Obama Calls Latest GOP Budget a ‘Stinkburger’
The GOP’s latest budget proposal is making waves, with across the board cuts that are both familiar and predictably unpopular with President Barack Obama and Democrats. The Republican-controlled House Budget Committee quickly passed the program, which would cut health care coverage for the poor and middle income bracket and decrease funding for food stamps and similar programs, while increasing military budgets.
“For the fourth year in a row, the House Budget Committee has passed a balanced budget. I want to thank all of our members for their hard work and their dedication,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of its passage. “This budget lays out a long-term vision for the country. It will grow the economy and create jobs. It will strengthen key priorities like national security and Medicare. It will restore fairness by rooting out cronyism. And it will stop spending money we don’t have.” The budget, entitled “Path to Prosperity” includes reforms to Medicare and Social Security, as well as “reforming [welfare] programs to encourage work, to increase economic growth and jobs, and to preserve the safety net” by cutting spending. The budget also includes, unsurprisingly, the repeal of Obamacare “to clear the way for patient-centered reform.”
Obama’s take on the budget? He called it a “stinkburger” and a “meanwich” in his speech at the University of Michigan Wednesday, comparing the Republican budget to Groundhog Day, “except it’s not funny.” His visit was intended to encourage passage of a minimum wage hike, a change he’s been pushing for in a number of states, while Congress is reluctant to pass a bill to that effect. According to Obama, Republicans are “not necessarily cold-hearted.” Rather, they simply “sincerely believe that if we give more tax breaks to a fortunate few and we invest less in the middle class, and we reduce or eliminate the safety net for the poor and the sick, and we cut food stamps, and we cut Medicaid, and we let banks and polluters and credit card companies and insurers do only what’s best for their bottom line without responsibility to the rest of us, then somehow the economy will boom, and jobs and prosperity will trickle down to everybody.”
As it turns out, Democrats aren’t the only ones to eye the proposal with some uncertainty — especially by those up for reelection against more liberal opponents, such as Republican Representative Bill Caddidy of New Orleans, who will be running against Mary Landrieu (D-La.) for Senate. He was supportive of past Ryan budgets, but seems to be standing back from the latest for the moment, according to The Times Picayune. Others, such as the conservative Republican Study Committee would like to take the proposal even further and will offer up their own budget when the time comes. “Democrats are afraid to even offer a budget and want to change the subject from all the problems with Obamacare,” said Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) to The Times Picayune, noting that the Committees budget would be considerably more hard hitting.
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