White House’s Carney Says No Plan IS Leadership

Carney: "Leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down ..."

While Republicans “are taking the lead again” when it comes to reining in our national debt:

  • “As they did in April with House passage of a 2012 budget resolution … Republicans are taking the lead again this week by pushing for a balanced budget, leaving the White House to react.” (Richard Wolf and David Jackson, “Debt talks on three tracks as deadline nears,” USA Today, 07/20/11)

Democrats continue to sit on the sidelines:

  • “The President is now claiming to have found fiscal virtue, but notice how hard he has fought House Republicans as they've sought to abate the spending boom.” (Editorial, “The Obama Downgrade,” Wall Street Journal, 07/15/11)
  • “President Obama has now announced that he will veto the ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ bill to raise the federal debt ceiling that passed the House of Representatives yesterday. In its place, the president offers . . . nothing.” (Michael Tanner, “There Is No Alternative,” National Review Online, 07/20/11)
  • “On the Senate side, the process has almost completely broken down. The Democratic-led Senate defeated the Ryan budget in May, but has not passed its own overall budget blueprint, nor passed even one appropriations bill.” (Marilyn Geewax, “A User’s Guide To The Budget Battles,” National Public Radio, 07/14/11)
  • “… [President Obama] has held innumerable press conferences and briefings at which he has declared his willingness to compromise and ‘make difficult choices,’ and even angered his own base by suggesting entitlement reform. But when it comes to actually spelling out what those compromises, choices, and reforms would be, the president is suddenly absent.” (Michael Tanner, “There Is No Alternative,” National Review Online, 07/20/11)
  • The Senate voted unanimously … to reject a $3.7 trillion budget plan that President Obama sent to Capitol Hill in February.  Ninety-seven senators voted against a motion to take it up.” (Alexander Bolton, “President's budget sinks, 97-0,” The Hill, 05/25/11)
  • “President Obama said yesterday he would veto [Cut, Cap and Balance]. So now we know one more spending and debt-reduction plan the President won’t support. The question remains, as it has for months: What alternative is he offering?” (Editorial, “A GOP plan: Where is Obama’s?” Union Leader, 07/19/11)