Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Our Disconnected President Reveals His Fantastic Budget

It's becoming an effort just to keep up with the daily barrage of news coming from Washington. Perhaps it wouldn't be so difficult if what we heard every day didn't fly in the face of logic and common sense.

Obama's budget is today's example. $3,800,000,000,000.00. For a moment, allow the awe of seeing so many zeros in a row wash over you. Marvel at them. Seemingly empty and full at the same time.

Empty of restraint, of responsibility, of concern for the effects such a large number has on an already struggling country in the midst of an economic crisis. Full of hubris, of largess, of misguided priorities about the role of government in the lives of a free people.

We've learned a great deal about the vaporous man who now inhabits our White House, and in turn, a great deal about the people we trusted to run America in our stead, most of it bad. Taken alone, would you expect such a large budget from someone who says this:

We simply cannot continue to spend as if deficits don’t have consequences. As if waste doesn’t matter. As if the hard earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money.
You'd also expect that same person to be grounded in fiscal reality when he proposes a spending freeze instead of this:

h/t Flopping Aces

Given just these two examples, you can't help but wonder at the chasm that separates Obama's words from his actions. Sure, he sounds concerned, but his actions and results show a disturbing disconnect with reality.

In politics, there is an axiom that "Perception is reality." Many Americans rightfully percieve that those running our country, those that we entrust to operate our country in a responsible and adult fashion, have no idea what they're doing.

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