I’ve been looking over President Obama’s budget, and am still surprised at how progressive it is. There is a lot more requested there than I would’ve imagined he would ask for. And that made me stop for a second and consider why he asked for such a huge budget.
And then I remembered how we listed our price when we sold our house. We figured out how much we really wanted to walk away with, and then added $25k more to the price. We knew that we wouldn’t get the inflated price, but figured that, after all of the haggling was done, we would end up with what we really wanted. And that is pretty much exactly what happened.
So now I can’t help but think that is what President Obama is doing. I think he learned his lesson when trying to negotiate with the House Republicans on the Stimulus Bill, and has inflated what he asks for, assuming that the compromise will end up being the amount of money he actually needed.
If that is so, then I must say: “Well played, Mr. President.”