberals out of power in stronger fashion than has been able to achieve in 100 years. For those that say no way, if he were, what would he be doing differently?

Strive on brother B.

Kelligan on September 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Read and compare the Declaration of Indedependance to what Obowma has done and substitute Obowma’s name for the King of England, stunning in its comparision.

dthorny on September 16, 2010 at 3:27 PM

The term spending is out. It’s now called investing.

stldave on September 16, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Yep, just what is needed another slush fund … to finance with debt.

tarpon on September 16, 2010 at 3:31 PM

This is so much like those who find out they can’t actually pay the debt they’ve accrude and therefore go to the limit on their credit cards before filing for bankruptcy.

I personally know one such person whose father made the recommendation.

shick on September 16, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Too funny…I just went to bing.com to look for the name of the captain of the Titanic [Edward John Smith], and at the bottom of the page, they have ‘related searches’.

And guess which name is at the top of the list? You guessed it, king hussein obowma!

LMAO

lukespapa on September 16, 2010 at 3:36 PM

“Service and more than $4 billion requested by the administration to finance settlements of long-standing lawsuits against the government.”

HMMMMM!!! Does this include another payment to Shirley Sherrod? How much of this is nothing more than another “raid the treasury” giveaway, another “sack the city” handout to patrons, another Cloward-Piven Pillage the Country Act of 2010?

Dusty on September 16, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Obama WH to Congress: Let’s spend a little more before the midterms!

Uhhh, no… As in NO-vember 2nd!!

Khun Joe on September 16, 2010 at 3:40 PM

“….and permit the cash-strapped Postal Service to delay a scheduled $5.5 billion payment into a health care fund for retirees and use the money to stay afloat.”

So, let’s get this straight. Under ObamaCare, the public is force to purchase health insurance under threat of fines and jail time, but Union Postal Employees get covered by taxpayer dollars going into a failing program?

I guess if you’re a liberal Democrat or the President, this makes perfect sense.

Rovin on September 16, 2010 at 3:43 PM

lukespapa on September 16, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Sorry, but meant to include…this is the page that came up with my search

lukespapa on September 16, 2010 at 3:45 PM

If they had done that from the beginning, Democrats wouldn’t need to hide their budgeting process in a lame-duck session at all.

Most transparent and ethical admin. and Congress, evah!

Charlatanery and impertinence are indignant, again.

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2010 at 3:50 PM

He is like Michael Jackson on a shopping spree.

Dhuka on September 16, 2010 at 3:57 PM

It’s times like these that I wonder if Obama is some kind of Republican plant making these policies to remind people about how Conservatism is what works…

then I remember that he is just a moron.

Cookies Mom on September 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Bingo!

Kafir on September 16, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Sir Napsalot on September 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

OT: I want to apologize for giving you the wrong paper that Capt. Ed’s article appeared in today..:) I told you it was Washingon Examiner Captain Ed’s article appeared in the Washington Times..I am sorry for the mistake..:)

Dire Straits on September 16, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Obama has progressed way beyond being incompetent. Hope and change are distant memories. The American people have had enough and he still doesn’t have a clue.

volsense on September 16, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Cato Institute has some good ideas where to start. Perhaps instead of asking for even more spending on top of that which threatens to turn Democrats into a shrinking minority on Capitol Hill, the Obama White House might start listening to the voters and start finding ways to live within the massive means provided to the government by Americans each year.

WHAT????

C’mon. Everyone knows we’re just here to make sure Obama, and family has a good time at our expense. We shouldn’t mind being burdened with more debt, and taxes. After all, it’s our duty to King Obama. *sigh*

capejasmine on September 16, 2010 at 4:01 PM

But remember, folks, it’s the RINOs who are the REAL enemy. Not the idiot in charge pissing away your children’s grandchildren’s inheritance.

Vyce on September 16, 2010 at 4:16 PM

So exactly how much is the cost of Obamacare to the federal government that they don’t want to admit it until after the election?

ajacksonian on September 16, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Barack Hussain is behaving like that other Hussain ( Saddam) who when cornered after invading Kuwait, set as many oil-wells on fire as he could, before retreating in defeat .

Its the same mentality

macncheez on September 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Don’t forget that Saddam also dumped millions of barrels of Kuwaiti oil into the Persian Gulf at the same time.

The Left gave him a pass for both environmental crimes, as I recall. After all, he wasn’t a “threat” to the world.

Del Dolemonte on September 16, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Obama tips his hand a little too early by demanding this money now.

Everything Barry wants is NOW! The PAYING part he always puts off to LATER.

GarandFan on September 16, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Bo and Mo only have 2 years or so to build a nest egg.

$20B is a good start.

BobMbx on September 16, 2010 at 4:49 PM

This is only a ploy that will allow the democrats to vote against more spending in order to make them look like fiscal hawks.

el hombre on September 16, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Congress, just say, “Hell no!”

What’s with this guy and his bleeding of 20 billion (BP) here and 20 billion (teachers’ and postal workers’ union)there? Doesn’t he have enough of a Dem slush fund from Porkulus to work with? I suggest that he go through that boondoggle with a scalpel to find the payoffs that he desperately “needs”.

The American people are angry. Is he dense? We know that he is cavalierly irresponsible with other people’s money, but this request is absurd.

Has anyone else seen the bar graph of how disproportionately the moneys have been awarded to the Department of Education in comparison to other departments? There shouldn’t even be a federal agency with that power, especially as it acts in the interests of one political party as a propaganda shill for its agenda.

onlineanalyst on September 16, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Leaving a bare cupboard for the R’s when they take back the house. Hasn’t everybody been paid off by now?

Kissmygrits on September 16, 2010 at 5:44 PM