Yesterday, Obama held a news brief—it wasn’t a news conference—to present his plan on reducing the deficit and debt. In essence it was, “spend more, tax more, cut nothing.” Charles Krauthammer on Fox News had this to say.
I thought it was a disgrace. I thought I’ve rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan, and so intellectually dishonest, outside the last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor. But we’re a year-and-a-half away from Election Day, and it was supposed to be a speech about policy. He didn’t even get to his own alternative until more than half-way through the speech, and when he did, he threw out these numbers suspended in midair with nothing under them with all kinds of goals and guidelines and triggers which mean absolutely nothing. The speech was really and was almost entirely an attack on the Ryan plan. And it was deeply dishonest. — NewsBusters, April 13, 2011.