Let’s say for a moment that you are a family of three, with an operating monthly budget of $4,000. Things are tight. Perhaps you lost your job because the tax burden on your employer increased three times fold. Or perhaps you’ve seen added expenses on your end, maybe an increased energy bill due to cap-and-trade legislation, or just the increased cost of living and eating and shopping because of the increased cost of doing business for American corporations of all kinds. As a reasonable, responsible American family, what do you do?
You cut costs. Because that’s what personally and fiscally responsible people do.
Thankfully, our president finally sees the light. The United States of America is overextended, our budget is far too bloated and far too ambitious. So, in recognizing that, President Obama will call upon Cabinet officials today to find and cut a whole $100 million from the $3.55 trillion federal budget.
“It’s a start,” White House spokesmouth Robert Gibbs–who just a few weeks ago dismissed $7 billion in pork added to the $410 billion appropriations bill as “miniscule”–will inevitably say, in response to the criticism from Republicans and other opponents even the Associated Press was brilliant enough to anticipate. And he’s right — it is a start.
And it’s being done for the right reasons, too, I’m sure. In the Associated Press report released today, an unnamed administration official confirmed just that, offering that “Obama will be reminding Cabinet members that financially-pressed families are looking to the government to spend their money wisely.”
Set aside, for a moment, the idea that urging the government to spend taxpayer money wisely is a tell-tale sign of a right-wing extremist, according to the Department of Homeland Security, a sure-fire symptom of nutjobbery worthy of an FBI tail. Think instead about the numbers, and how much Obama’s action of dipping his toe into the pool of fiscal responsibility will truly help those “financially-pressed families” he is so shamelessly pandering to.
The $100 million Obama seeks to cut represents a whopping 0.000028 percent of the federal budget. For people like you and like me, who struggle to maintain that $4,000 operating budget each and every month, that works out to be a little more than 11 cents.
Excuse me for not dancing.
American families cannot act this way — why should the federal government be allowed to do so? Such fiscal recklessness makes absolutely no sense, and the remediation efforts made today by this administration are anything but. Think about it.
Over the past six months alone, under both former President Bush and President Obama, this federal government has dug Americans into a $12 trillion hole. But cutting that $100 million out of the record-breaking federal budget makes all the difference!
Sure thing, I can make sure my 52-inch widescreen LCD TV receives HBO, Starz, Showtime, Encore, Cinemax and the latest UFC match every two weeks so long as I chew one less piece of Juicy Fruit every month. I can fill my Chevy Suburban with 93-octane gasoline and leave the tires barely inflated–because that’s how I roll on my 150-mile commute–so long as I dilute the milk in my daughter’s sippy cup every morning. We can keep every single light on in the house all day, crank the heat and leave the windows open, so long as we hang-dry our clothes outside instead of using the dryer.
Contrary to what his overdependence upon his TelePrompTer is telling us, President Obama is no idiot, especially when it comes to the matter of shaping public opinion. He knows that, to the below-average American citizen who pays more attention to American Idol than Special Report, $100 million sounds like a whole lot of money, and asking officials to cut that much looks as if, on its face, this administration is exercising a modicum of common sense.
In reality, however, pressuring officials into making a 0.000028 percent cut while evoking the struggling American family as motivation for doing so is nothing more than a slap to the face of every American man and woman who get up every morning to put food on their kids’ table, clothes on their backs, and a roof over their head.
My wife and I struggle each and every month to make ends meet. Sometimes we make it into the black, but often we remain at break-even or ever so slightly in the red. We make cuts wherever we can. We shop at the discount supermarkets, we buy certain things in bulk. We keep the thermostat so low that Al Gore would be beaming. Just this morning, I was able to tweak our mobile phone plan enough to squeeze another $15 out of our budget. For those with a $4000 operating budget each month, that $15 would represent 0.0037 percent. And if Barack Obama were to ask for that much of a cut today, he’d be pressing his Cabinet members to find $13.3 billion instead of a mere $100 million.
But he didn’t ask for that much. Instead, he asked for the everyday American’s equivalent of just more than a dozen M&Ms. How positively groundbreaking.
I know liberals like to tax and spend. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to decipher such a predisposition. What Barack Obama is doing, however, is making a fool of the American public. He’s rubbing his executive power in our tired, overworked faces, trying to pass himself off as genuinely concerned for the plight of people like you and me when such a sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth.
Eleven cents, he essentially asked, to be cut from a $4,000 monthly budget. How utterly responsible. Perhaps that’s the “change” so many people voted for last November.