Shades of J. Wellington Wimpy

Perhaps I am showing my age… or just the spoiled fodder of a mis-spent youth, but Obama’s budget director Peter Orszag is starting to remind me of Wimpy, the hamburger-mooching ne’er-do-well out of the old Popeye cartoons, he who would “surely pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  With Orszag, the promise is “We will surely end earmarks… later.”

According to CNN, Mr. Orszag has laid down the law — there will be no more pork-laden budgets… later.  For, now, however, the menu calls for sausage, spam, bacon and spam — some eight billion dollars in the new “supplementary” budget bill — a little less than two percent of the total bill, but you know what they say — a billion here, a billion there and, pretty soon, we’re talking real money.

Update:(JV) Here’s Orszag with Bob Schieffer on Face The Nation … a picture perfect example of what Dave is talking about. “We promise, America, to begin that diet … just as soon as we finish this last hamburger.”


5 replies
  1. Mark
    Mark says:

    Good lord, it's a Democratic David Stockman.

    And as long as they're larding the budget, can't someone put a Hair Club for Men membership in there somewhere? Maybe he can get some tips from Joe Biden.

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Tips from Biden?  You mean plugs from Biden…..

    Maybe the country needs some conservative spinach!

  3. RGW
    RGW says:

    Good grief, the D's wrote that last budget, the R's were losing power all along the way and W. would not veto anythng.

    Even Wimpy knows that much about our government. Give us a break, does this guy have any real world experience other than theoretical stuides of command and control economics.

    It just not enough to say "Let's make it fair for everyone"….Arrghhh

  4. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    Better not name-call "Brains Biden.  what he lacks in hair (and what's under it) he makes up with his mouth:

    At an event at Union Station today where Vice Presiden Biden was heralding the 1.3 trillion in investments in rebuilding train stations and passenger rails, a microphone picked up one of the former senator's myriad Senate colleagues addressing him, formally, as "Mr. Vice President."

    That met with Vice President Biden's standard reply.

    "Gimme a f*&$#ing break," he said, apparently unaware that the microphone was on.

    If he reacts like this to being respectfully called by his correct title, imagine how he responds to genuine name-calling.   THEY ARE INSANE!!!

    • gillie28
      gillie28 says:

      sorry, "1.3 billion" not "trillion" – that was a typo (and not prophetic, I hope).  I typed out part of the sentence because it was hyper-linked.

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