It seems like such a long time ago. But, during the 2008 presidential campaign, believe it or not, President Obama repeatedly promised to cut waste out of the federal budget.
He was going to "go line by line" and "page by page" through the budget, cutting wasteful government spending - like a surgeon, meticulously removing "government programs that don't work."
Who knows? Maybe President Obama has spent the last four years doing his “line by line” assessment of the federal budget and simply couldn't find a single program to cut.
The office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor has released this video as an example of the many promises Pres. Obama made in order to get elected that have not even come close to being kept. In the case of his promise to cut spending, his actions hopped on a bullet train and immediately traveled as far away from his words as possible.
The video shows him in one of his debates with John McCain, insisting that his administration was going to take great pains "...to make sure we are not spending money unwisely."
Of course, one of the very first things Obama did once in office was to spend $800 billion on a stimulus bill that was chock full of pork, waste and "shovel ready projects" that never materialized.
We have no way of determining whether the president went "line by line" in the stimulus bill and decided that every single thing in there was absolutely necessary. The United States simply cannot function properly without a study on the impact of Yoga on the effects of menstruation and tunnels to help turtles cross busy streets. The republic will collapse!
We're not sure if President Obama actually read his own health care bill. It seems like no one else who voted for it did.
At this point in his presidency, it appears that President Obama simply has not had the time or energy to begin going line by line and cutting the budget, like he said he was going to do - repeatedly - on the campaign trail.
Of course, there hasn't been a budget passed in over three years. Maybe, that explains it.