TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Obama's budget buncombe: Same ol' tune

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Barack Obama needs a diversion — anything to get the nation's attention off the growing list of his administration's scandals and policy failures. So, he's launched a pre-emptive attack against budget cuts, and his administration's acolytes are dropping the dreaded “S”-word, as in government shutdown.

How pathetically predictable.

“At a time when we need to make investments to create jobs and strengthen the middle class and grow our economy, I've got some of the House Republicans who put forward a budget that does just the opposite,” Mr. Obama said in Jacksonville, Fla.

Except Obama's “investments,” starting with his infamous stimulus, have led to one of the slowest U.S. recoveries in history. And while he insists on more spending, the Bipartisan Policy Center estimates that the Treasury will run out of cash sometime between mid-October and mid-November, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Even if Congress avoids a government shutdown on Oct. 1, it will confront a bigger battle over raising the debt ceiling.

So naturally Obama will harp on nasty Republicans cutting services to seniors and children. But this time around, his political stock is in steep decline, with a failed pitch for gun control, an immigration deal idled in the House, a foreign policy in shambles and proposed environmental diktats on the ropes.

Rather than take the bait, Republicans must expose the baiter. Writes Matthew Continetti for The Washington Free Beacon, “Don't pay attention to what he says. Pay attention to why he's saying it.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Editorials

  1. Kittanning Laurels & Lances
  2. Jamestown revealed: History comes alive
  3. Saturday essay: Garden chances
  4. Regional growth
  5. Greensburg Laurels & Lances
  6. The wind ruse: A failed policy
  7. Yes, the IRS targeted conservatives
  8. The Connellsville Redevelopment Authority: Facts & findings