January 20, 2018

April Fools or About Face?


Obama Proclaims April the Month to Teach Young People ‘How to Budget Responsibly’   CNS News

Today is April first, commonly called April Fools day, so like my good friend Shannon warns, “Trust no one.”

Given the inclination of the press to play along, occasionally throwing out outlandish headlines that couldn’t possibly be true, there still comes this, that sounds like it should be a joke, but really, is more likely just bad timing: the White House proclaims that April is “National Financial Capability Month.”

Seriously. Here’s a link to it if you aren’t buying it. It’s neither an about-face of an administration that has shown more interest in raising taxes than in balancing its budgets or an April Fools’ joke.

Never mind that unemployment is hovering around 7.8% (as it has for the last few years), making “financial capability” difficult for many families (or at least 7.8% of the working population).

Never mind that reports seem to indicate that unemployment might be higher than we think because of the number of people on disability payments instead of welfare or unemployment assistance.

No, rather let’s focus on helping young people with what the White House terms ” learning how to budget responsibly to saving for college, starting a business, or opening a retirement account.” Never mind that the Obama Administration hasn’t submitted a budget to Congress on time in three years, that Obama Administration budgets have increased the national debt by $53,377 per household, and that the President has stated that he has no intention of submitting  a budget that balances any time soon.

Never mind all that.

It’s a classic case of ‘do what I say, not what I do.’ And it’s no April Fools joke.

I am sure the do-gooders in the White House mean well, but saying one thing and doing another hurts their credibility. You can’t ask to raise taxes and increase spending on one hand and tell Americans you are an authority on financial management on the other. If the Obama White House wants to make a difference in the national economy and provide for real “financial capability,” they will more seriously consider the heavy weight that out of control entitlement cost growth is having on the federal budget, as well as the very real tax, especially on the young, that the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) weighs on working Americans. You cannot provide for the poor by tearing down the working, but that’s exactly what the Obama Administration’s policies–especially Obamacare–will do.

This month, Publius Online is participating in Blogging from A to Z, a month long quest to post every day. Each day should match a letter of the alphabet. Since today is the first day of April, that letter is A. Tomorrow will be B, and so on.

About Daniel Burton

Daniel Burton lives in Salt Lake County, Utah, where he practices law by day and everything else by night. You can follow him on his blog PubliusOnline.com where he muses on politics, the law, books and ideas. He is active on social media, Republican politics, and has been named to PoliticIt’s list of the “Top-50 Utah Political Opinion Leaders” on Twitter. You can reach him directly at dan.burton@gmail.com

  • Havalah

    he’s just giving us another reason to question why he was re-elected.

    • Daniel B.


  • Jemima Pett

    Happy AtoZing!

    Jemima at Jemima’s blog

    • Daniel B.

      Thanks, Jemima.

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