Friday, March 27, 2009

GOP "Alternate" Budget Contains No Numbers

First we had a lunchtime thought, now we have a lunchtime laugh: House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio's own!) introduced the GOP's "alternate" budget yesterday, and promised it would balance the budget and pay down the national debt while simultaneously cutting taxes even more. How would it do this? No one knows. Because it doesn't contain any numbers. No numbers! At all! How can you have a budget with no numbers? 
Reporters -- mainstream, liberal and conservative -- greeted the Republican document with a collective scoff.

"Are you going to have any further details on this today?" the first asked.

"On what?" asked Boehner.

"There's no detail in here," noted the reporter.

Answered Boehner: "This is a blueprint for where we're going. Are you asking about some other document?"

A second reporter followed up: "What about some numbers? What about the out-year deficit? What about balancing the budget? How are you going to do it?"

"We'll have the alternative budget details next week," promised Boehner. Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) had wisely departed the room after offering his opening remarks. ("Today's Republican road-to-recovery is the latest in a series of GOP initiatives, solutions and plans," he had offered.)
Predictably, the scorn has been coming down from both left and right. However, decided to take the satrical approach. Have a look. It's hilarious.

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