Obama's budget buncombe: Same ol' tune
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.”
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