Obama on deep spending cuts proposed by GOP: not ‘on the backs of our most vulnerable’

Jonathan Strong Jonathan Strong, 27, is a reporter for the Daily Caller covering Congress. Previously, he was a reporter for Inside EPA where he wrote about environmental regulation in great detail, and before that a staffer for Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA). Strong graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in political science in 2006. He is a huge fan of and season ticket holder to the Washington Capitals hockey team. Strong and his wife reside in Arlington.
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President Obama is proposing a five year spending freeze in his State of the Union address to be delivered at 9:00 p.m., according to his prepared remarks, but he is warning Republicans that have proposed much deeper cuts, “let’s make sure that we’re not doing it on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Obama also warned against cutting government spending that wasn’t excessive.

“Let’s make sure what we’re cutting is really excess weight. Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you’ll feel the impact,” the speech says.

However, Obama does concede “I’m willing to eliminate whatever we can honestly afford to do without.”

The remarks are in stark contrast to the stance of Republicans, many of whom were swept into power on Nov. 2 in part from the energy of the Tea Party, who have vowed to reduce vast amounts of what they say is wasteful and unnecessary government spending.