Driving the Week: President Obama as a Centrist?
According to the New York Times, President Obama is going to press a centrist agenda during his State of the Union Address. In an email to supporters, he said his “No. 1 focus is going to be making sure that we are competitive, and we are creating jobs not just now but well into the future.”
Two years ago, during his inaugural address, President Obama said, “The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth.”
Don’t be fooled – it’s the exact same message. The only difference this time around is that Democrats do not hold super majorities in Congress. This Congress would not pass the so-called stimulus or Obamacare.
So, what sort of “centrism” can we expect from the President? Again, according to the Times, he plans to call for increased spending in education, transportation and energy technology. At some point, the President has to realize enough is enough.
Take transportation spending, as an example.
2006: $70.2 billion
2007: $72.9 billion
2008: $77.6 billion
2009: $84.3 billion
2010: $106.5 billion (est)
2011: $104.2 billion (est)
If spending taxpayer money were the key to economic prosperity, America’s economy should be thriving. On Wednesday, the House will consider a bill to reduce federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions, thus reducing mandatory spending $520 million according to CBO estimates from last year.
That will provide a stark contrast to the President’s speech the night before. And make sure to join Heritage Action for a live chat during the State of the Union. Get instant analysis and share your thoughts with your fellow conservative activists.