Obama beats the GOP on budget-battle manure spreading

No side is covering themselves with glory in the current fiscal cliff negotiations, but Republicans are far more honest with their proposal than President Obama is with his. The president is really stinking up negotiations with budget-battle manure.

Obama’s plan, which promises $4 trillion in deficit reduction, has two particularly shameful faux promises. It calls for $1 trillion in already scheduled budget cuts and $800 billion in war on terror spending that has not been allocated. What the president is really calling for is about $400 billion in spending cuts over 10 years and what the administrstion projects will be $1.6 trillion in tax increases. Also, the administration wants scores of billions of dollars for new stimulus programs and the continuation of what are supposed to be temporary payroll tax cuts.

Obama’s fiscal cliff budget deal is more or less a replay of his budget proposal of last year, which received no support in Congress.

The Republican proposal is not perfect — it should include a specific income tax hike on the rich. But its claim 0f $4.6 trillion in deficit reduction has a stronger basis in reality than Obama’s $4 trillion. Also, the Republican proposal, despite howling from some on the right, calls for $800 billion in tax increases, garnered through new limits in deductions and overall tax reform. It’s very similar to the deal that almost was passed in 2011, prior to the fiscal cliff deal. Yet, now Obama and the Democrats scoff at it. They had the political gall to actually demand that Congress no longer have any power over the lifting of debt limits in the future, a violation of precedent and perhaps the Constitution.

Americans have proven distressingly susceptible to class warfare rhetoric, but I hope they notice that Speaker of the House John Boehner is angering his base by calling for tax-related revenue increases, while the president is placating his base by refusing to enact serious cuts and refusing to seriously engage with the Republicans on tax increases.

We just finished a long campaign where the fiscal cliff and our budget woes were not mentioned nearly enough. Instead, Democrats accused Republicans of waging war on just about any interest group other than old, puffy white males. But the fiscal cliff is a serious issue, and hopefully both sides will reach an agreement. The major burden toward compromise, however, is on President Obama.

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6 Responses to Obama beats the GOP on budget-battle manure spreading

  1. Decider says:

    “Obama’s fiscal cliff budget deal is more or less a replay of his budget proposal of last year, which received no support in Congress.” -Gibson

    Not one word about the support Obama’s budget proposal DID RECEIVE on November 6th 2012? — not one word about the election mandate in this article? — ya think there is ANY difference between October 2012 and December 2012?
    Doug!
    You, Karl Rove, and the Republican Congress, continue to live in denial — the country is moving FORWARD — become part of the solution!

  2. Tom says:

    Doug,

    In case you didn’t notice, your cause and your guy lost. Get over it. Dredging up these bankrupt Republican talking points ain’t a gonna change a thing and will only prolong your grieving period. Come on man, break the Republican mold set by your knight in not so shiny armor, Romney I think his name was, you know – the guy who couldn’t and wouldn’t tell the truth even when it was better. Quit being sore losers, it makes you guys look like cry babies.

    • Ardith Cruz says:

      Face it! Romney wasn’t voted in and for good reason. Leave Obama alone and try to agree with some of his plans to alleviate the problems that Bush left to him. If these problems would have been left to Romney he would have no idea how to even start.

  3. Lasvegasrichard says:

    Pretty generic on the specifics here . Just like all the Republicans including Mitt Romney … tell us EXACTLY what spending you will cut and how much. The President at least realizes that until the economy revs up again , cutting is the last thing to do . Even your pal Grover knows that a vibrant economy is the only ticket to prosperity, not throwing the unemployed , the poor , and the elderly further under the bus .

  4. Lang says:

    Doug,
    Our President ran on his budget policies he has never wavered on his intentions and in reality this “cliff” budget issue is a farce. Think about and grow up… I think about your blog posts that I have read; I seldom find any actual logical thought in your posts. Oh sure, with sophomoric bravado you tie symbols together in a verbose and pithy narrative, but you are often so far from the truth and your myopic disregard for cohesive thought is apparent to all but you. Please consider the path that Ryan Jenkins followed when he ended his pointless blathering over on his faith blog. Its not personal, you just do not have the understanding it takes to grasp the social and political issues without infusing the story with bizarre and irrelevant thesis.

    oh and Bob I told you so.. He won.

  5. Darrin says:

    I think it is about time we go over the cliff. This generation has no idea of what financial suffering is. I will only be happy when there is a single flat tax and no deductions. The ones who push that type of reform are the ones I will follow.

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