A thought

The Chi-Tribune reminds its readers that President Obama, in his speech Tuesday night, told Americans that his admnistration had found $2 trillion in spending that they could “cut”:

Obama has suggested that the biggest building blocks of his deficit-reduction efforts will be increasing taxes on upper-income people, scaling back the Iraq War and making spending cuts that presumably will be specified when the budget comes out. He said in his speech to Congress on Tuesday that his administration had identified $2 trillion in trims.

The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe in some weird way that it was best that Barack Obama got elected, because now he and other Democrats will get to see what it feels like to have to be the ones to tell people that their pet projects are going to have to be trimmed back or eliminated altogether, and then they’ll have to sit back and watch the yelling, infighting, and fingerpointing begin. On the other hand, unlike when a Republican president does things like that, the mainstream media will define Obama’s spending “trims” as “necessary cutbacks in a time of recession” whereas Republican reductions in future spending and in some cases outright cuts were and are usually characterized as “starving kids/hurting the homeless/hating the elderly” etc …

Can you tell I’m feeling extra cynical today?

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