Freshman Democrat Joe Manchin: Obama has 'failed to lead' on budget

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    Mar 08, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/50857.html

    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin ripped President Barack Obama on his budget proposals in a Senate floor speech Tuesday, a rare rebuke from a freshman Democrat who clearly is worried about the politics of deficit spending as he faces a tough reelection in 2012.

    Manchin charged the president with failing to lead the way in reducing spending, while also criticizing Republicans for offering “partisan” and “unrealistic” budget proposals.

    “Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negotiations — our president — has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for?”
    The full-throated rejection of the president’s spending proposals by a politically vulnerable Democrat is just the latest worrisome sign for Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who have yet to rally their party around a unified spending plan. Indeed, Democratic leaders are having trouble just keeping moderates on board — Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) also have expressed skepticism that Democrats are willing to cut enough spending to satisfy voters and make a dent in the deficit.

    Manchin will vote against both the Senate Democrats’ proposal, which will cut $10.6 billion below current spending levels and the House Republican version of the continuing resolution, which would cut $61 billion. The Senate is expected to vote on both this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, and neither is expected to pass.
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    Mar 08, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    riddler78 said,

    "Heh sorry to burst your little bubble, I don't actually consider most of the rantings here to be of particular importance and I didn't bother reading the subsequent responses to this thread - and surprise surprise, I didn't bother to read the follow up"
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    Mar 08, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    Read the article also and got the impression that the leadership vacuum is starting to be seen on both sides of the aisle. It is clear from Obama's own words that his budget was not a serious one, but just a opening move in a game of back and forth, cowardly leaving the more difficult cost cuts to the Republicans. The people expected better from a President who ignored his own debt commission. If there is a govt shutdown, the Democrats will take their fair share of the blame.

    Regarding the lack of leadership, it general, not limited to the budget or domestic issues. Regarding the weak US reaction to the Libyan events, Obama seen as behind curve compared to Cameron and Sarkozy. If he were in office when Pearl Harbor was bombed, he would be hiding under his desk waiting for international ok to fight back.