Yes, it’s true! If I hadn’t heard it with my own ears I wouldn’t have believed it. Barack Obama is finally concerned about government over-spending!
Is he reconsidering trillion-plus health care bill? No, that’s still a go. Is he pulling back the billions of dollars in as yet unspent stimulus money that is doing nothing but wrecking the economy? Nuh-uh. Scrapping plans for another trillion-dollar “stimulus”? Nope.
ABC reporter Jake Tapper interviewed President Obama on the topic of Afghanistan, and this was one of the exchanges:
Tapper: “You are about to make a final decision about the new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. What variables play into your decision making that would cause you to not just take General McChrystal’s recommendation and implement it?”
Obama: These are not only eh, enormous burdens that we’re placing on our young men and women — and that’s the thing I think most about. It’s also expensive. Every thousand troops we spend that’s costing us a billion dollars. Uhh, if you send 40,000 troops you’re looking at maybe $50 billion per year above and beyond the costs that we’re already spending.
In the meantime, Obama & Company continue plotting their own “surge” deeper into our wallets and those of future generations.
Obama’s “budget” will incur $9.3 trillion in federal deficits by 2019, but he draws the line at spending $40 billion a year to fill the request of the commanding officer in Afghanistan just after the deadliest month there in the entire 8-year war? (I put “budget” in quotes, because calling what the Obama administration does “budgeting” is a disservice to incompetent guesswork)
Fulfilling General McChrystal’s request for two years would cost just over .8% (eight-tenths of one percent) of the Obama-generated deficit (not counting Obamacare if that passes), but that’s “too expensive”? Is it also “too expensive” to bring home the troops who are there?Because if we’re not in it to win it, that’s the only other acceptable solution.
What McChrystal needs to do is to convince Obama that winning in Afghanistan will somehow help socialize the United States quicker. Then he’d have the troops he wants, expense be damned.