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President Obama to Propose Partial Budget Freeze and Earmark Ban Tonight
ABC News ^ | 01/25/2011

Posted on 01/25/2011 11:40:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind

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 a five year budget freeze on non-security related discretionary spending, 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 within the context of a proposed partial budget freeze.

The FY 2011 budget was $3.8 trillion; $1.415 trillion of which was discretionary spending. The president's proposal would save, according to estimates, roughly $400 billion.

Last year President Obama proposed three-year hard freeze on non-security discretionary spending, which White House officials said would save $250 billion over the next decade. (Non-discretionary spending includes items such as Social Security and Medicare.)

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.

“I’m a strong believer that the earmarking process in Congress isn’t what the American people really want to see when it comes to making tough decisions about how taxpayer dollars are spent,” the president said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 112th; aermark; bho44; bhosotu; broke; budgetfreeze; debt; earmarks; federalspending; obama; searchandfind; sotu; spending

1 posted on 01/25/2011 11:40:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

yes! let’s freeze it at 1.4 trillion dollar deficit levels!!!

what a dumb A$$ HOLE he is


2 posted on 01/25/2011 11:41:18 AM PST by Mr. K (Government doesn't solve problems, it subsidizes them. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Congress didn’t pass a budget. They passed a resolution the budget was whatever they cared to spend. Nobody will call them on that-just watch!


3 posted on 01/25/2011 11:42:17 AM PST by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a farce. If he were serious, he would be working to get it rolled back to 2007 levels. He, personally, has driving the debt and deficit spending through the roof, and now he wants to freeze it at that obscene level. Will be interesting to see if the Repubs buy into this.


4 posted on 01/25/2011 11:42:58 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a farce. If he were serious, he would be working to get it rolled back to 2007 levels. He, personally, has driving the debt and deficit spending through the roof, and now he wants to freeze it at that obscene level. Will be interesting to see if the Repubs buy into this.


5 posted on 01/25/2011 11:42:58 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: SeekAndFind

Suddenly, every union bailout will be defined as essential to National Security


6 posted on 01/25/2011 11:45:08 AM PST by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: SeekAndFind

Max out the credit cards and then proclaim that he isn’t going to use them anymore.


7 posted on 01/25/2011 11:46:47 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: SeekAndFind

So far, “Mr. Market” does not like the freeze idea.

This is simply another version of the old DC game called “Kick The Can”.


8 posted on 01/25/2011 11:46:59 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: SeekAndFind

A new entry into the Newspeak Dictionary.


9 posted on 01/25/2011 11:46:59 AM PST by blackdog
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10 posted on 01/25/2011 11:47:09 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: AzSteven

wholly smokes batman hes using the gop playbook cause they werent gonna give him one red cent anyways. this guy is truly brilliant rhodes worthy. excuse me im gonna throw up


11 posted on 01/25/2011 11:48:18 AM PST by truthbetold11 (truthbetold11)
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To: SeekAndFind
Last year President Obama proposed three-year hard freeze on non-security discretionary spending . . .

It worked so well last year that this year 0bama's proposing a five year freeze.

12 posted on 01/25/2011 11:48:30 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: SeekAndFind
...changed within a couple of hours from freeze to partial freeze....
13 posted on 01/25/2011 11:49:31 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SeekAndFind

Physician heal thyself.


14 posted on 01/25/2011 11:50:55 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm.)
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To: SeekAndFind

is this Groundhog’s Day? I’ve already heard this all before from him!


15 posted on 01/25/2011 11:53:02 AM PST by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

...the bull$h!t is going to pile up so fast we’re going to need shovels to keep from getting buried....


16 posted on 01/25/2011 11:53:15 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Increase spending by $3, then reduce spending by $1, then say, lets freeze our current spending level. Spending increase is still $2 higher than before


17 posted on 01/25/2011 11:55:51 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: SeekAndFind
No worries Amerika. He still has two years to save us. No worries at all. After his propaganda speech tonight, his ratings according to the MSM will sore to 89% approval and 95% disapproval of the tea parties, Palin, and republicans.
18 posted on 01/25/2011 11:56:46 AM PST by RetiredArmy (As the end times approach, I hope each here will discover the LORD. Seek Him out!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, now that he got his laundry list checked off. And the media will trumpet him as the hero of austerity and discipline after tonight.


