Preparing for political life after a bruising election, President Barack Obama will put greater emphasis on fiscal discipline, a nod to a nation sick of spending and to a Congress poised to become more Republican, conservative and determined to stop him.Indeed, we are sick of spending, which is why he'll have a deficit of Democrats in nine days. Naturally the story avoids mentioning we're sick of his spending.
He is already giving clues about how he will govern in the last two years of his term.Think about that. We're sick of spending, his policies are sinking us into unsustainable debt yet he's going to figure out how to pay for programs that are sinking us into debt. They don't mention repealing those programs as the logical option.
Obama will try to make gains on deficit reduction, education and energy. He will enforce his health care and financial overhauls and try to protect them from repeal should Republicans win control of Capitol Hill. He will use executive authority when blocked by Congress, and steel for scrutiny and investigations if the GOP is in charge.
While trying to save money, Obama will have to decide whether to bend to Republican and growing Democratic pressure to extend Bush-era tax cuts, even for the wealthy, that expire at year's end. Obama wants to extend them for people making less than $200,000 and married couples making less than $250,000, but a broader extension is gaining favor with an increasing number of Democrats.
Moving to the fore will be a more serious focus on how to balance the federal budget and pay for the programs that keep sinking the country into debt.
It would be nice if they employed some fact checkers at AP.
The yearly budget deficit stands at $1.3 billion.Uh, guys, it's $1.3 trillion, thanks to the suddenly budget conscious Obama. Bit of a difference.