Obama is like a circular logic inducing Jedi master.
Yeah I said it, and you know it’s true.
He signed the omnibus spending bill today, with its thousands of earmarks and billions in pork projects, and at the same time he decried earmarks and pet projects, but then he kinda didn’t because he was making excuses for the pet projects in the omnibus bill.
Talk about mixed signals.
President Barack Obama, sounding weary of criticism over federal earmarks, defended Congress’ pet projects Wednesday as he signed an “imperfect” $410 billion measure with thousands of examples. But he said the spending does need tighter restraint and listed guidelines to do it. Obama, accused of hypocrisy by Republicans for embracing billions of dollars of earmarks in the legislation, said they can be useful and noted that he has promised to curb, not eliminate them.
So I’m really confused now. Obama has said on the campaign trail and in office that he was against earmarks. He’s correct in saying he never said he would fully eliminate them, but I thinking “curbing” would include cutting them down from over 9,000. He is literally doing the exact opposite of what he said he would do. He could have used the omnibus bill as his first fight against earmarks, I seriously think this was a missed opportunity for Obama.
And may I also mention this bill was not online for five days before Obama signed it, another campaign promise that’s been thrown down the toilet several times already.
Obama also used a Bush tactic that he criticized.
On another potentially controversial matter, the president also issued a “signing statement” with the bill, saying several of its provisions raised constitutional concerns and would be taken merely as suggestions. He has criticized President George W. Bush for often using such statements to claim the right to ignore portions of new laws, and on Monday he said his administration wouldn’t follow those issued by Bush unless authorized by the new attorney general.
Obama also signed the bill in private, what happened to transparency? I think any president that signs a bill that spends taxpayer money should do so in the light of day with television cameras to witness.