Analysis: Politics trumps policy in Obama budget
February 13th, 2012
01:53 PM ET
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Analysis: Politics trumps policy in Obama budget

Washington (CNN) - A piece of advice: If you're worried about President Barack Obama's budget, find something else to fret over. The president's blueprint has about as much chance of becoming law as yours. It's all about election year 2012, not fiscal year 2013.

Don't take my word for it. Take Harry Reid's. The Senate majority leader - the Democrat most responsible for moving Obama's agenda through Congress - said Friday that there's no need to bring the budget to a vote this year.

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  1. gt

    everyone new this speach was all show....both sides would be for roads...and yes think again i did teach for 14 yrs..

    February 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. PaOutOfWork

    Today another Obama FAILURE, (no budget since 2008); this shows the lack of leadership from the White House and the Democrats in Congress. The Senate majority leader said that there's no need to bring the budget to a vote this year.

    The majority of Americans see president Obama; the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress as a complete FAILURE.

    February 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Willie Floyd

    Many of us don't see the pres. having failed in anything. Maybe checking poll numbers might tell you Reps. something.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 13, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "The jobless rate is currently 8.3%, but it's going down. Obama wants to do everything possible to keep accelerating the current trend - and get credit for doing so from the voters."

    Duh. And if he did it, he would get credit from the voters, which is why the GOP/Teatrolls have been desperately hampering every effort made to accelerate the recovery and making every effort of their won to stop and reverse it. Do some freekin research Silverlieb and talk facts: the debt debacle and the GOP/Teatroll threats to throw us into a default on the nation's debts has been shown quantitatively to have hampered the recovery...and their opposition to things like unemployment insurance and payroll tax cuts for the middle class, among myriad other things, hav all been designed to keep demand bottled up in order to decrease econonic activity that would help spur recovery, not to mention to keep people suffering so they can get them to blame said suffering on Obama.

    February 13, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Your article is a painful to read attack piece that trivializes what everyopne already knows: budget proposals are wish lists that all Presidents use as a means of advertising their priorities and what they believe should be the priorities of our country and our federal government. Pretending like you've discovered something different here or that it needed explaining and that it somehow makes Obama's budget proposal disingenuous or nothing but show is disingenuous in and of itself. He told us what he believes we should be doing and, despite the par-for-the-course lack of details in some respects (no POTUS comes out with details because thats where Congress comes in), it highlights his vision, agree with it or not. What we'll hear from the GOP/Teatrolls will be precisely the same level of detail and calls for their priorities: screw SS, screw Medicare, screw the poor, screw the sick, screw the children, screw education, screw the federal government, screw women's rights, screw the unemployed, and give a big fat happy ending massage to the rich. Time to decide whose priorities are closer to your own, Amurika....and time to do something other than he=said-she-said fluff pieces, Silverlieb.

    February 13, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    This budget clarifies that Obama sees his job as doing the work of politics rather than doing the work of a nation.
    Don't look for progress on anything to do with running the country in 2012. Look for lots of progress in running the country when Mitt Romney moves onto Pennsylvania Avenue next January. Progress and results for Americans, not DC Politicians.

    February 13, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    PaOutOfWork

    Today another Obama FAILURE, (no budget since 2008); this shows the lack of leadership from the White House and the Democrats in Congress. The Senate majority leader said that there's no need to bring the budget to a vote this year.

    The majority of Americans see president Obama; the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress as a complete FAILURE.
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    and according to the tightie rightie's ONLY usable polling source, the oh-so-non-partisan Rasmussen has Obama leading Flippity-flop AND Santorum. Just earlier they were crowing about how Santorum was winning (1%) and that Obama was done!

    February 13, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    The Presidency of failure and deception ended Jan 20th 2009 as millions attended the swearing in of President Obama's first of two terms.

    February 13, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Dr Knowitall

    This is the #ONE reson to oust Obama, Harry, Nancy and their friends !
    Democrats don't want a Budget. Haven't had one, dont't need one. When there is no Budget, there is nothing to measure their spending by. Just continue to pass stop gap spending bills.

    February 13, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Independent Voters

    Republican congress is the failure they are running agains american wishes and the middle class.

    February 13, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The fact is that Reid won't bring it to a vote because he doesn't want to subject Obama to a second 97-0 defeat and humilation. Obama's "budgets" are a complete joke that even Democrats refuse to get behind and vote for.

    This is so much of a "budget" as it is a plan to destroy America with continuing hihn unemployment and crushing debt. Osama bin Ladem himself could not have contructed a better plan to destroy the USA. I guess Obama didn't want Osama to get all the credit and had him taken out.

    Anybody voting for Obama and his far left socialist party might as well be signed the death certificate for the country.

    February 13, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Don't look for progress on anything to do with running the country in 2012."

