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AP: Republicans Mock Obama’s Budget

From an irate Associated Press:

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (L) (R-WI) looks at a copy of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget with ranking Democrat Chris Van Hollen (R) (D-MD).

GOP mocks Obama budget, House weighs spending cuts

By Alan Fram, Associated Press
February 15, 2011

WASHINGTON – Republicans are mocking President Obama’s $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 for waving feebly at historically huge federal deficits. As if to show how it should be done, they are ready to start muscling their own package of deep cuts in domestic spending through the House.

How cruel of them to mock Mr. Obama’s budget. Meanwhile, if a Republican President had submitted this budget it would have been pronounced ‘dead on arrival’ by them and their lickspittle media. Just as every GOP budget has been called ‘DOA’ by the Democrats and their media flacks, going back Eisenhower.

Eager to please their conservative tea party supporters, Republicans are championing $61 billion in cuts to hundreds of programs for the remaining seven months of this federal fiscal year under a bill the House planned to debate Tuesday.

You see, the Republicans are just ‘pandering’ to the Tea Party. They aren’t truly concerned about the good of the country.

AmeriCorps and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be completely erased, while deep cuts would be carved from programs for feeding poor women and children, training people for jobs and cleaning the Great Lakes.

What heartless monsters. By the way, Mr. Obama suggested cutting funding for cleaning the Great Lakes, too.

Reductions of that magnitude this late in a fiscal year would have a jarring impact on many programs. The GOP-run House planned to approve the measure Thursday.

The proposed reductions have "showdown" written all over them. Republicans included them in a must-pass bill financing the government, which otherwise runs out of money on March 4. The Democratic-controlled Senate and Obama himself are sure to turn them down…

And never mind all that talk about the ‘new era of fiscal responsibility’ or ‘shared sacrifice.’ The skin is the game can never come off the backs of Democrat voters.

Democrats were not inclined to let Republicans off easy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned that college students, police officers and children would be victimized.

Don’t forget all the firemen who will have to be fired and all libraries that will be closed.

"House Republicans are going too far, sacrificing Americans’ health, safety and future in order to protect the special interests," she said in a written statement

A focus group tested statement probably written by back in the late 1960s, and repeated as needed ever since.

But exactly who are the "special interests" here? The evil corporations that are going to profit because of cutting AmeriCorps and Public Broadcasting? What companies are going to get rich from cuts to job training programs and Great Lakes clean-ups?

No the "special interests" that Ms. Pelosi are complaining about happen to be the US taxpayer — the American people.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “AP: Republicans Mock Obama’s Budget”

  1. mr_bill says:

    If the Republicans had proposed a single dollar in cuts, the democrats would still be saying the same thing. When the federal budget is nearly $4 trillion, $60 billion in cuts hardly scratches the surface. Libs and dems: stop complaining, there is far more to be done in order to get the budget back in line.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Rule number one: Cuts are mandatory

      Rule number two: It’s gonna hurt

      Rule number three: No amount of bitching/whining/moaning is gonna change rules number one or two.

      Get to work!

  2. River0 says:

    Until the stock and bond markets, domestic and worldwide, weigh in on the downside, Obummer will continue to get away with all his garbage.

    It’s bizarre and unprecedented that the world markets are ignoring America’s collapsing debt situation, IMF and Moody’s criticism of US dollar policies and threats to lower credit ratings; weak economy, declining dollar, terrible job growth, high oil prices, European Union bankruptcies, soaring commodity inflation, riots all over the Middle East, and Chinese hegemony which is threatening and swallowing up the world economy.

    It’s all unprecedented and untenable.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Three reasons:

      1. All the corporations under the financial direction of the government via the bailouts and QE2 are being commanded to direct their free money to stocks and treasuries.

      2. As stability is deleveraged abroad, we continue to be one of the safer investing environments, despite the rigged game.

      3. American businessmen aren’t short-sighted. The past 3 years (more really) have been a testament to the resilience of our system following the Reagan boom.

      We can’t keep stagnating much longer, considering it’s all we’ve purchased after 4 trillion in new debt. Zero hour will be here unless there’s genuine reform. I believe this budget is the last chance, little Lenin just demonstrated to what his lazer-like focus on the issue amounted. Absolute crap, like everything else he’s produced.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned…”

    Is she still talking? Hey, Nancy…..shut up! In case you haven’t heard, you are now irrelevant. But, you can read to find out what’s in the budget after it’s passed, ok? And no, there won’t be any great “stimulating of the economy” with massive unemployment benefit checks…sorry.

    On second thought, go ahead and keep talking. It makes me laugh.

  4. untrainable says:

    Awwww. Poor wittew Bawwy. Mocked by mean ole Wepubwicans. Are you gonna take your toys and go home??? …Please!!

  5. proreason says:

    Cut congressional staffs down to 1 secretary.

    • untrainable says:

      If you want to cut political staffs, make the elected official pay for his own staff with his own money. They’ll all be down to the typing pool and unpaid volunteers quicker than you can say pink slip.

    • proreason says:

      “make the elected official pay for his own staff with his own money”

      I like that better. I can even support a pay increase of 25K per year which the criminals can use for office help. But the taxpayer-funded salaries of all of the current staffers have to stop immediately.

      btw, with the current system, what % of the current staffs do you think “serve the public” vs the % that stuffs the congressional criminals’ pockets or work toward getting them reelected? rhetorical question, of course.

  6. Astravogel says:

    Text balloons for the photograph at
    the begining:
    Guy on the left. “Can you believe this $hit?”
    Guy on the right. “Surprised it doesn’t stink!”

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