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Obama falls into same old trap

March 10, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

It has taken President Barack Obama less than two months to fall into the same trap that was one of the biggest blemishes on his predecessor's record. We hope Obama understands his misstep and does not make it again.

A $410 billion federal spending bill has been approved by Congress. It is chock-full of "earmarks" for pork barrel spending desired by lawmakers. White House aides say Obama will sign the measure into law. That should distress true conservatives, both Democrats and Republicans.

During his eight years in office, former President George Bush seldom saw a spending bill to which he didn't surrender. That helped force the national debt to more than $10 trillion, because of deficit spending.

Obama pledged to end the practice of approving budgets with hundreds of "earmarks" - but now, he is set to sign just such a monstrosity. Apparently he does not want to risk alienating members of Congress. "We just want to move on," commented White House budget chief Peter Orszag.

Signing bills packed with pork was bad policy during the Bush administration - and it is bad policy now. Obama needs to stand up to Congress.



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