Obama to propose an earmark ban, budget freeze tonight

posted at 11:46 am on January 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

State of the Union speeches are usually seen as opportunities to show leadership on the part of presidents.  According to ABC’s exclusive look at Barack Obama’s SOTU speech, the President will instead more or less agree with Republicans during the midterm election cycle on their platform of governmental responsibility on spending.  Call it … Tea Party Lite:

Pursuing a path of deficit reduction and government reform, President Obama will tonight in his State of the Union address call for a ban on earmarks and he will propose an overall budget freeze, ABC News has learned.

The proposals come as the president prepares to tackle the deficit and debt and as he faces a House of Representatives in Republican hands, many of whose members include those affiliated with the Tea Party who may be willing to embrace both moves.

Yeah, well, that’s a day late and a dollar short — or long, depending on one’s perspective.  As ABC also points out, this all depends on one’s definition of budget cuts:

The president will propose some new spending in certain areas that address the speech’s theme of “How We Win the Future”: innovation, education and infrastructure. But those increases will be proposed as part of an overall budget freeze, which given the annual rate of growth is often seen in Washington, DC, budgeting as a cut.

It’s a cut in Beltwayese, in other words, because normally we’d expand spending instead of reducing it.   At least that isn’t as bad as Washington usually gets about cuts, which politicians usually define as a decrease in the rate of spending increases.  And don’t expect that definition to become defunct in the next two years, especially on the Democratic side of the aisle on Capitol Hill.

However, there are a couple of big reasons to avoid taking this seriously.  On the first promise, an earmark ban, Obama has made that promise repeatedly since starting his presidential campaign in 2007.  He has yet to veto a single spending bill based on earmarks.  The last budget contained several thousand earmarks, and yet Obama meekly signed every appropriation bill laid on his desk.  What’s he going to say tonight — “Guys, I’m superserial about it now”?

The Republicans already stole Obama’s thunder on this topic in December anyway.  They torpedoed the omnibus spending plan proposed by Democrats in the lame-duck session explicitly on the basis of its thousands of earmarks.  Obama didn’t exactly get in front of that effort; he refused to say that he’d veto the bill if it reached his desk.  Now, suddenly, he wants to get in front of the porkbusting effort again?  Fine, but it’s not leadership — that is bowing to reality.

On budget freezes, Obama shows even less leadership.  Republicans, fueled by a widespread revulsion against the growth of spending under Democrats over the last four years, have promised actual cuts in spending.  A freeze is a fallback position by a President afraid of losing his buying power with the public.

This is weak tea, not leadership, and the Tea Party knows the difference.

Update: Jake Tapper updates on Twitter that the freeze will be on non-security discretionary spending for the next five years, not across the whole budget.  Bear in mind that this covers about $450 billion in a $3.8 trillion proposed budget for FY2011; in other words, nothing more than a small start.


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I’ll write what I wrote in the headlines:

Countdown until he finds a way around it by, I don’t know, using funds from stimulus or TARP or whatever to fund it through agency grants.

Meanwhile he’s not going to accept entitlement reforms, and entitlement costs keep going up, so we’ll have to cut defense and other areas to make up for it.

He was gonna close Gitmo. He lied. He was gonna post bills online for days. He lied. He was gonna end Bush tax cuts. He lied. Lied. Lied.

Now he takes a look at polls and says, “Hey, let’s freeze spending.” And we’re supposed to take him at his word? Yeah, that might happen.

amerpundit on January 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM

BO = BS everytime.

VegasRick on January 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Hmmm I didn’t know there was a budget in place. Does /this mean we don’t have to raise the debt ceiling since all the monies were budgeted in?

I can’t see anyone buying this BS.

Brat4life on January 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Me thinks,when Hell Freeze’s over in Utopian
ProgressiveVille!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

And people will fall for his schtick and his approval numbers will jump.
People are stupid and too busy watching TV to see what is actually happening to their country.

darwin-t on January 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Obama is now McCain 08???

mad saint jack on January 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Clown wants to freeze it, after running the number up 40-odd percent in two years. Heh.

Vashta.Nerada on January 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

OMG, with all these leaks on what bho is going to say tonight, why even show up for this dog and pony show? We sure do not plan to watch bho tell one lie after another.
L

letget on January 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

He’s doing this to throw the media a kernel which they can then exaggerate into the new “going center” meme. This is intended to trap more independent flies into the spider web of higher approval ratings heading towards 2012. The media doesn’t require much,..just a small morsel.

a capella on January 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Of course. Didn’t you all hear? Obama is a “centrist” now. And I’m the Queen of England…

sandee on January 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Wow, Obama is really jumping out in front of 2009 budget-reduction ideas.

Too bad it’s 2011.

hawksruleva on January 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Yeah right. And maybe he’ll set some exit dates while he’s at it? You would have to have the IQ of a houseplant to be fooled by this obvious bone-throwing.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

So this time he really means it when he pledges to ban earmarks. And he really means it when he promises a pivot towards jobs. And he really means it when he says he’ll get the federal budget under control. And he really means it when he offers to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans.

Why do I get the feeling his 2012 campaign will be identical to 2008? As if his entire first term never even happened.

Doughboy on January 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Fact: The 2012 presidential campaign kicks off tonight.

Expect nothing more.

BobMbx on January 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

According to ABC’s exclusive look at Barack Obama’s SOTU speech, the President will instead more or less agree with Republicans during the midterm election cycle on their platform of governmental responsibility on spending. Call it … Tea Party Lite:
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Tacking to da Right!

Morphingization towards the “Moderate”

Appearance Perception/Deception of Working with
Compromise!!!

The Clinton Grand Plan of doin the Shuffle Palooza to da
Middle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

This guy just wants to raise taxes.

Is he going to address the repeal of Obamacare in the house?

Oil Can on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Yeah right. And maybe he’ll set some exit dates while he’s at it? You would have to have the IQ of a houseplant to be fooled by this obvious bone-throwing.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

And yet many lemmings will buy this as a pivot.

amerpundit on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

excuse me but didn’t Barry Hussein PROMISE “pay as you go” last year???? Unless I miss my guess, that was about $1.6 TRILLION off for the year?

How do you know Barry Hussein is lying? The teleprompter is turned on!

SDarchitect on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Allahpundit called it a “rhetorical air biscuit.”

I concur.

ted c on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

he will propose an overall budget freeze. the budget be frozen at it’s already ridiculously high level.

FIFY

Rocks on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

What Budget? When you have no where to run, and daddy is taking the credit card away, the lap is the typical place to crawl back to. This is like watching a hamster run on his wheel.

texriot on January 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

This is bs,but will the republicans see it as such?!

ohiobabe on January 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Fact: The 2012 presidential campaign kicks off tonight.

Expect nothing more.

BobMbx on January 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

BobMbx:)
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Obama Prepares for 2nd Term
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http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2011/01/obama-prepares-for-2nd-term.html

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Triangulation effort, even though Obama supposedly has banned the “T” word from the White House. He wants the swing voters to believe that a budget freeze (at the 2009-10 drunken sailor government spending levels) is the same as a budget cut, as the House Republicans are pushing, while at the same time the Bernie Sanders wing of the Senate will make him look reasonable by wanting to spend even more.

Hopefully Ryan can hit the GOP target points tonight in his SOTU reply to show where actual cuts in the budget can be made, and while certain senators may be willing to continue spending like a seaman four times over the legal alcohol limit, it will be interesting to see how many of the 23 Democrats up for re-election in 2012 want to be painted by Obama as the folks opposing his supposed new federal spending concerns.

jon1979 on January 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

And yet many lemmings will buy this as a pivot.

amerpundit on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Sadly true. Idiocracy has moved from sci-fi/comedy to a documentary.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

You would have to have the IQ of a houseplant to be fooled by this obvious bone-throwing.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

I have to disagree with you. My houseplants don’t believe a word dear liar ever says.

