Obama’s Budget Gets NO Votes
I mean, at least Paul Ryan’s budget got the support of a majority of his party in the Senate. The Senate voted unanimously against the president’s $3.7 trillion 2012 budget plan. Granted, Democrats said they would vote against President Obama’s initial budget (which was specific and actually had details) because he had abandoned that plan for a speech about “saving” $4 trillion over 12 years.
Democrats swooned over President Obama’s original budget deal. The original budget added $1.7 trillion dollars to the deficit and froze domestic discretionary spending at current levels, which we all know are unsustainably high. Nevertheless, the president’s unwaveringly supportive party lauded his budget when it was released:
“President Obama’s budget is a serious attempt…” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
“This is a responsible proposal…I believe this approach should have bipartisan support.” – Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
“President Obama’s budget presents a careful evaluation of what our nation needs…” – Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
“The President’s budget…strengthens our economy…” – Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
So they were for it, before they were against it, huh?
The president’s new proposal, as outlined in his speech, supposedly saves $4 trillion over 12 years (remember, Paul Ryan’s budget saves $5 trillion over 10 years). Of course, no one can score that budget, because it doesn’t actually exist on paper. All President Obama did was talk about what he wants to do, but there are no numbers for the CBO to score and no words for people to actually read. His budget is, as his presidency has been, filled with dreams and hope.