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Dem Lawmaker: Obama Budget Nervous Breakdown on Paper


“This budget is a nervous breakdown on paper,” said Cleaver during an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point” Monday morning. “We’re still in a recession, we’re still struggling. Unemployment is still too high,” he said. – The Hill

Pres. Obama is also campaigning for the payroll tax cut to be extended, as you’ll see in the video.

As for the budget, Republican austerity star had a different take, of course:

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) accused the White House on Sunday of “failing … to articulate how their upcoming budget would lift the crushing burden of debt and tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.”

…and the beat goes on.

UPDATE 3: Obama’s chief of staff Jack Lew misspeaks on Senate numbers to pass budget.

UPDATE 2: Reuters covers the $800 million for the Arab Spring.

UPDATE: Obama’s budget remarks have been added above. Politico has a rundown, which includes “an additional $593 million proposal to do away with tax deductions for conservation easements on golf courses.”

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5 Responses to Dem Lawmaker: Obama Budget Nervous Breakdown on Paper

  1. fangio February 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    What difference does it make.  We have not had a budget in three years and will not have one next year.  American voters have reaped what they sowed,  a dysfunctional government that accomplishes nothing.  We really don’t need deficit reduction since most agencies are running on ’08 spending levels anyway.

  2. rickroberts February 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    And State got quite an increase. Don’t mess with Mama!

    • Taylor Marsh February 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      My thoughts exactly.

  3. mrpister February 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    The budget proposal is like everything else I’ve seen for the last 3 years.  Pres. Obama has proven that there is not one principle that he espouses in speech that he refutes in practice.  Not only does the emperor have no clothes, but he’s mesmerized by the image in his mirror.

    In the end, this “compromising conservative” (as Ms. Marsh called him a while back) will do just that.  Mr. Obama has had a wild hair about this “grand bargain” business since before he took office.  Odd that he didn’t campaign on it, though.  I believe circumstances will place him in the position (again) of sliding more and more to the right to prove his bona fides to his enemies, not his friends.

    I also believe the faux populism he’s found will last until the day after the election.  Assuming he’s re-elected, the Obama administration will plow on with its Golden Age policies of making sure that 1) Barack Obama does pretty good no matter who gets thrown under his bus and 2) The Masters of The Universe will be duly rewarded with oodles of shiny coins.

    The poor, the neo-poor, and those on track to become poor are all expendable.  Look at this proposed budge and then watch Pres. Obama’s actions.  I wouldn’t blame anyone who gets confused; that is, if they still believe the hype.

  4. Joyce Arnold February 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    “the beat goes on.” And on, and on, and on …

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