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Well, Mr. President, the budget Mr. Romney calls “marvelous” got 228 more votes* than the budget you presented

Seems that the incumbent President of the United States thinks he can win reelection only by attacking his likely adversary:

When President Barack Obama criticized Mitt Romney by name this week for embracing a controversial Republican budget proposal, he worded his attack carefully and with bite.

“(Romney) said that he’s ‘very supportive’ of this new budget, and he even called it ‘marvelous’ — which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget,” Obama said during a speech on Tuesday. . . .

He may mock the Republican’s word choice, but can he defend an alternative to the budget Mr. Romney praised?  It doesn’t seem any member of his party’s congressional caucus can, given that not one U.S. Representative, not even a single Democrat, voted for his budget blueprint.

And the budget Mr. Obama presented won’t reduce the deficit below the “astounding” figure he, in 2008, equated to “living beyond our means” even ten years after the date of that statement.

As soon as the contest for the Republican nomination is settled, the focus will return to Mr. Obama and the job he’s been doing.  And then attacks on a man who supports a plan that can at least secure a majority of his party’s House caucus (well 94.2% to be exact) will resonate less than will an accounting of his record in office, including the fact that precisely 0% of his party’s caucus in the U.S. House voted for his budget.
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*in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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  1. Hi Dan,

    Seems that the incumbent President of the United States thinks he can win reelection only by attacking his likely adversary

    Yes, that is it in a nutshell. I would add, that he will present an alternative vision that is not-Ryan-Romney. And he will double down and ask us to throw Repubs out so he can have a Congress that will work with the President. We will see if that strategy works or not. We will also see if the Occupy Wall Street arguments regarding income distribution inequality will have any bite in this election year.

    Comment by Cas — April 7, 2012 @ 2:34 pm - April 7, 2012

  2. Yes, but will his alternate vision be able to muster a single vote in Congress?

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — April 7, 2012 @ 4:28 pm - April 7, 2012

  3. Unfortunately few people outside of the conservative blogs know that his budget went down by a vote of 414-0. Few people outside of the conservative blogs know that it has been more than three years now since the Democrat-dominated Senate passed a budget, any budget. The lamestream press certainly isn’t going to report any of those facts if they can avoid it. If they do report them anywhere, chances are it will only be in articles which “fact-check” conservative campaign commercials, assuming that the conservative candidates are wise enough to mention those facts in their commercials.

    Comment by Kurt — April 7, 2012 @ 5:17 pm - April 7, 2012

  4. Kurt, and that’s why we need SuperPacs. To do the work of “accountability journalism” the AP fails to do.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — April 7, 2012 @ 5:23 pm - April 7, 2012

  5. Hi Dan,

    Yes, but will his alternate vision be able to muster a single vote in Congress?

    It will if Dems take back the House and keep the Senate…

    Comment by Cas — April 7, 2012 @ 6:26 pm - April 7, 2012

  6. Cas, the House voted and no Democrat voted in favor. Last year, the Senate voted and the same thing. So, you’re saying that they have to wait until after the election to pass a budget when they, to borrow, an expression have, “more flexibility”?

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — April 7, 2012 @ 7:02 pm - April 7, 2012

  7. Hi Dan,
    I don’t think they will re-submit the budget they had before. It was weighted too heavily towards spending cuts (and not enough revenue) for Dems in Congress to stomach. Frankly, if they do nothing, the Bush cuts expire, and the budget deficit that many worry about begins to right itself. I think they reintroduce some tax cuts as an expansionary fiscal policy, but targeted at the middle and lower classes. There will be some increased spending as well. And look for higher taxes on the wealthy (on top of what they were before Bush II). If Obama wins and the Dems get both chambers, that is what I see happening. So, I guess that is “flexibility…”

    Comment by Cas — April 7, 2012 @ 8:40 pm - April 7, 2012

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  9. What Obama says and does going forward from today is immaterial. Obama has arranged to have all electronic ballots going forward in national elections tallied by a Spanish Company with no controls against fraud…..hence, he has won, illegally, immorally, and there we have it.

    Comment by KommisarKit — April 9, 2012 @ 10:05 am - April 9, 2012

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