The President sent the country a Valentine Monday. But while the budget may have been concocted with love, in it there is only a touch of sweet and a lot of bitter for all.
For the liberal core constituencies, the sugary “investments” will not overcome the bitterness of the freezes and reductions. Yes, the budget has goodies for the States (unemployment compensation), promotes high-speed rail, and boosts education and environmental policy. But, no, it does not cut defense sharply enough, nor defend favorite domestic discretionary programs, like LIHEAP.