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Obama Isn't Serious About Real Spending Cuts

By Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal - July 25, 2011

Barack Obama was in full-scold mode Friday night, summoning Congressional leaders to the White House to "explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default." It's a terrific question, albeit one the President refuses to answer. He remains far more interested in maneuvering to blame a default or credit downgrade on Republicans than in making himself part of any plausible solution to a crisis he insists is imminent.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who figured out earlier than most that the President wasn't serious, long ago turned to crafting a deal within Congress. He's now been joined by John Boehner, who was prepared to take political risks to reach for the "big deal" only to tire of White House antics. Now House Republicans and Senate Democrats are each working to craft their own plans, and it says something that the country has a better shot of getting something out of a divided Congress than it does out of the Oval Office.

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