Obama: It would be “inexcusable” for us not to compromise on a budget

posted at 4:13 pm on April 5, 2011 by Allahpundit

Conveniently omitted, natch: We’re only in this situation now because the Pelosi Congress failed to pass a budget when it had a chance. If they were truly worried about radically radical tea-party radicals pressuring a new Republican majority into playing hardball, they could have prevented this scenario last year. But they did nothing, chiefly in order to protect Blue Dogs from a tough vote before the midterms. And oddly enough, The One didn’t find that “inexcusable” or insist on people “acting like grown-ups” at the time. So here he is, dashing into the briefing room this afternoon following a morning of saturation coverage of Paul Ryan’s budget to remind America that He Cares, that he and the left are gravely concerned about a shutdown, and that if it comes to that anyway, well, you know whom to blame. Be grateful, I guess, that he was willing to put in an appearance: On the long list of things Obama doesn’t want to take the lead on, budgetary matters are near the very top.

As I’m writing this, Reid and Boehner are meeting to try to hash out an eleventh-hour compromise. I wondered yesterday if the near-certainty that the GOP will have to drop its demands on base-pleasing gestures like defunding Planned Parenthood might force Boehner to demand steeper cuts as compensation. Lo and behold, just across from Politico:

Republican and Democratic officials confirmed that Speaker John Boehner raised the $40 billion number or $7 billion above the target now being used in negotiations. The Ohio Republican is slated to meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Tuesday afternoon, and Obama said that if the two can’t reach an agreement, he wants them back at the White House Wednesday for more discussions…

Boehner’s press office sidestepped any comment on the $40 billion number. Instead a spokesman said only “The speaker has told Senate Democrats, the President, and the American people that he will fight for the largest possible spending cuts to help end some of the uncertainty that is making it harder to create American jobs.”…

Democrats have complained that the speaker keeps “moving the goal posts” in response to tea party pressure, but the $40 billion target is the clearest signal yet of where he would be willing to draw a final line.

I’m surprised that Boehner’s willing to drive a hard bargain on a day when the media, however grudgingly, is hip-deep in Ryanpalooza. With all the chatter about slashing trillions, reforming entitlements, and dealing seriously with a fiscal crisis that Obama hasn’t remotely begun to take seriously, this was an easy opportunity for Boehner to quietly agree to $33 billion and then immediately change the subject by rallying behind Ryan. Curious to see what comes out of this meeting.


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You first big guy…
I am suprised that he did mention that this is last year’s budget… shocked actually…

mjbrooks3 on April 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

If it was up to this idiot, we’d get another $1 trillion stimulus that did absolutely nothing.

Stand firm, GOP! Call their bluff and shut down the government if you have to.

UltimateBob on April 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Sort of odd: The Hipster Progressive local board I frequent seems utterly devoid of political discussions these days. Guess it ain’t so much fun when it is your guy in the dunking booth.

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Someone got ahold of some internal polls, and it said “slash the budget”…

right2bright on April 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

The guy is just an unmitigated disaster and a bold faced liar.

Amateur hour…

davek70 on April 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Dear leader, here he comes to save the day!

Always late to the party…..thinks he’s all that right at the 11th hour

Pathetic

cmsinaz on April 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Speaking as the foremost expert on our leading compromiser in chief, I see.

Yo, Obama, what have you compromised so far?

/Besides Gitmo, that is. And it ain’t count as a compromise.

Sir Napsalot on April 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

The Eunuch in Chief has seen the polls. He’s not Bill Clinton and Ryan is not Gingrich.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

The man is shameless. The Dems don’t pass a budget all last year when they were in charge and he has the temerity to point the finger at the GOP? Why not blame Bush while you’re at it?

Doughboy on April 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Obama: “It would be “inexcusable” for us not to compromise on a budget…”

And yet you’re going to create excuses for why those evil mean Rethuglicans refused to negotiate when you shut down the government, aren’t you?

teke184 on April 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I was in the car this afternoon and had Rush on, he said that Zero and the demonrats had agreed to 73 billion dollars in budget cuts. Then said John is going after the 100 billion that they promised.

