And we should believe that because?
I am serious. I never had a problem with CBO before. But I had never paid attention to where they went.
Peter Orszag was the head of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration and he was there when ObamaCare passed. Barack nominated him in November 2008 when Barack had yet to be sworn in and Orszag stayed on until June of last year.
What did Orszag do right before coming to the White House? From Wikipedia:
Orszag was director of the Congressional Budget Office from January 2007 to November 2008. During his tenure, he repeatedly drew attention to the role rising health care expenditures are likely to play in the government's long-term fiscal problems—and, by extension, the nation's long-term economic problems. "I have not viewed CBO's job as just to passively evaluate what Congress proposes, but rather to be an analytical resource. And part of that is to highlight things that are true and that people may not want to hear, including that we need to address health-care costs." During his time at the CBO, he added 20 full-time health analysts (bringing the total number to 50), thereby strengthening the CBO's analytical capabilities and preparing Congress for health-care reform.
They politicized CBO by pulling from it for the administration. Why should anyone believe a thing CBO now puts out? I am serious.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: