Get a good look at President Obama’s dream budget. “Beyond these three areas—tax hikes, defense cuts, and health care price controls–the Obama budget shows almost no restraint. The portion of the budget that is creating the pressure for cuts and consolidation—entitlement spending—is allowed to skyrocket, even with the Medicare cuts. Total entitlement spending rises from $2.2 trillion in 2014 to nearly $3.9 trillion in 2024, for an average annual growth rate of 5.5 percent. By comparison, the Obama defense budget is essentially held flat for ten years in nominal terms. In real terms (after adjusting for inflation), defense funding in 2024 would be more than $138 billion less than the appropriation request in 2015.” Read the whole thing.
I suppose Democrats wouldn’t dream of criticizing third-party money like they once did. On the Senate Democrats’ climate change talk-fest: “All the talking is intended to send a message to big donors like California hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million in this year’s midterm elections supporting candidates who support climate change legislation . . . Call it a spectacle or a stunt, but it seemed to please Steyer, who issued a statement praising the effort.” Well, as long as the billionaire is happy.
This has turned into Republicans’ dream come true. “Frankly, if the Democrats want to tee this up as they did last night for another off-year election, it’s really time the country got focused on not just bad health-care policy but bad energy and utility bill policy. I think we’re glad to have that debate,” says Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) with a gaggle of senators from energy-producing states.
The anti-National Security Agency’s dream story — rogue CIA! — takes on water. “CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday denied allegations that the CIA hacked into Senate intelligence committee computers. ‘Nothing could be further from the truth,’ Brennan said at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations. ‘We wouldn’t do that. That’s just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we’d do.’ ” Either Brennan or Senate intelligence committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein is totally irresponsible, but it’s not clear which one.
Only in Democrats’ dreams is Obama a centrist. “[O]n all five major issues that divide the Democratic Party’s liberals and moderates—the budget deficit, income inequality, the environment, social issues, and America’s role in the world—Obama is on the leftward side. . . . Obama has been effective in portraying himself as a moderate consensus-builder while governing in a liberal direction. He won reelection by mobilizing a growing progressive base, and portraying Mitt Romney, one of the few remaining Republican moderates, as the extremist in the race.”
Edward Snowden wouldn’t dream of criticizing the regime in which he now resides. Max Boot on his video appearance at something called the South by Southwest festival in Austin: “Too bad none of Snowden’s questioners had the wit or courage to ask him what he thinks about Internet controls in Russia or Putin’s power grab in Crimea. The answer would expose him either as a craven lackey of a dictator or leave him in danger of being booted out of his gilded exile. It is hard to know what is more revolting: Snowden’s hubris in delivering his self-righteous lecture or his audience’s gullibility in according him oracular status that he earned by doing dire damage to the government which protects them, and the rest of us, from threats like al-Qaeda and, for that matter, Vladimir Putin.” In communist days, the latter were referred to as “useful idiots.”
The anti-NSA crowd must be in dreamland where there are no enemies plot against us. “[Vice] Admiral [Michael] Rogers said he believed that both the United States and Defense Department systems were both still vulnerable to major attacks, and would be until ‘a new architecture’ was in place to defend them. ‘It’s only a matter of time, I believe, before we start to see more destructive activity,’ he said.” So naturally we handcuff our cyber capabilities and slash defense spending.