Pataki: Obama living in “Bizarro World”


Former Gov. George Pataki took another swipe at President Barack Obama today, saying he is living in a “Bizzarro World” that isn’t dealing with the country’s debt.

Pataki, who last year launched No American Debt, an advocacy group against — you guessed it — American debt, issued a statement today blasting Obama’s proposed budget, a $3.8 trillion plan with a spending outline the administration says would eliminate $4 trillion in debt over 10 years.

Pataki, a Republican from Garrison, Putnam County, says it didn’t go far enough, calling it an “election year budget” and a “cynical bid to save (Obama’s) political career.”

His staff sent around a quote from White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on yesterday’s Meet the Press, where he said “the time for austerity is not today.” (Pataki, obviously, disagrees.)

Here’s Pataki’s statement:

“The Obama administration continues to govern in its own Bizarro World that fails to recognize the devastating impact of the debt crisis we face. Today’s election year budget with another staggering trillion dollar plus deficit is a clear sign that the Obama administration has given up on even the facade of fiscal restraint and is content to bankrupt America in a cynical bid to save his political career. Jack Lew is right about one thing, the time for austerity is not today, it was last week and last year. It’s not halftime in the debt crisis we’re in sudden death overtime and the clock is ticking down on our ability to effectively address this issue. President Obama must get real and revive the recommendations of the Simpson Bowles Commission.”


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  1. Kudos to George Pataki, were it not for his being responsible for the fiscal nightmare New York now finds itself in, he would be staggeringly irrelevant.

    The idea that someone who presided over a decade of late and toxic tax and spend budgets can get his name in the paper for criticizing someone else’s budgeting is pretty amazing.

  2. Pataki know the right thing to do. Unfortunately, especially during his last term, he occasionally didn’t practice what he preached. His final capitulation to unions and special interests effectively ended his desire to continue his career at a higher level, and he was rightly returned to the Apple Farm of his youth. He knows what he is talking about, but he torched his credibility.