A favorite maxim of Vice-President Joe Biden’s is: “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”
President Obama proposed a budget that is a reflection of his values today. This puts considerable pressure on Republicans.
They will pass their own budget resolution, which does not have the force of law, does not require Obama’s signature and will not involve any compromises with Democrats. (It’s only practical value is in creating guidelines for the Appropriations subcommittees to draft the various spending bills that do have the force of law.)
The congressional budget will be the pure Republican id, and it will have to deal with being compared to Obama’s vision.
Are congressional Republicans ready to have an honest debate between to competing visions for America? Nope. Just bogus attacks that try to kick up enough sand so we can’t have an honest debate.
Below are the big four attacks you can expect to hear more of, and why they’re bogus.
Bogus Attack #1: No Practical Ideas
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s spokesman tried to dismiss every proposal with a wave of the hand: “The president said in his State of the Union that the proposals in his budget would be filled with ideas that are ‘practical, not partisan.’ Turns out that’s not the case.”
Source: Ourfuture/Bill Scher