So, the plan is…?

President-elect Barack Obama is sending something of a mixed message on how he will manage government spending:

Pointing with concern to “red ink as far as the eye can see,” President-elect Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to tackle out-of-control Social Security and Medicare spending and named a special watchdog to clamp down on other federal programs – even as he campaigned anew to spend the largest pile of taxpayer money in history to revive the sinking economy.

Obama said “an economic situation that is dire” requires immediate and bold action with unprecedented tax cuts and federal programs.

He said Wednesday, without details, that his initial budget proposal will include “some very specific outlines” of how he plans to tackle spending. That extends to the ballooning and so-far unsolvable fiscal problem presented by the Social Security and Medicare programs, which Obama promised would be “a central part” of his deficit-reduction plan.

“We committed to changing the way our government in Washington does business so that we’re no longer squandering billions of tax dollars on programs that have outlived their usefulness or exist solely because of the power of a lobbyist or an interest group,” Obama said.

So we’re going to cut taxes and both expand and clamp down on federal programs?  And while we’re at it, we’re going to eliminate “programs that…exist solely because of the power of a lobbyist or an interest group”?

This I gotta see!  I wonder how long after inauguration day I’ll have to wait until I turn on my TV and see lobbyists for the American Association of Retired Persons, National Federation of Independent Business, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, National Rifle Association of America, ALF-CIO, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Christian Coalition, National Right to Life, and American Medical Association load up their stuff in a fleet of U-Hauls and leave K Street?  At the risk of sounding cynical, this is change I really can’t believe in.

Maybe Mr. Obama should take a look at how Warren G. Harding handled the government and the economy.

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