“The Cave-In That Wasn’t”

JM Ashby at Bob Cesca’s Blog:

Now that we have the details of last Friday’s budget compromise, and now that we know that President Obama clearly out-played the Republicans in every aspect, will the very serious media and the pants-pissing Professional Left apologize or walk-back their narrative of cave-in and capitulation?

I wouldn’t count on it, even though it’s painfully obvious that a narrative was chosen to run with before anyone actually knew what was included in the bill. I myself am guilty of this. I conceded that this bill, which cuts $38.5 billion dollars in spending, would be bad news for the economy. It turns out though that we were all wrong, because the vast majority of the cuts are steeped in fiscal hijinks.


I can hardly contain my laughter at this point.

The president not only managed to hijack the Republican’s deficit-cutting mission statement and make it appear to be his own, but he did so without actually cutting much of anything and denied Republicans everything they wanted in the process.

You see — the Republicans have touted the compromise as a victory in the war against the deficit, so by extension, the President also gets credit for cutting the deficit even though the savings are all very creative in nature. And as the polls show, the majority of Americans credit President Obama for the compromise.

After reading the details, it appears that it wasn’t actually much of a compromise at all though. It looks to me more like John Boehner bending over and taking it while the Democrats receive most of the credit for a non-deficit-reducing, deficit reduction and non-compromise, compromise.

Well played sir. Well played.

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The launch of “Joining Forces”, a national initiative to support and honor service members and their families, today at the WH. 



“Obama not only prevented cuts to favorite programs, he got MORE money for education and Wall Street reform”

 Hi guys,

1. Today’s schedule:

9:30 AM

PBO receives the presidential daily briefing.

10:00 AM

VPB and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar host a plaque dedication ceremony to honor Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole; Jill Biden also attends.

PBO meets with senior advisers.

11:00 AM  
12:00 PM

Barack and Michelle Obama and Joe and Jill Biden deliver remarks at the launch of the national initiative to honor America’s service members and their families.

1:00 PM  
1:30 PM

Carney briefs the press.

2:00 PM  
2:15 PM

PBO meets with the Director of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry.

2:30 PM

VPB meets with Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya.

3:00 PM  
4:00 PM  
4:30 PM

PBO and VPB meet with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

5:00 PM

PBO and VPB meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


2. So last night there was an unusual flood of mails in my inbox, many of them as nasty as ever and all of them from the “Left”. They told me all the things you heard about the president over the last few days – years, actually – Plus the mandatory personal insults of us “Bots”.

But then, in the best timing ever, I found a couple of links, containing a lot of details about the deal – You know, the one where PBO sold the store – and the more I read, the better I felt. Not only that PBO won this round by stopping a shutdown, he saved so many important programs, It’s mind-boggling that the PL can’t see or understand any of this. (PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SPREAD THIS AROUND):

Obama prevents budget cuts to favorite programs

 WASHINGTON – A close look at the government shutdown-dodging agreement to cut federal spending by $38 billion reveals that lawmakers significantly eased the fiscal pain by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway.
Such moves permitted Obama to save favorite programs — Pell grants for poor college students, health research and “Race to the Top” aid for public schools, among others — from Republican knives.

The full details of Friday’s agreement weren’t being released until late Monday when it was officially submitted to the House. But the picture already emerging is of legislation financed with a lot of one-time savings and cuts that officially “score” as savings to pay for spending elsewhere, but that often have little to no actual impact on the deficit.
As a result of the legerdemain, Obama was able to reverse many of the cuts passed by House Republicans in February when the chamber passed a bill slashing this year’s budget by more than $60 billion. In doing so, the White House protected favorites like the Head Start early learning program, while maintaining the maximum Pell grant of $5,550 and funding for Obama’s “Race to the Top” initiative that provides grants to better-performing schools.

Obama also repelled Republican moves to cut $1 billion in grants for community health centers and $500 million from biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health, while blocking them from “zeroing out” the AmeriCorps national service program and subsidies for public broadcasting.
Instead, the cuts that actually will make it into law are far tamer, including cuts to earmarks, unspent census money, leftover federal construction funding, and $2.5 billion from the most recent renewal of highway programs that can’t be spent because of restrictions set by other legislation. Another $3.5 billion comes from unused spending authority from a program providing health care to children of lower-income families.

Even before details of the bill came out, some conservative Republicans were assailing it. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said he probably won’t vote for the measure, and tea party favorite Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is a “nay” as well.
The $38 billion in cuts, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., wrote on his Facebook page, “barely make a dent” in the country’s budget woes.
Huelskamp and other conservatives are also upset that most conservative policy “riders” added by Republicans were dropped from the legislation in the course of the talks.
The White House rejected GOP attempts to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to issue global warming rules and other reversals of environmental regulations. Obama also forced Republicans to drop an effort to cut off Planned Parenthood from federal funding, as well as GOP moves to stop implementation of Obama’s overhauls of health care and Wall Street regulation.
The administration also thwarted a GOP attempt to block new rules governing the Internet, as well as a National Rifle Association-backed attempt to neuter a little-noticed initiative aimed at catching people running guns to Mexican drug lords by having regulators gather information on batch purchases of rifles and shotguns.


3. The clearly disappointed Politico adds:

…The cuts are a far cry from what House Republicans demanded. Indeed, the president will come out of the fight with more money to implement his education and Wall Street reforms.


4. And this is from USA TODAY:
5. Previewing the next outrage:

In a speech Wednesday, the president is expected to call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans, as opposed to Republican plans to slash Medicare and Medicaid.

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6. Took the media a few days, but maybe they begin to see that Ryan’s “bold” and “serious” proposal is nothing but a cruel joke (PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SPREAD THIS AROUND):

Newsweek: War on the Weak

How the GOP came to view the poor as parasites—and the rich as our rightful rulers.

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7. President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetero-Ng sat down with Piers Morgan, for her first big interview (as far as I can remember). The broadcast is tonight at 9PM on CNN.  You can see a sneak peek here. 


8. I don’t know about anyone else, but this is awesome in my mind ):

Obama to be joined by Derrick Rose at fundraiser