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Live-Blogging the Budget Speech: Launching Obama’s Reelection Campaign

This may be the most demagogic speech Obama has ever given. Republicans are simply evil: they want to take money from old people and poor people and give it to their rich friends:

Worst of all, this is a vision that says even though America can’t afford to invest in education or clean energy; even though we can’t afford to care for seniors and poor children, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about it. In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90% of all working Americans actually declined. The top 1% saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each. And that’s who needs to pay less taxes? They want to give people like me a two hundred thousand dollar tax cut that’s paid for by asking thirty three seniors to each pay six thousand dollars more in health costs? That’s not right, and it’s not going to happen as long as I’m President,

This speech is not a serious attempt to deal with the looming crisis of debt but the launch of the president’s 2012 campaign.