Will Obama draft an austerity budget?
Will President Obama mandate across-the-board cuts at federal agencies and departments next year in an effort to cut the federal deficit?
"I'm not going to get ahead of what the budget is going to look like in February," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday when asked that question by a reporter. "But suffice to say that it will not look as it has in the past."
An austerity budget includes government job and spending cuts with the goal of cutting deficits. Several states and municipalities -- and some foreign countries -- have already made such politically perilous cuts.
The federal deficit has more than tripled this year, leading many Republicans and Democratic deficit hawks to demand that Congress and the White House take action. It's unclear if similar cuts at the federal level would prove as politically risky for Obama.
Gibbs's veiled preview of the president's fiscal 2011 budget proposal follows Obama's own statements on wasteful spending on Monday:
"Business as usual in Washington just won’t do,” Obama said at the White House about the government's cuts in government contracts. “After years of irresponsibility, we are once again taking responsibility for every dollar we spend, the same way families do."
What kinds of cuts should Obama make, if any? The comments section awaits your thoughts.
| December 22, 2009; 3:33 PM ET
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