Here’s Jeff Zients, who is Obama’s interim OMB director (Zients’ predecessor Jack Lew, who is now Obama’s chief of staff, is guilty of a massive amount of stupidity where the budget is concerned in his own right), who can’t answer a simple question about whether the budget the president submitted this week conforms to the levels required by current law.
Remember how we had an agreement on the budget last year which supposedly restricted the growth of federal spending in return for an increase in the debt limit? You might. Nobody in this administration does – least of all the guy in charge of the budget.
People wonder why there’s no faith in government. Send a wormy bullshit artist like this to the top of the federal food chain and it’s a miracle there aren’t mobs with pitchforks and torches descending on Washington.
What’s going on here? This is a multiple choice test. (a) If Zients answers the question about spending levels, the boss will administer a cyanide capsule to him back at the office. (b) Zients really, really wants Obama’s nomination as OMB Director. (c) Zients is under strict orders to protect Obama’s false talking points. (d) All of the above.
The GOP Budget Committee explains: “[T]he White House has repeatedly claimed that their budget contains $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. In truth, the budget plan submitted by the president would increase spending by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years relative to current projections. Over that time, the federal government will spend a total of $47 trillion, up from $45.5 trillion projected under the already enacted Budget Control Act—producing by the president’s own projections an additional $11.2 trillion in gross debt.” To view a detailed breakdown of proposed spending increases using numbers from President Obama’s own budget, please click here.