In today’s Washington Post, Senators Bayh, Carper, and Lincoln respond to criticisms by liberal groups that they are hurting the nation by being fiscally responsible in questioning president Obama’s deficits. They write:
Last week, the three of us announced the formation of a moderate Democratic working group in the U.S. Senate.
Even though the White House and Senate leadership praised the group’s formation, some commentators reacted by reporting signs of a rift and a power struggle within the Democratic Party. Others accused the 16 members of our group of trying to obstruct the president’s agenda. . . .
As moderate leaders, it is not our intent to water down the president’s agenda. We intend to strengthen and sustain it. Moderation is not a mathematical process of finding the center for its own sake. Practical solutions are practical because they offer our best chance to make a difference in people’s lives today without forcing our children to pick up the tab tomorrow.
Obviously, I wish they were more emphatic about how deep into debt we will be if Obama’s budget is adopted. But it’s a good start.
For more on the Obamination budget look at these charts and tables.