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Sometimes, a picture is worth a trillion words.
This chart from the 4/21 Wall Street Journal puts the budget battle in perspective.
It's puzzling why President Obama even bothered to offer a second, revised budget plan (the one he announced in a campaign-style speech, with few details, at George Washington University on April 13th).
Like his February 14th budget, his "new and improved" April 13th budget doesn't balance the budget, doesn't repeal the unaffordable new health care entitlement, doesn't stop America's staggering debt buildup. What it does do is:
Even Democratic graybeard Erskine Bowles, who chaired Mr. Obama's recent deficit commission, felt compelled to dismiss Mr. Obama's budget(s) as woefully insufficient to meet the enormous fiscal challenges facing the nation.
In short, Mr. Obama is running for reelection on a platform of permanently higher taxes and spending, with even deeper Medicare cuts than Republicans have proposed over the coming decade, while trying to pass it all off as "fiscal prudence" with "compassion."
It displays neither prudence nor compassion.
True compassion (for future generations) would dictate that the President offer a third, this-time-serious budget -- a budget at least as compassionate as the one that passed the House.
For a more defailed comparison, see our handy one-page report card.
Dean Clancy is FreedomWorks's Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy.