I had the most delightful and invigorating time Friday morning participating in a roundtable on Sirius’ The New School hosted by Charles Ellison. Guy Benson of The Guy Benson Show and Lauren Burke, blogger at the 42 Crew were also on the call.
Lauren, who approaches from the left of the political spectrum and Guy, who approaches from the right, appeared to agree that we are seeing no leadership on the part of President Obama. The right believes his lack of leadership is reflected by a budget proposal that does not address budget busters such as Medicaid and Medicare. The left believe that Mr. Obama’s abandonment of certain safety items in the budget such as home energy assistance programs leaves much to be desired.
As I pointed out Friday, there should be no surprise about Mr. Obama’s tactic. He punted to Congress during the health care legislation debate by merely offering a framework while Pelosi and company filled in the blanks. Should we really expect more detail from his budget proposal?
What Mr. Obama has now is another excuse to sit in the middle. He will let the House and Senate come up with their fiscal year 2012 concurrent resolution dollar limits for the budget, which are due in early April. Meanwhile, with a March 4th deadline looming on emergency funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, Mr. Obama has an opportunity to show that the GOP has an issue with leading on fiscal matters also.