Addendum to: In Criticizing Republicans, Be Careful Not to Boost Democrats

If this, from The Hill, doesn’t speak to how unfair it is that President Obama’s own machinations in the budget process have been ignored or downplayed by the media, I don’t know what does. The article entitled “Obama Budget Delayed Again, White House Tells Paul Ryan” reveals:

Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

“Late Friday evening, Deputy Director Zients confirmed that for the fourth time in five years, the president’s budget will not be submitted in compliance with the law,” the aide said. (italics mine)

“Zients did not indicate how late the administration will delay its submission, simply noting ‘We will submit it to Congress as soon as possible,’ ” the aide said.

  1. SunnyOptimism

    Yet one more data point for why the media should be bypassed.

    It’s not in Paul Ryan’s DNA to do it, but he should have publicly published his request to the acting budget director than, when he got the answer, he should have plastered it all over YouTube and Social media mocking the response.

    This is the problem with the GOP.  Obama took off his gloves long ago and has no problem with embarrassing and cajoling his ideological enemies.  It’s time for republican’s to drop their adherence to the genteel political BS kabuki theater and start punching back….below the belt if necessary….

  2. Kenneth Gauck
    SunnyOptimism: Yet one more data point for why the media should be bypassed.

    It’s not in Paul Ryan’s DNA to do it, but he should have publicly published his request to the acting budget director than, when he got the answer, he should have plastered it all over YouTube and Social media mocking the response.

    This is the problem with the GOP.  Obama took off his gloves long ago and has no problem with embarrassing and cajoling his ideological enemies.  It’s time for republican’s to drop their adherence to the genteel political BS kabuki theater and start punching back….below the belt if necessary…. · 12 hours ago

    I am not sure that asking for our own Alcibiades is really a good idea. It may be disappointing to adhere to genteel political BS kabuki theater when the other guy uses techniques that undermines the social capital that makes for a free society, but conservatives do that because conservatives know what the costs are for becoming an unprincipled liar who will play any game to get what he wants. 

  3. Chuckles

    1.  An unenforceable law is a silly law.

    2.  The Republican Party has pretty much made clear that it is not part of the solution.  The only politicians worth respect, in my opinion, have pretty well demonstrated they are only incidentally Republican – although I have come to believe that power corrupts.

  4. Barbara Kidder
    SunnyOptimism: Yet one more data point for why the media should be bypassed.

    It’s not in Paul Ryan’s DNA to do it, but he should have publicly published his request to the acting budget director than, when he got the answer, he should have plastered it all over YouTube and Social media mocking the response.

    This is the problem with the GOP.  Obama took off his gloves long ago and has no problem with embarrassing and cajoling his ideological enemies.  It’s time for republican’s to drop their adherence to the genteel political BS kabuki theater and start punching back….below the belt if necessary…. · 4 hours ago

    Your comment makes sense but your advice to the Republicans in Congress will go unheeded.

    Congress operates like a para-military organization;  nobody is supposed to upstage the leadership and everybody is there on a short leash of two years.

    Thus, at least half of their attention and concern revolves around getting reelected (after all, wouldn’t you want to keep a job that exempted you from Obamacare), and those with positions of leadership want to remain there, so they toe the official party line.

  5. Kenneth Gauck

    I don’t think that power corrupts so much as the public demands mutually exclusive policies simultaneously – such as provide more services and cut taxes, meaning that we frequently get both, as we did during the Bush years of 01-08, or politicians calculate to disappoint their supporters as little as possible while giving them a few things they regard as really important. Since politicians generally are genuine about their desire to satisfy their constituents, its the multitude of factions within the constituency, our simultaneous mutually exclusive demands, and our very significant (although rational) ignorance, its remarkable we get as good of policy as we get.