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  • The Public is Not Buying the Spending "Freeze"

    During his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about a proposed spending freeze (underwhelming, as it is) and how such action can save money and get us out of debt. Well, the good news is that no one is buying it. Virtually no one believes that the spending freeze will do anything to have an impact on the deficit.

    According to Rasmussen Reports, only 9% of the population think that the proposed spending freeze will have a big impact on the deficit. Forty-two percent believe that it will have no impact. However, there is a majority in support of a spending freeze, but there is a slightly larger majority in favor of reduced spending in government — a message that the Obama administration clearly is not getting. Obama is giong to grow the deficit by $13 trillion over the next ten years while having a freeze of $447 billion with only 15 billion to be saved.

    Although it sounds like a large number (and 447 billion is certainly nothing to sneeze at), it is only a very small portion of federal spending. As we stated in our reaction to the State of the Union Address, it is only about 1/8 of all spending. They would not freeze all of government spending, just those that won’t “create” jobs. Aside from the obvious problem that the government cannot create jobs, it would cut costs from programs like the Judiciary, but others such as the Department of Education would see increased spending.

    So with all of President Obama’s campaigning during the State of the Union address for his spending freeze, the public seems largely unimpressed. The Obama Administration needs to start realizing that the public is not buying their failed policies, and they should look in a new direction. We have a few good ideas here at Heritage.

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    7 Responses to The Public is Not Buying the Spending "Freeze"

    1. Shawn Welch says:

      Todd! Nice article.

      Spending freeze? Ah, so NOW he is finally going to go through spending, line by line. Just like he said he was going to do during his campaign. So, obviously he wasn't doing it up until now.

      On a side note, I like how defensive he was with the Republican meeting. Very entertaining.

    2. Judith MacNeill says:

      It snowed significantly here in Virginia Beach this past weekend. However, it is my fim opinion that the snow job came from President Obama at the SOTU address last week.

      No we don't believe much of anything that comes from D.C.

    3. Drew Page, IL says:

      I used to get angry, now I'm just amused.

      We have all read and heard about the negative reactions to the State of the Union speech. I listened to the "it's not my fault" excuses, the rambling and contradictory statements and the new promises. I can't get too upset with these statements because whatever Mr. Obama says has absolutely no bearing on what he does.

      "If someone has a better idea on health care reform, send it to me". "I want to end the partisan bickering in Congress". "It's all Bush's fault and the Republicans are the "Party of NO". "I want a new jobs bill on my desk". "We have saved two million jobs". "We have 10% unemployment in this country". "We have to live within our means". "We have to eliminate 'earmarks' from legislation", like the 9,000 that were in the Stimulus bill I signed.

      If you are tired of this amusing rhetoric, remember November is not that far away.

    4. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      "Spendding Freeze"? Just another ploy to fool the people. Please reconize this

      is not "incompetence" as many believe. We must not be fooled. This is a purely

      deliberate attempt to destroy our capitalist system, thus our economy, in favor

      of Obama's Marxist vision of the way he wants America to be.

    5. Tim Az says:

      OBama couldn't sell ice water in Death Valley. Let alone a spending freeze.

    6. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      I only listen to clips on Hannity or Levin, BHO makes me sick, if I listen to him I start getting mad just hearing him lie, yes Joe Wilson, he does LIE and LIe and LIE. His spending is out of control, Education, GM. Chrysler, thr BAnks are not for Fed. The Constitution was set up with STATE rights let's go back to that, let the states control their education and health problems. All departments added to the cabinet since WWII should be eliminated, one that should return is ICC, they made our roads safe, now truckers speed, carry overwieght loads and drive unsafe rigs, put the govenors back on and put the ICC inspectors back on the road, they know where overloaded trucks circumvent the weigh stations.

    7. Perry, OK says:

      Oh come now! Ob has a follow thru problem. Change is in the air alright. Just remember Just being a member of the GOP is not just all it used to be. There are rights and wrongs on all faces.

      Ob is wrong to sell us out. The DNC is doubly wrong to be porking out the budget. Yet we the PEOPLE need to hold both sides accountable for we are what they are fighting our. I hope its not just our money.

      We need some leaders to emerge. We the PEOPLE have till Nov till we can forestall the current course. At least add a sense of balance to our nation and see if we can overcome our lack of forsight in the past election.

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