After failing to win even one vote for his widely-panned budget in the House last week, President Obama is once again lashing out at Republicans’ responsible plan to address the spending-driven debt crisis and put America back on the Path to Prosperity. Sound familiar? It should.
Around this time last year, President Obama attempted a budget redux after his first unserious proposal was broadly criticized for its failure to address the debt crisis and the threat it posed to economic growth and job creation. Unfortunately, the president’s second attempt offered nothing more than “partisan broadsides” and “multiple distortions,” and was so short on details it could not even be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. With the past as prologue, here’s a preview of what to expect from the president’s desperate diatribe, take II:
- “One of the Most Overtly Partisan Broadsides He’s Ever Delivered from a Podium with a Presidential Seal.” “Obama’s long-anticipated speech on the deficit at George Washington University was one of the oddest rhetorical hybrids of his presidency – a serious stab at reforming entitlements cloaked in a 2012 campaign speech that was one of the most overtly partisan broadsides he’s ever delivered from a podium with a presidential seal.” (Politico, 4/14/11)
- “Blistering Partisanship and Multiple Distortions.” “Did someone move the 2012 election to June 1? We ask because President Obama's extraordinary response to Paul Ryan's budget yesterday—with its blistering partisanship and multiple distortions—was the kind Presidents usually outsource to some junior lieutenant.” (Editorial, The Wall Street Journal, 4/14/11)
- “A Campaign Speech, Not a Serious Budget Address.” “[President Obama] has responded to Republican ideas for deficit reduction with thoughts of his own in an oration that rocked poor Vice President Joe Biden into unconsciousness. … Wednesday's address, a response to Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican outline for controlling spending, was a campaign speech, not a serious budget address.” (Op-Ed, The Arizona Republic, 4/16/11)
- “More Like an Acrimonious Campaign Speech Rather than a Presidential Call for Sober Negotiations.” “Unfortunately, Obama didn’t do anything to improve the prospects for a healthy debate when he announced his plan to the nation on Wednesday. His address at George Washington University often sounded more like an acrimonious campaign speech rather than a presidential call for sober negotiations.” (Editorial, San Antonio Express-News, 4/17/11)
- “Highly Partisan Words,” “Few Notable” Proposals. “Obama announced his framework for deficit reduction in a speech that at times employed the highly partisan words he used on the campaign trail. But it included only a few notable, and largely incremental, policy proposals.” (The Washington Post, 4/13/11)
While the president was hard at work crafting what appears to be another fiery campaign speech last week, House Republicans were busy actually passing a serious, responsible plan that addresses the major drivers of our nation’s debt, stops the government from spending money it doesn’t have, and strengthens health and retirement security for future generations. The only thing President Obama has offered is a political document that spends too much ($47 trillion in government spending over the next 10 years), borrows too much ($11 trillion added to the debt) and taxes too much ($1.9 trillion tax hike) – and, not surprisingly, can’t even garner ONE vote in the House. It is time for President Obama to put serious solutions on the table to address our nation’s fiscal crisis. It’s also long past time for Senate Democrats to fulfill their most basic responsibility and pass a budget – which they have failed to do in more than 1,000 days.
As Speaker Boehner made clear last week, the Path to Prosperity budget is “good for our economy and our future” because it “cuts spending, promotes small business jobs, repeals ObamaCare, and implements a real ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy.” Learn more and get the facts about House Republicans’ budget at: budget.house.gov/fy2013Prosperity.