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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Keep the Change

After proposing a $3.4 Trillion budget, BHO has asked for $17 billion in cuts. I don’t know how to say this without sounding flip, but that quite literally gets lost in the rounding. It’s $3.4 trillion with or without the cuts.

Even with Obama telling journalists to stress the "significant" nature of these cuts, they seem uncharacteristically resistant. Apparently they know a drop in the bucket when they see one. Bama seems stunned by their reaction. Possibly because he thought they were on board with his budget, as they didn’t ask one single question about it at his last play date with the press.

Instead, they wanted to know what enchanted him about his first 100 days. Like most of the journalists in attendance, it was clear that he was most enchanted with himself. Holding court for his standard ensemble of useful idiots, he lobbed each soft ball question back with a backhand intended to make a point of one of his standard themes: “My administration inherited a mess. We've started to clean it up. What you don't like is not my fault.”

His instruction to the press corps on Friday sounded like a petulant father lecturing his misbehaving children.

And he told journalists directly that they should stress the fact that the cuts are "significant" – a surprisingly direct appeal to reporters concerning which angle they should take in their coverage.

"It is important, though, for all of you, as you're writing up these stories, to recognize that $17 billion taken out of our discretionary, non-defense budget, as well as portions of our defense budget, are significant," he said. "They mean something.

What “they mean” is the Democrats are going to ram through a $3.4 trillion dollar budget, but you can keep the change. Believe it.