Obama wants to invest in the economy. So why does he celebrate spending cuts?

Obama's position toward discretionary spending represents the biggest contradiction of his economic policy.

BREAKING: White House budget to boost spending by $56 billion, drop Boehner ‘grand bargain’

The White House budget to be released early next month will propose $56 billion in new spending on domestic and defense priorities and drop a proposal that was included in last year's budget as a way to attract Republican support -- a plan that would have included less generous payouts of Social Security benefits

CHART: Even the poorest of the poor pay more taxes under Obama’s budget

Sure, millionaires pay the most. But even the poorest Americans would have to pay higher cigarette taxes.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 23, 2013
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Wonkbook: Obama’s budget calls the GOP’s bluffs

Republicans are, at this point, out of excuses. They can't say the president isn't reaching out to them. They can't say he's not willing to make painful concessions.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Apr 10, 2013
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