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Obama’s Trust Deficit

RNC Communications - February 11, 2012

MEMO

FROM: Sean Spicer, RNC Communications Director

TO: Interested Parties

RE: Obama’s Trust Deficit

Tomorrow, President Obama will unveil his new budget, revealing a $1.33 trillion deficit for fiscal year 2012 and a severe leadership deficit in the White House.  

In 2009, President Obama promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term. But the last three years have produced three annual deficits over $1 trillion each, and this year’s deficit will exceed last year’s. As such, the president has broken one of the most important promises of his administration.

Five years ago, when Obama announced his candidacy for president, he attacked the “chronic avoidance of tough decisions” in Washington. The budget is a perfect example of how the president has done exactly that—repeatedly avoided tough decisions.

He’s had a partner in his budget woes: the Democratic Senate. They have failed to pass a budget for over 1000 days. “Avoidance of tough decisions” is indeed a chronic condition for Senate Democrats, and the White House does not even care. Just last Wednesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said the White House has “no opinion” about whether the Senate should pass a budget. In short, Barack Obama does not think America needs a budget.

Congressional Republicans disagree. Last year, the House, led by Speaker John Boehner and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, passed a budget and a plan for long-term fiscal solvency. Republicans have kept their commitment to taxpayers, fighting to make government live within its means.

In contrast, reckless spending is the trademark of the Obama presidency. As the national debt races toward $16 trillion, the president continues to grow government, rather than shrink it. He occasionally engages in spending gimmickry to make it seem as though he cares about efficiency and cost-reduction. But the numbers tell a different story—the story of a president who has accelerated the growth of the national debt unlike any modern president.

Today, the debt exceeds the GDP of the United States. In the last three years, Obama has amassed $4.7 trillion of new debt. This from a president who once called adding $4 trillion to the debt over eight years “unpatriotic.”

The president’s budget woes offer an important lesson. Obama is not committed to spending reduction. In fact, his new budget reportedly contains billions of dollars in additional stimulus spending—the same sort of spending that failed to create jobs but has created massive debt. 

President Obama clearly has no qualms about his blatant hypocrisy on the deficit. In his reelection campaign, Barack Obama will undoubtedly make countless promises to the American people about how a second term will be better. At some point, he will probably even promise to shrink the deficit or pay down the debt. The problem is, he has already made that promise, and he has already broken that promise.

Breaking a promise that large creates an enormous deficit of trust. And that’s one deficit that can never be cut in half.

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