Steve Chapman on the Myth That Obama Is a Frugal President


When White House press secretary Jay Carney stood up in front of reporters and said, "Do not buy into the B.S. that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration," Steve Chapman naturally assumed someone would come out with a hook and drag him away before sending him on a long vacation to recover from whatever was addling his mind. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and Carney's attempt at celebrating the administration's budget record—not excusing, mind you, but celebrating—amounted to climbing the fence into the lion enclosure at the zoo.