The president’s own budget failed the House by a unanimous vote, while the Paul Ryan budget maneuvered through the lower chamber by a vote of 228 to 191. Yet, the president still plans to criticize the Ryan plan with searing words that don’t actually address the ideas in the budget:
In a speech the president is set to deliver on Tuesday to the Associated Press Annual Luncheon, given in front of newspaper executives, the president offers a sharp attack against the Wisconsin Republican’s budget plan.
“It’s a Trojan horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country,” Obama is expected to say, according to excerpts released to National Journal. “It’s nothing but thinly veiled social Darwinism.”
He continues the stern attack: “It’s antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it – a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class.”
Elsewhere in the speech, he’ll sound a little more specific. He’ll say the Ryan plan guts “education and training; research and development.” He’ll chalk the debt up to “two wars, two massive tax cuts and an unprecedented financial crisis.” He’ll neglect to mention that the chief drivers of the debt have been and will continue to be unsustainable entitlement programs. Medicare spending, for example, is adding to future deficits faster than any other program spending. Even the chairmen of his own fiscal commission acknowledge that health care spending is the biggest debt threat — and that the debt is the biggest threat to the country, in general. The president will also neglect to mention his own plan for entitlement reform — because he doesn’t have one. So far, his primary deficit and debt reduction idea has been to raise taxes on the wealthy — but tax rates would have to double to pay for entitlements. Somehow, these facts never make it into the president’s speeches.
Like his speech in Osawatomie, Kan., and his State of the Union address, the president will talk about an economy that’s “built to last,” but he won’t explain how to create that economy. Just more partisan, plan-less rhetoric from the president …