“These savings, large and small, add up,” says President Barack Obama today. Yes, but…
They don’t add up to much. In his $3.5 trillion budget, he’s proposing about 120 budget cuts, the largest share of them from the military, that amount to about $17 billion. That’s one-half of one percent. Meanwhile, domestic spending gets generous increases.
One of his proposals is to eliminate funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to states to help defray the cost of jailing illegals who commit crimes. That’s a popular program that former President Bush also tried to kill — and couldn’t. Others he proposes for elimination have already been rejected by his party in Congress.
These cuts are the equivalent of Cabinet secretaries proposing to reduce the budget by buying office supplies in bulk.
It is a game, of course. The deficit’s likely to surpass $1.5 trillion this year. But you do have to hand it to the President. He is