"'My view is that the president's budget punted on the structural deficits issue. He did not give us any clear path forward to deal with them,' said David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States and now head of a balanced-budget advocacy group called Comeback America Initiative."
"Punter-in-chief . . . .The president punted. Having been given the chance, the cover and the push by the fiscal commission he created to take bold steps to raise revenue and curb entitlement spending, President Obama, in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal, chose instead to duck. To duck, and to mask some of the ducking with the sort of budgetary gimmicks he once derided."
"Paul Ryan: 'Presidents Are Elected To Lead, Not To Punt.'"
"Ryan slams Obama for 'punt' on budget crisis."
"'Debt on arrival. D-E-B-T on arrival,' Ryan said at a press conference today. 'Look, he raises spending everywhere. He raises taxes everywhere, increases borrowing. The trajectory of this budget is in the wrong . . . And so what did we just get today? We got a punt. The president punted on the budget and he punted on the deficit and on the debt. That's not leadership.'"
"Status quobama budget: There's the snap. It's high. It's deep. Wow. It's a 60-yard punt. Boy did he get rid of it in a hurry."
"Obama's plan 'says fulfilling the president's vision of a future of trains and windmills is more important than a balanced checkbook,' said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. 'This budget was an opportunity for the president to lead. He punted.'"
"Republicans bashed the president's budget proposal on Monday, calling it a punt down the road for the nation's deficit and criticizing Obama for not including a plan to change the way the government deals with Social Security and Medicare. House and Senate Republicans said Obama's budget, which the White House said would cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next decade, would actually lead to increased spending and more debt for the country."
If you follow Right Turn on Twitter (@JRubinBlogger) you would have know early yesterday that "the word of the day for the Obama budget is 'PUNT.'"
And one guy who didn't punt yesterday? "U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announced today that he has introduced an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) re-authorization bill that would prevent the expansion of commerce through direct flights with state sponsors of terrorism. The amendment is co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and marks Sen. Rubio's first filed amendment."
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