Phyllis Schlafly
Barack Obama's runaway spending is the top issue with grass-roots Americans. The problem is a long way from solved, but we've learned a lot from the budget debate.

1. We've turned a corner. The debate is no longer about what new phony "stimulus" spending Obama will try to rush through Congress but about how much and what appropriations to cut.

2. The Democrats are better negotiators than Republicans. After the midnight Obama-John Boehner deal on the remainder of the 2011 budget, which was announced as a $38 billion reduction, we discovered that it was really only $20 billion, just a 1 percent reduction, because Obama had hidden in the agreement "phantom cuts," "orphan earmarks," credit for eliminating czars who were already toast, and generous funding for his favorite programs such as Head Start, "Race to the Top" and Pell grants.

3. U.S. voters are still vehement in demanding repeal of ObamaCare and the extra spending it includes. Support for Obama's signature legislation has dropped to only 35 percent.

4. The Democrats are obsequious servants of the feminists and intend to keep social issues on the front burner. President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were ready and willing to shut down the government in order to retain the appropriation for Planned Parenthood, the country's top abortion provider.

5. The feminist globalists dictate Obama's war policy, too. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, National Security Council Adviser Samantha Power and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice nagged Obama until he started a war with Moammar Qadhafi without knowing who the insurgents are and without any game plan to win anything helpful to the United States or even to Libya.

6. The Republicans have presented two sensible and specific budgets (Paul Ryan's and Jim Jordan's, speaking for the Republican Study Committee), while Obama's budget is a repeat of yesterday's spending orgy. That provides new proof that his real goal in being elected president was and is to "spread the wealth around" (as he told Joe the Plumber) to non-taxpayers, stealing from current taxpayers and inflicting colossal debt on their children and grandchildren.

7. It is really possible to balance the budget by 2020 and we must do it, as the Republican Study Committee's plan proves. If we delay that date, we will be spending every dollar of federal revenue on interest by 2025 which, like unpaid personal credit card debt, will progressively increase in rate in addition to amount.

8. The best rule of thumb in dealing with the 2012 federal budget deficit is to freeze total spending at the pre-Obama level. That's a reasonable goal.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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