In my new newspaper column out today, I look at how President Obama's recent budget freeze proposal - even if it is not adopted by Congress - has long-term negative consequences. You can read the column here.
For 30 years, Republicans and conservative Democrats have used "welfare queen" mythology to try to demonize non-defense discretionary spending as the major deficit problem. They've done this for self-serving reasons - not the least of which is their desire to protect defense contractors from the budget axe and wealthy individuals from more progressive taxes.
In the process, of course, they've wholly distorted the budget debate to the point where we rarely ever discuss key problems - for instance, the problem of defense bloat or the problem of the regressive payroll tax not applying to all income.
Tragically, President Obama has now added Democratic presidential credibility to this distortion with his budget that implies we can seriously dent the deficit by focusing budget cuts specifically on non-defense discretionary spending.
The column relies on grassroots support -- and because of that support, it is getting wider and wider circulation (a big thank you to all who have helped with that). So if you'd like to see my column regularly in your local paper, use this directory to find the contact info for your local editorial page editors. Get get in touch with them and point them to my Creators Syndicate site. Thanks, as always, for your ongoing readership and help contacting local editors. This column couldn't be what it is without your help.
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