Freeze, Liquidate and Self-Lobotomize

by
Abby Zimet

Obama's Herbert-Hoover-esque call for a spending freeze - on
everything but defense, yet - is another dismaying cave-in by a guy
many of us thought would do better. It's not just bad economics, says Paul Krugman: "A spending freeze? That's the brilliant response of the Obama team to their first serious political setback? It's appalling on every level." It's also bad politics,
Jonathan Zasloff notes, ceding moral and ideological ground to the
Republican argument that government has no good role in people's lives.
Is there any principle left for Obama to abandon, we wonder?   

"The problem with a spending freeze is you're using a hatchet where
you need a scalpel...I want to use a scalpel so that people who need
help are getting help." - Obama debating McCain, October 15, 2008.

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