On Monday, Jennifer Rubin wondered about the president’s contention on his latest road tour that “he’s made tough decisions that will pay off over time“. Rather than make bold choices, she contends the president . . .
. . . is intentionally avoiding them. His budget did not pass the laugh test. His budget speech 2.0 was a partisan attack on the House’s budget plan and failed to present a scoreable, specific budget. He refuses to put forth a coherent plan of his own to restructure entitlements.
In the past, President Obama yielded to Congress, letting House Democrats write his “stimulus” (er, the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and Senate Democrats craft his health care overhaul. Given that history, it is no wonder the president has failed to put forward a coherent plan of his own. The Democratic leadership in Congress hasn’t put forward its plan, so he has nothing to go on.
Republicans have taken great pains to continually refer to the number of days since Senate Democrats have produced a budget, now at Day 769 and counting. Democrats have begun to chafe at Harry Reid’s strategy of attempting to grab a world record for punting, especially since Democrats have to argue in next year’s elections for voters to trust them with leadership for the next two years.
Perhaps, the president is also chafing, waiting like the Senate Democratic caucus for its leadership to move. Wouldn’t a bold decision-maker prod Harry Reid et al. to act? A man who touts himself as making bold choices does so not just in word, but also in deed. Releasing such a budget proposal with real reforms would just be the kind of deed a bold leader needs to undertake; a real leader is willing to risk opposition, to risk criticism for the sake of the country he loves.