It really is amazing to me that Barack Obama is digging in his heels on the fluff of his budget. He has chosen to vote present on his own Deficit Commission's report. He has chosen to vote present on entitlement reform.Obama gives a great speech. He says we need entitlement reform. But he is not willing to offer up actual reform. Paul Ryan did and now Obama is attacking Paul Ryan.John Boehner, this morning, called out Mr. Obama for the attack. In a statement released this morning, Boehner said
“I’m disappointed but not surprised that the White House has chosen to attack Chairman Ryan’s budget proposal. Chairman Ryan has put forth a ‘serious, honest, and straightforward approach’ to addressing our nation’s enormous fiscal challenges.’ Those aren’t my words, but rather those of the bipartisan co-chairs of the president’s own deficit commission, whose recommendations he ignored when putting together his budget. Instead, he presented Congress with a budget that punts on the drivers of our debt while raising taxes by $1.5 trillion, a surefire recipe for destroying jobs in America. The president is certainly entitled to disagree with our budget, but what exactly is his alternative? If he wants to have an ‘adult conversation’ about solving our fiscal challenges, he needs to lead instead of sitting on the sidelines.”
It is worth noting that boht the Deficit Commission Democrat Co-Chairman, Erskine Bowles, and the Republican Co-Chairman, Alan Simpson, are calling Paul Ryan's budget a step in the right direction. Likewise, Erskine Bowles recently wrote that the President does not go far enough.Obama has, yet again, voted present.