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Sen. DeMint: Obama Budget Claims Are Charade

By Ronald Kessler   |   Wednesday, 01 Apr 2009 09:31 AM

President Obama’s claims about his proposed budget are so out of touch with reality that they are Orwellian, Sen. Jim DeMint, the chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, tells Newsmax.

“When I read George Orwell’s novel ‘1984,’ I would almost smile because I would think that could never happen,” DeMint says, referring to the power of the state to subsume the truth. “But he [Obama] really is saying one thing and meaning the complete opposite. He is presenting a complete redefinition of words and ideas.”

DeMint cites Obama’s claim at his most recent news conference that his budget moves America “from an era of borrow and spend” to “save and invest.” At the same time, Obama defended adding another $9.3 trillion to the national debt, doubling the amount in six years and nearly tripling the debt in 10 years, according to figures from the Congressional Budget Office.

DeMint also cites Obama’s repeated attempts to excuse his deficit spending plans by saying he inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit from the Republicans. Yet when Obama took office, the deficit was $569 billion. He wants to increase that by another $1.276 trillion this year alone.

“He’s calling what he’s doing this year the Bush deficit,” DeMint observes. “Every bill that President Bush signed his last two years in office was a Democrat bill. They’ve run this place for over two years. And Obama supported all of the spending and the debt. And so for him to keep talking about this inherited thing — somebody ought to charge him an inheritance tax.”

Obama’s budget “fundamentally changes what it means to be America, what makes us unique and prosperous, what’s worked over the years,” DeMint says. “Because it moves from a private-sector focus, a free-market focus, an individual decision-making focus, to one that’s very government-centric in almost every category.”

The budget creates “an unsustainable debt,” DeMint says. “We were already at a point where we weren’t sure we could service the interest on our national debt, particularly if there’s some increase in interest rates. By the time he gets through his plan, we’ll be spending more on interest than we do on our military.”

The only cuts are in military and defense spending, DeMint says, sending a signal to the world that we are vulnerable. “As other countries look and see the U.S. as less committed to defend its interest around the world, I don’t think you can see other countries entrusting their future to us.”

DeMint believes that Obama and his people do not appreciate capitalism.

“I think we’ve got hardly anyone in the administration today who’s ever been in the private sector in any significant way. So they have not seen a small company start and create a job,” DeMint says. “I really do think it’s the intellectual elite here now, who don’t believe in capitalism, who are running our country.”

DeMint adds, “I’m just concerned for our country, and everything that people have worked and fought for for generations. Because this budget the president lays out fundamentally changes our country, probably in an irretrievable way.”

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via
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