Budget Deal Done: The Kids Can See George
Obama announces the largest annual spending cut in history - $39 billion. (Sad that such a small cut is so unusual.)
Some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful. Programs people rely on will be cut back. Needed infrastructure projects will be delayed. And I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances.
What I find interesting about his announcement is the lack of details offered. He tells a story of budget-cutting, gives the obligatory sob story about kids who might not have been able to visit the Washington monument without his bold leadership, but he leaves out the facts as if the American people have no interest - as if we don't need to know. Here's what got done.
Working late into the evening Friday, congressional and White House negotiators struck an agreement to pay for government operations through the end of September while trimming $38.5 billion in spending. Lawmakers then approved a days-long stopgap measure to keep the government running while the details of the new spending plan were written into legislation.
It's obviously no stunner that the president is being patronizing. But I think that cumulatively, it is these little maneuvers that provide a clear picture of what kind of leadership we're getting.