Manchin: Obama “Failed To Lead” On Budget

March 9th, 2011 at 3:51 am | 6 Comments |

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Politico reports:

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin ripped President Barack Obama on his budget proposals in a Senate floor speech Tuesday, a rare rebuke from a freshman Democrat who clearly is worried about the politics of deficit spending as he faces a tough reelection in 2012.

Manchin charged the president with failing to lead the way in reducing spending, while also criticizing Republicans for offering “partisan” and “unrealistic” budget proposals.

“Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negotiations — our president — has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for?”

The full-throated rejection of the president’s spending proposals by a politically vulnerable Democrat is just the latest worrisome sign for Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who have yet to rally their party around a unified spending plan. Indeed, Democratic leaders are having trouble just keeping moderates on board — Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) also have expressed skepticism that Democrats are willing to cut enough spending to satisfy voters and make a dent in the deficit.

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • Smargalicious

    The only thing the Kenyan worries about is the transfer of wealth to his constituency.

    Go to D.C. or Detroit or St. Louis or Chicago and get a load of his constituency.

    God help us.

    • Bernie

      Smargalicious,

      Are you for real or just a liberal pretending to be a Conservatives in order to make them look stupid and unhinged?

      • Smargalicious

        Bernie,

        I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public. I bet you that either you are a.) on public assistance or b.) living in a gated community and your kids go to private schools.

        Which is it?

        • UncleLew

          Bernie. I think you might be on to something. Nobody on the left or right could be as stupid as Smarg. He must be an anarchist.

  • KBKY

    This frustrates me a bit. Not that I agree with Obama on everything, but passing a budget is, Constitutionally, very clearly Congress’ job. The entire point of the separation of powers is that the President should not have power over everything. I remember when he first took office Obama didn’t even want to submit a budget, but then the Democrats erupted. Joe Manchin and the rest of the Democrats should be able to do their Constitutional duty, even if the President isn’t holding their hands.

    • balconesfault

      This frustrates me a bit. Not that I agree with Obama on everything, but passing a budget is, Constitutionally, very clearly Congress’ job.

      For what it’s worth, Obama doesn’t really want to make cuts that will damage the economic recovery. That’s really the position of the GOP and the Blue Dog Dems like Manchin.

      Second, if Obama were to start playing a stronger role, I predict Manchin would be one of the first to run to the media complaining that the President is overstepping his role in an authoritarian fashion.