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Exclusive: President Obama to Propose Budget Freeze and Earmark Ban Tonight
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Posted on 01/25/2011 9:06:01 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Exclusive: President Obama to Propose Budget Freeze and Earmark Ban Tonight

January 25, 2011 11:11 AM

Pursuing a path of deficit reduction and government reform, President Obama will tonight in his State of the Union address call for a ban on earmarks and he will propose an overall budget freeze, ABC News has learned.

The proposals come as the president prepares to tackle the deficit and debt and as he faces a House of Representatives in Republican hands, many of whose members include those affiliated with the Tea Party who may be willing to embrace both moves.

The president will propose some new spending in certain areas that address the speech’s theme of “How We Win the Future”: innovation, education and infrastructure. But those increases will be proposed as part of an overall budget freeze, which given the annual rate of growth is often seen in Washington, DC, budgeting as a cut.

The FY 2011 budget was $3.8 trillion. Last year President Obama proposed a three-year hard freeze on non-security discretionary spending, to save $250 billion over the next decade; this would be much broader.

As for earmarks, President Obama has long been critical of the process in which members of Congress insert their pet projects into legislation without having them first go through the normal appropriations process, but Congress has continued to put billions of dollars of such projects in bills that arrive at the president’s desk.

After the midterm elections, which President Obama called a “shellacking,” he cited earmarks as a reason why some voters may have gone for the GOP.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 112th; bhosotu; budget; democrats; economy; fail; obama; sotu; youlie
FAIL.........
1 posted on 01/25/2011 9:06:03 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

In other news, Hell’s in the middle of a winter storm...


2 posted on 01/25/2011 9:09:19 AM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
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To: JRios1968

Don’t ever believe a word that comes out of the mouth of this pathetic imposter.


3 posted on 01/25/2011 9:10:32 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Great, since Obama is so serious now on cutting spending, then when the US Senate passes the repeal on Obamacare and dumps it on his desk, Obama should have no problem signing it.


4 posted on 01/25/2011 9:11:34 AM PST by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why not freeze it. It is as bloated as it has ever been. How about a budget CUT?


5 posted on 01/25/2011 9:11:37 AM PST by CobraJet
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To: Sub-Driver

Indeed, let’s freeze budgets and historical and unsustainable levels. That’ll fix things right up.


6 posted on 01/25/2011 9:12:28 AM PST by IamConservative (Liberlism - the surety of knowing that which cannot be proven by fact.)
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To: Sub-Driver

His strategy: pump up spending to gargantuan levels with supposed “temporary” “emergency” spending, and then “freeze” spending at those high levels.


7 posted on 01/25/2011 9:13:19 AM PST by arista
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To: Sub-Driver

So his campaign for 2012 is to run on the GOP ticket?

Re-invent himself!?

Next time, we need to elect someone whose training wheels come off at 90 days.


8 posted on 01/25/2011 9:13:48 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Sub-Driver

He wants to freeze the budget and make a $1.6 trillion deficit a permanent fixture? Yeah, that’ll work.


9 posted on 01/25/2011 9:13:59 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Sub-Driver
President Obama will tonight in his State of the Union address call for a ban on earmarks

Didn't Obumbler and his minions in the 111th anti-Progress deride this idea when the Republicans suggested it in the campaign?

10 posted on 01/25/2011 9:16:28 AM PST by ssaftler (Is "Audacity of Hope" English for "Mein Kampf"?)
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To: ssaftler

Actually, he pledged not to sign a budget that had earmarks in it. We know how that went.


11 posted on 01/25/2011 9:20:21 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: CobraJet
"Why not freeze it. It is as bloated as it has ever been. How about a budget CUT?"

Yep! Pad out the budget to benefit all your cronies and then freeze it in place. Sad to think how many people will be fooled by this.

12 posted on 01/25/2011 9:20:37 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: jiggyboy

Ah here we go, look for this story later this year:

Published March 02, 2009 | AP

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will break a campaign pledge and sign a budget bill laden with millions in lawmakers’ pet projects, administration officials said.

Administration budget chief Peter Orszag and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel both downplayed the $410 billion spending bill and signaled Obama would hold his nose and sign it. Orszag said: “We want to just move on. Let’s get this bill done, get it into law and move forward.

Said Emanuel: “That’s last year’s business.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/02/obama-sign-spending-despite-earmarks/


13 posted on 01/25/2011 9:24:44 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Sub-Driver

Except for Kobe beef and white truffle dinners at the WH, health care for feds, SEIU, teachers’ salaries and anything from Chicago.........

Conservatives at the SOTU need to do the wave periodically, just for fun.


14 posted on 01/25/2011 9:27:46 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He will give with one hand, just watch what the other hand is doing. He’s like a slick pick pocket.


15 posted on 01/25/2011 9:27:48 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: OpusatFR

He won’t have to run on the republican ticket. There’ll be enough republicans in the house who show their love for him as a democrat. Those sitting all over the place tonight will insure his re-election in 2012. I give up with this republican party. The leadership should ORDER the damned people to sit where they’re supposed to sit. But instead they embrace this crap.


