I still stand by my picks, mind you.
President Barack Obama will call for new government spending on infrastructure, education and research in his State of the Union address Tuesday, sharpening his response to Republicans in Congress who are demanding deep budget cuts, people familiar with the speech said.
The new spending could include initiatives aimed at building the renewable-energy sector—which received billions of dollars in stimulus funding—and rebuilding roads to improve transportation, people familiar with the matter said. Money to restructure the No Child Left Behind law’s testing mandates and institute more competitive grants also could be included.
If you want expansions in Big Green payoffs and road pork, Mr. President, pay for it by cutting elsewhere first. And if you want to enhance your re-election prospects by fiddling with NCLB, do it on your dime. Until then… The People Have Spoken, and they have said: Stop wasting our money, you daft idjits.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: What? What else needs to be said? Cuts first, cuts that hurt; then we’ll talk about what to fund, and at what priorities. Welcome to the New Order Of Things: that ain’t Pelosi holding the gavel anymore.
PPS: Clearly, the President has decided to not take my advice and adopt a mindset not notably different than, say, Budget Chair Paul Ryan’s.
Not Right Now: Real Soon Now (via AoSHQ). Apparently the plan is to wait until after the current wave of spending, then convince the Democratic party to stop spending taxpayer money that does not, in point of fact, quite exist. Except for funding a new jobs bill, which somehow isn’t expected to ‘count.’
But can he do it, after… oh, let Bryon York get this one:
I asked whether Obama, after presiding over the stimulus, the bailouts, the big Democratic budget, the House cap-and-trade vote, health care reform, and finally, a tripling of the already-high federal deficit, could plausibly position himself as a spending hawk. “Their principle failure is that they have allowed themselves to be defined as government interventioners and huge spenders,” the strategist told me. “If he becomes the great expander of government and the great increaser of spending, he’s going to get destroyed in 2012.”
Actually, the principal failure is that they are government interventionists and huge spenders – and have revealed this blatantly enough that independent voters have noticed. In other words, it’s not ‘If he becomes;’ it’s ‘he has become.’ That’s the primary reason why his economic marks are so poor Right Now – and why waiting for Real Soon Now is contraindicated.
Crossposted to RedState.