Obama’s Budget, Take Two
1:00 PM, Apr 11, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin hits the nail on the head in a piece titled, “Obama’s do-over budget.” Rubin writes:
Rubin also highlights the following statement from Congressman Ryan:
If it seems weird that a president would release a budget shortly after releasing a budget, Obama has a habit of doing this sort of thing. About nine months into the health care debate, three months after the House had passed the original version of Obamacare, and just days before the “health summit” (during which Ryan offered a devastating critique of Obamacare’s phony financial claims), Obama released “his health plan,” as if for the first time.
So, what can we expect from Obama in the way of suggestions for lowering deficit spending and debt? Well, considering that, in the United States of America’s 234-year history, the only times that the deficit has exceeded 6 percent of the economy have all involved either the Civil War, World War I, World War II, or Obama, there is likely not much that he’ll do. (This chart shows Obama’s truly abysmal performance in this realm to date.) Nevertheless, it’s striking that it took only one week’s worth of leadership-by-example to make Obama crave some of the deficit-cutting limelight. Now we’ll see whether any of the deficit cutting proposals from this most profligate of presidencies can withstand the light of day.