Spending Fatigue My Elbow

Hey, did you know? We need to spend lots of money right now to keep the government gravy train world from ending. C’mon empty your pockets. What? They are already empty? How about your kids? Do they have any change in the cushions? You’re sure? But, but, but we’ve got to pay all the policemen and firemen and the teachers right now!

From the WaPo:

President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers Saturday to quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments, saying the money is needed to avoid “massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters” and to support the still-fragile economic recovery.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama defended last year’s huge economic stimulus package, saying it helped break the economy’s free fall, but argued that more spending is urgent and unavoidable. “We must take these emergency measures,” he wrote in an appeal aimed primarily at members of his own party.

Don’t you hear the man? It is an emergency and must be addressed with the universal salve: taxpayers’ future earnings.

“I think there is spending fatigue,” House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said recently. “It’s tough in both houses to get votes.”

Democrats, particularly in the House, have voted for politically costly initiatives at Obama’s insistence, most notably health-care and climate change legislation. But faced with an electorate widely viewed as angry and hostile to incumbents, many are increasingly reluctant to take politically unpopular positions.

I don’t think there is any “spending fatigue.” After all, have you ever known a government to get tired of spending your money? No, what is happening here is that many elected officials are suffering from what is known as voter backlash. And, November is not so far away that some of them cannot see their prospects of reelection fading with every “emergency” spending bill to which they vote “aye.”

Obama asks lawmakers to be patient on the deficit, noting that a special commission is at work on a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan.

Oh, sorry, my mistake. We are to be the recipients of a “comprehensive deficit-reduction plan.” Whew. You had me worried there–I thought we didn’t have a plan.

On second thought, here’s my plan: stop spending money which does not exist. If we don’t, we are going to have a real emergency.