I don’t know how I feel about this, but this spending freeze is what John McCain’s campaign was all about. I don’t even know if this freeze on domestic policies will be a good thing, but already some people are worried about education, social services and health care. These programs can be affected a LOT! And with our current economic situation, there is still a lack of job growth, retirement security and what not. If you’ve been living under a rock, then you have noticed a trend of adults in their 20’s and 30’s (and an outlier in their 40’s and 50’s) still living with their parents. Their parents!!! So with this announcement, this does not give comfort to a lot of people in economic woes. Even myself.
If I could articulate this any better, Ezra Klein says it best over at the Washington Post on his blog:
“The danger of proposing a freeze is that the focus is on the freeze, not the precise mix of policies that leads to it. And so it’s a lot easier for Congress to change the mix than reject the overall freeze. But a freeze is very hard to do right, particularly in tough economic times. Doing it wrong would be a catastrophe.”