    Those of us wth brains in our heads stopped hoping for anything to happen that has to do with "running the country" the second the GOP took the House in 2010...and we were right, as shown by the facts, evidence and historical record. It's been all about preventing the country from running, playing political games with show-votes on domestic policy issues instead of the economy and hampering the receovery that had already taken hold prior to the GOP taking control of the House. That recovery has returned, and the fact is it has nothing to do with anything the GOP has done since taking the House...but rather in spite of everything the GOP has been doing. What we can expect this year is every effort from the GOP to spank it back down or at least prevent it from accelerating so they can still play the misinformation blame game infor November. Have fun with your clown parade and brokered convention.

    February 13, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "LOL budget proposals are means to advertise...??? hahahaha man all this time I thought it was suppose to PROPOSE A BUDGET..."

    Name the last one that did. And no, before you go there, not even your canonized hero Reagan's budgets did that, so go further back.

    February 13, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    We need to add financial mismanagment and fraud as impeachable offenses. No President or elected official should be able to simply refuse to perform their fiduciary duties with regards to the finances of this country. If the USA was a company and Obama the CEO that brought this "budget" to them as a plan for the coming year, as the company was tettering on bankruptcy, Obama would be fired IMMEDIATELY for gross negligence and dereliction of duty. Harry Reid would have been fired YEARS ago for failing to pass a budget.

    February 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Ed DFWTX

    Whatever Obama proposes the GOP are right there to say no. At least Obama is trying which is much more than I can say about the GOP obstructionist! Obama 2012!!!

    February 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Jilli

    The budget provides a stark contrast with the republican plans for the future of this nation. Compare/contrast, vote.

    February 13, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    Obama’s many successes while dealing with so many anti-American adversaries here and abroad are of great benefit for all Americans. Like defeating the GOP and scrambling their lizard brains at the same time – is just one of the more entertaining achievements.

    February 13, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "Now is not the time, however, for new details on deficit reduction. Obama promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. That won't happen. The deficit was roughly $1.4 trillion in 2009. The White House says it will be about $1.3 trillion this year and $901 billion in 2013."

    So, even though President Obama won't hit the targets he set (thanks to GOBP obstructionism) he's still managed to get the deficit moving down rather than up. Gee, that's not what the reality free ranters from the radical rightwing are saying. Guess who's lying?

    And that headline is totally misleading. It's really about how Obama's policies also make him a good politician. He's reducing the deficit and right in line with the desires of three quarters of America to raise taxes on millionaire's and have them share in some of the sacrifices we've already made.

    February 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Time for another change

    Willie Floyd "Many of us don't see the pres. having failed in anything. Maybe checking poll numbers might tell you Reps. something."

    Gallup shows more people disapprove than approve. Which means you don't see the failures, because you refuse to see them.

    February 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Mikey

    I love how they keep saying that no president has been reelected with an unemployment rate above 7.2%. The figure that was released just before the election in 1984 was 7.4%. Reagan was reelected with a 7.4% unemployment rate, at least as far as the voters were concerned. The 7.2% rate was for November 1984, a figure that would not be released until December.

    February 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. reid

    I hope that those in charge can decide and find consesus for restrictions outlined in the budget put forth by the adminstative branch of the government.

    February 13, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. tony

    @four more years for the PRESIDENT,and the door for all republicans you are surely misinformed seem like not all, but quite a few republicans did not fully complete high school, most states run by republican governors are some of the lowest in terms of reading and math, i am hoping you are not one of them i never can figure out what mean in many of your post.

    February 13, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Nothing But wrote:

    No President or elected official should be able to simply refuse to perform their fiduciary duties with regards to the finances of this country.
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    Not any elected official. Good call. We can start with the "Do Nothing" Congress, particularly those stall-warts in the House with the Tea Party hats.

    February 13, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Michael

    When I was a child I was raised as a democrat, when I became a man I put away childish things and became a Republican. It saddens me to see what our party has become, the Sara Palins' Sean Hannity's and Glenn Becks of this world have forced me to take a hard look at myself and today I am a shamed to call myself a Republican. The idea that CPAC would even give her the last word is ludicrous, she is an idiot! I still believe till this day that John McCain would have been President had he not picked that Alaskan nit wit! I can see Russia from my back yard OMG!

    I did have a glimmer of hope when Mitt Romney came to Florida and we sounded off by embracing Romney as what I remember our party to stand for but a last that was momentary, and now we see the Santorum insanity, he in no way reflects my Republican views on many of the issues, nor many of my friends from my state, Florida a state that Mitt can carry in the the general. Santorum couldn't carry Regans jock strap yet alone his ideals. Regan Republicans which is the man that brought me to the party, he would be rolling in his grave if he heard Santorum talking. I never thought I would hear myself say this but I would rather cross party lines and vote for Obama then have Santorum represent our party. It's a sad day in America when our party has his views. This guy is so far right his turn signal is broke and he is going in a right turn circle and you know what that means when you are a dog in a corner chasing your tail. Need I say more?

    February 13, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Susan

    Our debt now exceeds the US GDP. Each taxpayer's share of the debt is more than $135,000. 2012 interest is $12,000 per CITIZEN. At the current rate, 2016 taxpayer share will be $197,000. In 2008 it was $87,000; in 2004, $69,000; in 2000, $56,000. Anyone saying this is not a failed presidency is delusional.

    February 13, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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