Here we go again.
President Obama drew fire Sunday from congressional Republicans and independent budget experts for his reluctance to advance a plan that would tackle the nation's biggest budget problems in the spending blueprint he will submit to Congress on Monday.
In the first statement of his budget priorities since Republicans regained control of the House, Obama will avoid politically dangerous recommendations to wipe out cherished tax breaks and to restrain safety-net programs for the elderly, put forward last year by his own bipartisan fiscal commission as a strategy for reining in a soaring national debt.
The president's bipartisan fiscal commission, more commonly known among the non-austerity crowd as the catfood commission, failed. The recommendations it made were not official. It failed to garner the required 14 of 18 supporting votes, and thus did not have an official vote.
Which it couldn't have had anyway, not officially, because it didn't meet its deadline. There is absolutely no reason for the administration to follow the recommendation of the commission. Because they failed and never produced any. That's the inconvenient fact which DC--politicians and media alike--continue to ignore.