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Opening Arguments

The secret is finally out

The Financial Times examines President Obama's first proposed budget and makes a shocking discovery:

As you recall, in the debate over the fiscal stimulus, Republicans accused the president of presenting a measure they could not support, disguising this with an empty show of cooperation. Bipartisanship, they said, is more than inviting your opponents round for coffee and a chat. I did not buy it: I accused them, in effect, of brainless rejectionism and a refusal to compromise, and congratulated the president for trying to come to terms with the other side.

This budget says the Republicans had Mr Obama right all along. The draft contains no trace of compromise. It makes no gesture, however small, however costless to its larger agenda, of a bipartisan approach to the great questions it addresses. It is a liberal's dream of a new New Deal.

Obama is a liberal? Who


Tue, 03/03/2009 - 11:14am

Presumably conservatives would have to commit to voting for the thing before it would include, as a compromise, some of their ideas.