According to the latest news reports:
President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to call for a five-year freeze on nonsecurity, discretionary spending, a White House official said Tuesday, hours before Obama goes before the joint session of Congress.
Hey, that sounds like great news. Obama really is embracing his move to the center and the deficit is sure to shrink with this spending freeze.
But wait… Let me finish reading the article:
Obama is also expected to call for spending — or “investments” — in education, research and infrastructure as a means of making the country more competitive.
What? I thought Obama was going to freeze nonsecurity, discretionary spending but here he is proposing new nonsecurity, discretionary spending.
Even so, I consider this great news. I hope and expect the Republicans to hold Obama to his pledge to freeze nonsecurity, discretionary spending and ignore his simultaneous calls for more spending. Actually, it would be even better if the Republicans cut spending, but I don’t expect any miracles.
Additionally, if Republicans can quickly pass a budget freezing nonsecurity, discretionary spending, I hope they’ll immediately move on to addressing entitlement spending.
The Republicans now have their chance to fix many, but not all, of the problems in our budget. I hope they seize the opportunity at a time that our President is trying to be, or at least pretending to be, moderate.