"The entire Government of the United States Of America will Be run Out Of The White House by Obama !"
Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) hung a $1.5 trillion dollar price tag on the Democrat health care bill. The CBO’s job is to provide “nonpartisan and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget.”
The CBO is part of the legislative branch of government, independent by design, which allows for honesty in assessing the cost to the American taxpayer of any proposed legislation. They are not in any way supervised, directed or accountable to the White House.
Enter Chicago-style politics. In the wake of the independent partial scoring of what little the Democrats would let them see, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf was called to the White House Monday for a trip to the woodshed.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) was not very happy at all with White House interference with the ability of Congress to rely on information received from this independent entity.
“This reeks of the type of Chicago-style politics that Americans were warned about,” Price said. “With the CBO blasting his health care plan for adding to runaway deficits, the President’s closed-door gathering is suspect and highly inappropriate. The White House has no business engaging in secret meetings with the CBO. It serves as an independent scorekeeper in the health care debate, not a political tool to be handled by the President.”
Price is demanding transparency from the White House on this unethical meeting.
“While the President has demonstrated there is nothing he believes he cannot take over, we will not allow the work of the Congressional Budget Office to be commandeered by the White House,” Price said. “As health care reform requires an honest appraisal of its budget impact, I call on the White House to release all details of this unprecedented meeting.”f..