Maybe we shouldn't have been surprised. James Capretta on the "deeply unserious" Obama budget: "What explains the president's sudden abandonment of the leadership he had been promising? The answer is surely politics. He and his advisers must have concluded they would be better off going into a reelection campaign with massive borrowing on their record than with the political damage that might be inflicted if they embarked on a serious entitlement and tax reform exercise."
The Iranian regime shouldn't repress its people, Obama decides. "In Washington, Obama told reporters: 'We have sent a strong message to our allies in the region saying, 'Let's look at Egypt's example, as opposed to Iran's example.' You know, I find it ironic that you've got the Iranian regime pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt, when in fact they have acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt by gunning down and beating people who were trying to express themselves peacefully in Iran." But what's he going to do? (At least he's now offering "moral support.")
This shouldn't be so hard to differentiate. "The Obama administration is stepping up its drive to promote Internet freedom... However, critics say that as the United States calls for unfettered and uncensored access to the Internet around the globe, the Obama administration is stepping on its own message by aggressively pursuing a criminal investigation into the activities of online publisher WikiLeaks and how it obtained hundreds of thousands of classified American government reports." C'mon, that's just silly. WikiLeaks was dealing in stolen classified material. "Give the mullahs the boot!" is a bit different, no?
Republicans shouldn't be against immigrants, even as they oppose illegal immigration, says a smart Republican. "During a recent speech at an event hosted by The Ripon Society, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie said, 'We favor welcoming legal immigrants into this country and believe it's a good thing. But sometimes that policy gets lost because we're so busy talking about keeping illegal immigrants out,' he said. Gillespie said Republicans have a responsibility to 'welcome people' into the U.S."
Obama shouldn't have expected anything different after submitting a budget so unserious. Along with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Kent Conrad bashed the Obama budget. "From the beginning of the hearing, [OMB director Jacob] Lew was met with a series of tough criticisms from Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican ranking member of the committee. ... Sen. Kent Conrad, the [Democratic] chairman of the committee, was just as harsh, calling the budget plan one 'not wise.' 'It's not acceptable -- it's not a fiscal strategy that the country should embrace,' Conrad said."
The White House shouldn't underestimate the GOP leadership. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) put out a statement making clear they are not punters. "Our budget will lead where the President has failed, and it will include real entitlement reforms so that we can have a conversation with the American people about the challenges we face and the need to chart a new path to prosperity." This should get interesting really fast.
You shouldn't worry if this testimony from OMB director Jacob Lew makes no sense. "As the President has said, now that the country is back from the brink of a potential economic collapse, our goal is to win the future by out-educating, out-building and out-innovating our competitors so that we can return to robust economic and job growth. But to make room for the investments we need to foster growth, we have to cut what we cannot afford. We have to reduce the burden placed on our economy by years of deficits and debt." So we are going to spend a whole bunch more money.
Republicans shouldn't turn to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for national security expertise, says Dick Armey. "When asked if Daniels might experience difficulty on foreign-policy issues, Armey muses, 'Mitch has a disciplined awareness of his own limitations.' He thinks Daniels would bring in advisers to help him bone up on national-security policy." We've seen how well that works out, huh?
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