I don’t believe zero here cause they can’t even compromise on 61 billion dollars in cuts. I think Zero just realized that the people are going to blame him for this since he controls 2/3′s of the government.

Brat4life on April 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM

the dems will bluff

rob verdi on April 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM

What an idiot….”now pay attention, this budget could have been resolved 3 months ago, 2 months ago…”
Pal it could have been a budget last year also…but it was politics as usual…

right2bright on April 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Obama: It would be “inexcusable” for us not to compromise you not to agree with me on a budget

 
Fixed.

rogerb on April 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Inexcusable that this empty suit man child is POTUS.

INEXCUSABLE!

Aquateen Hungerforce on April 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Exactly what part of a government shut down are we supposed to fear? I haven’t been to the Smithsonian in 30 years, and I wasn’t planning on going any time soon. I’ve been to the National Zoo -again, maybe 30 years ago, but once you’ve seen an elephant… Veterans might actually get some good care if they go to a regular hospital in lieu of a veteran’s hospital. And the hundreds of thousands that are laid off probably don’t do three hours of actual work in a week.

Ah, shut it down.

BKeyser on April 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Bald faced. There is nothing bold about him.

John the Libertarian on April 5, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I nominate Obama to be on the trillion dollar bill.

Electrongod on April 5, 2011 at 4:24 PM

And oddly enough, The One didn’t find that “inexcusable” or insist on people “acting like grown-ups” at the time.

That’s because Obama is the Kindergartenmaster in Chief.

Even Ezra Klein “Where’s the president?”

It must really irk the Narcissist extraordinaire to play second fiddle to the Ryan attention.

When you snooze, you lose, you lazy ars.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

With all the chatter about slashing trillions, reforming entitlements, and dealing seriously with a fiscal crisis that Obama hasn’t remotely begun to take seriously,

Given that Ryan’s plan doesn’t have any tax increases and actually makes the Bush tax cuts permanent, doesn’t sound like he’s taking it seriously either, conservative slobbering over him notwithstanding.

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Yeah, he mentioned that this is last years budget but then realized his screw up and tried to cover by saying it could have been done 3 months, 2 months. 1 month ago.

Vince on April 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Did PBHO’s feet make clicking sounds as he entered the room due to the golf spikes he was wearing?

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I nominate Obama to be on the trillion dollar bill.

Electrongod on April 5, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I nominate that oblivion take him back. He deserves no more.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Wait for it Doughboy, he’ll pop W into the mix soon enough

cmsinaz on April 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Sort of odd: The Hipster Progressive local board I frequent seems utterly devoid of political discussions these days. Guess it ain’t so much fun when it is your guy in the dunking booth.

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Likewise on facebook…. my left leaning friends haven’t been posting anything political lately, except for the occasional “raising taxes on the evil rich will solve our budget problems” links.

UltimateBob on April 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Sorry, chump. Not a penny toward your signature legislation.

John the Libertarian on April 5, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Obama: It would be “inexcusable” for us not to compromise on a budget

Translation:

Obama to Republicans: “I Won! You have not come and bow to my demands yet.”

Sir Napsalot on April 5, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Budget stuff must be tough for Scooter to concentrate on right now, what with the growing season and all. Bet the golf links are just beautiful.

a capella on April 5, 2011 at 4:30 PM

“Playing chess with your country is not as easy as I thought” — Obama

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2011 at 4:30 PM

1. Stage a shutdown
2. Get media into an orgasm over it
3. Sh*t, did you see the polls?
4. My gosh, that Ryan is hawking the media.
5. “Shutdowns are irresponsible”

They are so transparent, not in the way they would like to be.

They think the people are all dummies.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Likewise on facebook…. my left leaning friends haven’t been posting anything political lately, except for the occasional “raising taxes on the evil rich will solve our budget problems” links.

I still get stuff on occasion, but it’s mainly from three very liberal women I know out, dealing with gay rights and the defunding of PP.

I have to fight back the urge to post the articles puncturing their BS arguments about PP providing mammograms and other non-Pill, non-abortion services.

teke184 on April 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

out sb deleted. PIMF.

teke184 on April 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Inexcusable???

