by the Left Coast Rebel
The Obamanation released his "budget" yesterday. The jig is obvious, but the question remains: Will the Republicans fall for his trick?
For those that have a hard time reading a basic chart, the above shows Obama's "budget" (Doug Ross over at Director Blue cooked it up), the red bars are defense spending for the next ten years; green is nondefense; black, interest; and blue represents untouched, mandatory entitlement spending and otherwise that left unchecked will send America into bankruptcy and destroy the nation.
Oh yah, almost forgot: the yellow line shows the Obamanation's "cuts" that the press are heralding as drastic. Be easy on me, Obama's poor little yellow line is really hard to see.
Look, I don't have the time, wherewithal or energy to dissect the budget; Frank Hill over at Telemachus has his calculator and green visor out as we speak so we'll hear from him soon.
I think O's "budget" is a shell game designed to corner the G.O.P., the question is this: are they dumb enough to fall for it? John at Powerline sums things up:
Obama's game is transparent, isn't it? He is playing a game of chicken. He puts forward a series of proposals that he knows are more or less insane; but he also believes that Republicans will come to his rescue. They, not being wholly irresponsible, will come up with plans to reform entitlements--like, for example, the Ryan Roadmap. Ultimately, some combination of those plans will be implemented because the alternative is the collapse, not just of the government of the United States, but of the country itself. But Obama thinks the GOP's reforms will be unpopular, and he will be able to demagogue them, thus having his cake and eating it too. Is that leadership? Of course not. But it is the very essence of Barack Obama.That's what the country gets by electing a community agitator. Elections matter. Lots of discussion on America's bankruptcy at Memeorandum, here.