April 11th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

Letters to the President: #812 'About face'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: Suddenly budget cutting is all the rage in Washington. Even the president is getting on board, so maybe he won’t have time to read today’s letter. But I’ll write it anyway.

Dear Mr. President,

So the headlines say that this week you’re going to roll out your plans for cutting the deficit - taking on Medicare, Medicaid, and everything else in the whole messy, melty ball of wax. Ta dah! I don’t mean to poke fun, but it always makes me laugh to watch how quickly politicians (including presidents) can change direction when the wind starts turning. Well, I suppose it’s a good thing. People are always carping about leaders not doing what they want (like getting rid of all those annoying speed cameras around D.C, hint, hint) so they should feel relatively good when you guys and gals sense public unrest and react to it.

That said I suspect, as Ricky used to say on I Love Lucy, “You got some ‘splainin’ to do!” Just a few months ago, as I’m sure you recall, significant numbers of your Democratic pals were pretty aggressively arguing for more, not less, government spending.

They had their reasons, of course. With the economy teetering, some economists said that keeping the money flowing down from Capitol Hill was not merely prudent, but almost critical. On top of which, if you see a lot of people struggling and you think that government should help, as many Dems do, it would make sense that you’d want to keep helping. Which, of course, means more spending.

Anyway, you know all this. The point is, some of your Dems are going to be none to pleased with your change of heart. It will be like when I told my wife that I’d changed my mind about moving my guitars and amps from the living room to the basement. I’m sure you understand. Ha! Just kidding, she’s actually amazingly cool about such things.

But I’m not sure your crew is going to be so sanguine. So brace yourself, and good luck.

Hey, went for a long training run yesterday and it was great for the first half, but agony for the second. I thought I was pretty much recovered from the marathon and half marathon a couple weeks back, but I guess I was wrong. At least two bags of frozen peas on my knees say so.

I’m always on cell, so call if you feel like it.


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