The flip-flopping is leading some to suggest that the "hope and change" administration's competency maybe in question. Says Jeffrey Sachs, an economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University: “A little bit of disarray, it seems. Last year, just spend, throw everything into a stimulus package ... and then this year, just across-the-board freeze. Frankly, the government has to make better choices and better plans than throwing things into a big pot in one year and then freezing across the board the next year."
Those sentiments were echoed by Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner. "Given Washington Democrats' unprecedented spending binge, this is like announcing you're going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest," Steel remarked.
In truth, such a freeze as the one proposed is little more than symbolic, a public relations ploy to insulate the President from criticism. The fact is that federal spending is a Congressional matter, and as long as Congress is packed with big spending politicians the bloating of the federal government will continue.