Thursday, February 26, 2009

Read This Now - The Bodacious New Budget

You can take a look at the Obama Administration's new budget proposal, titled A New Era of Responsibility here. Which in and of itself is pretty cool, I don't know how one went about getting a copy of something like this in the pre-internet dark ages or even if the Bushies bothered to make such items available (given their take on transparency I'd say it's unlikely), but it is great that anybody can download and read this stuff for themselves.

Andrew Leonard has taken a look and sums it up as pretty powerful from a progressive prospective...

The size, goals, and funding strategies for the new budget ensure a political battle of monstrous proportions. And in retrospect, it clarifies the Obama administration's strategy on the stimulus package. Suppose the administration had pushed for a much bigger stimulus package, along the lines of what some progressives were arguing for. Many progressives actively wanted to provoke a Republican filibuster, as a show of strength and an opportunity to shame the GOP publicly as obstructionists. But why provoke that kind of fight in your first weeks of office, if what you've got in your back pocket is a budget proposal bigger, more expensive, and more fundamentally transformative of the United States' economy than anything proposed by a Democrat or Republican since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society?

The White House was saving its bullets for the real fight. And it is on.

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