‘Mr. Obama Has Declined To Lead’

Republicans Propose ‘Most Serious Attempt To Reform Government In At Least A Generation’ While President Obama Has ‘Declined To Lead’

Newspapers Call Out White House: ‘What Would That Path Be, Mr. President?’


THE NEW YORK TIMES: “But With Republicans Describing Their Move As A Bold Leadership Stroke, Their Boast Has The Potential To Feed A Budding Narrative — That Mr. Obama Has Declined To Lead In Proposing The Steps Needed To Rein In A Federal Debt That Is Growing Unsustainably As The Population Ages And Health Care Costs Keep Rising.” (“A Conservative Vision, With Bipartisan Risks,” The New York Times, 4/6/11)

•    “‘The President Believes There Is A More Balanced Way To Put America On A Path To Prosperity,’ The Statement Said. Administration Officials Gave No Hint That Mr. Obama Planned To Spell Out That Balanced Approach.” (“A Conservative Vision, With Bipartisan Risks,” The New York Times, 4/6/11)


THE WASHINGTON POST: “The Wisconsin Republican Has Produced A Plan To Deal With The Debt, Which Is More Than His Democratic Colleagues Or President Obama Can Say.” “The first thing to praise about House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan, unveiled Tuesday, is that it exists. The Wisconsin Republican has produced a plan to deal with the debt, which is more than his Democratic colleagues or President Obama can say.” (Editorial, “A First Look At Rep. Ryan’s Budget Plan,” The Washington Post, 4/6/11)

•    “What Would That Path Be, Mr. President?” “In a statement Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president believes that long-term deficit reduction is ‘essential’ but ‘strongly disagree[s]’ with Ryan’s approach. ‘The President believes there is a more balanced way to put America on a path to prosperity.’ What would that path be, Mr. President?” (Editorial, “A First Look At Rep. Ryan’s Budget Plan,” The Washington Post, 4/6/11)


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “We'll Now Separate The Real Reformers From The Fiscal Chickenhawks.” (Editorial, “The Ryan Resolution,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/6/11)

•    “Mr. Ryan's Budget Rollout Is An Important Political And Policy Moment Because It Is The Most Serious Attempt To Reform Government In At Least A Generation.” (Editorial, “The Ryan Resolution,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/6/11)

•    “Mr. Ryan Is Showing Americans That There Is An Alternative To Mr. Obama's Vision Of The U.S. As A High-Tax, Slow-Growth, European-Style Entitlement State.” (Editorial, “The Ryan Resolution,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/6/11)

•    “Our Fiscal Problems Are Far Deeper, And Mr. Ryan's Hope Is That The American People Realize This And Are Willing To Reward Politicians Who Address Those Problems, Rather Than Politicians Who Say We Can Keeping Spending And Borrowing Ad Infinitum.”  (Editorial, “The Ryan Resolution,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/6/11)


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