Note to Obama: Quit blaming Bush for your prolifigate spending

Obama announced a pay freeze for federal workers, a move that will save a whopping .0005 percent of next year's $3.69 trillion federal budget. Even still, I get the distinct impression that this measly sop to taxpayers is like pulling teeth for the White House. Here's the first two lines from the official press release announcing the pay freeze:

Because of the irresponsibility of the past decade, the President inherited a $1.3 trillion projected deficit upon taking office and an economic crisis that threatened to put the nation into a second Great Depression. He moved quickly to get the economy moving again.

Look, Bush was fiscally irresponsible, prolifigate president. No question about it. But Obama spent $2.4 trillion in his first 500 days a president, burning through money three times faster than Bush. If belt tightening is needed, it's not just the fault of everyone that came before Obama. Further, the idea that ramping up the federal deficit to record levels in record time was necessary to get the economy moving again (if 9.6 percent unemployment consitutes “moving”) is an obviously debatable assumption.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Homeless swept from Polk Street alley despite lack of shelter beds

On one of the first rainy days of the fall season, San… Continue reading

SF prosecutors ‘step aside’ as federal case moves to trial in Kate Steinle shooting

A years-long legal battle that garnered the attention of President Donald Trump… Continue reading

Rooftop park the latest point of conflict between Muni and Central Subway contractor

Bills, bills, bills. They’re a common household headache, but on the $1.6… Continue reading

New skyscraper to rise in city’s skyline

A proposed 800-foot tower could soon rise in downtown San Francisco’s rapidly… Continue reading

Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris suspended her presidential run Tuesday, according to two… Continue reading

Most Read