Barack Obama has no choice but to sign the omni-pork spending bill, and it’s all George Bush’s fault.
This is the contention of Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, who in an interview basically said the the President of the United States was absolutely powerless to do anything about it and he just had to sign this turkey. It was negotiated last year and has enough pork to clog arteries on both sides of the aisle, but apparently Obama sees the need to get that spending out so quickly, there’s just not time to remove the fatty portions.
Well, maybe Obama didn’t have anybody read the bill and flag the pork portions that he could send back to congress for revision. After all, he is having a hard time hiring. Maybe we should give him a break there. But don’t worry, Orszag says “we’ll get ’em next year”.
There’s only one problem with Orszag’s rhetoric: the stimulus bill is full of pork as well, and that was not a product of the last administration. How much more money is this guy going to waste before people stand up and take notice? Sure there are howls of protest here and there, but a largely apathetic public is standing by and allowing the president to shirk his duties. How tough could it be? Take this crap out and I’ll sign it”. Both sides of the aisle have their junk inserted, so it’s not like there’s a bias one way or the other.
Stop jerking us around B.O. You said you would be fiscally responsible, but you have yet to show anything resembling that. You can do that here, right now.