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Obama 2013 budget

Posted by Stan Collender

Did anyone else notice that, at his first press conference of 2012 that also happened to be the first press conference since his fiscal 2013 budget was released just three weeks ago, President Obama didn't say a word about about the deficit or national debt in general or his budget in particular?

For that matter, did anyone else notice that the president wasn't asked about the deficit, national debt, or his budget?

This is:

  • A big win by the White House which, as I've been saying for weeks, seems to be working very hard to make the budget into a nonissue this year.
  • A huge fail by congressional Republicans who have been completely incapable of countering the administration's apparent strategy of downplaying the issue.
  • A fail by the media, that could/should have been asking at least one question about these topics.

Here's the transcript if you want to check for yourself.

Posted by Stan Collender

I've been in the budget business for a long time, and I have to admit that few presidential budget have disappeared from view as fast as the one the Obama administration submitted to Congress last Monday.

But before anyone starts blaming Congress for too quickly declaring the Obama 2013 dead on arrival, as I explain in my column from today's Roll Call, I'm not sure that at least some of this wasn't planned by the White House and much of the rest of it was what could end up being one of the biggest public relations mistakes of the year by House Republicans.

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Posted by Stan Collender

My column from today's Roll Call explains why the politics behind the Obama 2013 budget that was released yesterday are a sharp departure from what the White House has tried to do with its previous budgets.

After three years of trying to propose something that would be at least marginally acceptable enough to get a conversation started, this year's budget is based on an assumption by the Obama administration that nothing it proposes will be accepted so it might as well propose the spending and tax plans it prefers.

It's just the latest sign that nothing is going to happen this year on the budget. It's also an indication that the Obama administration is now playing tougher politically than it has before.

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Posted by Stan Collender

This was a big day for the Obama administration on the budget...and it had nothing to do with the budget it submitted to Congress.

What in the world were House Republicans thinking when they announced today that they had reversed themselves and agreed that spending cuts weren't needed to pay for the extension of the payroll tax cut that will expire at midnight on February 29?

There were two huge political implications for this beyond the dramatic flip-flop on the need for offsets, 

First, from a pure PR standpoint, the GOP stomped all over the story it wanted to get the media to cover about its opposition to the Obama 2013. That was trumped and then some by the GOP announcement .

The story of the day is now about how the GOP capitulated to the congressional Democrats' demands about the payroll tax cut extension, how this is a win for the president, etc.

Posted by Stan Collender

I'll have much more about this later today after the Obama fiscal 2013 budget is formally released around 11:15 am EST, and my column from tomorrow's Roll Call will be devoted to it.

But if you're asked between now and then about the Obama budget and this year's budget debate, you should start by saying that the White House is using the budget say to Republicans in Congress that this year it's the one that's going to be setting the fiscal policy agenda.

More later.

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