March 13, 2013
A GIFT, IF THEY CAN ACCEPT IT:
Obama's approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies (Jon Cohen and Karen Tumulty, March 13, 2013, Washington Post)
The afterglow of President Obama's reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating back down to the 50 percent mark, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
President Obama Won't Balance Budget 'Just for the Sake of Balance' (George Stephanopoulos, Mar 12, 2013, ABC News)
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Obama rejected calls to balance the federal budget in the next ten years and instead argued that his primary economic concern was not balancing the budget, but rather growing the economy."My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance." [...]"We're not gonna balance the budget in ten years because if you look at what Paul Ryan does to balance the budget, it means that you have to voucher-ize Medicare, you have to slash deeply into programs like Medicaid, you've essentially got to -- either tax -- middle class families a lot higher than you currently are, or you can't lower rates the way he's promised," the president told me.
Senate Democrats pepper Obama with questions about entitlement reform (Alexander Bolton and Justin Sink, 03/12/13, The Hill)
President Obama launched his Capitol Hill outreach effort Tuesday with an attempt to ease Senate Democrats' concerns about his willingness to negotiate entitlement reform with Republicans.But Obama stood firm when pressed to back away from benefit cuts during the meeting with the Senate Democratic caucus, according to lawmakers who attended.
Because so much of it will come from cuts, the UR can not claim credit for the work of eliminating the deficit, which will largely be done by the time he leaves office. His own caucus will excoriate him and the psychological break involved in being Ike instead of FDR is more than he can process.
The GOP needs to accept the credit, exclusively, if he's letting them. The simple dynamics of the 2016 election require Democrats to choose a Second Way candidate--a congressman--while the GOP selects a Third Way figure--a governor.Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2013 3:48 AM
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