VegasRick on January 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM

It doesn’t help when our new Speaker can’t hit a hanging curve ball.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/01/028207.php

a capella on January 25, 2011 at 11:59 AM

The Obama-speak Guide, SOTU 2011 edition:

investments (translation = spending $$$)

sustainable living (we’re gonna tax your @ss, you dumb suckah)

infrastructure (free sh!t for everyone who voted for me)

civility/better tone (hey Republicans, shut up!)

bitsy on January 25, 2011 at 11:59 AM

speech’s theme of “How We Win the Future”:

Is it just me, or is this constant sloganeering a rather new thing with POTUSes?
Bcs I honestly don’t remember any of the past POTUS speeches ever having ‘themes’.
I feel like I’m living in a Soviet-Bloc country when I hear $hit like this.
It’s effing creepy as he!!.

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

After the NFL playoffs I plan to freeze my alcohol intake at current levels… until I die of Cirrhosis.

mjbrooks3 on January 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

He has increased spending over 40% over the last 2 years, and now he wants to “freeze” where we are at now, instead of cut back to where we once were.

And this is an austerity measure???????????

What the hell was the point of his deficit comission?

Indy82 on January 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Ed, I love the ManBearPig link.

BTW in internet parlance I believe WeakSauce in the new hotness. WeakTea is old and busted, but I like the reason you used it, lol!

Mord on January 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM

What the hell was the point of his deficit comission?

Indy82 on January 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Smokescreen.

VegasRick on January 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM

he will propose an overall budget freeze. the budget be frozen at it’s already ridiculously high level.
FIFY

Rocks on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Well done. Why does no one in the media report this?
OK I guess I know the answer to that one.
I’m shouting it from the rooftops every time my liberal co-workers marvel at BO.
This talk of freezing means jack when you are already way too far below water to tread.

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Together We Thrive.

a capella on January 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Actually, I do expect Obama to stop rubber stamping the bills that hit his desk for the next two years.

He’s laying the foundation to show how the Republican led House is acting stupidly and why it’s okay for him to refuse to sign any legislation they pass.

ButterflyDragon on January 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM

After the NFL playoffs I plan to freeze my alcohol intake at current levels… until I die of Cirrhosis.

mjbrooks3 on January 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

LMAO!

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I’m not gonna watch the BSer-in-Chief tonight…I rented a movie instead: Idiocracy

ornery_independent on January 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Together We Thrive.

a capella on January 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I throw up in my mouth just a little every time I hear that vulgarness.

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Candidate Obama, Oct 25 2008:

OBAMA: Well, look, I think that we do have a disagreement about an across-the-board spending freeze. It sounds good. It’s proposed periodically. It doesn’t happen.

And, in fact, an across-the-board spending freeze is a hatchet, and we do need a scalpel, because there are some programs that don’t work at all. There are some programs that are underfunded. And I want to make sure that we are focused on those programs that work.

Now, Senator McCain talks a lot about earmarks. That’s one of the centerpieces of his campaign.

Earmarks account for 0.5 percent of the total federal budget. There’s no doubt that the system needs reform and there are a lot of screwy things that we end up spending money on, and they need to be eliminated. But it’s not going to solve the problem.

Now, the last thing I think we have to focus on is a little bit of history, just so that we understand what we’re doing going forward.

When President Bush came into office, we had a budget surplus and the national debt was a little over $5 trillion. It has doubled over the last eight years.

OBAMA: And we are now looking at a deficit of well over half a trillion dollars.

MayBee on January 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

It’s all BS. The Progs wildest dream is a budget freeze at typical Bammie levels of lavish spending.

We need to pull a budget from 2005-2007 out of the archives and use it as a starting point for further cuts.

slickwillie2001 on January 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Allahpundit called it a “rhetorical air biscuit.”

I concur.

ted c on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

ted c:Lol:)

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Yeah right. And maybe he’ll set some exit dates while he’s at it? You would have to have the IQ of a houseplant to be fooled by this obvious bone-throwing.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM
And yet many lemmings will buy this as a pivot.

amerpundit on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

The Fox panel will get tingles, and Krauthammer may even get up and walk.

darwin-t on January 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

What I am wondering is,
who will be the first to shout
YOU LIE!”
tonight?

OkieDoc on January 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Online Streaming Live..Rush Limbaigh Show!
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canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Ugh,s/p,Limbaugh!

