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Budget Gimmicks

Jason Linkins

Senate Unanimously Rejects A Budget Offered By Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics

I predict that the news cycle is going to characterize a bit of legislative maneuvering this week as a defeat for some "Obama Budget." The vote on a Potemkin "Obama Budget" is not intended to be taken seriously. It's a stunt designed to get a slag into the news cycle, and they tend to work. What happens is a Republican legislator presents a "budget proposal" that's designed to be a satirical presentation of an "Obama budget," and Democrats don't vote for it, because they recognize that it bears no resemblance to their budgetary preferences. This is all stuff that should be pretty easy for adults to penetrate and demystify. But how many times are we going to hear about the "Obama budget's" ignominious defeat in the Senate on this weekend's Sunday talk shows? I'm going to guess: "many times."