You're supposed to think this is a massive spending cut, but it isn't 

National Journal has an exclusive early look at President Obama's budget proposal, and lo and behold, Obama apparently plans to throw widows and orphans into the streets to die:

President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget will cut several billion dollars from the government’s energy assistance fund for poor people, officials briefed on the subject told National Journal.

...The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, would see funding drop by about $3 billion from an authorized 2009 total of $5.1 billion. 

Wow! Draconian cuts!

Well, not really:

In 2008, the government spent $2.8 billion on LIHEAP. In 2009, thanks to the Recovery Act, better known as the stimulus bill, the figure jumped to $8.1 billion. So the cut from that high level restores LIHEAP to something close to where it was before Obama took office.

Out of all the things the government does, LIHEAP would certainly be far, far down my list for cuts. Still, it makes sense to restore the budget to where it was before -- and it's kind of discouraging to see this treated by the press as though it's a massive cut.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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