The Washington Post Hammers Obama’s Budget Proposal
posted at 2:00 am on February 15, 2011 by John Sexton
The President had himself quite a day yesterday. His budget was panned not just by the predictable critics, such as Rep. Paul Ryan, but by allies like Andrew Sullivan who called it a “massive pile of fiscal bullshit.” Today even the usually liberal Washington Post editorial page takes the President to task:
THE PRESIDENT PUNTED. Having been given the chance, the cover and the push by the fiscal commission he created to take bold steps to raise revenue and curb entitlement spending, President Obama, in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal, chose instead to duck. To duck, and to mask some of the ducking with the sort of budgetary gimmicks he once derided…
The budget assumes that the full cost of the doc fix will be paid for, and therefore not add to the deficit, but fails to explain how. It includes a $328 billion magic asterisk for transportation funding, identified only as “bipartisan financing for Transportation Trust Fund.” Higher gasoline taxes? Don’t ask.
Though not as blunt as Sullivan, the Post editorial board seems to agree with his premise, i.e. the only real calculation that went into this budget proposal was political in nature.
Addendum: Elsewhere in today’s Post (A section), Obama’s budget is called “a remarkably weak and timid document.” He’s on a roll!