Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Obama Spending Freeze Proposal A Flip Flop

By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network

President Obama is reportedly about to propose a freeze on domestic spending next year in an attempt to cut into a widening federal deficit.

Some analysts are already declaring that the freeze would have a minimal effect on the deficit and national debt. Form, not substance, they argue. The same, I guess, could be said about the president's campaign promises.

During the presidential debates, Republican candidate John McCain - obviously concerned about the state of an economy he admitted he didn't really understand - proposed an across-the-board freeze in federal government spending.

This was one issue where it was clear that the two men differed. Obama's response was that McCain's proposal was taking a hatchet to a problem that needed a scalpel.

But tomorrow, during his State of the Union address, Obama is expected to propose exactly that. A domestic federal government spending freeze in 2011.

During yesterday's News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network - I suggested that there was little difference between President Bush and President Obama. That the change Obama promised has yet to materialize.

During the campaign - there were those who argued that the differences between Obama and McCain were minimal as well. It was a suggestion that - I must acknowledge - I scoffed at. But that was then. Today, I'm not so sure I would be as dismissive of that assertion.

What will be interesting to see will be the Republican response to the State of the Union. If the GOP blasts the spending freeze proposal - then its position will have flip flopped as well.

We'll be carrying both the State of the Union and the Republican response live on the Paltalk News Network. Then you'll have ample opportunity to give your response.

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