Oh,Rush is on a roll………

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM

And now Tapper is saying there is an “update”…

Never mind that freezing spending at FY2010 levels would leave the deficits for FY2011 and FY2012 at something north of $1,000,000,000,000 (that’s $1 trillion).

steveegg on January 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM

The Fox panel will get tingles, and Krauthammer may even get up and walk.

darwin-t on January 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Hopefully off the edge of a cliff.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

I’m not gonna watch the BSer-in-Chief tonight…I rented a movie instead: Idiocracy

ornery_independent on January 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM
//
I have never watched one of his (just words)speeches,tonight will be no different switching back and forth between Ohio State battling it out with Purdue and Elrushbo on the golf channel.

ohiobabe on January 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Uhhhhhhh, lemme be clear. I heard the American people on November 2nd. We are hemorrhaging wealth like we’ve had our wrists slit. Therefore, I am acting swiftly & decisively by applying these two brand new, never-before-used Band-Aids.

/Barry

OhioCoastie on January 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

this guy is the biggest phony on the planet!

rjoco1 on January 25, 2011 at 12:12 PM

He’s just playing up to the gullible idiots in the center while he knows there is not a chance in hell that the Democrats will ban earmarks.

The fact that he is above 50% approval shows how screwed up our country is.

This economy is the new normal.

WisCon on January 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Prediction……………………….

The Tuscon ordeal,will be Politicized!!

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM

The Fox panel will get tingles, and Krauthammer may even get up and walk.

darwin-t on January 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Hopefully off the edge of a cliff.
Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Heh heh…nice :P

ornery_independent on January 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Freezing the current, bloated budget solves nothing . . . Obama is again playing games.

rplat on January 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

He’s just playing up to the gullible idiots in the center while he knows there is not a chance in hell that the Democrats will ban earmarks.

WisCon on January 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM

There’s barely any centrists remaining; what you’re referencing would be better called ‘soft leftists’.

The center is pretty much down to people like me, who take vicious fire from both sides on a regular basis, and a handful of bloggers. That’s it. Everyone else who hasn’t given up entirely has chosen sides by now.

A return to the center would be the best thing that could happen to America, but I don’t see it happening.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Rather than an earmark ban, I propose we institute an ear ban.

Under my ear-ban scheme, anyone with ears that are disproportionately big in relationship to the gaunt, skinny structure of his face will be forced to undergo a draconian drying up of his public service role.

I am convinced that such a ban will result in immediate dramatic budgetary savings and a corresponding immediate dramatic increase in the vitality of the nation.

FlameWarrior on January 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Pursuing a path of deficit reduction and government reform, President Obama will tonight in his State of the Union address call for a ban on earmarks and he will propose an overall budget freeze, ABC News has learned.

So the huge expenses for Porkulus and ObamaCare and the GM and Chrysler buyouts are frozen and repeated in perpetuity?
Obama quadruples the Bush deficits and freezes them at this level? Brilliant!!!

To quote an Obama grandiloquence from 2008, now is not the time for using a scalpel, but a hatchet.

Or when your car is sliding over a cliff, hitting the brakes isn’t good enough–put it in R and gun it!

Freezing isn’t good enough–we’re all freezing out here! How about unfreezing offshore drilling?

Steve Z on January 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

My buddy’s wife regularly puts $3,000 a month on their credit card. Last year, she doubled her rate, increasing more and more each month throughout the year. My buddy called foul, and in a spirit of cooperation, she agreed to freeze her spending at the current level.

beatcanvas on January 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Time for Beltway Adventurism!!
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BELTWAY ADVENTURE
WELCOME TO ADVENTURE! WOULD YOU LIKE INSTRUCTIONS?
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I’M SORRY, THE PEASANTS ARE NOT EASILY DISTRACTED. YOU ARE IN AN OVAL OFFICE. YOU ARE BEHIND A DESK. YOU HAVE LOST RAHM. PEASANTS ARE LOSING THEIR HEALTH CARE. PEASANTS ARE MARCHING ON THE BELTWAY. THERE IS 9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE FOREST. YOUR APPROVAL HEALTH IS 42%. YOUR CONGRESS HAS 1.3% HEALTH. YOUR CONGRESS WILL NOT RETURN YOUR CALLS. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>TURN LEFT

EXCUSE ME?

