Driving the Day: Focus Shifts to Spending

Later today, President Obama will travel to Pennsylvania to announce yet another program for clean energy development.  The trip is a follow up to the President’s State of the Union pledge that “by 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.”

According to Reuters, the President is “seeking to show that his focus remains on the economy in a state that may be essential to re-election prospects in 2012.”  Ironically, any attempt to mandate the use of “clean energy sources” would harm the economy and destroy jobs.

During the State of the Union, the President acknowledged we are “living with a legacy of deficit spending.”  Yet, administration officials have not detailed the cost of their plan.

The administration and their allies in Congress seem unwilling to address the problem.  Instead, as reported by the New York Times, they are maneuvering to frame the spending battle by “focusing early on the issue could deter Republicans from pushing ahead with demands for spending cuts.”

Read that again!  Liberals in Congress are laying the rhetorical groundwork to oppose spending cuts.  House Republicans MUST push back and demand at least $100 billion in spending cuts in the upcoming continuing resolution.

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