This week, a new Gallup survey showed that Barack Obama’s campaign issues rank at the bottom of the stack with most voters. That doesn’t mean that Obama can’t speak to the issues that matter. Republican voters consider the deficit the most important issue, and Obama has a promise to make on that score. Unfortunately, Obama’s own Office of Management and Budget has already made hash of it. The Republican minority on the Senate budget committee pointed it out last week (via Power Line):
“Pay down” must somehow equal “inflate beyond all comprehension.” Jeff Sessions wants Obama to pull the ads off the air:
President Obama is currently running a campaign ad saying he has a plan to ‘pay down the debt in a balanced way.’ He has made this claim in public remarks as well. But his updated budget—submitted two weeks after the legal deadline—reveals just how dramatically false this claim is. These ads ought to be pulled down.
His updated budget proposes a $10.6 trillion increase in gross debt through 2022, with debt remaining permanently above 100 percent of GDP. The picture in the out-years looks even bleaker. No change is proposed to our dangerously unsustainable debt course.
The President’s claim his tax hikes are for deficit reduction is shown to be false as well. His budget proposes to spend $46.2 trillion over ten years—an increase of nearly one-and-half trillion dollars above the current law baseline and a 57 percent increase above today’s spending levels. The President’s $1.8 trillion tax increase is not used to reduce the deficit but to fund this massive increase above what we are currently planning to spend.
Meanwhile, the President’s party in the Senate has refused to even produce a budget plan at all for three straight years.
Well, just think how bad it would be if Democrats produced an actual budget.
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