That is a whole lot of debt in that budget cooked up by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

There really is not a lot of effort to address the debt among House Dems either. “House Democrats on Monday unveiled a 2014 budget proposal that includes $1.2 trillion in new taxes and $200 billion in stimulus spending. That’s about twice the level of stimulus spending that … was in the Senate Democratic budget, which included $975 million in new taxes.” That’ll wind up in some GOP ads.

A lot of New Yorkers will be thrilled when he leaves. “A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.” He is however a great recruiter for libertarianism.

A lot of voters would like to know: “Reporter Asks Carney: Will Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations, Golf Trips?” Jay Carney ducked but it’s an entirely legitimate question and the White House press corps should keep asking it until he answers.

Yes, President Obama continues to do a lot for the cause of limited government. “It’s clear that the Obama years, rather than deepening public confidence in government, has had the opposite effect. A president who has almost limitless faith in government is having a corrosive effect on its reputation. To some of us this is not an irony but an inevitability.” Read the whole thing.

Nice to see that Byron York agrees with us that a lot of those CPAC speakers were talking nonsense about consultants. “So yes, Republicans should look at the way they run their campaigns, and who they hire to do the work. But in the long run, winning candidates win and losers lose, regardless of who the consultant is.” Indeed.

A lot of good suggestions for the president’s remarks on his Israel trip. This is really the nub of it: “As long as I am president, we will consider standing by Israel to fight off military and diplomatic attacks not as a burden but as an honor.” Obama  doesn’t of course think that but insincerity is greatly under valued.

There is a lot more room to drop, especially if he keeps wanting to raise taxes, not reform entitlements and vilify everyone who disagrees with him. “President Obama’s approval rating has fallen 8 points and his disapproval rating jumped 7 points since the beginning of the year, leaving him underwater, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. Some 47 percent of respondents approve of the job he’s doing, while 50 percent disapprove, the poll found.”