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Obama’s Budget Parlor Tricks: Been There, Done That

Posted on March 2 2010 10:28 am
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Ever been to an amateurish and tired magic show? A kid’s birthday party or a corporate sales congress comes to mind. Although the performance is bound to be tepid and stale, and you know you’ve seen it all before, you still hope that it’s really gonna be good this time.


As Ralph R. Reiland reminds us in today’s issue of The American Spectator (American Collectivism: A Record Of Failure), The President’s sleight of hand budget, promising gee-gaws and doo-dads for everyone, with no additional expense (heck, we’re gonna save money, this plan is so good!), is just another empty parlor charade, except the end result will be nothing less than catastrophic. Reiland lists other episodes of Government largess gone wrong:

“Boston’s Big Dig sounded like a half-decent project in the beginning. Approved in 1982 with a price tag $2.6 billion, it was completed, however, more or less, in 2005 at a price of $22 billion.

‘More or less’ because concrete panels loosened and crashed from the ceiling of a connector tunnel in 2006, the first full year of operation, killing 38-year-old car passenger Milena Del Valle, a mother of three. The family was awarded $28 million.

Medicare, similarly, was optimistically projected in 1967 to have an annual price tag of $12 billion by 1990. The actual 1990 cost? $98 billion.”

There are more of these examples, of course, and as Reiland points out,

“Now we’re getting the biggest hype yet, the idea that Obama and his various czarinas and central planners have the expertise to re-work a sixth of the U.S. economy so that we’ll somehow end up with universal health coverage, 30 million more people insured, and all done in a way that produces lower costs and higher quality while not adding a dime to the federal deficit.

It’s like everyone gets a shiny new Mercedes and somehow, simultaneously, the sticker price goes down, the quality goes up, and there’s no red ink.”

So the next time The Joker sidles up to you and promises big fun with no downside, just remember:

You’ve probably seen this guy before.

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