Indeed, despite Republican’s false claims, nobody has voted on President Obama’s budget proposal — ever. That didn’t stop the GOP from playing a dirty little trick on the voters by pretending they were offering up the President’s budget for a vote. I mean, they did call it Obama’s budget but shockingly, Republicans lied in order to score a fake talking point for their election campaigns.
Republicans are very clever in naming their bills. They know no one is going to actually read them. Just as when they were in power under Bush and passed the “Blue Skies Act” that actually allowed more pollution into our air, their so-called Obama budget bills are fakes. They simply pulled out some numbers from Obama’s proposal but didn’t include any specifics about the spending details. Both the House and Senate bills that were voted down were:
… a “shell that could be filled with a number of things that could hurt our economy and hurt the middle class,” a White House official said. “For example, rather than ending tax breaks for millionaires his budget could hit the revenue target by raising taxes on the middle class and rather than ending wasteful programs, his budget could hit its spending target
with severe cuts to important programs.”
Adding, am I the only one who’s noticed the Republicans also repeatedly claim President Obama has never submitted a budget. So how could they be bringing his budget forward in Congress if it doesn’t exist? Which by the way, it does. In fact, President Obama’s budget proposal has been available on the internet for a very long time. It even has a name:
Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future:
The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction
Remember that the next time someone tells you it doesn’t exist.
In any event, the establishment media coverage barely mentioned the GOP’s fakery on this bill. Credit to Jake Tapper for putting at least that much clarification on the internet. Willing to bet the ABC TV newscasts didn’t do the same. In fact, if the major media was honest about it instead of bowing to the God of False Equivalency, the headlines would have read: “Senate Unanimously Rejects A Budget Offered By Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)” because that “is what actually happened.”