>TURN LEFT

WHOA. FOR A MINUTE THERE I THOUGHT YOU TYPED ‘TURN LEFT’.

>I DID! TURN LEFT

UMM, ANY PARTICULAR REASON?
==============================
I’M SORRY, THAT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.

>PLAY RACE CARD

I’M SORRY, THAT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.

>PLAY GOLF

GOLF COURSE IS CLOSED.

>TURN LEFT

DUDE.

>FAKE TURN RIGHT

ADVENTURER PLEASE, YOU’RE JUST EMBARRASING YOURSELF.
=================

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canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

“BRAAAAAGH!” (Iowahawk-CSI: Tucson)

Christien on January 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

From time to time recently we have heard that so-and-so BELIEVE??? that Obama was born in Hawaii. WE DO NOT NEED OBAMA’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO KNOW THAT OBAMA IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. Obama’s father WAS NOT a citizen of the United States; therefore, OBAMA IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. The propaganda from Hawaii’s governor and recently from others is an attempt to end the debate. But like the Tea Party, the “Birthers” will not cease and desist from insisting that Obama be removed for failure to qualify according to our Constitution.

What is incredible is that ALL of those who have uttered that Obama is qualified have been sworn to uphold the Constitution. Like the repugnant and corrupt Nixon, Obama should be removed immediately and jailed.

I posted this comment on the DailyMail.com yesterday and today the comments section says, “We are no longer accepting comments on this article.” They chose not to post this comment. There is no wonder that radical leftist news media are helping Obama hide his birth certificate and keeping people from learning the falsehood that is Barrack Hussein Obama.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348916/Hawaii-governor-says-Obamas-birth-record-exists-produce-it.html#ixzz1C4LgbnUa

Article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348916/Hawaii-governor-says-Obamas-birth-record-exists-produce-it.html

AdrianS on January 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM

What’s the over and under on the number of times the Messiah-in-Chief will use the word “investment” tonight?

WordsMatter on January 25, 2011 at 12:35 PM

PAYGO 2.0

Our national nightmare is over!

Bugler on January 25, 2011 at 12:40 PM

LOL — Sick Joke — http://tinyurl.com/4ag8cq4

But at least you understand shuck and jive.

tarpon on January 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Jesus doesn’t have to propose one more thing to bring freedom and personal liberty to an end in the U.S.A.

He got Obamacare and his Czars.

Now he can model the Centrist, pose for the Independents and the blessed Moderates and have ANYONE……ANYONE…..that he opposes as being ‘Uncivil’ and ‘Partisan’ (Palin/TeaParty/Ryan/Pence/Huckabee/Romney/TPaw/etc.). The Media will DESTROY anyone that opposes Jesus and his work.

and…..We now have a completely complicit Progressive/RINO infested GOP leadership that will go along at every turn with the Media disapproval hanging over their heads.

The elections in November, The Tea Parties, all that effort meant NOT A FREAKING THING to the D.C. pols.

God have mercy on this country’s citizens.

But in other news, it’s lunchtime and how about that commercial with the guy that wheezes (AT&T I think). THAT is funny.

PappyD61 on January 25, 2011 at 12:57 PM

The center is pretty much down to people like me, who take vicious fire from both sides on a regular basis, and a handful of bloggers. That’s it. Everyone else who hasn’t given up entirely has chosen sides by now.

A return to the center would be the best thing that could happen to America, but I don’t see it happening.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Apparently you’re unaware that the “center” is already sitting way left. It’s been slowly repositioned further and further left for decades. To get back to any kind of true center at all we have to go right.

darwin on January 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

He’s saying this to get a further bounce in the polls and to look like he moderated himself on spending. The GOP needs to push forward on actual spending cuts and make him look like he’s all talk as fast and as much as possible.

We already saw him win one election on empty rhetoric, he can’t go unchallenged again. The more he says “no” to actual cuts and rollbacks, the more the people will see the real Obama.

Daemonocracy on January 25, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I will jack up spending in my first 2 years. And then freeze it there for 2 years. Then I will again jack it up in the next 4 years. Why 4? Because there is no reelection.

antisocial on January 25, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

If the “center” means slowly increasing spending and government as it has for decades, then it would not be the best thing for America, just a slow bleed.

