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.”