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President Barack Obama’s top budget officials are trying to deflect questions about debt and deficits, especially because his latest 10-year spending plan would boost government spending more than $1 trillion above the deficit-trimming deal that he signed in August.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and budget director Jeff Zients, this week hunched down to divert numerous requests to acknowledge that their boss’ 10-year plan increases spending above the level he accepted and applauded last August.

It’s “a rope-a-dope performance worthy of Muhammad Ali,” said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the lead Republican on the Democratic-dominated Senate Budget Committee.

Their evasiveness is caused by their boss’ campaign-trail desire to claim that he is cutting spending more than he increases taxes, Sessions told The Daily Caller.

“In their budget rollout, they said they were making tough cuts in spending, that for every one dollar in tax increases they were achieving two dollars and 50 cents in spending cuts, and that they were going to reduce the [10-year] deficit by $4 trillion — all of which are stunningly false,” Sessions said.


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/16/presidents-top-budget-officials-duck-deficit-and-debt-debate/#ixzz1meEAsalH
 
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