Rep. Paul Ryan released the 2015 House Republican budget on Tuesday and President Obama called it mean. If you told someone that one political party released a budget and that someone from the other political party called it mean, this person would know immediately that the latter was a Democrat. “He argued what? That it was mean? That’s easy—he’s the liberal.”
The end goal of Ryan’s budget is to cut government spending by $5.1 trillion over the next ten years. But in an age when the national debt increases by an average of about $1 trillion per year, all this budget would do is create a slower increase.
It’s better than nothing, I guess. Ryan will not have my vote in the future should he ever decide to run for president—amnesty—but I give him credit for having some huevos. His budget focuses mainly on America’s great albatross, entitlement programs. It’s through the promise of more of these entitlements that most politicians get elected and re-elected. So, although we need bigger cuts than just $5 trillion, good on him.
The day after this budget’s release, President Obama was out campaigning in Michigan to garner support for an increase of the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to the arbitrary number of $10.10. He wasn’t just there to talk about the minimum wage, of course, but to slime Republicans.
I don’t mind when politicians talk badly about each other. I think it’s fun and it prevents them from doing any damage to the country. Bipartisanship is a truly dangerous thing in politics. As long as everybody disagrees with each other, junk legislation can’t be passed. The problem is that Republicans don’t know how to be partisan. It’s like they don’t have the will to win or the viciousness to play that Democrats do.
Attacking your political enemies at a public forum is fine with me, but it must be done right. Obama’s usually pretty skilled at it, and Wednesday was no exception. In his speech in Michigan, Obama offered the tremendously intellectual argument that Ryan’s budget is mean.
“If they tried to sell this sandwich [Ryan’s budget] at Zingerman’s [an Ann Arbor local deli] they’d have to call it the Stinkburger or the Meanwich,” he said. Masterful.
It’s “mean,” this budget, therefore it shouldn’t be passed. It’s fiscally sound, but because it doesn’t make us want to cuddle, it must not be passed. Get rid of it.
Obama is an odd character, isn’t he? At times he is the most bitter and abrasive president we’ve ever had the displeasure of being bossed around by, and at other times he just sounds like a five-year-old. “Mean”? Come on, Obama, don’t be such a stereotypical leftist.