White House Budget Strategy Includes Government Shutdown

President Obama loves spending our money, so much so that his budget strategy includes a government shut down if Congress doesn’t give him enough of it to spend. So what if the federal government is already $17 trillion in debt, and adding to that debt every minute. He just wants more.

Senior White House officials are discussing a budget strategy that could lead to a government shutdown if Republicans continue to demand deeper spending cuts, lawmakers and Democrats familiar with the administration’s thinking said Thursday.

The posture represents a more confrontational approach than that of this spring, when President Obama decided not to escalate a fight over across-the-board reductions known as sequestration in an earlier budget battle with Republicans.

The change in tone has been evident in repeated and little-noticed veto threats over the past few weeks by Obama, who has rarely issued the warnings with such frequency. He has made it clear that he will not sign into law Republican spending bills that slash domestic programs even more deeply than sequestration.

If Republicans do not relent and the White House sticks to its position, a shutdown would be likely at the end of September, when Congress must authorize a new measure to fund the government. (Read More)

To be fair, there is one area where the president is not only willing to cut spending, but is demanding it. If you guessed that’s on pay and benefits for our military you get a gold star.

Being used as photo-ops for presidential speeches and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for your country apparently does not exempt our troops from the rising health care premiums that President Obama said, along with sea levels, would not rise under his administration. The next time a soldier hears “give me 50,” it might be dollars and not push-ups.

The White House has threatened to veto the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act in part because it does not increase premiums and co-pays associated with Tricare, the Pentagon’s in-house health system, and because it proposes a 1.8% pay increase instead of the 1% the administration demands. (Read More)

What a guy.