Obama to live up to his principles...eventually

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on March 11, 2009

A $410 billion omnibus spending bill is sitting on President Barack Obama's desk. The bill contains nearly 9,000 earmarks of the kind that Obama campaigned against. Until recently, some of the earmarks still had Obama's name on them from his time in the Senate. (They didn't remove those earmarks -- they just changed the name of the person sponsoring them.)

Much like his predecessor, who refused to stand up to his own party when it comes to spending, Obama will sign the earmark-laden bill. (But without waiting the promised 5 days for public comment.) That's apparently "change" you can believe in.

I especially love this explanation Obama's people are giving for his failure to keep his campaign promises.

Obama's budget director made a vow Sunday that the president will bring a halt to pork-laden bills.

"[Such bills] will not happen when the president has the full legislative and appropriations process in place," Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told CNN's "State of the Union With John King."

He argued that the White House had little choice but to support the omnibus spending bill, which it inherited from the previous administration.

Which apparently explains why former President George W. Bush will be signing the bill.

Not even a lapdog press will be able to continue to cover for this spendthrift Congress that promised greater fiscal responsibility. Comparing the GOP congress and president to their Democratic successors on spending is like comparing someone with a bit of a buzz from brew with someone praying to the porcelain god before being taken to the hospital with a blood alcohol content of about .52 percent.

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