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Obama's Budget: 'Go Ahead, GOP, Make My Day' ^ | February 17, 2011 | Larry Elder

Posted on 02/17/2011 4:10:43 AM PST by Kaslin

Learning nothing from his party's November "shellacking," President Barack Obama offers a 2012 budget that proves, yet again, he believes in government as fervently as President Ronald Reagan believed in the individual.

Obama ignores the recommendations of his own bipartisan deficit-reduction commission, as well as polls showing voters want smaller government, and smugly proposes more spending, higher taxes and even bigger government. Obama then holds a press conference and, with a straight face that would have shamed Baghdad Bob, claims his budget "will not be adding more to the national debt."

The Obama-loving leftist media won't be critical. After all, MSNBC just aired a special called "President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon."

Obama's '12 budget -- and its 10-year projection -- adds nearly $9 trillion in new spending over the next decade. It nearly doubles our national debt from the current $13.5 trillion to more than $26 trillion by 2021. It imposes nearly $2 trillion in additional taxes. It leaves untouched the three major entitlements -- Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid -- that account for nearly half the budget. After 10 years, it leaves an annual budget deficit of some $700 billion, or nearly 50 percent more than President George W. Bush's 2008 budget -- and even that assumes rosy scenarios on GDP growth and tax revenues. Only in the area of non-defense discretionary spending did Obama propose the most inconsequential of cuts.

Erskine Bowles, the Democrat deficit commission co-chair and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, said the budget is "nowhere near where they will have go to resolve our fiscal nightmare."

Predictably, an Associated Press piece on the budget led with this sentence: "Putting on the brakes after two years of big spending increases, President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.7 trillion budget plan Monday that would freeze or reduce some safety-net programs ... ."

What brakes?

In Obama's first two years in office, he increased federal spending by nearly 30 percent over fiscal year 2008 and added $3.5 trillion in new debt. He sold that spending as one-offs, emergency measures like TARP-expansion and "stimulus" designed to "rescue" the economy from a depression. Obama's 2012 proposed budget stays at that high level -- with new spending ("investments") and higher taxes taking the place of the alleged one-time-only "emergency" spending.

The budget includes taxes hikes on individuals, small businesses, corporations and estates. It increases taxes on capital gains and dividends. Americans for Tax Reform said: "Rather than focusing on Washington's overspending problem, the budget calls for higher taxes on families and small businesses to pay for even more government spending. Under the Obama budget, tax revenues will grow from 14.4 percent of GDP in 2011 to 20 percent of GDP in 2021. ... Add it all together, and this budget is a 10-year, $1.5 trillion tax hike over present law. That's $1.5 trillion taken out of the economy and spent on government instead of being used to create jobs."

So here's the 10-point game plan for Obama, lifted from the 1994 Clinton playbook:

1) Give lip service to the "peril" of the debt and deficit, and offer to rein in spending. Then do nothing of the sort.

2) Wait for the Republicans to call the budget unserious, a charge the GOP will make even more loudly than back in '94, given the influence of and pressure by the tea party.

3) Dare them to make cuts, especially on entitlements.

4) Denounce Republican-proposed cuts as irresponsible, that they "mortgage our nation's future."

5) Dare the Republicans to threaten to shut down the government. Even better, hope that they go through with it.

6) Watch the nightly newscasts parade "victim" after "victim" who can't pay bills or take a night class or enroll in a training program or ...

7) Turn House Speaker John Boehner into a crumb-snatching, heartless, ice-water-in-veins ghoul the way Clinton did Newt Gingrich.

8) Wait for Gallup to produce polls "blaming" Republican intransigence for the government shutdown. Watch the Republicans blink and accept a larger budget than they want -- but a much smaller one than Democrats want.

9) Kick entitlement reform down the road, and let a future president and Congress to deal with.

10) When the deficit goes down -- and the economy performs better than it would have if left to Obama/Reid/Pelosi -- take credit. Cruise to re-election.

Yes, free-market economists and conservative and libertarian think tanks will produce persuasive studies to show how the economy suffered under Obama's tax, spend and "invest" policies. Not to worry. They will be ignored.

Post-presidency, the globe-trotting Obama will offer sage advice about this and that, while raising money for the Obama Presidential Library. Then he'll kick back in his lounge chair, light up a cigarette and enjoy a CNN "news" special report: "First Black President of the World: The Barack Obama Phenomenon."

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: imamofthedeficit; kenyanincharge; kingofthedeficit; noaccountability; nobirthcertificate; nodocumentation; nointegrity; resumefraud

1 posted on 02/17/2011 4:10:47 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Everyone knows the scheme the Rats and the media are going to play...what should Republican’s do to beat them at their own game?

Do they call their bluff and shut down governemnt, but this time hold to their guns and say all the rats have to do is sign the budget and everyone goes back to work?

Or do they preempt them somehow and say the President is willing to shut down government instead of cutting spending.

2 posted on 02/17/2011 4:21:11 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Kaslin
Obama failed to include cuts to entitlement spending in the budget proposal.

Smoke and mirrors! No cuts whatsoever, just assume that revenues are going up!

This genius Secretary of Energy we have named Steven Chu, says the budget is part of Obama's plan to win the future.

Dick Durbin [D-IL] says Obama's budget will help create jobs and put us on a path towards reducing our debt.

All BS, all the time!

Time to put the federal beast back into its cage.

obama in a budget daze_1sm

3 posted on 02/17/2011 4:22:33 AM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Kaslin
We all know why he was elected... why his communist muslim indoctrination was ignored... we know that his constant lying was ignored... that his past was completely hidden away... grades... schools... draft records... that he is NOT qualified for office... every sordid detail of his miserable anti American upbringing hidden from America... his two auto bios written by a terrorist... his wh0re mother and drunk kenyan marxist father... and we also know why he was elected... sad commentary of the import of Melanin.


4 posted on 02/17/2011 4:24:51 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: Kaslin

"Here we go!!"

5 posted on 02/17/2011 4:31:14 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Kaslin

He knows(we all know) that the Republicans are going to fold like a cheap Chinese tent. He just hastened the collapse by playing hard ball, the bastard.

6 posted on 02/17/2011 4:32:51 AM PST by deadrock (Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Philo)
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Yep, they’ll fold. As usual.

7 posted on 02/17/2011 4:38:28 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Kaslin
Perhaps this guy wishes it had been him that was raped and then he'd be getting all of the attention.

And of course he just got bull f$%^ked, but not in a good way.

8 posted on 02/17/2011 4:38:50 AM PST by Pietro
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To: LibLieSlayer

Obama is like mohamad atta. He hijacked the plane, is telling the passangers not to worry, all while he cruises gleefully to death and destruction.

This is the most reckless, immoral, and destructive potus in the history of the nation.


9 posted on 02/17/2011 4:40:26 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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Looks like this is happening, judging from several other articles posted here this morning. Is it Cairo time yet??

10 posted on 02/17/2011 4:54:50 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Yeah... what you said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


11 posted on 02/17/2011 6:22:43 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: Kaslin


12 posted on 02/17/2011 6:40:51 AM PST by fatrat (extremely extreme right-wing radicalized veteran)
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To: Kaslin
Its already started, "Republicans are cutting Big Bird from children's TV while giving millions in subsidies to big oil." (close to what they said this morning)

This is a good mantra for them just watch as it is perfected to a shorter sound byte and repeated ad nauseam.

13 posted on 02/17/2011 8:38:53 AM PST by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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