The Corner

The President Stands By His Overspending

Barack Obama is Jimmy Carter on a normal (bad) day, not Bill Clinton on a good day.

The “budget” unveiled by Barack Obama doesn’t pass the laugh test. It is a pretend feint to moderation. Republicans — who do not have the entire executive branch at their disposal — have already put forward $100 billion in reductions in spending this year. Obama is countering with $40 billion each year for ten years. The train has left the station and he is negotiating.

There was a media boomlet in December that Obama’s collapse in the fight over extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was not a surrender à la Gorbachev, but a clever repositioning à la Clinton.

Now we see that Obama is back to his last two years as the committed man of the left driving hard left as fast as he can push without pausing to see how the nation reacts. Obama famously claimed to be ignorant of the Tea Party movement on April 15, 2009. He missed the August revolt in the town-hall meetings and he thought the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts was an annoyance and not a storm-petrel.

Obama’s offer to “cut” two dollars of promised increased spending for one dollar of tax hike — adding up to, cue Austin Powers’s nemesis, “one trillion dollars” over ten years. This is the same ratio democrats offered Bush 41 when they snookered him in 1990 at Andrews Air Force Base.

Republicans won in 2010 because they captured 60 percent of independent voters. Those voters were terrified by the president’s overspending. Obama has decided to return to his corner and defend the overspending of the past and to push for more.

Obama has become predictable.

Grover Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform.

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