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Obama Cuts Same As In Last 3 Budgets

From, of all places, the Politico:

Familiar ring to Obama’s budget cuts

By: Carrie Budoff Brown
February 17, 2011

President Barack Obama likes to boast of his efforts to slice billions of dollars from the federal budget, calling it the product of a painstaking, line-by-line dissection to root out wasteful programs.

But he called for dozens of the exact same cuts last year. And the year before that. In fact, former President George W. Bush tried to eliminate many of the same programs

Obama recycled almost three dozen programs for elimination from last year’s budget, which was never considered by lawmakers. And last year’s budget recycled almost two dozen proposed program terminations from the previous year that lawmakers wouldn’t touch, thanks, in no small part, to powerful patrons in Congress.

The president filled his budget with other retreads that have gone nowhere on the Hill.

Bush repeatedly sought to cut funding for home-heating assistance aid for the poor, as the president wants to do this year.

Obama resurrected a proposal for a bank tax, which flamed out in Congress last year. He reintroduced his plan to limit itemized deductions, including for home mortgage interest, to offset the cost of another perpetual problem — the Alternative Minimum Tax, which could ensnare more than 20 million households without the fix. Like the past two years, Congress appears in no mood to tackle the popular deductions

So does this finally mean the end of, say, the Byrd scholarships, a constant on the target list? …

The $42 million Byrd scholarship no longer enjoys the protection of its namesake, the powerful late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who died last year. A scholarship founded in honor of his wife, Erma, also turned up on the president’s list of terminations for the first time.

The B.J. Stupak Olympic Scholarship finds itself in the same pickle. With former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) now retired, the $1 million program named after his son may well fade away.

The defeat three years ago of former Sen. Ted Stevens (D-Alaska), an Appropriations Committee chairman, has left Alaska programs vulnerable to attack.

The Denali Commission, an agency created to channel federal dollars into rural Alaska infrastructure projects, would lose $10 million to construct health facilities.

In all three cases — Byrd, Stupak and Denali — Obama and House Republicans agree: It’s time for them to go. The programs show up on both the administration’s cut list for next year and the GOP’s proposed trims for this year.

A grant program for “history whaling and trading partners” — which supports educational activities for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Massachusetts residents and a Mississippi Indian tribe — would lose its $9 million in funding under the president’s budget.

Obama tried to terminate it the past two years. Bush did too. They both failed

And yet this is the man who is supposed to be all about fresh new ideas.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Cuts Same As In Last 3 Budgets”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The difference is that Bush tried to eliminate them to get rid of them and save the taxpayers some cash. Obama submits them repeatedly knowing the proposals will be shot down, thus preserving his “political-ness” and also making it appear that he’s “conservative”. Gotta admit, the kid is a very good liar.

    However, for Obama, the tactic has partially backfired. American Thinker reports that the alternate engine development for the F-35 has been canceled by Congress, going against Boehner’s request. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/02/house_votes_to_cancel_f35_engi.html 1,000 jobs will be lost and that’s the only way barry can spin it. But he’s in a conundrum….speaking on behalf of the military, which he hates, and the military industrial complex, such as it is, which he also hates, and somehow trying to come out ahead in the budget picture. But they have so-far saved only pennies and a thousand people will go unemployed. But like Boehner said yesterday, “so be it” in reference to federal jobs.

  2. untrainable says:

    educational activities for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Massachusetts residents and a Mississippi Indian tribe What an odd cross section. How did Massachusetts residents qualify for this money without even being part of a whining ethnic minority? I sort of get the connection between whaling and native Alaskans, and OK we’ll just go with the native Hawaiians for now, but is there really a lot of whaling going on in Mississippi by Native Americans?

    History whaling and trading partners? What does that even mean? This is just one more moneypit that government has created for paybacks to their political buddies. A perfect illustration of government waste.

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