Last week, he promised “bring down the deficit“:
Our new approach in Afghanistan is likely to cost us roughly $30 billion for the military this year, and I’ll work closely with Congress to address these costs as we work to bring down our deficit.
President Barack Obama called for a major new burst of federal spending Tuesday, perhaps $150 billion or more, aiming to jolt the wobbly economy into a stronger recovery and reduce painfully persistent double-digit unemployment.
Despite Republican criticism concerning record federal deficits, Obama said the U.S. has had to “spend our way out of this recession” with so many people out of work but insisted he was still mindful of a need to confront soaring deficits.
Mindful of the need to confront soaring deficits? That’s nice, but doesn’t do anything to reduce federal spending. I’m mindful of feminine beauty, but a hot chick still doesn’t do for me what she does for my straight male friends.
It’s too bad Democrats remain in Spenderland, believing that government spending is the solution to all social problems. If the president really wants to help put people back to work, he needs to do something which makes it easier for those institutions which best create new jobs to do just that. That means, he need remove regulatory and tax burdens on small businesses.
To that end, it might be a good idea for his EPA to reconsider its declaration yesterday about carbon dioxide. That’s just going to give the federal government one more tool with which to interfere with American enterprises. And small businesses are not readily equipped to adapt to meet federal mandates nor to do the paperwork to show compliance with said mandates — nor to hire attorneys to challenge edicts handed down by federal agencies.