From The Huffington Post:
House Republican leaders called a press conference Thursday to unveil their “alternative budget.” While it was thin on specifics, it does include one major policy proposal: a huge tax cut for the wealthy.
“Two nights ago, the president said, ‘We haven’t seen a budget yet out of Republicans.’ Well, it’s just not true, because here it is, Mr. President,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), waving a blue document in the air.
“Today we’re introducing a detailed road-to-recovery plan,” he told the reporters. Other than the tax proposal, however, the plan was absent any details.
Reporters — mainstream, liberal and conservative — greeted the Republican document with a collective scoff.
“Are you going to have any further details on this today?” the first asked.
“On what?” asked Boehner.
“There’s no detail in here,” noted the reporter.
Answered Boehner: “This is a blueprint for where we’re going. Are you asking about some other document?”
A second reporter followed up: “What about some numbers? What about the out-year deficit? What about balancing the budget? How are you going to do it?”
“We’ll have the alternative budget details next week,” promised Boehner. Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) had wisely departed the room after offering his opening remarks. (“Today’s Republican road-to-recovery is the latest in a series of GOP initiatives, solutions and plans,” he had offered.)
A third reporter asked Boehner about the Republican goal for deficit reduction, noting President Obama aimed to cut it in half in five years. “What’s your goal?”
“To do better,” said Boehner.
“How? How much?”
“You’ll see next week.”
Another reporter reminded Boehner that he has “criticized Democrats for throwing together a stimulus quickly and nobody knew what they were voting on. Are you saying that your budget will be unveiled on the same day that the House is expected to vote on it?”
“No, I expect it’ll be out next week,” he said, though the House is expected to vote on the budget next week. “But understand that a budget really is a one-page document. It’s just a bunch of numbers.”
Though not today, of course.
From Think Progress:
Today, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) released a GOP budget called “The Republican Road to Recovery.” “Here it is, Mr. President,” he said, proudly waving it in the air.
Except this “budget” is short on one key detail: numbers. The AP calls it “a glossy pamphlet short on detail and long on campaign-style talking points.” The budget proposes heavy tax cuts to the wealthy, which have time and again exploded the deficit. Today, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell challenged Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) to say what the deficit impact of the GOP plan would be. Pence awkwardly tried to change the subject:
Q: So you don’t have the numbers now? About what you’re plan would be in terms of how it would cut the deficit or add to the deficit? You don’t have any numbers on that?
PENCE: Well, it’s really a broad – when the White House a few minutes ago was attacking the numbers in this bill, the tax cut numbers. There’s plenty of numbers in the Republican recovery plan. And we just really believe the President’s plan to raise taxes by nearly 2 trillion dollars on almost every American…deserves a debate on Capitol Hill.
Without details, “how is your plan credible?” asked O’Donnell. “Well, I thought through this morning, we didn’t have a plan, so it may be progress our plan is being attacked,” Pence responded.
Pence is unable to specify what the deficit would result under his plan because his plan simply doesn’t say so. The plan contains three charts: “Gov spending as percentage of GDP,” “Future Debt Burden, and “Deficit Under Democratic Budgets.” Yet there is no chart about the GOP budget.
(video at Think Progress link)
From The Boston Globe:
Democrats have been giddily calling Republicans the “party of no,” accusing the GOP of opposing President Obama’s budget and economic plans without offering proposals of their own.
Now, they’re chortling over the alternative budget outline that House Republicans unveiled on Thursday. The GOP is warning that Obama’s $3.6 trillion plan will bankrupt the country and worsen the recession with tax hikes.
But Democrats are mocking the plan for its lack of detail.
“This DNC ad is brought to you by the number 0,” a new web ad by the Democratic National Committee says on screen.
“That’s how many numbers are in the GOP’s budget: 0,” painting the number in bright red.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs joined in the mocking on Thursday. Asked whether he had perused it, he replied, “I did. It took me several minutes to read it.” The White House press corps laughed.
“I will note that … there’s one more picture of a windmill than there is of a chart of numbers. There’s — just for your knowledge, there’s exactly one picture of a windmill.”
(videos at Globe link)