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Obama Will Propose a Bait-and-Switch Budget Plan
Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 04/06/2013 5:14:36 PM PDT by Kaslin

Are we about to see a new kinder-and-gentler Obama? Has the tax-and-spend President of the past four years been replaced by a fiscal moderate?

That’s certainly the spin we’re getting from the White House about the President’s new budget. Let’s look at this theme, predictably regurgitated in a Washington Post report.

President Obama will release a budget next week that proposes significant cuts to Medicare and Social Security and fewer tax hikes than in the past, a conciliatory approach…the document will incorporate the compromise offer Obama made to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) last December in the discussions over the “fiscal cliff” – which included $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction through spending cuts and tax increases. …unlike the Republican budget that passed the House last month, Obama’s budget does not balance within 10 years.

Since America’s fiscal challenge is the overall burden of government spending, I’m not overly worried about the fact that Obama’s budget doesn’t get to balance.

But I am curious whether Obama truly is proposing a “conciliatory” budget. Are the tax hikes smaller? Are the supposed spending cuts larger?

Actually, there are no genuine spending cuts since the President’s budget is based on dishonest baseline budgeting. At best, we’re simply talking about slowing the growth of government.

But since Mitchell’s Golden Rule is based on the very modest goal of having government grow slower than the private sector, it’s possible that Obama may be proposing something worthwhile.

But possible isn’t the same as probable. Indeed, it appears that the budget is predicated on a giant bait-and-switch since the beneficial spending restraint imposed by sequestration would be repealed!

Obama’s budget proposal, however, would eliminate sequestration.

This appears almost as an afterthought in the Washington Post article, but it should be the lead story. The White House wants to get rid of a policy that genuinely limits the growth of spending.

We won’t have the official numbers until the budget is released next Wednesday, but I’ll be very curious to see whether the supposed spending cuts elsewhere in his budget are greater than or less than the spending increases that will occur if sequestration is canceled. Particularly since the President also is proposing lots of new spending on everything from early child education to brain mapping.

Moreover, it seems as though Obama tax numbers are based on dodgy math as well. The White House is claiming that this is a “conciliatory” budget because he’s no longer proposing $1.6 trillion of tax hikes.

The budget is more conservative than Obama’s earlier proposals, which called for $1.6 trillion in new taxes and fewer cuts to health and domestic spending programs. Obama is seeking to raise $580 billion in tax revenue by limiting deductions for the wealthy and closing loopholes for certain industries like oil and gas. Those changes are in addition to the increased tobacco taxes and more limited retirement accounts for the wealthy that are meant to pay for new spending.

Let’s try to disentangle the preceding passage. The President wants $580 billion of new taxes from “deductions” and “loopholes.” But he also wants an unknown pile of revenue from new tobacco taxes and from restricting IRAs. And keep in mind that he already got $600 billion as part of the fiscal cliff.

Until we get official numbers, we can’t say anything with certainty, but I’ll be checking on Wednesday to see how much revenue the President intends to grab as a result of the tobacco and IRA provisions. Suffice to say that I won’t be surprised if the net impact of all his tax hikes is close to $1.6 trillion. Especially since he’s also proposing to manipulate CPI data, a change that would generate another $100 billion in revenues.

In other words, the revenue side of his budget likely will be a bait-and-switch scam, just like the spending side is a joke once you understand that he wants to get rid of sequestration.

I hope I’m wrong, but I fear that my concerns will be validated next Wednesday and we’ll see another budget that has no real entitlement reform and more class-warfare tax hikes.

P.S. The budget approved by the House of Representatives avoided any tax increases and restrained spending to that it will grow by an average of 3.4 percent annually. Not exactly draconian, but that approach does balance the budget in 10 years.


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The rest of the title is: Containing Higher Taxes and More Spending
1 posted on 04/06/2013 5:14:36 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Hussein is determined to destroy America. It’s “for the children”


2 posted on 04/06/2013 5:16:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin
Obama Will Propose a Bait-and-Switch Budget Plan

Helen Keller could have seen that coming! lol

3 posted on 04/06/2013 5:18:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Kaslin

I wonder if those low information, Obama two-timers have figured out that their guy is screwing them over yet. I guess they’ll have to hear if from the Ken and Barbie “news” readers on the nightly news. I doubt they are smart enough to figure it out for themselves.


5 posted on 04/06/2013 5:23:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: Kaslin

As with Clinton, with Obama the truth is really a lie that just hasn’t yet been discovered.

As with all liberals, they start by lying to themselves. They lie to their spouse, they lie to their family, they lie to their associates and then they lie to the public. Telling the truth is merely a “tactic” by which they can advance the broader lie. The lie serves The Agenda. In fact, their religion, the reason they get up in the morning, is to serve The Agenda.

