Read that lede again. What was your first thought?
If you’re a liberal, it was likely, “Of course President Bush’s budget would target those populations.”
If you’re a conservative, it was likely, “WeatherDem is Bush-bashing again.”
Well, I wrote that lede on purpose to get you to think about your first thought.
Why? Because the budget I’m talking about is actually President Obama’s. The rest of the lede is completely true.
Now, if you’re a liberal, you’re probably questioning why I’m Obama-bashing. And if you’re a conservative, you’re probably congratulating yourself on telling everybody back in 2008 that Obama wasn’t who he said he was. And if you’re a teabagger, you’re probably grabbing your gun and looking for the nearest Democratic politician to assassinate.
What I want to say is this: This is why I and other liberals were saying back in December that Obama shouldn’t have accepted the crap deal he ended up with in the lame duck session of Congress. This is why President Obama shouldn’t have pre-capitulated on welfare for the rich for 2 years while accepting only 13 months of unemployment insurance extension. The START treaty? It would have been passed this session, regardless of who was in control of which chamber of Congress. DADT? The Democratic-led Congress should have passed it much earlier in the session, especially if it was such a necessary thing to do.
The biggest problem with the totally awesome “deal” that President Obama accepted was the Bush tax cuts, now the Obama tax cuts, were not paid for. They haven’t been paid for since their inception. Because making sure they’re paid for would require drastic cuts somewhere else in the budget – to the tune of $858 Billion in two years. Which is exactly why the “oh-so-liberal” President Obama is now proposing to cut programs that help the working poor, help the needy heat their homes (witness the brutal winter most of the U.S. has experience this year and tell me that’s a moral thing to do), provide access to graduate-level education programs and even undermine the same kind of community organization programs that catapulted Obama to his career. All of which will help the budget out by … oh, look at that … only $100 Billion per year. Which means there are still $350 Billion in cuts yet to come. Sweet.
The rich don’t need more welfare checks from the government. The working poor, middle class and students do need some assistance.
So I hope those folks who were arguing the President had to take the only deal he could possibly ever get are satisfied and pleased with the results.
If this is “Winning The Future“, I’d hate to see what losing the future looks like.