Palin Calls Ryan Budget 'A Joke,' But Obama Says 'It's Not Funny'

Barbara Boland | April 3, 2014 | 2:07pm EDT
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Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) new budget is fielding attacks from all sides: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the budget a "blueprint for... Koch-topia" while President Obama called it a "Stinkburger or Meanwich" and Sarah Palin called it "a joke."

Ryan's budget is "a blueprint for a modern... how would we say this? Koch-topia. Yes, that's it," Reid said from the Senate floor Tuesday. "Call it whatever you want. We might as well call it the Koch budget because that's what they're doing, protecting the Koch brothers."

A poll last week from George Washington University showed that a plurality (52%) of likely voters had never heard of Charles and David Koch. Even so, Reid has continued to use the Senate floor as a bully-pulpit from which to pummel the Kochs.

Obama, speaking at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that the budget "should be familiar because it was their economic plan in the 2012 campaign, it was their economic plan in 2010," Politico reported.  "It's like that movie 'Groundhog Day.' Except it's not funny."

"If they tried to sell this sandwich at Zingerman's [a local restaurant] they'd have to call it the Stinkburger or the Meanwich," he said.

On the right, Sarah Palin, former Republican governor of Alaska, called Ryan's budget a "joke" in a Facebook post Tuesday.

Palin wrote:

The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool's joke. But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today's budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so. THIS is the definition of insanity. Do we still not understand how dangerous it is to allow government to grow unchecked as we shackle ourselves with massive debt - a good portion of which is held by foreign nations who don't necessarily like us? If we can't balance the budget today, what on earth makes us think it will happen at some future date? The solution is staring us in the face. We need to rein in spending today, and don't tell me there is nothing to cut when we know every omnibus bill is loaded with pork and kickbacks.

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