Daemonocracy on January 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Call it … Tea Party Lite

Call it Tea Party Decaf Lite, over ice

Amendment X on January 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

So his proposal is to only freeze about 13% of our budget??? What about the remaining 80+ percent???!!!

Indy82 on January 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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“BRAAAAAGH!” (Iowahawk-CSI: Tucson)

Christien on January 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Christein:Tee-hee!:)

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Words, just words.

SouthernGent on January 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

The car is going 220 mph, and we’re all in the car screaming at Obama to slow down. He he responds by telling us that we win, and he’ll put it on cruise control at 220.

El_Terrible on January 25, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Flash: Candid camera catches Obama rehearsing for SOTU tonight.

petefrt on January 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM

The center is pretty much down to people like me,

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

That’s what the possum said as he walked down the center of the road.

There is no “center” those are people with no direction, no will power, no, well sorry to say, no real intellect. The just sway back and forth with the breeze…center is the land for nobody’s.
“I don’t want larger gov. but I want health care…I don’t want the gov. involved, but I want a strong EPA…I don’t want higher taxes, but I want, want, want…”
That is why he can’t cater to the center…they don’t have any substance. Center is basically a weak, wimpy, left.

right2bright on January 25, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Flash: Candid camera catches Obama rehearsing for SOTU tonight.

petefrt on January 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I had to giggle at this. But only because whoever did the photoshop doesn’t understand mirror images.

ButterflyDragon on January 25, 2011 at 2:11 PM

ButterflyDragon on January 25, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Makes me giggle too. I knew something looked strange about that picture. Now that I know what’s wrong with it, I can go back and fix it.

Thanks!

petefrt on January 25, 2011 at 2:38 PM

It’s those pesky exceptions and Beltway sleights of hand that make this all so meaningless. Will the country ever be rid of this tiresome incompetent buffoon (who’s still convinced that he’s the smartest man in the room)?

obladioblada on January 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM

We don’t need a freeze at current levels, we need CUTS.

crosspatch on January 25, 2011 at 4:24 PM

O’Bonehead thinks jacking up spending by a $Trillion a then freezing it is fiscal discipline, or something. He’s an idiot. Let’s drop discretionary spending to 2000 levels and not freeze it, so we can lower it to 1990 levels in a couple years.

Jaibones on January 25, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Listen again…you have all misunderstood him…he says he isn’t banning all earmarks, but remarks about his ears…sheesh.

right2bright on January 25, 2011 at 4:41 PM

What I am wondering is,
who will be the first to shout
“YOU LIE!”
tonight?

OkieDoc on January 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I think I better make my husband take me to the bar tonight (the only get together place near this neck of the woods) during the SOTUS.
Bcs everytime I hear BO & any other rat politican talking on TV, I do nothing but point out their lies.
It drives my husband nuts. And since he hates Obama & loves beer, I think he’ll bite.

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Harry doesn’t like pretty talk

Gohawgs on January 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM

If the “center” means slowly increasing spending and government as it has for decades, then it would not be the best thing for America, just a slow bleed.

Daemonocracy on January 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM

That’s the lefties’ version of “center”. It’s about as close to the real thing as a 5-year old’s version of the Mona Lisa drawn in crayon is to the masterpiece itself.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 8:34 PM

I agree, the Republican Party/Republican controlled Hours served up the reduction/elimination of earmarks first and President Obama came in under the wire at the SOTUS presentation.

Hopefully, intentional or not, I sense the idea of earmarks reduction/elimination is one of many necessary issues that need to be addressed to right this nation.

No matter who was first (get the egos out of the way) make sure the tactic becomes a reality. Otherwise, the body politic will be change like nothing professional politicians have ever seen.

Beside earmarks both sides must establish a list of government programs/methods that are wasteful and do not server the public interest, and take on illuminating each one at the same time. If this is not carried out in bipartisan manner you can expect to see more Tea Party movements, because if our representatives cannot solve a problem, then it is up to U.S.

MSGTAS on January 26, 2011 at 9:30 AM