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Obama Prepares Base For Fake Budget Cuts

From The Hill:

Obama warns left: You won’t like budget

Alexander Bolton

Top White House officials are warning liberal and labor leaders to brace themselves for President Obama’s budget proposal.

Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, sought in meetings last week to lift the left’s gloom about Washington’s crackdown on spending by promising that the president this year will focus on job creation rather than deficit cutting.

Obama staffers sought to present their budget plan as a glass half full. According to sources familiar with the briefings, they promised that the president will focus on jobs and the economy, instead of deficit-cutting, which dominated last year’s debate on Capitol Hill.

Obama has signaled in recent weeks that he plans to run a populist reelection campaign. He will need to keep liberal activist and labor groups — important parts of the Democratic base — energized for his strategy to work.

And he is going to keep them "energized" with ‘walking around money.’

In his first three years, Obama had a free hand to suggest spending levels for government programs in his annual budget blueprint. But that is not the case this year because the administration is constrained by the budget deal reached in August to raise the debt limit.

He must stick to the $1.047 trillion spending cap he agreed to with GOP leaders, which means he will call for less discretionary spending than he did last year.

Oh, our sides.

Senior administration officials fear a backlash from the left and are trying to prepare their allies to expect a disappointing budget, sources say.

“A senior White House person said we weren’t going to be happy with the budget, but they’re doing the best they can” given the spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act, said one source

This year, it appears the administration is giving Democrats a heads-up, which goes a long way in politics.

Senior administration officials have reassured union leaders that the Department of Labor, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety Health Administration, will be spared from the toughest cuts. The administration will also seek to preserve funding for the National Labor Relations Board, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Yes, that is what the labor unions are worried about. Mine safety. – In reality, the administration has told them they will still find ways to funnel them money.

“I know there have been a variety of meetings and discussions with White House folks on the budget,” said Mike Lux, a Democratic strategist who advises liberal and labor groups. “I know from my perspective of working at the White House in the Clinton years, you have to prepare people when there’s tough news. It’s much better to have these conversations in advance.

“The White House has been doing a good job of briefing allies and prepping people,” he said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the meetings…

Liberal groups are pleased that the president has indicated he will shift away from the discussion of deficits and spending cuts that last year overshadowed the jobs agenda they preferred to emphasize

So what exactly is the tough news? Oh, and they are still trying to come up with new taxes:

Some on the left have pushed vigorously for a financial transactions tax on the trade of stocks, bonds and derivatives. Liberal Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) have introduced such a proposal in Congress

Yes, that will do wonders for the economy.

Obama’s senior advisers appear more inclined to push a tax on financial institutions, such as was included in the president’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal to recoup the costs of the 2008-2009 Wall Street bailout.

Er, the ‘Wall Street bailout’ has been re-paid — with interest. The government made a profit.

By the way, Obama’s 2012 budget was voted down in the Senate 97 to 0. They couldn’t even find a single Democrat Senator to vote for it.

That budget was also just for show.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Prepares Base For Fake Budget Cuts”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    If Romney is Mexican, maybe Obama’s Italian cause he reminds me of a certain cruise ship captain.

    Funny isn’t it. The more Obama pushes for jobs, the more we loose & the deficit goes up, up, up. If he would only issue orders for all engines (aka the fed, congress) full astern, then the deficit will go down AND jobs would go up.

    Instead, we’re lying on our side fighting over life jackets while he’s taking off on another misadventure.

  2. canary says:

    Education budget cuts official 2011-2012.

    The New York Times News is the official research source for students to research thesis on “U.S. History.”

    I now have it in black and white. Educational cutbacks have been ongoing under the Obama administration.

    Obama promised free internet for every student. A grade requirement for students to show they got library cards for public library’s are now worthless as the students have been told they can do research at Public Libraries.

    No sources from Public Libraries.
    The schools will not be able to check if citations are accurate.
    No Encyclopedias. School “data bases” may site Encyclopedias such as “World Book” “Comptons”,
    “Britannica” but DO NOT USE. They will not be approved.

    Sites approved (with the exception of ‘their” using encyclopedia sources used are


    Too Good To Be Ignored


    Issues & Controversies in American History Facts on Files


    Salem History

    Annals of America


    AND if “parents” and students want to check out these required internet sties parents can PAY to use them on their home computers.

    This is “communism”. It starts in the schools and it’s time to get rid of Dept of Education and their unions.

    And I’m for congress working 24/7 not just once a month to fix this mess.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    In an effort to cut the fat out of the American government’s annual budget, Congress has agreed to replace their lavish, fancy office furniture with the more expensive antique originals.

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