Obama to propose spending freeze in State of the Union




Hmmm, this feels like a gimmick to me. It’s a gimmick that won’t please key constituencies or the base. It sure won’t endear Obama to Republicans. I guess Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson will think it’s a good idea. It just seems dangerous right now from an economic sense (cutting spending when the economy is still in trouble), but I’ll wait to hear what Krugman and Stiglitz have to say. It just doesn’t sound all that well thought out:

President Obama will call for a three-year freeze in spending on many domestic programs, and for increases no greater than inflation after that, an initiative intended to signal his seriousness about cutting the budget deficit, administration officials said Monday.

The officials said the proposal would be a major component both of Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address on Wednesday and of the budget he will send to Congress on Monday for the fiscal year that begins in October.

The freeze would cover the agencies and programs for which Congress allocates specific budgets each year, from air traffic control and farm subsidies to education, nutrition and national parks.

But it would exempt the budgets for the Pentagon, foreign aid, the Veterans Administration and homeland security, as well as the entitlement programs that make up the biggest and fastest-growing part of the federal budget: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Of course the Pentagon is exempt. How much are those wars in Iraq and Afghanistan costing?

Nate Silver isn’t impressed:

First reactions aren’t always the best ones, but my first reaction to tonight’s news is that it’s a mistake on par with John McCain’s “suspending my campaign” gaffe.


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