President Obama may repeat his mantra about making “tough choices” in his budgeting decisions, but House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan exposed just how specious that claim is when he questioned the Treasury Secretary about the president’s latest budget.
He just doesn’t his “rhetoric matching the results” (at 0:54 below).
Just watch the whole video; it provides an insight in the utter failure of the administration to make the tough choices necessary to keep the president’s campaign pledge and not “go back to our profligate ways.”
There are three key points to bear in mind about this budget, two that Geithner himself acknowledged, a third related to a question the Treasury Secretary failed to answer:
- The budget fails to address the long-term solvency of Medicare and Medicaid. As Geithner himself said, “Even if Congress were to enact this budget we would still be left with–in the outer decades as millions of Americans retire–what are still unsustainable commitments in Medicare and Medicaid.”
- The administration doesn’t like the Ryan plan, but has no plan of its own to deal with the nation’s long-term debt problem. Geithner again, “We’re not coming before you to say we have a definitive solution to that long-term problem. What we do know is we don’t like yours.”
- “President Obama’s FY 2013 budget does increase federal spending, not only above current levels (from $3.796 trillion in FY 2012 to $5.537 trillion in FY 2021, a 46% increase) but also above the levels approved by current law” (i.e., the August 2011 debt deal). Geithner could not answer with “Yes” or “No” when asked whether the budget increased federal spending above those levels set by that deal.
Leaders, Ryan pointed out at 3:07 in the video above, are supposed to fix problems, not kick the can down the road, as Geithner all must acknowledges this budget does when he said that we still have some work to do. Must be that hope and change about which we’ve heard tell.