What is inexcusable are the trillions of dollars in debt this Administration and the previous Dem-controlled Congress racked up, and left us, and our kids and grandkids, with the tab.

The paltry amounts the GOP House wishes to cut are pennies compared to the mega-dollars we owe already.

We are racking up over $500 billion annually just in interest on the debt.

Ryan has the right idea, the right direction…cutting nearly $6 Trillion in spending will serve well to cut the debt and cut those nasty interest obligations, and bring government closer to the size it should be.

Obama? That grey hair he is now sporting comes from long long nights trying to come up with new and better excuses for his inability to fulfill his obligations as President of all the United States, not just his voter base. That inability or refusal, that my friends, is inexcusable.

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

if, IF played right this issue could bury obama and the dems for a long time…

winston on April 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

NRO’s Daniel Foster reports:

Responding to a follow-up question about the GOP position that some of the proposed Democratic cuts are “smoke and mirrors,” Obama issued a broad denial, but added, “I’ll let Carney or Jack Lew get into the details.”

Carney and Lew can answer because ObaMao has absolutely no idea how to budget or negotiate. He is absolutely innumerate.

onlineanalyst on April 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Remember, Ryan’s plan projects 2.8% unemployment by 2021, but Obama is the one being unserious here. Not Ryan.

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 4:36 PM

WHOA !!!
Stu Varney vs Juan Williams on Sean’s radio show !!!
Juan TOTALLY spewing the usual demagoguery…
Unbelievable stuff, even from JUAN !!
Someone hit a nerve, Juan ??

pambi on April 5, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Remember, Ryan’s plan projects 2.8% unemployment by 2021, but Obama is the one being unserious here. Not Ryan.
Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 4:36 PM

PBHO had his chance and it was built on nothing. Nothing. He made it up, pulled it out of his azz, formed it into a ball, and forced the American people to choke on it. You will be paying for it for the rest of your life. Someone now has to try and clean up the mess.

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

The president says, “Keep in mind that we are dealing with a budget that could have gotten done three months ago, could have gotten done two months ago, could have gotten done last month.”

Does he think that we have forgotten that this impasse was created because the Democrat controlled House and Senate did not do the work of passing a 2011 budget. This should have gotten done seven or eight months ago. The politics that held this thing up were not the creation of Republicans.

Maybe we should be grateful that they did not pass another behemoth budget in the summer and fall of 2010.

Let the president do what he does best… Scold

RDF on April 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I’m surprised that Boehner’s willing to drive a hard bargain on a day when the media, however grudgingly, is hip-deep in Ryanpalooza.

What comes one week after the end of the current Continuing Resolution? April 15–Tax Day, the one day when EVERYBODY is thinking about funding the Government, and Boehner and Ryan & Co. can shout from the rooftops about “You think this is bad, wait until next year’s taxes if we don’t cut spending!”

Would the Dems really want the Government to shut down on the eve of Tax Day, with millions of taxpayers just not filing returns because the IRS isn’t funded to read them?
Somehow, the Dems don’t want to go there, which makes it a GOOD time for Boehner to drive a hard bargain.

Besides, $40 billion in cuts is chump change compared to what Ryan wants to cut, so Boehner looks like the “good cop” here.

Steve Z on April 5, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Someone now has to try and clean up the mess.

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

And Paul Ryan can apparently clean up the budget crisis mess by reducing revenue, and also he’s going to lower unemployment to under 3% in 10 years.

It’s accurate to criticize Obama, but quit slobbering over the Ryan plan. The fact that he’s going after entitlements is great, but it doesn’t eliminate the fact that his proposal is pretty unserious as well.

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM

“Just when the economy was beginning to pickup, the last thing we need is a disruption that’s caused by a government shutdown.”

Does anyone buy that line? Sure, a GS could effect contracting companies but I’d think it would only encourage Wall Street and customers to invest while the nanny govt is out of the way.

shick on April 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Would the Dems really want the Government to shut down on the eve of Tax Day, with millions of taxpayers just not filing returns because the IRS isn’t funded to read them?

