Oh boy. If my head explodes in a forest and nobody hears it, did my head explode?
First of all, the number. President Obama in his remarks today will say he wants to cut the deficit by $4 Trillion over twelve years. Nobody, ever, that I have heard in Washington, works off a twelve year budget window. Budgets, forecasts, and the rest of it are made over ten years.
The Bush people at one point narrowed it to five years for their own nefarious purposes. But it’s ten years. Twelve years doesn’t even have the benefit if being divisible by five or ten, the standard increments of measurement and counting.
This is being done to make Obama’s number look like Paul Ryan’s. Instead, of making more cuts, they added a couple of years.
Next, let’s discuss the method in which this was released. The White House has circulated to reporters a “fact sheet” with information about the president’s proposal, but we can’t report it until the president begins his remarks at 1:35.
But we CAN report the top line of the fact sheet, which is the $4 trillion figure. We can’t contextualize this information with discussion of the way Obama gets there.
“People, listen up, report the good news, and don’t look behind the curtain to see what the Wizard is doing.”
Ahh yes, that good old time transparency.