House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says about Obama’s budget, “ The president has ducked responsibility, he has punted again .”
Whoowee….and where’s the Republican plan? All we’ve heard is a bunch of slick platitudes and vague ideas. The House is supposed to come up with a budget, but the conservatives and right-wing extremist tea partiers are all in campaign mode and way too busy spending all their time obstructing the functions of government to come up with a detailed plan of their own that spells out who gets to sacrifice and who gets even richer…..and they won’t until after the November elections, when the poor and middle class will get the bad news.
And unfortunately for Republicans, their rejection of Obama’s plan, will just be seen as another gratuitous….rejection of yet another Obama plan. Republicans say Obama’s plan is a gimmick, but so is the rubber-stamp-like Republican rejection of anything Obama does. Obama’s may be motivated to be reelected, but we all know now from public proclamations from McConnell (“our number one priority is to make sure Obama is a one-term president”) to the GOP presidential nominee front-runner Mitt Romney (e.g. “let’s not forget what this election is about…to get rid of Obama”) that they’re not really interested in what’s best for the country either, but worse, they’re actually playing monkey wrench to anything the president is “trying to do”. Thus, any reaction from the GOP towards Obama just appears to be a gimmick….except for Republican voters, of course, who simply want Republicans in office who refuse to work with Democrats and instead be combative with them.