Democrat Manchin Accuses Obama of Failing to Lead on Budget

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  1. Trajan

    Trajan conscientia mille testes Staff Member

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    well, its not like we didn't hear this recently but not quite in the 'call out' fashion we have here.
    In a rare aligning of the planets, the agreement everyone from the NY Times, to TNR to the wsj et al called obamas state of the union and silence on the budget a clear punt.

    So, no comment on the deficit commission, nothing, now is the time mr. president...

    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is accusing President Obama of failing to take responsibility in the budget debate and is denouncing both Democratic and Republican budget proposals due for floor votes Tuesday as "extremely partisan and unrealistic."

    Manchin, a vulnerable Democrat facing reelection in a red-trending state in 2012, says in prepared remarks for a Senate floor speech that Obama has “failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for.”

    “The truth of the matter is that this debate, as important as it is, will not be decided by House Republicans and Senate Democrats negotiating with each other -- or past each other. This debate will be decided when the president leads these tough negotiations,” Manchin will say, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.

    “He must sit down with leaders of both parties and help hammer out a real compromise that moves our nation forward and establishes the priorities that represent our values and all hard-working families.”

    Manchin plans to say the Democratic plan to trim $6.5 billion from current fiscal year spending “utterly ignores our fiscal reality.”

    “The Senate proposal continues to sail forward as if there’s no storm on the horizon,” Manchin said in his remarks. - Democrat Manchin Accuses Obama of Failing to Lead on Budget - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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