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Krauthammer’s Take

From Fox’s Special Report with Bret Baier | Monday, February 13, 2012

On President Obama’s 2013 budget:

The first two years he said “I can’t do anything about debt because the recession is on. So I’ll appoint a commission which will report after the mid-term election and do it.” Of course the [Simpson Bowles] commission reports in December of 2010 and he does nothing about it. He submits a budget last year which was so preposterous — did nothing about debt, increased it — that the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, rejected it 97 to 0. Which is why the budget he submitted today, which is even worse than last year’s, is something that Harry Reid doesn’t want to go to the Senate floor because it will be rejected and laughed out of the Senate.

On OMB director Jack Lew’s erroneous claim that Republicans have blocked the Senate from passing a budget because it takes 60 votes:

It’s so completely wrong [it takes only 51] you have to ask yourself how can Jack Lew, who was the budget director twice — under the Clinton administration and today — make a mistake like this. I don’t think he lied. He would have known he would have been caught out.

I think this administration is so used to blaming everything on Republicans — earthquakes, hail storms, who knows, the rising of the oceans — that even here Jack Lew felt he had to blame this on Republicans, when in fact the passing of a budget in Senate has nothing to do with the Republicans. It’s all in the hands of the Senate Democrats who have a majority.

On Ron Paul being the only candidate who makes the case for spending cuts:

[He is] absolutely the only candidate talking about steep cuts. Unfortunately, he won’t win the nomination. But those who could — are not doing enough or doing it at all. They won’t win the general election unless they make spending and debt the issue that it really is and Americans are really worried about. They are accepting the [Democratic] premise that somehow all of us have become Occupy Wall Street and everybody thinks if you redistribute income it will solve our economic problems.

The president knows we are headed over a cliff and he just wants to get past Election Day as he does on everything, on Keystone, on the debt-ceiling, on everything. But this is a budget worthy of Greece, and for the president of the United States to offer it knowing how dire the situation is, is truly scandalous.

On the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear program:

I believe our secretary of defense when he says it is highly likely — and he’s speaking in public. I don’t see any evidence to suggest Israelis are less than terribly worried and prepared to strike — again, if nothing else happens [in the interim].

On new negotiations between the US and North Korea:

This is Lucy and the football. Nothing will come of it. Even if there were an agreement, every single agreement we have had with that regime has resulted in our giving something real — food aid or other kinds of aid — and the North Koreans deceiving us and cheating on us, on plutonium and uranium. This will have no effect whatsoever on the [nuclear weapons] program.

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