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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

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Tom

I don't think that's accurate at all. Didn't President Obama say he wanted his Cabinet to cut $100 million from each of their departments? It's still not a lot compared to the entire budget, but we have to start somewhere. And I don't think this is the only thing he is going to do to shrink the budget.

If John McCain had won, I don't think he would've done much better.

Jason

Tom:

From the April 20 Washington Post:

"President Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, and he will order its members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days, according to a senior administration official."

KB

Tom:

Thanks for the comment. As Jason notes, the $100 million was the total. But even if it wasn't, taking a few pennies of the table above with one hand while putting hundreds more on with the other isn't "starting somewhere." This was a meaningless press release designed to give the impression of some financial responsibility.

I think it very unlikely that a President McCain would have piled up the trillions in debt that Obama is planning on, but McCain isn't President. Obama can't run against McCain anymore, nor against George W., much though he is inclined to.

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