Obama: "Washington is a place where tax dollars are often treated like Monopoly money"


No really, he said that yesterday. Nothing like railing against Washington when you and your political party run it! Here is the relevant, gag-inducing paragraph:

As we were driving in, I was saying, boy, it's just good to be back in the Midwest, this is about as close as I've been to home in a while.  And part of the reason it's just good to be back is because Washington is a place where tax dollars are often treated like Monopoly money—they're bartered and traded, and they're divvied up among lobbyists and special interests, and where waste—even billions of dollars of waste—is accepted as the price of doing business.  When we proposed, by the way, those $20 billion in cuts last year, we were ridiculed by the press, said, "Ah, that's just a spit in the bucket."  Now, I don't know about here in St. Charles, $20 billion, that's real money, isn't it?

Here are a handful relevant Reason headlines; for a fuller list click this:

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