Not only did the White House disavow the GOPâs 10-year budget plan put forth by House budget chief Rep. Paul Ryan, the White House will not release its budget until early April, a pattern true to the form displayed over Barack Obamaâs time in office.
White House press secretary Jay Carney verbally attacked Ryanâs budget, saying it would punish middle-class Americans, cut taxes on the wealthy, and âthe burden is doubled or even tripled on everyone else.â
Carney claimed Ryanâs âvoucherizationâ reform of federal programs, including Obamacare and Medicare, âdoes nothing to deal with the fundamental problem, which is rising health care costs, but actually exacerbates that problem.â
These statements are in direct conflict with Obamaâs heavily publicized attempt to convince the public he is trying to work with GOP legislators, which includes dinner with a group of GOP Senators, lunch with Ryan and two visits to Capitol Hill.
The real hope is that Obamaâs efforts will boost his poll ratings, which have fallen noticeably since Obama tried to stop sequester cuts to the 2013 federal budget through demonization of their effect and by impugning the GOPâs motives.
Ryanâs plan is actually a reduction in spending, and does not cut federal spending at all.Â âOn the current path, weâll spend $46 trillion over the next 10 years [but] under our proposal, weâll spend $41 trillion,â Ryan wrote in a Wall Street Journal article. âOn the current path, spending will increase by 5 percent each year. Under our proposal, it will increase by 3.4 percent.â
The GOP would be well advised to proceed at their own risk with every one of their senses on full caution mode.
The current Oval Office occupant has displayed disingenuous intent on more than one occasion and there is no real evidence to assume that his âcharm offensiveâ is anything other than a change in tactics.Â The destruction of his political opposition remains the underlying strategy.