Path to Prosperity, For Who?

April 5, 2011

Today President Obama said there would not be a temporary spending bill to keep the government open for a short time. Instead he said,

“We’ve already done that twice,” Obama said in a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room. “That is not a way to run a government. “I can’t have our agencies making plans based on two-week budgets.”

Rep. Paul Ryan Checking His Watch

Reports had suggested that the two sides were not far apart. This is hard to believe when you consider the GOP plan plan will cut the deficit by 6.2 trillion while Obama will cut it by 1.1 trillion. It sounds like cutting the deficit by 5.1 trillion more would be the best course. Not until you see how it would be done.

The Health Care act would be repealed, cuts would be made to Medicare, it would have welfare reforms in the way of Medicaid block grants, consolidate job-training programs, and make changes to food stamp distribution.

All changes that would adversely affect the poor, but have little or no effect on the upper class.

Moreover, the plan would cut the top tax rate from 35% to 25%. Guess where that money comes from.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. said,

“It is not courageous to protect tax breaks for millionaires, oil companies, and other big money special interests while slashing our investments in education, ending the current health care guarantees for seniors on Medicare and denying health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans,” he said. “That’s not courageous. It’s wrong.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. the main author of the Path to Prosperity used a right wing think tank report to make his point.

…a study released by the conservative Heritage Center for Data Analysis projecting his plan will create nearly 1 million new private-sector jobs next year, reduce the unemployment rate to 4 percent by 2015 and add 2.5 million more private-sector jobs in the last year of the decade.

Yes, it might create one million new jobs. Jobs that are second and third jobs for middle class and poor families whose main contribution at work will be saying, “Would you like fries with that?”

It appears to many that a government shutdown would aid the election chances of the democrats. Of course, the republicans say that the hold up all along has been that the democrats want a shutdown. They would never consider that it’s because the democrats are right.

So, House Speaker John Boehner is already warning his troops that a shutdown will be a victory for the democrats as he heads to meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

…he warned that House Republicans “will not be put in a box” of accepting options they refuse to endorse.

Boehner said as he stepped into a box.

It seems that many in the tea party have him boxed in. They believe that the president no longer has the strong bully pulpit Clinton had the last time the government was shut down. This is surprising since Obama is favored over congress by 46% to 24%.

Maybe all sides should follow Obama‘s lead.

“There is no reason why we should not get an agreement,” Obama said. “At a time when the economy is just beginning to grow, the last thing we need is a disruption that’s caused by a government shutdown.”

Let’s see how that bully pulpit works now.

Fox News
GOP Unveils Budget Plan Cutting More Than $6T Over Next Decade
John Boehner: Democrats ‘win’ in government shutdown
RealClearPolitics Poll Averages

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2 Responses to Path to Prosperity, For Who?

  1. 1

    I think we should throw a few trillion more at something we only have 3 days or so to review. now THERE is fiscal responsibility.

  2. 2

    When were the respective budgets presented?

    Obama – February 14, 2011.

    Republicans – April 5, 2011.

    Thanks, for commenting DRJ.

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