Bozell: Obama’s Budget ‘Another Clunker Full of Tax Increases’

Jon Street and Patrick Burke | April 11, 2013 | 6:57am EDT
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ForAmerica Chairman L. Brent Bozell III also chairs the Media Research Center, of which is a part.

( – Conservative activists and politicians blasted President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget on Wednesday, calling the $4 trillion proposal “a cruel joke on those who have suffered most.”

“President Obama finally got around to submitting his budget – months after the legally-mandated deadline – and it’s another clunker full of tax increases, giveaways to his corporate cronies and even more spending during a time of fiscal crisis,” said ForAmerica Chairman L. Brent Bozell III (who also chairs the Media Research Center, of which is a part).

“After running around the country for years asking for a ‘balanced approach’ to the shambolic budgetary situation he has made worse during his time in office, his budget never actually balances,” Bozell said.

“So, after previous budgets got zero votes in Congress, the president has shown once again that he has no intention of balancing our books. This budget does absolutely nothing to steer us back toward fiscal sanity, nothing to generate growth that would help lift 50 million Americans out of poverty and off food stamps.”

Bozell called the spending plan “a cruel joke on those who have suffered the most under Barack Obama.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, called Obama’s spending plan “reckless.”

“This proposal goes to extraordinary lengths to shield the federal bureaucracy from any reform, even as millions of Americans are trapped in failed government programs. It grows the government at the expense of the economy. It enriches the bureaucracy at the expense of the people. And it threatens to permanently depress the American economy under a never-ending avalanche of debt” said Sessions.

“This is not merely reckless; it is unthinkable,” he said. “Once again, the President has submitted one of the most irresponsible spending plans in the history of our nation.”

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said the president’s plan – like the budget produced by the Democrat-led Senate – “never balances.”

“Like his past budgets, President Obama's new budget pulls out all the tricks: tax increases disguised as tax reform and budget gimmicks disguised as spending cuts, yet even then, his new budget adds $8.2 trillion in debt,” King said.

“The President's budget itself is an admission that you can never get to balance by chasing ever higher spending with ever higher taxes.”

Conservative Washington think-tanks, including the Heritage Foundation’s Patrick Louis Knudsen, slammed Obama’s budget for clinging to “the same progressive ideology that has swollen the federal government over the past four years.”

Citizens United President David Bossie noted that the proposed White House budget calls for $580 billion in additional taxes from American families.  “President Obama has always been a tax and spend liberal and this budget just adds another exclamation point to that fact,” he said.

“Our economy is anemic at best,” Bossie said, “and the White House just wants to raise taxes and think the problem of our $16 trillion national debt will just go away.”

The White House released its FY 2014 budget on Wednesday morning- weeks after the legal deadline. According to the Office of Management and Budget, the president’s proposed budget would spend  $3.7778 trillion in FY 2014, another $3.9801 trillion in FY 2015, $4.0898 trillion in FY 2016, and yet another $4.2474 trillion in FY 2017.

As has reported, the OMB expects Obama to become the first president in the nation’s history to preside over a federal government that spends more than $4 trillion in a single year.

The OMB also said it does not project the federal budget will ever balance under Obama’s presidency.

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