Somehow, I think that the IRS has managed to get the operations employees who open, batch, and scan the tax returns each year classified as essential.

If they haven’t, I don’t think I’d want to be at the Treasury building come April 15 because Turbo Tax Timmy will be up $hit creek.

teke184 on April 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Hey, Allahpundit! Link this: Link

Jon Stewart rips Obammy a new one.

Blake on April 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Let the president do what he does best… Scold

RDF on April 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

He’s also good at reimbursing from overscolding with beer summits.

shick on April 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I’m surprised that Boehner’s willing to drive a hard bargain on a day when the media, however grudgingly, is hip-deep in Ryanpalooza.

Perfect Environment to stick to your guns and prove that the party is as serious now as it will be in the future….let’s start to create and ride momentum!!

I often wonder about you!

Tim_CA on April 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Eh, you bought the PBHO fantasies along with every other 52%’er so don’t be throwing around any lines about slobbering.

At least Ryan has an actual plan rather than a dripping abomination built of mud and suet which is what we got from the demorats.

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Bald faced. There is nothing bold about him.

John the Libertarian on April 5, 2011 at 4:23 PM

+ 10..:)

Dire Straits on April 5, 2011 at 4:57 PM

If they were truly worried about radically radical tea-party radicals pressuring a new Republican majority into playing hardball, they could have prevented this scenario last year.
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Allahpundit….Dude…me likey…Radical Tea Party R us!

Yup,Harry Reid and Team Left,try’n to Demonize,and utelize
the Tea Party as the scapegoats for the Democrats AWOL on
the Budget!!!!

canopfor on April 5, 2011 at 4:57 PM

if, IF played right this issue could bury obama and the dems for a long time…

winston on April 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

From your keyboard to God’s ears!..:)

Dire Straits on April 5, 2011 at 4:58 PM

And Paul Ryan can apparently clean up the budget crisis mess by reducing revenue, and also he’s going to lower unemployment to under 3% in 10 years.

It’s accurate to criticize Obama, but quit slobbering over the Ryan plan. The fact that he’s going after entitlements is great, but it doesn’t eliminate the fact that his proposal is pretty unserious as well.

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Too bad you can’t read his proposal, only people who have criticized him.
Typical RHINO, can’t decide on their own, so they rely on some site to tell them what to think.
Try reading Ryan’s total budget and proposals…no one “budget” is going to solve the problem, it’s the process, the series of budgets and bills that will resolve the problem.
Geeez, we get tired of education you RHINO’s…Matt 7:6

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canopfor on April 5, 2011 at 5:09 PM

ProudRino, you are a moron. But we all knew that. We don’t need tax reform. We need spending cuts. Period.

According to Steve McCann @ American Thinker…

The tax year of 2008 was the last to date that the IRS has done this kind of analysis. In 2008 the highest marginal tax rate of 35% applied to all AGI above $357,700.00. In that year the total amount of AGI subject to the highest rate was $622.8 Billion. The government collected in taxes $218.0 Billion (35%).

In 2011 the annual budget deficit will be nearly $1,665.0 Billion and in 2012: $1,100.0 Billion. If the Liberal Democrats in league with the Socialists, the Unions and the Communists, succeed in raising the highest marginal rate, how much more would Washington D.C. receive, assuming no change in behavior and a general eagerness to pay more?

If the highest rate of 35% were raised by a factor of 20% to 42%, then the additional tax revenue would be $43.5 Billion, not much of a dent in $1,665.0 Billion. So, let’s raise the rate by a factor of 50% to 52.5%; the additional revenue would be $108.9 Billion. Still nowhere near enough, so let’s just tax it at a rate of 100%, bringing in an additional $404.8 Billion. Unfortunately the country is still $1,260.0 Billion in the hole for the year.

Obviously by confiscating at 100% of all the income of the so-called rich above a predetermined level, there would never again be an incentive to earn above the highest tax rate threshold. So where will the Left have to turn next: where the money is, the middle class.