And as with all things socialist, The Agenda has an insatiable appetite for economic resource that it cannot create but instead must seize from others.


6 posted on 04/06/2013 5:23:20 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Kaslin
But since Mitchell’s Golden Rule is based on the very modest goal of having government grow slower than the private sector...

Does anyone really expect that the budget Obama proposes will grow less than 2% from last year?

7 posted on 04/06/2013 5:25:00 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I wonder if those low information, Obama two-timers have figured out that their guy is screwing them over yet. I guess they’ll have to hear if from the Ken and Barbie “news” readers on the nightly news. I doubt they are smart enough to figure it out for themselves.


Most will never get it. Their minds have been stolen.


8 posted on 04/06/2013 5:26:12 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: theBuckwheat

And they also deny they ever voted for him. In 1980 it was hard to find anyone who would admit they voted for Carter.

Lying to themselves is the biggie. Then they truly believe their own lies. I believe Clinton and obama really mean it when they say “I didn’t say that”. Then catch them red handed with proof and it’ll be “I mispoke”. People who vote for people like this are more dangerous than the politicians. Lie to me once and I’ll write in Mickey Mouse.


9 posted on 04/06/2013 5:30:43 PM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
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To: Terry Mross

I had a liberal co-worker who finally said she was “tricked by Obama”. They will never admit that they were stupid when they voted for him.


10 posted on 04/06/2013 5:34:31 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: Kaslin
Peanuts scenario.

Obama is Lucy, Boehner is Charlie Brown and the Budget is the Football.

11 posted on 04/06/2013 5:35:37 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Kaslin; All

Isn’t bait-and-switch Obama’s MO for everything?


12 posted on 04/06/2013 5:44:09 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Amendment10

Of course


13 posted on 04/06/2013 5:45:14 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

this an age old tactic of the Democrats. They will work out an agreement to give Republican significant cuts in spending for a modest increase in taxes. The taxes happen quickly but the cuts in spending never happen.

The one seared in my mind is George (read my lips, no new taxes) Bush. He made a good faith deal. He kept his part, the democrats did not. There are some other good examples.


14 posted on 04/06/2013 5:45:22 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Kaslin

I am just wondering why they aren’t trying to slip in gun control legislation into every bill that gets voted on in the hope that it will slip under the radar.


15 posted on 04/06/2013 5:45:31 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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16 posted on 04/06/2013 5:57:21 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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17 posted on 04/06/2013 6:00:37 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin
To demonRATS it makes perfect sense to cut the monthly Social Security and Medicare budgets while leaving the Reparations budget completely intact.
18 posted on 04/06/2013 6:03:28 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: theBuckwheat
As with Clinton, with Obama the truth is really a lie that just hasn’t yet been discovered.

Interesting, but I'm not sure that I quite get it. (I think I do, but I'm not sure.) Do you mean "truth" as the belief that the lies of today can be explained (and rationalized) by mere faith in the leftist dogma? The facts are just around the corner?

If I'm off base, might you expand or give a nice example?

I really liked the entire post, btw.

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19 posted on 04/06/2013 6:12:00 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Kaslin

Just remember Satan will promise you anything for your soul, but never delivers anything but grief!


20 posted on 04/06/2013 6:15:31 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: laplata

That’s funny!


21 posted on 04/06/2013 6:49:00 PM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
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To: BenLurkin

Documentation File on the harmful impact of the Counterculture of Obamanation on America.

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Barry Soetoro, aka B. Hussein Obama, 5 days before the end of GWB Presidential term, said: “We are five days away from FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!”

Going on 5 years now, the best friends that Obama could have had to help him achieve his above stated dastardly goal were the RINO leadership in the US House and Senate, AND THEY ARE STILL IN POWER!

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IMHO, the Counterculture of Obamanation will continue to destroy America for as long as the US Congressional RINOs allow it to, and not one minute more - - - - .


22 posted on 04/06/2013 7:51:31 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Terry Mross

Thanks, Terry Mross.

I’ll use it. LOL


23 posted on 04/06/2013 7:59:53 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals will never get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Seaplaner

To my claim that the truth is a lie that is yet undiscovered, just recall Bill Clinton and the meaning of the word “sex” as in “I never had sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”. That was his projection of “truth”, yet upon deeper examination, it was shown to be a lie. And then there was the episode of “I can’t recall” by Hillary Clinton about firing the head of the White House Travel office. And then where was cattle futures trading and Whitewater Development Corporation...


24 posted on 04/07/2013 4:36:28 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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