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Shared Sacrifice: White House Threatens Another Veto, This Time of Bill Containing Budget Cuts to Executive Office

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By Doug Powers  •  July 18, 2011 01:12 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

“Everybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.” – President Obama, January 2009

In addition to threatening to veto the Cut, Cap and Balance bill (H.R. 2560), the White House is threatening to veto H.R. 2434, the 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. Among other things, the White House is arguing against a proposed $65 million budget cut to the Executive Office.

Why would that cut be bad? Because the Executive Office needs all the deficit spending it can get in order to, in part, pay people to find ways to reduce the deficit:

The Obama administration made the argument in comments on H.R. 2434, the 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. That bill could be on the House floor as early as next week, and would decrease funding for the EOP from $705 million to $640 million.

“The level of resources provided in the bill would significantly impact the EOP’s role in assisting the president in carrying out his constitutional duties as head of the executive branch, including protecting national security interests, developing policies to address the challenges facing the nation, reducing the deficit and spending taxpayer dollars more cost-effectively, and managing the Federal agencies,” the administration said in a statement of administration policy (SAP).

If those cuts go through word is that the White House might have to lay off Richard Trumka’s parking valet, so the proposed cuts are indeed draconian.

The White House claims all those people on the payroll are necessary, in part, so they can help come up with ways to reduce the deficit. How’s that going? The latest “deficit reduction” proposals they’ve come up with would, if all were implemented, increase the deficit $2.7 trillion over ten years according to the CBO.

Can we at least shutter the West Wing’s Department of Counter-Productivity and eliminate the position of Paradox Czar?

A White House staffing reminder from the New York Post by way of Weasel Zippers:

Turns out the 454 people on the White House staff were paid a total of $37,121,463 this year.

Yes, that’s 15 fewer staffers and $1.7 million less than taxpayers shelled out for the president’s workforce last year. But it’s seven bodies more than the White House employed during the last year of George W. Bush’s term — and at a cost of nearly $4 million, or 13%, more.

There’s one thing that wasn’t entirely inhereted from Bush, although the White House may have a creative way to dispute that.

**Written by Doug Powers

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