President Obama unloaded a leftist laundry list of new federal spending and high-handed executive decrees in his February 12 State of the Union address, while at the same time supporting no year-over-year spending cuts to federal programs. He announced plans to implement gun control, a national minimum wage of $9 per hour, environmental executive order decrees on carbon emissions, more education spending, federal pre-school care, and many other programs.
Obama claimed during the address, “Let me repeat — nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.” But in reality, the president made no provision for how all these new and expanded government programs would be funded. Moreover, he even campaigned against the spending cuts Congress has already passed, specifically the looming "sequester" spending cuts, which he labeled “a really bad idea.”
The lack of numbers behind Obama's claims caused open scorn in the CNN newsroom among all but Democratic Party functionaries, and Cincinnati television investigative journalist Ben Swann posted on Facebook page, “He just explained he doesn't want sequestration cuts, so where does this $ come from?”
The president definitely opposed additional spending cuts in any government programs:
Most Americans — Democrats, Republicans and Independents — understand that we can't just cut our way to prosperity. They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share.
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