The Left knows the gullible among us easily fall for centuries-old class warfare rhetoric that demonizes the wealthy, yet they persist in doing the unconscionable, as it keeps them in power despite the fact that it enflames passions and in some cases, violence.

What the Democrats are doing is entirely based on a lie. The United States cannot tax its way out of the present financial crisis, and from a cursory examination of Paul Ryan’s proposal, his is the best plan yet presented and needs to be defended and promoted.

JAM on April 5, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Obama: “I can see Greece from my house”

Rovin on April 5, 2011 at 5:00 PM

LMAO!

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Tim_CA on April 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM

canopfor on April 5, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Alinsky classes worth every penny.

pambi on April 5, 2011 at 5:17 PM

JAM on April 5, 2011 at 5:12 PM

So your point, if I understand it correctly, is that because raising taxes won’t eliminate the deficit on its own, we shouldn’t do it at all?

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

It would have been nice if the Democrats had compromised with each other back in September and actually passed the 13 separate appropriations bills.

J_Crater on April 5, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Sort of odd: The Hipster Progressive local board I frequent seems utterly devoid of political discussions these days. Guess it ain’t so much fun when it is your guy in the dunking booth.

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Let’s hope that they are just as disinterested on election day.

slickwillie2001 on April 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Obama? That grey hair he is now sporting comes from long long nights trying to come up with new and better excuses for his inability to fulfill his obligations as President of all the United States, not just his voter base. That inability or refusal, that my friends, is inexcusable.

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

..tu eres mi hermano, CW, mi hermano..

The War Planner on April 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM

JAM on April 5, 2011 at 5:12 PM
So your point, if I understand it correctly, is that because raising taxes won’t eliminate the deficit on its own, we shouldn’t do it at all?

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Not for deficit reasons, that’s for sure.

txmomof6 on April 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

So your point, if I understand it correctly, is that because raising taxes won’t eliminate the deficit on its own, we shouldn’t do it at all?

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Your point, as always with a leftist, is that tax increases will solve everything.

If there were any indication that dems had any ability to be rational and logical, and actually were willing to address teh issues at hand in an adult manner, then I think most republicans would be open to some tax increases.

the condition precedent – democrats being serious about entitlement reform, significant spending cuts, etc – will never happen.

So, why agree to tax increases when it will only ever lead to dems spending the money on top of all the other debt they have already incurred in their vote-buying plans? Where is the logic in that?

And, no dem has put forward even a remotely serious proposal. Ryan’s proposal is serious. You may not agree with it, but it is serious and comprehensive. All dems have offered are unserious budget tricks. So, get off your high horse and go back to your own team and demand they get serious. That will actually help, rather than trolling here and claiming “tax increases are the answer to all our problems” as you are currently wont to do.

Monkeytoe on April 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

We are racking up over $500 billion annually just in interest on the debt.
coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Just wait til the Fed raises interest rates in a few months to combat inflation. Oh joy, joy.

txmomof6 on April 5, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Your point, as always with a leftist, is that tax increases will solve everything.

Monkeytoe on April 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Is that what I said? No? Great.

If there were any indication that dems had any ability to be rational and logical, and actually were willing to address teh issues at hand in an adult manner, then I think most republicans would be open to some tax increases.

So because “leftists” are irrational and illogical, Paul Ryan doesn’t have to be rational or logical either. With leadership like that, who needs leadership.

And, no dem has put forward even a remotely serious proposal. Ryan’s proposal is serious. You may not agree with it, but it is serious and comprehensive. All dems have offered are unserious budget tricks. So, get off your high horse and go back to your own team and demand they get serious. That will actually help, rather than trolling here and claiming “tax increases are the answer to all our problems” as you are currently wont to do.

Monkeytoe on April 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Maybe if you keep saying his plan is serious, it will make it so.

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 5:39 PM

It would be “inexcusable” for us not to compromise on a budget

Hmmm…….your whole presidency has been “inexcusable”. Why don’t you just vote PRESENT! like you always do and just STFU!

