Letters from the Lunar Outpost

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
- Richter, German Novelist (1763-1825)

Over the past year, Obama’s budget proposals have been so completely ridiculous, so completely beyond the realm of serious consideration, that not a single member of Congress, not one Republican, not one member of his own Democrat party, could bring themselves to vote for them.

Obama’s budget proposals were shot down 97-0 by the Senate in May 2011, 414-0 by the House in March of this year and 99-0 by the Senate in May. That’s a collective 610-0. Not one single vote, not even one Democrat has gotten on board with any of Obama’s budget proposals. Never in the history of American politics have we seen a president’s budget proposals so roundly rejected by Congress.

Undeterred by his previous budgets going down to defeat after unanimous defeat, here comes the latest bit of drivel from the White House website outlining the president’s next budget proposal to Congress:

We must transform our economy from one focused on speculating, spending, and borrowing to one constructed on the solid foundation of educating, innovating, and building. That begins with putting the Nation on a path to living within our means – by cutting wasteful spending, asking all Americans to shoulder their fair share, and making tough choices on some things we cannot afford, while keeping the investments we need to grow the economy and create jobs.

Source: White House Office of Management and Budget Website

From a candidate Obama who once assailed the Bush deficits as “unpatriotic” and then upon becoming president, promptly added to the $4 trillion Bush debts another $6 trillion in half the time, Obama’s rhetoric about the necessity of “living within our means” may ring hollow to most, but for those who doubt that Barack Obama has finally gotten serious about reversing our plunge into an abyss too deep to climb out of, witness the unveiling of Obama’s new tool for trimming government spending:

Obama's Budget Cutting Scissors

photo credit: Obama Clock

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