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.

Original DVD cover.

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:

    1. 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)


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16 responses to “Fuss-budgets

  1. Ram Venkatararam

    Tax cuts for the wealthy have been serving us well so far…why veer from the course now?

    You have to love the whole thing. What a poorly staged farce.

    • ram,
      the backroom meetings of the rethugs have got to be hilarious! they should film them. after all, the 3 stooges are all gone, and the country needs another comedy troupe. 😉

      • Isn’t that what Saturday Night Live did a few weeks ago?

        • i haven’t watched snl in ages. i did watch it once a few weeks ago, because i wanted to see how they would spoof something, but i don’t remember what it was. i think i could do parodies of the 3 stooges every night and never run out of rethugs to include.

        • jeb

          I saw that. Akroyd made a guest appearance as Boner in the opening sketch. It showed the Rethugs in a meeting ridiculing Obama and his in-depth explanation of problems and policies and laughing about how the American people would never go for that.

          I can’t find the video but it was funny.

  2. jeb

    The real question is what took them so long to put out this alternative proposal since they’re just recycling the same bag of manure they’ve been foisting on us for the last 30 years? Maybe they couldn’t find their crayons.

  3. I loved that skimpy booklet Boner waved in front of the cameras.
    Page one: Tax
    Page two: cuts
    Page three: for
    Page four: the
    Page five: rich

    What a slimeball, spray-tanned son of a bitch this guy is. I cannot wait for his inevitable sex or bribery scandal(s) to be exposed.

    • i love how he proclaimed so proudly Here it is, Mr. President! it’s like a kid coming home with a picture of a cow he drew in kindergarten. unfortunately, the cow looks like a big blue blob.

      i don’t think he’ll get caught in a scandal. i think he’ll have a nervous breakdown on the house floor. i hope c-span catches it on camera.

      • I think he will.
        A man with that dark a tan in winter is way too conceited to keep his pants zipped up and/or his pockets unlined.
        Might be sex or it might be money, but this guy is like a white collar villain, pulled right out of Central Casting.

        • did you see blazing saddles? it just occurred to me that boohoo reminds me of harvey korman. his character was headley lamarr, but everyone kept calling him heddy. he would be very indignant when he would say it’s headley, not heddy! i can see that scene with boohoo in it. it’s bay-ner, not boh-ner!

  4. Friend of the court

    4, 68, 11, 5150, 212, and 4200 + 3,000,000,000,000,000,000,

    -_—–/ -_______

    Some numbers and a chart, how hard is that?