In State Of The Union Obama To Call For…More Spending

He wants spending on education, roads and infrastructure. But wasn’t it just less than two years ago that Congress passed the $787 billion “stimulus” spending spree to address those needs?

Now we need more spending?

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.

Mr. Obama will argue that the U.S., even while trying to reduce its budget deficit, must make targeted investments to foster job growth and boost U.S. competitiveness in the world economy. 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.

Per the article, the President apparently is going to call for some budget cuts “though they will likely fall short of what Republican lawmakers have requested.”

Republicans have proposed a total of $2.5 trillion in cuts over 10 years. As I pointed out earlier this week, even those cuts would leave us with a $1.15 trillion budget deficit next year. Senator Rand Paul has proposed a budget of his own with $500 billion in spending cuts over the next year, and even that still leaves us with a $900 billion deficit.

If Obama’s proposed cuts don’t even go as far as Republicans want, and if he’s intent on adding even more new spending on top of that, we can fully expect deficits of well over $1 trillion to continue for the foreseeable future.

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  • $8194357

    This is so plain and in your face if folks can’t see it they are willfully blind or deluded. Both Scriptual. Man loved darkness and would not come into the light as his deeds were sinful or the deception God would send in the end times that the lost would believe the lie as the Truth as they are being left behind..

  • Neiman

    Let me defend Obama – he is a socialist, an extreme liberal, and so throwing money at things is second nature to him, he cannot resist the desire to spend more of our money. I am not sure if he/they honestly think everything can be solved by throwing more money at it or if either consciously or unconsciously they really want to spend us into economic oblivion that, a revolution by those begging for bread will bring forth the Communist Utopia of their dreams. But, putting that aside, I am just pleading for some understanding for Obama, as like a lifetime drug addict in torment, desperately needing that next bolus of his favorite narcotic – spending OPM, he cannot help himself. We need a Betty Ford clinic for compulsive big spending liberals to kick the habit, maybe even a political equivalent of tough love detox, accepting their screaming fits until they get past the hallucinations.

    Maybe inside Obama’s unconscious mind he is screaming, “Please stop me before I spend again!”

  • thormat

    There must be some Union Contracts coming up.

  • robert108

    He really has no choice. His Marxist value system makes him always turn to big govt to do everything. If he really had to talk about what builds wealth, creates jobs and yields economic growth, he would have to use the “p” word-profits, and Marxists hate profits. Even his govt spending ultimately depends on profits, which is one of the major blind spots of his Marxism. Marx thought wealth was produced by “work product”, purely by labor, when it comes from putting capital at risk to make profits, which is capitalism. Nothing snowbama can do, under his Marxist beliefs, can generate wealth, economic growth or spur job creation.

    • $8194357

      Marxist value added economics….right on target robert…

  • Bat One

    For those on the Left, there is always another excuse to spend even more of other people’s money.

    • Rob

      Well, socialists have been doing it for as long as socialism has been around. Every time a socialist policy fails, it’s always because it wasn’t socialist enough or because of those evil, bourgeois capitalists saboteurs. So the solution is always the same, only more so!

      • $8194357

        Margret Thatcher: The problem with socialism is eventually your run out of other peoples money.
        This is why her and Reagan were followers of Haydens aproach of keep government out of both the economy and the individuals decision making processes..

  • Mountainmouth

    Democrat policy is the ultimate money pit

  • flamemeister

    Nothing of what he has done is of any clear benefit. Throwing good money after bad incarnatus est.

  • tony_o2

    They’ll probably propose to increase spending by $X and then “compromise” by cutting that increase in half. It works for used-car salesmen…..

  • mikemc1970

    This is what all his triangulation has been about. All his “I’m going to cut regulations” and “I’m going to be business friendly” has been a positioning maneuver to get more spending money. Heck that is probably what the lavish state dinner for Hu was, he was buttering him up for more cash.

  • Bat One

    It will be interesting to watch the jargon used by Obama and the Left in this new budget battle… how they measure their proposed spending increases and how they characterize their proposed “cuts”. After all, in their haste not to be held accountable for their past unconscionable deficit spending, the Democrats somehow couldn’t be bothered to pass a budget last year as required by the Constitution.