Lalit K Jha
Washington, Feb 12 (PTI) US president Barack Obama hassaid a five year freeze on annual domestic spending willreduce the country�s deficit by more than USD 400 billion overthe next decade.
�My budget freezes annual domestic spending for the nextfive years � even on programmes I care deeply about � whichwill reduce the deficit by more than USD 400 billion over thenext decade,� Obama said.
He said this in his weekly address to the nation, inwhich he gave a preview of his budget next week.
�This freeze will bring this type of spending to itslowest level as a share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhowerwas president.
We�ve stripped down the budget by getting rid of waste,�he said.
�For example, we�re getting rid of thousands ofgovernment-owned buildings that sit empty because they aren�tneeded,� he added.
�I�ve also proposed freezing salaries for hardworkinggovernment employees, because everyone has to do their part.
I�m going to make sure politics doesn�t add to ourdeficit, by vetoing any bill that contains earmarks,� Obamasaid.
�After a decade of rising deficits, this budget asksWashington to live within its means, while at the same timeinvesting in our future.
It cuts what we can�t afford to pay for what we cannot dowithout. That�s what families do in hard times.
And that�s what our country has to do too,� Obama added.