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Friday, March 27, 2009

Not So Much An Alternative it is a repackaged collection of glittering generalities and talking points.

I'm speaking of the GOP's version of the budget proposal.

The conservative blogging community is all abuzz over this, claiming that they now have some sort of moral high-ground since the GOP has stepped-up to Obama's challenge to provide and alternative.

At a thin 19 pages, you can read through this in less time than it takes to eat your lunch - and you may wish to wait to eat after you read it.

The talk started yesterday.

Jeff Emanuel at RedState:

And, last night, in a move reminiscent of his actions during the actual campaign, Obama threw down the figurative gauntlet to detractors from his $3,600,000,000,000.00 spending plan, saying “To a bunch of the critics out there, I’ve already said, show me your budget! I’m happy to have that debate.”

If this sounds familiar, it’s because he repeatedly made such bold declarations while on the campaign trail. Of course, he always made sure he was a safe distance from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), his opponent for the office, when doing so, as he never had any intention of actually following through on his own tough-talking challenge

Then, the media started asking questions:

The GOP's "response" comes off much like a slap-dash book report from a student who hasn't even read the book. This proposal doesn't even meet the standards of Cliff-Notes.

And just like the kid who turns in a failing report, the GOP's proposal is already starting to get the failing grade.

Not because the alternative proposal is so thin and lacking in substance, but because the GOP loves to grandstand so much:

The 19-page document, prepared by Pence's office, was distributed two days after President Obama criticized Republicans for trashing his detail-crammed 142-page budget outline without producing a credible alternative.

“In his egocentric rush to get on camera, Mike Pence threw the rest of the Conference under the bus, specifically Paul Ryan, whose staff has been working night and day for weeks to develop a substantive budget plan," said a GOP aide heavily involved in budget strategy.

"I hope his camera time was gratifying enough to justify erasing the weeks of hard work by dozens of Republicans to put forth serious ideas," the person added.

"It's categorically untrue," said Pence spokesman Matt Lloyd. "Cantor as well as Ryan and the rest of the leadership have been part of this process for weeks. They not only signed off on it, but their staffs helped edit it."

More from Politico

19 pages of nonsense or 142 pages of detail after detail?

The GOP seems to be proving that they truly are the party of "no ideas".

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