HALPERIN’S TAKE: Obama’s Deficit Address

obamabig

A report card on the Obama speech and fiscal plan.

Positive: wrote and delivered a serious, principled speech that treated the American people as adults (which he likes to do); proposed enough deficit reduction to satisfy the fiscal-minded interest groups; proposed enough deficit reduction to satisfy Old Media’s demand that he get on the field; sufficiently articulated center-left progressive values (and blamed George W. Bush), satisfying liberals, including in Congress.

Negative: failed to offer a bold, paradigm-shifting budget proposal that would shock (and impress!) the country (rather than just provide the next step in the Beltway dance); inflamed (rather than calmed) the partisan waters; failed to offer enough specifics to clear the specificity bar.

Related Topics: News

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

  • Tweets

    View More Tweets From @TIME

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 245 other followers