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Obama’s ‘Freeze’


The first sentence of the Washington Post’s lead article today states that President Obama “will propose in his State of the Union address a three-year freeze on federal funding that is not related to national security,” and the second sentence likewise suggests that the proposed freeze — which would apply to “the overall budget for agencies other than the military, veterans affairs, homeland security and certain international programs” — is sweeping. 

Only the reader who makes it to the carryover page will learn that the freeze would not apply to “entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” “would not restrain funding for the $787 billion economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress early last year,” would not “apply to a new bill aimed at creating jobs,” and would be “unlikely to affect the approximately $900 billion health-care bill.” 

Some freeze.


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