16 posted on 01/25/2011 9:31:35 AM PST by Terry Mross (I voted for McCain and WASTED my vote.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The budget is frozen and earmarks are banned.

Now, here is the list of waivers and exemptions...


17 posted on 01/25/2011 9:35:16 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Sub-Driver

A temporary budget freeze = no cuts = we stop accelerating towards the cliff but still go over it.


18 posted on 01/25/2011 9:37:14 AM PST by Yet_Again
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To: Sub-Driver

19 posted on 01/25/2011 9:37:14 AM PST by Lucky9teen (Jobs? Nope! Economy? Nope! Disarm the U.S? Yep! Impeach the treasonous Marxist Muslim usurper bast)
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To: Sub-Driver
Another earmark ban? What happened to the last one?

“We are going to ban all earmarks.” - Baraq Hussein Obama - 9 Jan 2009

20 posted on 01/25/2011 9:42:58 AM PST by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Sub-Driver

Freezing the budget at an unsustainable level is not an acceptable answer. They have to slash all wasteful spending. Any money beyond what we needed in 2006 is clearly optional and should be cut immediately unless there is an overwhelming reason for that spending. As far as I'm concerned, even that spending should be justified line item by line item or eliminated. It's time to phase out the massive waste that our federal government has become and restore the Constitution and the concept of enumerated powers.

21 posted on 01/25/2011 9:51:56 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: arista

Yep.


22 posted on 01/25/2011 9:54:10 AM PST by PogySailor (The ruling class will not go down easily. And neither will their paid hacks.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sure.
After raising our Debt by a couple of TRILLION dollars and shoving burdeing social programs not wanted by the people down our throats now that his party is not in total control he wants a spending freeze and no earmarks. What an assclown.


23 posted on 01/25/2011 9:59:32 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Sub-Driver

Freeze the budget at unprecedented high levels. Who falls for this crap?


24 posted on 01/25/2011 10:05:06 AM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: JRios1968

LOL..
It’s a little late in the game for Obama to worry about budget freeze and ear tags. What the heck, that horse done fled the barn!


25 posted on 01/25/2011 10:12:49 AM PST by stillafreemind
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To: Terry Mross

He won’t have to run on the republican ticket. There’ll be enough republicans in the house who show their love for him as a democrat. Those sitting all over the place tonight will insure his re-election in 2012. I give up with this republican party. The leadership should ORDER the damned people to sit where they’re supposed to sit. But instead they embrace this crap.
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Yup - this is a lose/lose for the idiot GOP. If they stand up and cheer, they show “unity” and indicate to the sheep public how “great” Zero is, thereby helping him and the Rats in 2012.

If they stay seated, the either look like idiots, or they will be labeled haters, or both.

They walked right into the Rat Trap — sadly, they probably did it knowlingly.


26 posted on 01/25/2011 10:26:01 AM PST by Yooper4Life (They all lie.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Time to get into a bidding war.

“I’ll see you and raise you by a cut of an additional trillion dollars”...


27 posted on 01/25/2011 10:31:17 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: 3niner
Freeze the budget at unprecedented high levels. Who falls for this crap?

About 65% of the population and 100% of the MSM?

2012 here we come. That is ALL he needs to get to and he knows it. That is when his real agenda will happen, and he will say and do anything to get to that point. (Except repeal Obamacare.)

28 posted on 01/25/2011 10:36:06 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: Sub-Driver
“Freezing” the budget at insane and unsustainable historical highs is a sure way to destroy America.

The budget needs to be rolled back at least 20% or this country is toast.

Repeal Obamacare
Reduce Health and Human Services budget by 30%
Cut all other budgets except Defense by a mandatory 20%
Give all Congress a 20% cut in pay
Take back all the bonus money money paid to the criminal managers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and use it to pay the interest on our national debt.

29 posted on 01/25/2011 10:48:11 AM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: fwdude

Precisely. The boy is a bald-faced liar. Joe Wilson was right.

This speech is nothing but a ruse.


30 posted on 01/25/2011 10:53:13 AM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes! Let’s Ban Earmarks AGAIN!

One of these times it will actually work


31 posted on 01/25/2011 10:55:16 AM PST by Mr. K (Government doesn't solve problems, it subsidizes them. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver

As soon as he proposes freezing the handout-levels at the current exhorbitant rate, the Republicans seated in the “photo-op placement arrangement” should get up, and move to the Republican Section of The House. Let the Usurper KNOW that the out-of-control Progressive Agenda put in place in the last 6 years is what put the country in its current situation, and the HANDOUTS ARE GOING TO BE STOPPED, PERIOD.


32 posted on 01/25/2011 11:09:43 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, he can propose an earmark ban, but that’s not going to happen. And he probably knows it. The ship of bipartisan, government funded “progressives” is sinking. Enjoy the ride, and don’t buy anything that you don’t need.


33 posted on 01/25/2011 4:27:05 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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