GarandFan on April 5, 2011 at 5:39 PM

“Inexcusable” Obama? Then make some significant cuts in your mindless, wasteful spending. Stop being coy . . . you know what the problem is and you know who the problem is.

rplat on April 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM

How many times are we going to have to say, Mr. President, you first.

Speakup on April 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Obama? That grey hair he is now sporting comes from long long nights trying to come up with new and better excuses for his inability to fulfill his obligations as President of all the United States, not just his voter base.

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Nah. The gray hair is because he forgot to use his Lady Clairol.

Blake on April 5, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Frig him and the skittle-farting unicorn he rode in on.

Naturally Curly on April 5, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Everything Obama says has an expiration date.

It will go from ‘inexcusable’ to ‘of course I always wanted to shut down…’ at some point. My guess is sooner, much sooner, rather than later. It is in the cards. He is the Joker.

ajacksonian on April 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM

So your point, if I understand it correctly, is that because raising taxes won’t eliminate the deficit on its own, we shouldn’t do it at all?

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Why raise taxes, when spending cuts alone can eliminate the deficit?

lorien1973 on April 5, 2011 at 6:25 PM

No excuse for you Obama, worst president evar!

tinkerthinker on April 5, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Carney and Lew can answer because ObaMao has absolutely no idea how to budget or negotiate. He is absolutely innumerate.

onlineanalyst on April 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

He’s “budgetarily challenged”. So stop making fun of him. He’s doin’ the bestest he can.

BobMbx on April 5, 2011 at 6:36 PM

It is very simple – deficit spending (no matter how it is financed) is a type of tax – it decreases value of the dollar. Since they cant raise taxes otherwise, they do it through deficit spending and everyone is on this game – dims and repubs.

anikol on April 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Even Ezra Klein “Where’s the president?”

It must really irk the Narcissist extraordinaire to play second fiddle to the Ryan attention.

When you snooze, you lose, you lazy ars.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Man, did you read the comments at the link? Some of Ezra’s “readers” (and I use the term loosely, as most of them seem to be pretty far down the evolutionary chain) are absolutely bonkers. They are desperately trying to place blame everywhere but where it belongs.

Del Dolemonte on April 5, 2011 at 7:10 PM

So your point, if I understand it correctly, is that because raising taxes won’t eliminate the deficit on its own, we shouldn’t do it at all?

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Why raise taxes, when spending cuts alone can eliminate the deficit?

lorien1973

Exactly my point. Also, the dems had huge majorities last year. If they wanted to let the Bush tax cuts expire, then they should have, but they have no political courage even w/huge majorities. Who are the serious people? The people willing to put forth entitlement reform and spending cuts, or the retards who couldn’t even pass a budget?

JAM on April 5, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Why raise taxes, when spending cuts alone can eliminate the deficit?

lorien1973 on April 5, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Because all idiot leftists don’t want their sacred cows touched.

fossten on April 5, 2011 at 7:23 PM

October Abdication is a Republican irresponsibility, how?

obladioblada on April 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

YOU, Obama, is what’s inexcusable.

Yellowdog12 on April 5, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Given that Ryan’s plan doesn’t have any tax increases and actually makes the Bush tax cuts permanent, doesn’t sound like he’s taking it seriously either, conservative slobbering over him notwithstanding.

Proud Rino on April 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I’m not slobbering over him, and I need to spend more time with the plan, but even if all it does is prompt a serious counteroffer it’s more of a contribution to the budget discussion than we’ve seen from the President.

I can’t imagine how 2.8% unemployment, if you’re correct about that, could ever be considered a valid assumption — but I’ve seen too much of your behavior around here to uncritically accept your judgment about what’s “serious.”

DrSteve on April 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

DrSteve on April 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

2.8% unemployment? That is no way serious.

Anyone who actually paid attention in Econ 101/102 knows that ideally for an economy to be viable, an unemployment rate of 4-5% is ideal. Otherwise, in a free market, available labor becomes locked down, and costs for entrepreneurs for new labor rise, significantly.

The only places where one can actually see and observe less than 3% unemployment are soviet-style command economies, where everyone was employed by the state. And we’ve all seen how well they did and have done over the century.

coldwarrior on April 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM