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Criticism Builds For Obama's Political Budget

- March 5, 2014

OBAMA SEEMS MORE INTENT ON STRENGTHENING HIS PARTY THAN PRESENTING A REALISTIC BUDGET

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: The Best Way To Interpret Obama's Budget "Is As A Campaign-Strategy Memo To Return Nancy Pelosi As Speaker Of The House." "President Obama released his 2015 budget proposal on Tuesday, and the best way to understand it is as a campaign-strategy memo to return Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. After the rude four-year interruption of a GOP House, Mr. Obama is revving up the tax and spend engines to turn out Democrats this fall and change the debate away from ObamaCare." (Editorial, "The Back To Pelosi Budget," The Wall Street Journal , 3/4/14)

  • The Wall Street Journal Editorial Headline: "The Back To Pelosi Budget." (Editorial, "The Back To Pelosi Budget," The Wall Street Journal , 3/4/14)

The Associated Press Analysis: With Democrats Feeling Vulnerable "Members Of Obama's Party Must Do Something To Shake Up The Trend Lines. Enter The Budget." "Members of Obama's party must do something to shake up the trend lines. Enter the budget - and the contrast Democrats hope to set up with a Republican alternative." (Dave Espo, "Analysis: Obama Budget Tries To Have It Both Ways," Associated Press, 3/5/14)

  • The Objective Of Obama's Budget "Is Political Rather Than Legislative" Meant To Give Democratic Candidates "A Campaign Platform." "The objective is political rather than legislative - a book-length compendium of proposals meant to give Democratic congressional candidates a campaign platform at a time when economic disparity is a major concern for millions trying to dig out from the worst recession in decades." (Dave Espo, "Analysis: Obama Budget Tries To Have It Both Ways," Associated Press, 3/5/14)
  • Democrats Would Rather Fight Over The Budget Than Have The Election Be A Referendum On The Slow Economic Recovery, ObamaCare, Or Obama Himself. "Enter the budget - and the contrast Democrats hope to set up with a Republican alternative. That would be far better, in their view, than an election that is a referendum on the slow recovery from the deepest recession in decades, Obama's general stewardship across five years in office, the health care law and whatever else is contributing to the curdled national mood." (Dave Espo, "Analysis: Obama Budget Tries To Have It Both Ways," Associated Press, 3/5/14)

USA Today: Obama's 2015 Budget Is "Essentially A Campaign Document That Defines Democratic Priorities In An Election Year." "Obama's third-to-last budget is essentially a campaign document that defines Democratic priorities in an election year." (Editorial, Obama's Budget Ducks Tough Choices: Our View," USA Today , 3/4/14)

New York Times Headline: "Obama's Budget Is A Populist Wish List And An Election Blueprint." (Jackie Calmes, "Obama's Budget Is A Populist Wish List And An Election Blueprint,"New York Times, 3/4/14)

It's Agreed: Obama's Budget Is Dead On Arrival

The Washington Post's Dana Milibank:"By Universal Agreement, Obama's Budget Is Dead On Arrival On Capitol Hill - And The White House Wasn't Really Pretending Otherwise." (Dana Milibank, "A Budget Without A Vision," The Washington Post , 3/5/14)

NPR Headline: "Obama Budget: A Blueprint With Little Chance Of Passage." (Tamara Keith, "Obama Budget, A Blueprint With Little Chance Of Passage," NPR, 3/4/14)

The Associated Press Analysis: "Few, If Any, Of The Proposals Obama Sent To Congress On Tuesday Are Likely To Be Enacted Into Law Before Next Fall's Elections." (David Espo, "Analysis: Obama Budget Tries To Have It Both Ways," Associated Press, 3/5/14)

MORE TAXES, SPENDING, AND DEFICITS IN OBAMA'S BUDGET WITHOUT ENTITLEMENT REFORM

The Washington Post Editorial Headline: "Obama Budget Avoids Needed Entitlement And Tax Reform." (Editorial, "Obama Budget Avoids Needed Entitlement And Tax Reform," The Washington Post , 3/4/14)

  • Obama's Budget "Is Just The Latest In A Long Line Of Plans" Failing To "Deliver What The Country Most Needs." "In that respect, Mr. Obama's budget is just the latest in a long line of plans, from Democrats and Republicans, that fails to deliver what the country most needs. Sooner or later, change must come, and preferably before a crisis forces it on us." (Editorial Board, "Obama Budget Avoids Needed Entitlement And Tax Reform," The Washington Post , 3/4/14)

The Associated Press Analysis: Obama's Budget Blueprint "Pays Faint Lip Service To Reducing Federal Deficits While Piling On About $1 Trillion In Tax Increases And Hundreds Of Billions In Higher Spending." "President Barack Obama is trying to have it both ways with an election-year budget that pays faint lip service to reducing federal deficits while piling on about $1 trillion in tax increases and hundreds of billions in higher spending designed to appeal to economically squeezed voters rather than congressional foes of red ink." (David Espo, "Analysis: Obama Budget Tries To Have It Both Ways," Associated Press, 3/5/14)

  • Obama's "Shifting Priorities Means A Budget That Never Balances At Any Point In The Next Decade." "Shifting priorities means a budget that never balances at any point in the next decade, lays waste to the spending caps that the White House and Congress agreed to late last year and imposes higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for more spending on programs that benefit those further down the income ladder." (David Espo, "Analysis: Obama Budget Tries To Have It Both Ways," Associated Press, 3/5/14)

By Stepping Away From Entitlement Reform, Obama Is "Walking Away From The Job"

USA Today Editorial: Obama Broke His Earlier Promise To "Help Fix The Long-Term Finances Of Social Security." "Obama's new budget, released Tuesday, drops his earlier proposal to help fix the long-term finances of Social Security by slowing the growth of cost-of-living increases." (Editorial, "Obama's Budget Ducks Tough Choices: Our View," USA Today , 3/4/14)

  • Obama Is "Walking Away From The Job," At A Time "When Smaller Deficits Should Make It Easier To Reach" A Bipartisan Deal. "Just when smaller deficits should make it easier to reach the sort of bipartisan deal that could solve the government's budget problems for a generation, President Obama and Congress are walking away from the job." (Editorial, "Obama's Budget Ducks Tough Choices: Our View," USA Today , 3/4/14)
  • USA Today Headline: "Obama's Budget Ducks Tough Choices" (Editorial, "Obama's Budget Ducks Tough Choices: Our View," USA Today , 3/4/14)

The Washington Post 's Dana Milbank: "Obama's Budget Confirmed His Irrelevance By Retreating From Any Serious Attempt At Reforming Entitlement Programs." (Dana Milibank, "A Budget Without A Vision," The Washington Post , 3/5/14)

  • "But This Approach Is Also A Surrender - An Acknowledgment That The President Isn't Even

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