"Later this week the president is going to speak about his approach to long-term deficit reduction," Plouffe said on CNN... "He's going to be clear about the type of deficit reduction we need in terms of dollar amounts, over what period of years..."
The White House advisor did not offer specifics of the president's plan, but he said that all options were on the table... "Obviously you've got to look everywhere; it's got to be a balanced approach. Every corner of the federal government has to be looked at here," he said.
Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced the GOP's budget blueprint for fiscal 2012... The ambitious legislation, which has virtually no chance of being approved in the Senate, reduces 10 years of deficits by $1.649 trillion compared to the status quo, and balances the budget shortly before 2040.
Let me be the very first to predict that Obama's efforts at deficit reduction will be about as successful as a Nissan Versa's ability to stop the Sendai Tsunami.
The Democrat Party is the federal bureaucracy. Any attempts to slash the latter mortally wounds the former. And remember: the public sector union bosses spent tens of millions of dollars electing Obama in 2008.
And he's counting on the unions to pony up hundreds of million in 2012.
So there's as much chance of Obama slashing the size of government as there is Michael Moore begging off a second helping of mashed potatoes.
Update: An anonymized commenter wins our coveted Comment o' the Day Award.
This will be very predictable. Obama will spend all week looking at polling to determine what he can get away with saying. He will then stand up and make a speech, littered with references to himself, green energy, green jobs, and absolutely wild lies about the cost of Obamacare. He will claim he is the polar opposite of what he is. He will close by bashing the obstructionist and dangerous Republicans who want crazy things like smaller government and less spending.
He will have given no specifics. Then he will play some more golf.
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