In his weekly address, President Obama painted opponents of his budget proposal as entrenched fat-cat special interests and told them he’s ready for a fight.
"I realize that passing this budget won’t be easy," he said, "because it represents real and dramatic change, it also represents a threat to the status quo in Washington."
(Of course, there are also those who just disagree with the policies, not because they fear change or are entrenched fat cats. But nevermind.)
"I know that the insurance industry won’t like the idea that they’ll have to bid competitively to continue offering Medicare coverage, but that’s how we’ll help preserve and protect Medicare and lower health care costs for American families," the president said. "I know that banks and big student lenders won’t like the idea that we’re ending their huge taxpayer subsidies, but that’s how we’ll save taxpayers nearly $50 billion and make college more affordable. I know that oil and gas companies won’t like us ending nearly $30 billion in tax breaks, but that’s how we’ll help fund a renewable energy economy that will create new jobs and new industries.
"In other words, I know these steps won’t sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they’re gearing up for a fight as we speak.
"My message to them is this: So am I."
Oh, it’s on.