19 posted on 01/25/2011 12:01:37 PM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought he cut off earmaks when he was a candidate for the Presidency.

Is he just getting around to it or just repeating the same lie.


20 posted on 01/25/2011 12:04:22 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Tzimisce

I refuse to give the bastard my time so he can lie repeatedly to me. I know he’s a dead-soul liar and his political party is the enemy of The Republic. NOTHING that barry the bastard could say tonight would change the truth of what he is and what he and the democrat leadership are working to do. I see no reason to waste time listening to their lies, live and in color. We will get our fill of their lies as we work to expose each one and destroy their power. And the stupid republicans haven’t a clue how they have been neutered with this fake ‘bipartisanship’. America is in deep trouble, and neither party has the desire to save Her. Both are servants to the globalist commie agenda, with the democrats knowing the elites and the feckless. clueless republicans serving same out of ignorance. Disgusting


21 posted on 01/25/2011 12:05:29 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Mr. K
what a dumb A$$ HOLE he is

What a dumb A$$ he think we are. The Dumbmasses will stand up and cheer, the Republicans, too. Chrissy Matthews will swoon, Anderson Cooper will pee his pants...............

22 posted on 01/25/2011 12:07:12 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: MNDude

What’s the difference between the SOTU and Groundhog Day?

One involves an individual with very little intelligence attempting to make predictions about matters on which has almost no knowledge. The other involves a groundhog.


23 posted on 01/25/2011 12:09:13 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Regulation without representation is tyranny.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Only fools and traitors believe in the Obozo. Every elected SOB in DC that keeps quiet about his ineligibility thus covering for this sham in the president's office is as guilty as he is. I pray the truth be revealed before he is immaculated to a second term.
24 posted on 01/25/2011 1:02:57 PM PST by drypowder
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To: SeekAndFind
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 a five year budget freeze on non-security related discretionary spending, ABC News has learned.

Careful here - The Supreme One has more than doubled discretionary spending in during his reign. This must either be a code for something else, or he has increased it enough already.

25 posted on 01/25/2011 1:12:42 PM PST by jda
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To: Venturer

LOL.


26 posted on 01/25/2011 1:14:22 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: MHGinTN

What this guy says offers a window in to his psyche.

I like to keep my enemies right where I can see them.

When I can’t see them, I don’t know what they’re doing or plotting.


27 posted on 01/25/2011 1:14:47 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: SeekAndFind

reduce it, don’t freeze it


28 posted on 01/25/2011 1:15:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is Obama trying to make people think that a freeze actually reduces the deficit and that no defunding is needed. The only thing that reduces the deficit is cuts and repeals.
29 posted on 01/25/2011 1:15:56 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: GeronL

Looks like Jarrett is coming out from behind the curtain with the lies and fluff

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/01/25/jarrett-previews-obamas-state-of-the-union


30 posted on 01/25/2011 1:18:42 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: SeekAndFind

Budget freeze? At CURRENT levels? Isn’t that somewhat akin to setting the cruise control with your gas pedal pegged to the floorboard????


31 posted on 01/25/2011 1:21:22 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: GeronL
The last link I posted had 'behind the scenes' pictures

http://www.usnews.com/news/photos/obamas-behind-the-scenes/81

32 posted on 01/25/2011 1:24:16 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: Red Badger

>> The Dumbmasses will stand up and cheer, the Republicans, too. Chrissy Matthews will swoon, Anderson Cooper will pee his pants...

Correct. The faux Conservative pundits will also revel in Barak’s masterful orations of greatness.


33 posted on 01/25/2011 1:41:04 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: SeekAndFind
What a stupid idea. Paul Ryan's proposal was bad like Bush's spending. It's too much spending. Obama's record is worse.

2000 numbers, minimum.

34 posted on 01/25/2011 1:53:56 PM PST by Darren McCarty (We should lead ourselves instead of looking for leaders)
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To: SeekAndFind

FREEZE???? How about a MASSIVE BUDGET CUT???


35 posted on 01/25/2011 2:03:49 PM PST by MNGal
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