More Than National Security Unrelated to Obama Spending Freeze
Covering the impending Democratic spend-a-thon in Congress in the May 24th Washington Post, Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray write:
With the national debt at its highest level in nearly 60 years, the question of whether to cut spending — and if so, how — is pitting liberals against conservatives, and Congress against the president. The White House has proposed a three-year freeze in programs unrelated to national security and warned House leaders Friday that it might go further, targeting the Defense Department for cuts.
The problem with this reporting is that President Obama’s “spending freeze” exempts far more than just “national security” spending from freezes or cuts. The main drivers of our nations deficits, spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, are all completely exempted. In fact, the freeze affects only about one-eighth of the budget.