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Michael van der Galien

Is Obama’s ‘Freeze’ a Fraud?

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Posted on January 27 2010 3:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Obama will ask Congress to freeze spending for some domestic programs for three years. “Given Washington Democrats’ unprecedented spending binge, this is like announcing you’re going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest. Will the budget still double the debt over five years and triple it over 10? That’s the bottom line,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner.

First of all, the spending freeze won’t start until 2011. Second, the part of the budget singled out — $447 billion in domestic programs — amounts to one-eighth, of the overall federal budget. The estimated $250 billion in savings over 10 years would be less than 3 percent of the roughly $9 trillion in additional deficits the government is expected to accumulate over that time. And third, it would exempt security related budgets for the Pentagon, foreign aid, the Veterans Administration and Homeland Security, as well as the entitlement programs that make up the biggest and fastest-growing part of the federal budget: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

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