President Obama will call for a five year freeze on non-security discretionary spending in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, White House officials said, in a bid to help reduce the deficit and counter public perceptions that he spent too freely in his first two years in power.
Obama will also discuss plans to find budget cuts wherever he can, the White House said. The military, for example, isn't covered by the proposed freeze, yet Obama will advance a separate five-year plan, drawn up by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to achieve $78 billion in savings, the White House said.
Obama is also expected to make job creation a main thrust of the speech, his second State of the Union address since taking office.
I know I'm supposed to take this seriously, but I can't. If job creation is your "main thrust" you'll have to spend some fuggin' money. No doubt, the Free Market Fairy is Obama's guest of honor. She'll swoop in over teh lot of Congress and bop RECOVERY! We know austerity is stupid, so what is this but a word salad to appease the Village? Also too, we need more tax cuts and less infrastructure spending. Somewhere Hoover is smiling knowing vacuums will soon be named after Obama!
Shorter Obama SOTU: I'm the center of centrism. (still hopey that it will be a great speech that stands for something...mesh of Arizona and his speech on race, but the more we hear the less confident I am)
Shorter Right Wing and Media response: DID YOU SEE HOW HE TREATED THE LEFT?! HE SHOWED THOSE HIPPIES!!!
Collective *Le Sigh. I don't know about you, but I'm getting hammered tonight. We're screwed!
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