A reader writes:
You say that the $100 million in budget cuts is a "good sign" that Obama understands the complaints about the deficit and about spending. I disagree. I'm a staunch Obama supporter and a lifelong Democrat, but I can't for the life of me see this as anything other than a bit of a stunt.
A brutally effective stunt, but a stunt nonetheless.
This is nothing but a lean scrap of meat thrown out for the cable nets to fight over -- it's just that in fighting over it, it knocks the tea parties out of the news cycle and replaces "budget hawks protest Obama" as the last bit of news with "Obama the budget cutter." At the same time, it goes a long way towards neutralizing the pork canard -- by pointing out that he cut roughly as much in federal spending as is spent on pork over a short period of time, he mutes the pork hunting crowd.
Obama may or may not be serious about cutting the budget. But this $100 million is nothing but a cheap and yet highly effective trick.